WWE sent out a press release this morning, announcing that both Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman have been named Executive Directors and will be working directly with Vince McMahon.
Eric Bischoff will be the Executive Producer of Smackdown Live, and Paul Heyman will be the Executive Producer of Monday Night Raw.
These roles are both new positions, and means that each of the them will be overseeing creative development.
This counts as a big move for WWE, since many fans have argued the direction in which the company’s creative has been going. Also, as Smackdown LIVE get’s ready to air on Fox on this Fall- it’s important to get as much positive traction heading into this new network.
Below is the full press release:
WWE® NAMES PAUL HEYMAN AND ERIC BISCHOFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
Stamford, Conn., June 27, 2019 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that it has named Paul Heyman as Executive Director of Monday Night Rawand Eric Bischoff as Executive Director of SmackDown Live, newly created positions reporting directly to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.
In their executive roles, Heyman and Bischoff will oversee the creative development of WWE’s flagship programming and ensure integration across all platforms and lines of business. The creation of these roles further establishes WWE’s ability to continuously reinvent its global brand while providing two distinct creative processes for its flagship shows.
With more than 30 years of experience in the sports entertainment industry, Heyman served as President of ECW from 1993-2001, securing pay-per-view distribution for the company as well as a national cable television deal with TNN. After his time with ECW, Heyman joined WWE’s Creative team and is widely credited with helping launch the careers of many current and former WWE Superstars.
Bischoff is a former WCW President and New York Times bestselling author. During his WCW career, Bischoff oversaw the signing of some of the biggest names in sports entertainment and helped create and develop the NWO storyline. He was also instrumental in securing a television deal forWCW Monday Nitro on TNT and WCW Thunder on TBS. After WCW, Bischoff co-founded Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment, a production company that launched TV reality shows and mobile games.