John Entz Returns to FOX as Senior VP of Production
Veteran sports television producer John Entz has returned to FOX as Senior Vice President, Production, FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG). The announcement was made today by Randy Freer and Eric Shanks, Presidents and Co-COOs of FSMG, to whom Entz reports. Based in Los Angeles, Entz assumes his new position immediately.
“It’s great to be back at FOX Sports working with people I have really grown to respect and admire over the years,” said Entz. “I’m looking forward to help continue to build these networks into the greatest sports properties in the world.”
Entz’s responsibilities include all studio and event production for the networks and entities within FSMG, including FOX Sports, FOX Sports Regional Networks, SPEED, FOX Deportes, FOX Soccer, FUEL TV and FOXSports.com as it pertains to digital programming. He also serves in an advisory capacity to the Big Ten Network. Combined, these networks produce over 3,000 events annually.
“John is the consummate pro and one of the most innovative and creative producers in our business,” said Eric Shanks, president of FOX Sports Media Group. “His leadership will be a valued addition to all of the FSMG networks and we’re thrilled to welcome him back home.”
Most recently, Entz served as Senior Vice President of Production for MLB Network since September 2008, helping to launch it. He was responsible for overseeing the look and presentation of MLB Network’s studio programming and game coverage. In MLB Network’s first year on the air, Entz oversaw 2,300 live hours of programming, including the network’s signature MLB Tonight studio show and coverage of breaking news and special events. In March of 2010, Entz was honored as one of Sports Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”
Entz was formerly a Vice President and Executive Producer at Fox Sports Net where he produced the MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Show, BCS Pregame specials for FOX Sports, as well as working on FOX Sports’ Super Bowl Pregame coverage. He also oversaw the daily production of THE BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD and the show’s Top 50 Countdown specials. Prior to joining FOX in 2005, Entz worked at ESPN as an Associate Producer and Production Assistant on SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight and NFL Primetime where he won a Sports Emmy Award.