CoxReps Taps Pizzolato to Lead Cross-Platform Advertising Solutions

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NEW YORK– April 8, 2013 CoxReps has named Gene Pizzolato as its new President of its Cox Cross Media and Cox Digital Solutions divisions, effective immediately.   In this role, Pizzolato will oversee the combined organizations’ strategic development and focus on premium local solutions and audience-driven advertising.     

“Gene is a seasoned media industry executive, and his vast experience will take our product offerings to the next level as we launch a deeper, more effective multi-platform solution,” said Jim Monahan, President of CoxReps.  “Under his stewardship we have the opportunity to combine the Cox Cross Media and Cox Digital Solutions properties for a powerful best-in-class business solutions and product platform that connects our advertisers and partners in a meaningful way with viewers and users.”  

Prior to joining CoxReps, Pizzolato was under special assignment for Gannett Broadcasting, a leading media and marketing solutions company that delivers content and services across an integrated, multi-platform portfolio. There, he spearheaded the record-setting Sales and Marketing effort and execution for the London Olympics and built the Sochi 2014 strategic roadmap, which is being executed today across all Gannett NBC stations.

“I am truly energized by the possibilities ahead of us,” said Pizzolato. “The multi-screen and digital space has vast opportunity.  As technology evolves and provides us new and different ways to reach our customers, we intend to be front-and-center, blazing a very exciting trail for CoxReps.  Merging Cox Cross Media with Cox Digital Solutions will create a platform designed to provide simple solutions to advertising partners looking to maximize their national or local interests around our partners’ content, geographic dominance and high-value demographics. ”

Pizzolato’s career also includes being a member of the initial leadership team at the Golf Channel, where he held positions of Chief Operating Officer, Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.  During his tenure, Golf Channel valuations rose from $1 billion to $2.4 billion dollars.

About CoxReps
CoxReps is a leading national sales organization.  Its national television advertising footprint represents stations in markets covering more than 90 percent of U.S. television households and more than $3 billion in TV billing.  Additionally, it operates Cox Digital Solutions, which delivers targeted digital advertising, and Cox Cross Media, that develops multi-screen opportunities for advertisers.  CoxReps is owned by Cox Media Group. 

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps.  Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings.  The company’s operations currently include 19 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 88 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.  CMG currently operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 32 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners.  For more information about Cox Media Group, visit www.coxmediagroup.com.