The CW has a new head of business affairs.
The network has hired former Masterclass, Quibi and Fox executive Tom Martin as Chief Business Affairs and General Counsel.
The hire is the latest at The CW, which recently brought in Brad Schwartz as President of Entertainment, Heather Olander as Chief Unscripted and Chris Spadaccini as Chief Marketing Officer, following its acquisition by Nexstar.
Martin has experience structuring and negotiating business models and deals for scripted, unrehearsed and documentary programming for broadcast television, cable television and broadcast platforms, which will be beneficial given the CW’s new focus.
Martin most recently served as Head of Business Affairs at the MasterClass education platform. Prior to that, Martin was the head of BA for Quibi, where he worked to create the business model and deal structure for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s short-form streaming platform. Prior to Quibi, Martin served as SVP, Business Affairs at Fox Broadcasting Company, where he was the lead negotiator for all of Fox’s unscripted programming, negotiating deals for The masked singer and I can see your voice. He also spent 15 years at Comcast and NBCUniversal, where he made deals for The Kardashians as part of their E! SHOW Keeping up with the Kardashians.
“As The CW Network evolves at a rapid pace, we are excited to have Tom come on board,” commented Dennis Miller, President of The CW Network. “With his vast experience and knowledge of talent, production and media platforms, I am confident that Tom will deftly manage the wide range of projects we are bringing to the network.”
“I am honored and excited to be joining Dennis, Brad and the rest of the team at this turning point for the network,” added Martin. “I look forward to playing my part in helping The CW reach new heights.”
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