One Championship Adds Longtime Turner Broadcasting Executive to Board of Directors

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 12, 2021
One Championship has added a prominent executive with significant ties to the sports world to its Board of Directors.

The Singapore-based promotion announced on Monday that David Levy, who notably had a 30-year tenure at Turner Broadcasting Inc., will serve as Lead Director and be “actively involved in the development and execution of One’s strategy to expand its live events, content platforms, and reach in the U.S. and other key international markets, including assisting in the company’s media rights expansion efforts.”

“David is an industry pioneer who helped redefine how millions of people enjoy sports and entertainment programming,” One CEO Chatri Sityodtong said in a release. “He is the perfect addition to our Board with his proven track record of working with the largest sports leagues in the world, putting together innovative rights packages that create value for broadcast partners, corporate sponsors, athletes, and fans, and deep understanding of how to deliver engaging content across digital platforms to capture a younger, on-the-move generation. We look forward to working with David as we accelerate our strategy to bring our popular martial arts and gaming content to the U.S. and other international markets.”

Levy notably held a position as president with Turner Broadcasting for six years, where he oversaw 6,000 employees and helped garner $9 billion in revenue. As far as the sports world, Levy played an integral in acquiring media rights for Turner to events such as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, NBA, MLB and PGA Tour. He also helped arrange agreements outside of traditional broadcast deals that allowed Turner to expand its digital media and content platforms.

“Ond has built a remarkable content platform around its martial arts and esports businesses that is captivating global audiences, especially younger, tech-savvy viewers and fans,” Levy said. “In just 10 years, the company has achieved a level of worldwide popularity that took other sports franchises many decades to build, and I am honored to join the Board at this exciting time in its history. One has an incredibly talented and visionary Board and management team, and I believe my complementary experiences and relationships will enable us to capture the significant opportunities that lie ahead as the demand for live sports and creative programming reaches new heights across traditional and digital channels.”

In recent months, One Championship has worked diligently to expand its reach into the United States, most notably through its “One on TNT” broadcasts, which aired domestically in primetime on cable television over the course of April.

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