ONE World Sports restructures TV affiliate team
Michelle Clancy
| 13 June 2014
US cable net ONE World Sports is expanding and reorganising its affiliate sales team to better position the global sports network to serve existing and prospective distribution partners.

Kristen McNeill has joined ONE World Sports as senior vice president of the Western Division, based in Los Angeles. She comes to the company from Tribune Company, where she was vice president of affiliate sales for the Western Region, on behalf of WGN America and Tribune's Broadcast Television Group. McNeill was responsible for negotiating distribution rights for WGN America as well as retransmission consent for 42 broadcast television stations. In her more than 15 years of cable network experience, she held sales and marketing positions with E! Networks and Fox Cable Network prior to Tribune.

In addition, Mark Romano has joined the channel as senior vice president of the Eastern Division, based in New York. Previously, he served for seven years as vice president of distribution sales and marketing with Outdoor Channel. He brings two decades of cable network experience, helping launch networks including FX Networks, CBS College Sports Television and the VOD network Mag Rack.

In 2012 CableFax honoured him with its 'Renewer' award for negotiating new launches and packaging improvements, adding more than two million Outdoor Channel subscribers in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Recently, he was named affiliate sales executive of the year by the Virginia Cable Television Association and received the first President's Award from the Broadband Cable Association of Pennsylvania.

"Both Kristen and Mark are well regarded by their customers and colleagues," said Randy Brown, ONE World Sports executive vice president of distribution. "I know they will both be wonderful additions to the ONE World Sports team as we identify and pursue subscriber growth opportunities."

ONE World Sports recently added Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and Hawaiian Telcom to its line-up of distribution partners. It is also carried on Cablevision Optimum TV, DISH Network and Mediacom Communications