SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
NEW YORK – Rick Jaffe, Senior Vice President & Executive Producer for Fox Sports Net’s national production group and former Executive Sports Editor of the Los Angeles Times, has been appointed to the newly created position of Senior Vice President & Editor-In-Chief, FOX Sports Interactive Media, effective immediately (FSIM). The announcement was made today by Jeff Husvar, FSIM Executive Vice President & General Manager.
As Editor-In-Chief, Mr. Jaffe oversees all news and editorial operations for the FOX Sports digital network. The Network captured 23.5 million unique visitors this past May, and includes FOXSports on MSN, Scout, WhatIfSports and the FOX regional sports network websites. Recently, FSIM strengthened its content by adding Pulitzer Prize-winning automotive columnist Dan Neal, Daily Variety’s media critic Brian Lowry as a weekly contributor and NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira to an already impressive roster of writers.
“Creating this new role and bringing Rick onto our executive team is just another signal of our commitment to sports journalism and high quality digital programming,” said Mr. Husvar.”
Ed Bunnell, FSIM’s Senior Vice President, Content & Programming, continues to develop the division’s long-term content production strategy. Under Mr. Bunnell’s direction, FOXSports.com added a number of high-profile editorial contributors including award-winning columnists Jason Whitlock, Mark Kriegel, Ken Rosenthal and Lee Spencer. He also heads FOX Sports Digital Entertainment, FSIM’s industry-leading digital video content production/distribution unit. FSDE, commissioned in September 2009, creates programming exclusively for FOXSports.com on MSN. FOXSports.com typically produces more than four hours of exclusive Web video daily, including the acclaimed “Lunch with Benefits” series, a weekday programming lineup of five mid-day shows that evolves throughout the year, staying current with the sports calendar.
“Ed’s creativity and understanding of how content is consumed on digital platforms has been instrumental in creating unique experiences for FOX Sports users, and now he can focus on continued innovation for our millions of users,” added Mr. Husvar.
Mr. Jaffe served in his previous position at FSN for the past years 10 years, and has overseen such shows as the Final Score, Pro Football Preview, the BCS Breakdown and BCS Ratings Shows, The Baseball Report and FSN Across America. In addition, Mr. Jaffe also worked at FOXSports.com as Executive Producer of the site in 2000.
Prior to joining FOX, Rick was the Executive Sports Editor of The Los Angeles Times from 1995 to 2000, where he supervised a staff of 80 and was responsible for the day-to-day operation, including the content, editing, design and layout of the section. Jaffe’s work background also includes stops at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he was Deputy Managing Editor for the Sports, Photo and Graphics departments, The defunct National Sports Daily, where he served as Deputy Managing Editor for the nation’s first all sports daily newspaper and served as an Assistant Sports Editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit News and Orlando Sentinel.
Mr. Jaffe was born and raised in Orlando and graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1979 with a BA in Journalism. He has lived in the Los Angeles area for the past fifteen years.
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