The broadcaster moves him up from the same position at Sinclair’s Tennis Channel.
Sinclair Broadcast Group has promoted Lee Schlazer to vice president, distribution. Schlazer was previously VP, distribution for Sinclair-owned Tennis Channel. He will report to Barry Faber, Sinclair’s general counsel and EVP of distribution and network relations.
Additionally, Schlazer will continue to be involved in Tennis Channel distribution and affiliate relations matters.
In making the announcement, Faber said: “We are pleased to recognize Lee’s involvement in all aspects of distribution at Sinclair, beyond his historic role at Tennis Channel. He was an integral part of the ground-breaking retransmission consent deal that we just completed with the National Cable Television Cooperative at the end of 2017. Additionally, Schlazer had a critical role in completing distribution deals with Apple TV, Amazon and Roku for Tennis Channel’s OTT product Tennis Channel Plus. His deep relationships with many distributors, developed over many years of industry experience will be invaluable in his new role.”
Schlazer has been VP of distribution for Tennis Channel since 2010. Prior to that, he was Lifetime Entertainment Services’ VP of national accounts and field sales for the western region and prior to Lifetime, Schlazer was with Showtime Networks as the western division’s VP-GM.
Schlazer earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami. He attended the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) executive management program at Harvard Business School.