​Former Fox executive David Hill announced his departure on Tuesday, saying he has plans to launch his own production company.

Hill is currently senior EVP of 21st Century Fox and chairman of National Geographic Channels in the U.S. He will step down in July in order to launch his production company, Hilly, which will be backed by Fox and will focus on live TV and reality projects.

His departure comes shortly after the news that James Murdoch will take over as CEO on July 1, taking over for his father Rupert Murdoch and COO Chase Carey.

“David is a dynamic and imaginative leader who has changed the experience of nearly all major sports on three continents,” said Rupert Murdoch in a statement. “Whether it was launching Sky Television, the Fox Network, Fox Sports or the regional sports networks, we owe him an enormous debt for his nearly thirty years of contributions.”

Hill has been with Fox for decades, but is primarily credited with the formation of Fox Sports. He served as the network’s president in the ‘90s, later becoming chairman of the Fox Sports Media Group and led the launch of Fox Sports 1 and 2 in 2013.

Read more at Broadcasting & Cable.

Brief Take: With James Murdoch finally officially taking over, Fox will likely see several shifts like this one throughout the year.

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