Wayne Borg (r) with Warner Bros’ Bill Draper (Photo credit: Ausfilm)
After running Fox Studios Australia for five years Wayne Borg has moved to Los Angeles to take charge of worldwide studio operations at 21st Century Fox.
Borg has been appointed as president and general manager, studio operations at Fox, one of the divisions which Disney is acquiring in a $US71 billion deal with Rupert Murdoch’s company.
The Fox-Disney deal is expected to close in early March. Thereafter Disney will reveal which Fox staffers will be offered positions at the enlarged company; the rest will be offered redundancy.
John Hughes, head of commercial and operations at the studios, has been named as acting MD. Hughes will provide “great leadership as the company transitions over the coming months to the Disney organisation,” Borg said in a note to stakeholders.
Borg added: “I want to thank you for all your support and collaboration in contributing to our success and look forward to staying in touch. I’ll be regularly back in Sydney throughout the year.”
At FSA Borg took over from Nancy Romano after serving for six years as chief commercial officer and president international of Abu Dhabi- based twofour54, a government-owned body whose remit was to create a regional creative media industry hub.
Previously he was executive VP for Universal Pictures International (UPI), the London-based international division of Universal Pictures, responsible for the studio’s commercial and local content development outside North America.
He joined UPI in 2000 as MD for Australia/NZ and was promoted to VP for Latin America and Asia Pacific in 2003, based in London.