LOS ANGELES, December 22, 2008 —
David Scott, Laura Hockridge to Assume Vice President Roles, Report to CEO
Tennis Channel, with telecast rights to all four of the sport’s Grand Slam tournaments securely in place and in anticipation of its first year of US Open coverage, today announced that it is restructuring its programming and network strategy division. Victoria Quoss, who has led the programming department as executive vice president of programming and network strategy since joining the network in early 2007, will now focus her energies on broader, large-scale network initiatives, including aggressive multi-platform development and international-distribution growth. Previously bicoastal, she will be based in the channel’s New York office. Her two programming direct reports, Laura Hockridge, executive producer, and David Scott, executive director of acquisitions and planning, have been promoted to vice presidents of original programming and programming, respectively.
Quoss will continue to report to Ken Solomon, chairman and CEO, Tennis Channel, as will the Los Angeles-based Scott and Hockridge now as well, geographically streamlining the network’s process moving forward.
“This transition represents the next exciting chapter in the Tennis Channel’s evolutionary book,” said Solomon. “In the past couple of years we’ve matured into a full-fledged television network, a tennis sports-and-lifestyle destination that offers all four of the Grand Slams; thousands of hours of tournament coverage, including the sport’s top 60; hundreds of hours of original series, specials and high-quality documentaries; and live, 24-hour HD sports content that’s second to none. Victoria has been a major contributor to this expansion, and now will turn her focus toward the network strategy function of her role with me. Likewise, I look forward to working closely with Laura and David as well, both of whom have done a tremendous amount to bring the department to the place it is today.”
In 2006 Scott joined Tennis Channel as director of acquisitions and program planning, and was promoted to executive director in this role in 2007. As vice president of programming he will oversee long-term programming strategy, promo and program scheduling, telecast rights negotiation, acquisitions and traffic. Scott’s efforts in 2008 have introduced Tennis Channel viewers to classic matches with all-time fan favorites and documentaries from such widespread tennis stories as a Ugandan tennis player chasing his pro-tennis dream in America to up-and-coming tennis players as they follow the junior circuit. This is in addition to licensing top-flight tennis content first seen on other networks, such as HBO’s Billie Jean King: Portrait of a
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Champion, VERSUS’ Martina Navratilova: Soul of a Champion, and A&E Biography pieces on Hall of Famers Chris Evert, Arthur Ashe and John McEnroe.
Scott came to the network from Comcast’s G4 Network in Los Angeles, where he was senior manager, program planning. Before this he spent several years as a strategic program planner at ESPN in Cheshire, Conn., and saw to the scheduling of all original entertainment programs on the network. He has also held various positions at Fox Sports Net in Houston and Los Angeles.
“Laura and David have distinguished themselves as superb executives, building and running their areas of the company day by day, and are the most-qualified people in the business for these positions at this moment in time,” said Quoss. “Their advancements are both a compliment to the success of their efforts and further evidence of the network’s ascension. At the same time, I’m looking forward to focusing on strategic initiatives for the network.”
Hockridge has been an executive producer with Tennis Channel since 2006, after joining the network as senior producer in 2003. During her tenure she has launched and supervised close to a dozen original network series and a wide variety of internally produced specials. In addition to her guidance on Tennis Channel mainstay programs Open Access, Murphy’s Guide, No Strings and Destination Tennis this year, Hockridge developed and introduced the network’s Signature
Series line of special tennis documentaries in 2008, along with US Open miniseries Only at the Open and tennis instructional show Tennis Channel Academy, hosted by legend Tracy Austin.
Before Tennis Channel, Hockridge worked as a studio producer for USA Network’s coverage of the US Open, and as a coordinating producer for CNBC. Hockridge also was a producer for political talk show host John McLaughlin in Washington, D.C.
Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.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 the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Olympus 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 DIRECTV and DISH Network.
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