Career Coach: Sports Management with CEO, Emmy Winner & Executive Producer of FOX Sports
Eric Shanks is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of FOX Sports. Shanks oversees all entities within FOX Sports, including the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes; FOX College Sports and FOX Sports Digital.
An accomplished inventor, producer and executive, Shanks has worked his way up from a Broadcast Associate in the year FOX Sports launched to becoming its CEO and Executive Producer. Named to the position in June 2010 at age 38, he is believed to be the youngest executive to lead a broadcast network sports division ever.
Shanks’ appointment is the very definition of the American corporate success story. A winner of more than 20 Sports Emmy Awards, holder of 11 U.S. patents, and a member of the Sports Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” Hall of Fame, he oversees programming, production, field and studio operations, marketing, promotion, communications, business and legal affairs for America’s top-rated sports network. He also directs all aspects of FOX Sports’ television investments and partnerships, and was instrumental in the formation of FoxBet, a groundbreaking partnership with and investment in the Stars Group. In addition, Shanks spearheads the division’s strategy of pursuing major event programming to ensure FOX Sports’ position as a premier network sports broadcaster.
Shanks served as Executive Vice President for entertainment for DIRECTV from 2004-2010, where he invented the NFL RedZone channel. He was responsible for DIRECTV’s original entertainment, regional sports networks, advanced products and advertising sales. In that role, Shanks developed innovative content and services that were compelling and distinct. His advances include the launch of DIRECTV on DEMAND, the creation of the NFL RedZone, as well as the partnership between DIRECTV and Augusta National for the multiscreen coverage of The Masters.
In 2001, Shanks created Sky Italia’s sports networks for NewsCorp. He created Sky Sports 1 and 2 and oversaw the acquisition of Serie A rights and was the executive producer there during its inaugural launch season.
Shanks originally joined FOX Sports in 1994, the network’s inaugural NFL season. He also served on production crews for FOX Sports’ coverage of the NHL and MLB. Shanks helped develop the yellow first-down line that is a staple of today’s televised football coverage and the FOXTrax “glowing puck.” He began his sports television career as a broadcast associate at CBS Sports in 1993.
Shanks serves on the Board of Directors for the Big Ten Network; and holds a seat on the Board of Governors and chairs the Pacific Region for the Boys and Girls Club of America.
An Indiana native, Shanks attended Indiana University and now resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Brenda, daughter Maisie and sons, Jack and David.
Warren Packard is the co-founder and CEO of Thuuz Sports, the market leading B2B Personalized Video Platform that leverages AI to enable automated personalized highlights, condensed games, and multi-sport compilations, as well as personalized sports guides and real-time sports excitement alerts. Prior to starting Thuuz, Warren was a Managing Director of the Silicon Valley venture capital firm, DFJ. Over fifteen years, he led the firm’s investments in over two dozen companies, leading to eighteen acquisitions and three IPOs. During Warren’s tenure at DFJ, the firm was the lead early-stage investor in such luminary companies as Hotmail, Skype, Baidu, Tesla, and SpaceX. Prior to joining DFJ, Warren co-founded Angara Database Systems, a main memory database company, which was acquired by Personify. Prior to co-founding Angara, Warren was a Senior Principal Engineer in the Advanced Product Development Group at Baxter International. Warren is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University and holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering: Smart Product Design. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
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YJP is excited to announce our Career Development Workshop with Eric Shanks, CEO & Executive Producer of FOX Sports!
Please join YJP and Eric Shanks on August 5th at 5pm as we discuss the changing sports market as well as leading a business through this transitional time. Our digital community will have the opportunity to partake in an intimate and candid discussion with a Q&A session. Through this mentorship initiative, young professionals will have the exclusive opportunity to connect with CEO's of top companies. Come prepared with all your burning questions!
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This event is complimentary for:
Young Leadership members and above levels.
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