Anthem Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns both IMPACT Wrestling and AXS TV, has announced a new General Manager for the latter organization. Frank J. Tanki will run the ship at both AXS TV and sister channel HDNET MOVIES, implementing extension plans and strategic direction for the channels. Here’s what he had to say upon the promotion:
This is an incredible opportunity to help lead AXS TV and HDNET MOVIES forward into the future. I was fortunate enough to work with Len and many of the talented members on the AXS TV and Anthem teams over the past few months, getting a first-hand look at the amazing assets in place—not only at AXS TV and HDNET MOVIES, but across the broader Anthem spectrum. AXS TV is already such a great brand and I look forward to driving new areas of growth with both partners and consumers alike, as we work to build best-in-class partnerships and further establish our strong relationship with the fans.
Tanki has previously worked for a decade as an executive at Viacom, most notably a stint as a creative lead at IMPACT’s old home, Spike TV, which should give him some knowledge of the former TNA’s inner workings. With AXS TV booting off NJPW and WOW programming, it seems that they’re dedicated to their investment in IMPACT, and Tanki will be one of the names that could lead the company to renewed success.