Stuart Tenzer has been appointed svp of business and legal affairs for Fox International Channels (FIC). He’ll deal with the company’s global negotiations with major studios and as it expands original development he’ll negotiate on new programming deals and handle international business affairs for its portfolio of global shows. Most recently, Tenzer consulted for FX Networks through his entertainment and media consulting company Coast Road Media, which he founded in 2009. He also served as svp at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, leading its entertainment marketing and corporate consulting practice and digital media group. Tenzer also served as svp of WME’s Television Business Affairs department for 13 years and worked in business affairs at Stephen J. Cannell Productions. Stuart tells us he enjoys hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, sailing, kayaking and is a big fan of jazz, having worked at major Jazz festivals around the US and Europe. He also loves fútbol. In fact, his younger son was recruited to play soccer for UCLA as a goalkeeper. Guilty pleasures include make-your-own yogurt toppings, “Walking Dead” and “Scandal,” and any book by Nelson DeMille or the late Stephen J. Cannell, “with whom I had the distinct pleasure of working for almost 9 years in the late 80’s and early 90’s,” he tells us. Stuart’s future goal is a noble one: “being able to receive some notable award just so I can thank my wife publically for all of her support throughout our marriage.”
Discovery Channel has upped Michael Sorensen to vp of development and production. He’s tasked with bringing new series and specials to the network, leading development concepts, supervising production of current series and identifying new talent in front of and behind the camera. His last position was senior director of development for Discovery Channel, where he was behind series such as “Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda,” “Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice” and “Yukon Men.” Prior to working at Discovery Channel, he was senior director of program development at Science Channel and worked on “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman,” “Dark Matters” and “Oddities.” Other past roles include a stint at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in the Television Alternative Department and a development executive position for Atlas Media Corporation. You may not be aware of this little fact about Mike: He’s Discovery’s Shark Week man. Mike oversees the development and production of its programming slate and can tell you just about anything there is to know about sharks. Great Whites, Bull Sharks, Goblin Sharks…. You name it. However: Mike has never seen a live shark in person. He tells us his guilty pleasure is “Family Feud.” It’s true. He knows the host line up from the series premiere to present day. A weekday day is not complete without watching the Feud when he gets home from work.
Mike Davies was promoted to svp, technical and field operations for FOX Sports. His duties include managing day-to-day live broadcast operations for FOX Sports, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. He takes on the role in place of the recently-retired Jerry Steinberg, who has worked at FOX Sports for two decades. Steinberg continues to serve as a consultant. Previously, Davies held the vp role. He joined FOX Sports in 2006 as a director. Before working for the company he spent 10 years at HBO Sports, most recently as director of East Coast production, and he worked for King World Productions prior to that. Mike tells us he enjoys hiking, camping and the outdoors in general. He recently spent three months camping in Alaska. His greatest professional moment? A shoot at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, where he took 44 crew members and an assembled team from 4 countries to film the Fox NFL Pregame show. Mike also enjoys working on, flying and fixing broken RF Helicopters and Drones with his 5 year old, Kai.
Comcast has tapped as Kalyn Hove vp for Comcast Business in the Twin Cities region. She’s responsible for operational and strategic leadership for the region’s team, including operations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri and Kansas. Hove’s last position was global vp for collaboration at Level 3, formerly Global Crossing, where she managed more than 125 employees as well as compensation design, revenue growth and sales objectives for 6,000 customers. Kalyn tells us she enjoys traveling abroad, watching her 14-year-old son play football and basketball and her 17-year-old daughter excel with her photography.
Juan “JC” Acosta was upped to evp, CFO and executive-in-charge of production for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) – The Americas, which operates global brands in the US Hispanic, Latin America and Canada markets. He’ll head up the financial leadership of the company’s entertainment portfolio, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1 and Tr3s in the US. He’ll also supervise the company’s original production strategy, including English-language adaptions of Latin America formats for sister networks, and oversee finance, production management, customizations and franchise expansions as well. Prior to assuming the role, Acosta was svp, CFO and executive-in-charge of production, having joined VIMN in 2007. He is the former director of finance for NBCU/Telemundo Network Group and also was part of the Corporate Audit functions at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and the Walt Disney Company in California. Juan tells us he’s a huge music fan, with more than 20,000 songs in his library. An animal lover, Juan has dogs, cats and a koi pond.