'Slumdog' champion Rice promoted at News Corp.

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Posted: Jul 23, 2012 4:53 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — News Corp. on Monday gave another promotion to the executive behind the underdog hit "Slumdog Millionaire."

Peter Rice, who had been chairman of entertainment for Fox Networks Group since 2010, was named chairman and chief executive for the entire group. That includes the Fox broadcast network, Fox Sports, FX, Fox International Channels and the National Geographic channels.

David Hill, who had been chief executive of Fox Sports, was named senior executive vice president and will focus on programming, digital initiatives and other opportunities across the company.

Fox Sports executives who had reported to Hill will now report to Rice.

The move represents another move up for Rice, who turned niche films like "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Wrestler" into highly acclaimed moneymakers as president of Fox Searchlight. Previous to that job, he was executive vice president of production at the main 20th Century Fox studio.