Range Media Partners on Tuesday announced the formation of a sports division, led by former WarnerMedia executive vice president Will Funk.
The new division will produce live and on-demand original sports programming, manage and advise sports talent, assets and IP, and invest in sports content and distribution. Range Sports plans to represent current and former athletes, broadcast talent and coaches in marketing, television and film, broadcast and endorsements.
The division will be able to work with Range Media Partners’ unscripted and scripted entertainment arm, as well as the company’s existing partners with A&E Studios, to produce non-fiction projects, documentaries and real-time series.
As president, Funk will specifically oversee original content and programming operations, as well as media rights consulting, property representation, brand consulting and talent representation.
Before joining Range Media, Funk spent 21 years at WarnerMedia’s Turner Sports, where he helped build revenue partnerships on TNT for the NBA, MLB on TBS, and NHL on TNT.He has served as Senior Director of Global Media Programs at the NBA and Madison Square Garden
“We’ve had the pleasure of working with Will on a variety of projects over the years, each time understanding why he’s one of the most respected people in sports IP,” said Range Media co-founding partner Jack Whigham. The creativity, class, and execution of our team is exactly what we crave.”
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