Eric Shanks is President, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer of FOX Sports. Shanks oversees all entities within FOX Sports, including FS1, FS2, the FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Deportes and all digital ventures. Shanks and FOX Networks Group President & COO Randy Freer were the driving force behind the historic and successful launch of FS1 and FS2 on Aug. 17, 2013.
As Executive Producer of all FOX Sports productions, Shanks is responsible for the look, sound, editorial content and superior quality of FOX Sports’ studio and game broadcasts. Named President of FOX Sports in June 2010 at age 38, he is believed to be the youngest president of a broadcast network sports division ever. Shanks is the third president of FOX Sports since its inception in December 1993, succeeding David Hill and Ed Goren.
Shanks assumes the day-to-day responsibilities of the FOX Sports broadcast network, overseeing programming, production, field and studio operations, marketing, promotion, communications, business and legal affairs. He also directs all aspects of FOX Sports’ television investments and partnerships. In addition, Shanks spearheads the division’s strategy of pursuing major event programming to ensure FOX Sports’ position as a premier network sports broadcaster.
Initially joining FOX Sports in 1994 as a broadcast associate, Shanks’ appointment is the very definition of the American corporate success story. A multiple Sports Emmy Award-winner and member of the “Sports Business Journal’s” prestigious “40 Under 40” Hall of Fame, he was also recently honored as “Multichannel News’” 2015 Sports Executive of the Year and “Broadcasting & Cable’s” 2016 TV Sports Executive of the Year.
Shanks served as Executive Vice President for entertainment for DIRECTV from 2004-10, overseeing business activities related to the development of DIRECTV’s original entertainment, advanced products and advertising sales. In addition, he also was responsible for the DIRECTV Sports Networks business unit comprised of regional sports networks in Seattle, Denver and Pittsburgh. In that role, Shanks developed innovative content and services that were compelling and distinct. His advances include the launch of DIRECTV on DEMAND; The 101 Network; DIRECTV’s exclusive NASCAR package; the creation of the “NFL RedZone” feature to DIRECTV’s exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket package and its 3D programming initiative; and development of the partnership between DIRECTV and Augusta National for multiscreen coverage of The Masters.
In 2006, Shanks formed DIRECTV’s first in-house advertising sales team. He originally joined DIRECTV in 2004 from FOX as Senior Vice President of Advanced Services and Content, responsible for business activities related to the development of DIRECTV receivers and advanced services such as digital video recording, interactive television and high-definition television.
Prior to joining DIRECTV, Shanks served as a producer at FOX Sports and as Vice President of Enhanced Programming for FOX Television Networks. Shanks also served as Executive Producer of Sky Sports 1 & 2, where he launched Sky TV’s soccer coverage in Italy. His accomplishments there include producing NFL Europe coverage and FSN’s THE BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD, in addition to launching Sky Sports 1 and 2 for the Sky Italia platform in Italy.
Shanks first joined FOX Sports for the network’s inaugural NFL season in 1994. He also served on production crews for FOX Sports’ coverage of the NHL and MLB. Shanks helped develop the FOXTrax “glowing puck” and yellow first-down line that is a staple of today’s televised football coverage. He began his sports television career as a broadcast associate at CBS Sports in 1993.
A native of Brazil, Ind., Shanks lives in Los Angeles with his wife Brenda, daughter Maisie, and sons Jack and David.