DirecTV's EVP of Content Strategy to Step Down; Ex-AT&T Exec to Replace Him

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DirecTV's EVP of Content Strategy to Step Down; Ex-AT&T Exec to Replace Him

DirecTV's executive vice president of content strategy and development Derek Chang is stepping down from his position, and will be replaced by ex-AT&T executive Dan York, the company said Tuesday.

Chang, who had been with DirecTV for more than six years, will depart at the end of the year. York, who formerly served as president of content and advertising sales for AT&T, will step in to begin the transition in early July, under the title of executive vice president of programming and chief content officer.

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In his new position, Chang will initially be responsible for DirecTV's programming and content rights, eventually overseeing content and Root Sports, the company's group of regional sports networks, as Chang is phased out.

"We understand Derek's desire to take his career in a different direction but I personally appreciate his advice and guidance during my own entry into the industry and his willingness to work with me on a thoughtful transition over the course of this year," DirecTV chairman, president and CEO Mike White -- to whom York will report -- said of Chang.

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White added that York brings "brings an extraordinary breadth of experience to DirecTV," noting his help in creating AT&T's U-verse video platform.

Prior to his run at AT&T, York worked as head of programming and development for In Demand Networks, and had a 12-year stint at HBO.

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