David Nathanson serves as the Head of Business Operations, FOX Sports Media Group, where he leads strategic planning, rights acquisitions, rights management, mergers and acquisitions, and new revenue generation for the leading sports media group including its various international, national, regional and digital assets.
Previously, Nathanson led the most successful launch of a new channel in U.S. television history as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer for FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. FOX Sports 1 is the fastest growing cable network in the United States reaching nearly 90 million households with programming rights to some of the world’s most prestigious sports properties including Major League Baseball, NASCAR, Ultimate Fighting Championship, FIFA, UEFA, Major League Soccer and US Open Golf. He also managed FOX Soccer Plus, the leading premium international sports network.
Prior to the launch of FS1 and FS2, Nathanson served as General Manager and Executive Vice President of FOX Soccer where he helped spearhead FOX Sports’ FIFA World Cup rights acquisition in 2011. Under his leadership, FOX Soccer was the nation’s leading television destination for domestic and international soccer, offering more than 1,700 annual hours of live matches, highlight programs, talk shows, nightly newscasts and original series including the Emmy nominated, Being: Liverpool. Foxsoccer.com was also the most visited soccer website in the U.S., while FOXSoccer2Go was the leading premium OTT platform dedicated to live soccer coverage.
Nathanson joined FOX Soccer in January 2010, after previously serving as President of Television Games Network from 2005 to 2009. Under his leadership, TVG became the largest legal Internet gaming provider in the United States and one of the most widely distributed niche sports networks on television. After years of growth in revenue and distribution, Nathanson led the sale of TVG to Betfair Group LTD in 2009.
Prior to leading TVG, Nathanson worked at News Corporation in various increasingly responsible capacities, starting in 1999 as Director of Marketing for New Media. In 2001 he was promoted to Director, Broadband Strategy and Channel Development for Fox Cable Networks and became Vice President, Advanced Services and Channel Development in 2002. Throughout most of his original tenure at Fox, Nathanson also served as General Manager of Fox College Sports. In 2004, he launched the Fox Reality Channel as Vice President, Business and Operations, where he remained until moving to TVG in 2005.
Before joining Fox, he worked for both Cablevision Systems and Comcast Corporation. Nathanson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with honors. He also holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Currently, Nathanson is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Brentwood School and serves on the board of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Los Angeles Chapter, Mapleton Investments, and Colgin Cellars. He is a four time Emmy Award winner for his work in Sports media, was the recipient of the prestigious “40 Under 40” award in 2012 presented by the Sports Business Journal and was twice named by CableFax as one of the 100 most influential persons in the television industry.