LOS ANGELES, March 13, 2007 —
CFO Bill Simon to add Executive Vice President of Business Operations Title
VP of Production and Executive Producer Larry Meyers Upped to SVP
Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis, today announced the promotion of two long-time members of its senior management team. CFO Bill Simon has added executive vice president of business operations to his title, and Larry Meyers has been promoted from vice president of production and executive producer to senior vice president of production and executive producer. Both will continue to report to Tennis Channel Chairman and CEO Ken Solomon.
“I’m pleased to recognize Bill and Larry for their invaluable service and the tremendous guidance they’ve provided toward shaping the direction of the network,” said Solomon. “Bill has been on point in Tennis Channel’s growth and maturation process as a business, leading its evolution from an entrepreneurial startup to a world-class multimedia organization. At the same time Larry has spearheaded the network’s production since its inception, and has flawlessly widened its range from just 20 tournaments at the outset to today’s yearlong lineup of more than 60 live events, including two Grand Slam competitions. Few, if any, new networks do this volume of live production, on top of original series and specials.”
As a result of Tennis Channel’s rapid growth and restructuring, Simon’s promotion to executive vice president of business operations will enable him to focus on the development of corporate-side strategy while overseeing all finance, accounting, human resources, technical operations, information technology, facilities, administration, and business and legal affairs. He will simultaneously retain his responsibilities as CFO. Prior to joining Tennis Channel, Simon was CFO of Dick Clark Productions and was instrumental in facilitating a $140-million merger. He became a certified public accountant while he was a senior auditor at KPMG. Simon is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science in accounting.
In his dual role as senior vice president of production, and executive producer for the network, Meyers, a television sports veteran for more than 25 years, serves as the primary force behind all Tennis Channel original programming. Since joining the network in 2002 prior to its launch, Meyers has managed exponential growth in all areas of production. This includes live
coverage that now includes the French Open and Australian Open; series such as Center Court with Chris Myers, No Strings, Open Access, Destination Tennis and Bragging Rights; and documentaries on the game and the stars of the sport. Before Tennis Channel Meyers worked with Fox Sports Net, where he was a Los Angeles-based coordinating producer in charge of national and regional production for three years, covering tennis and Major League Baseball. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Tennis Channel (www.thetennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to Roland-Garros (the French Open), the Australian Open, US Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by eight of the top 10 MSOs and has a national footprint via Echostar’s DISH Network.
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