Tennis Channel Adds Lee Schlazer
LOS ANGELES — Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle, today announced the appointment of Lee Schlazer to vice president, distribution. Effective immediately, he will report to Patrick Wilson, senior vice president, distribution.
Schlazer comes to Tennis Channel from Lifetime Entertainment Services, where he was vice president of national accounts and field sales for the western region. The cable industry veteran negotiated affiliate contracts and managed a field-sales staff that was accountable for all distribution, marketing and local ad sales across 25 states. Prior to Lifetime, Schlazer was with Showtime Networks as the western division’s vice president and general manager, overseeing the area’s sales, affiliate marketing and point-of-sale training teams.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Lee to Tennis Channel and excited to add his expertise to our affiliate sales efforts,” said Wilson. “He has deep-rooted, invaluable relationships with many distributors, honed from years of experience in this business. I look forward to having him by my side as we capitalize on a programming slate that includes the top tournaments in tennis - including all four Grand Slams - to improve our network’s positioning and increase our subscriber base. It also doesn’t hurt that he grew up playing competitive tennis, so he’s a perfect fit.”
Schlazer earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami. He attended the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) executive management program at Harvard Business School and is currently in his second year as president of the CTAM west chapter. He resides in Calabasas, Calif.
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