Short-Lived Today Show Producer Jamie Horowitz Joins Fox Sports

By Chris Ariens 

Jamie Horowitz has been named President of Fox Sports National Networks, a newly-created position in a reorganized Fox Sports management team.

Horowitz is a former ESPN executive who moved to NBC News last year with the intention of taking on the lead producing job at the “Today” show. But due to internal conflicts, Horowitz’s position at NBC was over before it officially began.

For Fox Sports Horowitz will oversee all programming, marketing and scheduling for FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, reporting directly to Eric Shanks, president, ceo and ep of FOX Sports. Horowitz will join the network next month and be based at the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles.

Other changes: John Entz has been promoted to President, production, FOX Sports. Entz is responsible for all live event production, pre- and postgame coverage, as well as studio and technical operations. David Nathanson, formerly gm and coo of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, has been promoted to Head of Business Operations, FOX Sports, a newly created position. Jeff Krolik continues as president, FOX Sports Regional Networks, including oversight of FOX Deportes, and Pete Vlastelica remains evp, Digital, FOX Sports. From the FOX Sports press release:

In the fall of 2014, Horowitz served as Senior Vice President/General Manager of Today, NBC News’ long-running morning program, overseeing all platforms of the show’s brand, driving greater integration and developing opportunities that served the audience beyond the day-to-day execution of the broadcast and digital platforms.

Horowitz established himself as an innovative developer of provocative sports programs during his many years at ESPN, where he served in a variety of capacities. In his most recent position, from February 2012 to August 2014, he held the title Vice President, Original Programming and Production where he was charged with the development of original studio shows, and oversaw the budgets and production for established shows, including Olbermann, First Take, Numbers Never Lie, SportsNation and Colin’s New Football Show. Horowitz also worked to drive revenue for the shows via custom content across multiple platforms.

As a coordinating producer at ESPN from January 2009 to January 2012, Horowitz created and executive produced the daily studio show, SportsNation, and created the weekly ESPN on ABC show, Winners Bracket. As a senior producer at ESPN from May 2006 to January 2009, he oversaw the development of original studio shows, and served as Executive Producer of the World Series of Poker.

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