Tennis Channel Promotes Programming, Production Staff
LOS ANGELES — Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis, today announced the promotions of executives in both its programming and production departments. The programming department’s David Scott advances from director of acquisitions and program planning to executive director of acquisitions and program planning. Production’s Bob Whyley rises from director of production to coordinating producer.
Scott continues to report to Victoria Quoss, executive vice president, programming and network strategy, while Whyley remains a direct report under Larry Meyers, senior vice president, production, and executive producer. Both promotions are effective immediately.
Joining Tennis Channel in 2006, Scott will continue to split his time between finalizing network rights deals and fine tuning the rollout of on-air programming, and will now oversee Los Angeles programming operations. He came to the network from Comcast’s G4 Network in Los Angeles, where he was senior manager, program planning. In this role he determined premiere dates; implemented stunts, holiday programming and various online initiatives; and played an integral role in the acquisition of such programs as The Man Show, Fastlane, Cops and Star Trek, resulting in 12 consecutive months of ratings growth.
Prior to G4, Scott 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, among them Junction Boys, Pardon the Interruption, Playmakers and Sports Reporters. He held various positions at Fox Sports Net before this, working in both Houston and Los Angeles.
Whyley, who has been at Tennis Channel since 2003, is now responsible for domestic tournament production, dealing with both technical and editorial aspects of the network’s match telecasts. In addition to events in Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Indianapolis; and Delray Beach, Fla., this list includes the network’s own ATP and women’s USTA tournament in Las Vegas, the Tennis Channel Open. Whyley will also oversee the network’s growing production department and operational needs such as planning, scheduling and other processes that cover an increasing amount of high-definition work to accompany the channel’s pending HD activity in 2008.
At Fox Sports Net for five years before joining Tennis Channel, Whyley served as a production coordinator, production manager, associate producer or feature producer on the network’s coverage of a wide variety of competitions. These include ATP and WTA Tour tennis, NASCAR and Formula One auto racing, NCAA football, ACC and Pac-10 conference NCAA basketball, NBA Halftime Report, NFL Europe, and Major League Baseball.
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