This week Fraser Stark (pictured), group general manager, Entertainment & Music, departs Foxtel following the closure of its owned and operated music channels [V], MAX, CMC and Foxtel Smooth last month.
Stark commented: “What a ride it has been. I owe Brian Walsh and everyone at Foxtel a huge debt of thanks for entrusting me with such a wide and stimulating range of functions over the years. It is heartening to see how effectively the business is evolving in these ever-changing times, and I have no doubt that it will continue to deliver the best TV offering available to Australians.”
Stark has recently taken up a new position at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – to reimagine its online video and audio offering and its distribution to new and established audiences.
“Even during the difficult impasse of Covid the allure of the MSO shimmers. Australia’s oldest Orchestra has invited me to help realise the opportunity that lies online and I couldn’t be happier – nor receive a more welcome compliment than a gig like this.”
During a 12-year history at Foxtel, Stark has led teams in Factual Entertainment, Drama, Comedy and, most recently, General Entertainment, Arts & Music.
He was the executive producer for Foxtel on Fire Fight Australia and Screen with Margaret Pomeranz and Graeme Blundell. He was also co-executive producer of the documentary history of Australian protest, The People Speak.
He launched Foxtel’s recently enlarged slate of New FOX-Branded Channels: FOX H!TS, FOX FUNNY, FOX SLEUTH, FOX SCI-FI.
During his time at Foxtel Stark also worked on CMC Rocks, Studio Max, CMC Awards, The Helpmann Awards and a range of special event programming.