LOS ANGELES, October 4, 2006 —
The Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to tennis and the healthy, active lifestyle that surrounds it, today announced the appointment of Pierre Vudrag as vice president of business and legal affairs, effective immediately. He brings more than 13 years of experience in major corporate business affairs with him to the network.
Based in Los Angeles, Vudrag reports to Bill Simon, chief financial officer, The Tennis Channel. As the Tennis Channel’s in-house legal affairs advisor, Vudrag heads all network business and legal affairs including licensing program content, tournament marks/logos, libraries and athlete names and likenesses.
He will work closely with executive teams throughout the network to regulate contract language, footage use, sweepstakes, broadband media and affiliates. Vudrag also will be largely responsible for the legal aspects of The Tennis Channel’s various brand platforms, including network, Web, VOD, broadband and wireless applications.
“Pierre’s legal background and extensive sports and entertainment acumen are vital elements as The Tennis Channel continues to expand and evolve,” said Simon.
Vudrag spent the past five years at Fox Sports Net, where he negotiated and drafted development, acquisition and production agreements for original programming for Fox Sports Net.
A native New Yorker who spent many years in the music industry, Vudrag was previously the president of his own New York-based company, Mutiny Records Inc.
The Tennis Channel ( www.thetennischannel.com ) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to tennis and the healthy, active lifestyle that surrounds it, and forges the personal connection between the professionals on the court and the game’s millions of aficionados. The home for people who watch, play and live their passions through tennis, the network is a hybrid of comprehensive sports coverage, health and fitness programming, pop culture and entertainment access, and lifestyle and travel information. The Tennis Channel is the most concentrated single-sport network in television, with telecast rights to Roland Garros (the French Open), the US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, Fed Cup and Hyundai Hopman Cup, the combination of which offer the compelling, ongoing story of the game’s most dramatic rivalries, energetic personalities and emotional, yearlong journey.
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