Hill, who introduced technological advances to both cricket and the NFL in the US, has been appointed by FOX to oversee American Idol and X Factor as big live event brands.
Hill is currently senior executive vp at News Corp. but will take on the more traditional network-producer relationship on the network’s two singing competition shows. He will serve as the network’s point person for the producers.
A source tells the Hollywood Reporter: “They see a strong transition in David. These shows are well-oiled machines in some cases. He’ll serve as the main person from the network who’ll focus on them while a new as-yet-undetermined reality head will focus on development while getting up to speed on everything already in production and the pipeline.”
Season 12 of American Idol saw a double-digit drop in ratings.