Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 28-07-2011

Fox International Channels (FIC) has promoted Jesus Perezagua to president of FIC Europe & Africa.

Perezagua, who is credited with spearheading the growth of FIC's business in Europe, will add 15 TV channels and online businesses in the UK and Africa to his remit, and will be tasked with further integrating and building FIC’s businesses in the region. He will continue to be based in Amsterdam and report to Hernan Lopez, CEO of FIC and National Geographic Channels International.

“Consolidating our strong operations in Europe and the additional resources allocated to Africa are key to sustaining and invigorating our growth in these regions,” said Perezagua.

“I am thrilled to lead FIC’s extraordinary group of executives as we build on our first class TV channels and services to become the leading international TV group in the region.”

Perezagua has been with the company since 2003 when he was appointed managing director of FIC Iberia. Since 2005, he has directed the expansion of FIC across Eastern and Central Europe, Turkey and Greece.

Meanwhile, Jason Thorp has been promoted to executive vice-president of content, FIC Europe & Africa. Thorp will relocate to Rome, reporting to Perezagua. He will oversee FIC's pan-European programming acquisitions, production and strategy, working closely with the programming teams in each of the countries as well as with the global development and acquisitions team in Los Angeles and London.

“Owning our own content is crucial in growing the FIC business, and we now have real scale to bring to bear in that respect,” said Thorp. “A unified approach across Europe will give us the clout we need to make a big difference quickly.”

Thorp joined FIC in 2003 and has been credited with growing the FX channel brand in the UK. He will maintain his responsibility for the UK business.

“Jesus is an outstanding executive with great business acumen and a proven track record. Jason is one of the most talented content-oriented executives in all of FIC, ” said Lopez.

“As FIC looks to expand in Europe, own more content worldwide, and build a new growth engine in Africa, I am thrilled to count on their help in this new stage of our business.”