Christopher Ottinger has been named executive vice president of international television distribution at MGM Worldwide Television Group, effective immediately.

The 14-year veteran of the global television industry will be based at MGM's headquarters in Los Angeles and reports to MGM Worldwide TV co-president Gary Marenzi.

Ottinger will assume direct oversight of MGM's pay TV licensing and business development outside North America and will work closely with Marenzi on overall international TV sales planning, acquisitions and programming.

He most recently served as executive vice president for both Fox World and Fox Television Studios International from October 2005 to May 2007.

Prior to that held the post of senior vice president of business development and co-production for Paramount International Television from 1997-2005, and served from 1993-97 as executive director of business affairs for MGM's international and domestic television operations.