CBS Names Wisnia EVP, Affiliate Relations

David Wisnia, the former Star TV executive, will work on negotiating new affiliation contracts while helping to oversee the department's operations and personnel.

David Wisnia today was named executive vice president, affiliate relations for the CBS Television Network.

Wisnia will work closely with Diana Wilkin, president, affiliate relations, in negotiating new affiliation contracts while helping to oversee the department’s operations and personnel.  In addition, Wisnia will serve as a senior liaison to the Affiliate Board and station/group owners. The appointment is effective Aug. 15.

Wisnia most recently was senior vice president, distribution, sales and marketing/head of North American and European operations for News Corp.’s Star TV, where he oversaw day-to-day operations of those region’s businesses, including P&L, affiliate relations, advertising, marketing, local programming, as well as strategic planning for growth.

Before Star TV, Wisnia was VP, business and legal affairs for Fox Cable Networks, where he helped oversee the business and legal affairs department for Fox Sports International/Fuel TV cable television channels, domestically and internationally. During this time he also helped manage the Fox Sports channel in the Middle East as well as worked as the lead attorney in negotiations with major sports leagues (including Major League Baseball, National Football League, NASCAR and the PGA).  Wisnia previously worked as director, associate director and attorney for the division.

Wisnia earned his J.D. from Tulane Law School and his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine.

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