Fox Television Stations Names EVP of Legal Affairs

By Kevin Eck 

Fox Television Stations has named Chris Reed executive vice president of Legal Affairs.

Reed will oversee all legal functions for FTS and report to CEO Jack Abernethy. He takes over for David Keneipp, who announced his retirement after 30 years. Keneipp will assist in the transition.

“During his 30-year tenure at Fox, David made significant contributions and was an invaluable and dedicated member of the FTS executive team,” said Abernethy. “We will miss him greatly. We are excited to welcome Chris to FTS as he is known as a strategic executive with strong legal acumen, and we are all looking forward to working with him in his new role.”


Reed has been with Fox Corporation since March 2019. Most recently, he was the svp of Intellectual Property, Content Protection, and Litigation. Before that, he was the vp of Corporate Legal. Reed also worked at 21st Century Fox as senior counsel of Content Protection Policy before his promotion to vp of Global Content Protection in 2017. He’s also held various roles at the US Copyright Office, including acting chief of information and record division, senior advisor for policy and special projects, and special advisor to the register of copyrights. Earlier in his career, Reed was a trial attorney in the media, entertainment, and communications section of the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

Reed’s most recent book, Digital Media Law: A Practical Guide for the Media and Entertainment Industries was released last year by Routledge.

“As someone with a decades-long passion for broadcast media, I am honored and grateful to be joining one of the largest and most respected O&O groups in the country,” said Reed. “My predecessor David Keneipp leaves big shoes to fill, but has equipped me with a powerhouse team that is well positioned to serve FTS as it navigates the challenges ahead.”