Longtime Major League Baseball executive Bill Morningstar is the President of MLB Network and Executive Vice President of MLB sponsorship sales. Morningstar, who led the advertising sales team that helped launch MLB Network in 2009 before joining the Commissioner’s Office in 2013, has oversight of all day-to-day operations of MLB Network. Morningstar also has oversight of all day-to-day operations of NHL Network, which has shared production facilities with MLB Network since 2015. Morningstar assumed oversight of MLB Network and NHL Network in December 2021.
Previously MLB’s Executive Vice President of Sponsorship Sales, Morningstar continues his sales oversight of MLB’s official partners, including T-Mobile, Chevy, Mastercard and Anheuser-Busch, plus sales for all MLB media properties like MLB Network, MLB.com, the 30 Club sites, MLB.tv, MLB apps, MLB International Sales, MiLB and Little League.
In his role at the Commissioner’s Office, Morningstar has overseen noteworthy activations showcasing and utilizing MLB Network content and production resources. In a continual effort to enhance the fan viewing experience, Morningstar and his team brought forth technology advancements including 5G batting practice content powered by T-Mobile at the 2021 All-Star Game and Game 1 of the 2020 World Series, plus NTT’s 2019 ALDS Game 3 Ultra Reality Viewing Party, and point-of-view footage powered by iON cameras at the 2016 All-Star Futures Game. Since 2018, MLB Network Showcase telecasts have featured several sponsored in-game enhancements, including the use of virtual signage and double-box ad formats for uninterrupted game coverage. With MLB Network as the production arm, additional integrations have included Statcast game telecasts powered by Google Cloud and original Business of Baseball roundtable programs presented by CohnReznick.
Prior to joining MLB Network for its launch in 2009, Morningstar served as Executive Vice President, Media Sales of The WB Television Network and played a significant role in launching The WB in 1994. While at WB, Morningstar worked with advertising agencies, media buying services and their clients, and was responsible for all network advertising revenues for The WB primetime, daytime, kids and digital. Prior to joining The WB in 1994, Morningstar was a Vice President in the network group at Grey Advertising.
Marc Caiafa is the Senior Vice President of Production for MLB Network.
Caiafa, who has oversight of all day-to-day content of MLB Network, has been instrumental in MLB Network’s production at Major League Baseball’s jewel events and field shoots. Since joining MLB Network for its launch in 2009, Caiafa has also led MLB Network’s coordination with all 30 clubs, including the booking of studio and on-site interviews with players, managers and front office personnel. Caiafa joined MLB Network as a Coordinating Producer in 2009 and most recently served as a Senior Coordinating Producer.
Prior to joining MLB Network, Caiafa worked at Major League Baseball Productions from 1999 to 2008 as a coordinating producer of field production, and for NBA Entertainment from 1997 to 1998. Caiafa attended Archbishop Molloy High School and graduated from Manhattan College in 1994.
Brent Fisher is the Senior Vice President of Distribution, Affiliate Sales & Marketing for MLB Network.
Fisher, who joined MLB Network in 2008 as Senior Director of Distribution, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, is responsible for overseeing the relationship between the network and satellite, cable, and telco operators and for continuing to grow MLB Network's distribution.
Before joining MLB Network, Fisher spent five years in Affiliate Sales at NFL Network.
Fisher earned his master's degree in Management of Sports Industries from the University of New Haven in 2003.
Prior to attending the University of New Haven, Fisher spent four years playing professional basketball in Portugal, Israel and in the United States Basketball League.
Fisher earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1998.
Chris Mallory is the Senior Vice President of Creative Services for MLB Network. Mallory is responsible for overseeing the graphic design and art direction of MLB Network's on-air programming, including the multiple Emmy Award-winning "MLB Tonight."
Before joining MLB Network in 2008, Mallory spent two years as the senior creative director for ESPN on ABC. Prior to ESPN on ABC, Mallory was the creative director for ABC Sports, where he produced the animation packages for every ABC Sports franchise, including Super Bowl XXXIV and XXXVII, Monday Night Football, College Football Bowl Championship Series, the Indy Racing League series, figure skating and the inaugural Formula 1 Race.
Prior to joining ABC Sports, Mallory was the art director for ABC News, where he was responsible for the production design of Good Morning America, 20/20, World News Tonight and special events, including ABC's presidential election coverage. Mallory began his career as an apprentice at NBC News in 1987.
Mallory's work has been honored with more than 30 nominations and 12 Sports Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, including four while at MLB Network: Outstanding Production Design and Art Direction (2009); Outstanding Graphic Design (2009); Outstanding Graphic Design: "The Scrapbook" (2012); and Outstanding Graphic Design: Post Produced: "MLB Tonight" (2013).
Mallory earned his BFA from Parsons New School for Design in New York.
Tony Santomauro is the Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration for MLB Network.
Santomauro, the former Vice President of the Miss Universe Organization, is responsible for directing the financial and administrative services and components in order to build and grow the MLB Network.
Santomauro brings with him nine years of business planning experience while with the Miss Universe Organization, where he was responsible for all financial and strategic planning that ensured the development and growth of the company.
Prior to his work with the Miss Universe Organization, Santomauro spent nine years as the Director of Finance for CBS Sports. During his time at CBS, Santomauro handled day to day finance and business planning functions as well as supported live special events including the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics.
Susan Stone is Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering for MLB Network.
Stone oversees all production and studio operations as well as remote operations, such as on-site MLB Network production operations, game broadcasts, Spring Training shows and All-Star Game studio shows.
Stone most recently served as Remote Operations Executive for NFL Network for over two years. Prior to NFL Network, Stone served as Director Production Services, CBS Sports; and Director Production Management & Venue Operations, NBC Olympics.
Erick Van Tuyl
Erick Van Tuyl is Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for MLB Network. Van Tuyl is responsible for overseeing all business and legal affairs matters for MLB Network and NHL Network, including distribution agreements, on-air talent agreements and program acquisition agreements, as well as counseling management in a wide array of legal fields.
Van Tuyl joined MLB Network as Director of Business & Legal Affairs in 2008 as part of the team that launched the network in a record 50 million households.
Prior to joining MLB Network, Van Tuyl was the Vice President of Business Affairs at Televisual MediaWorks/Turner Media Group, responsible for all day-to-day business and legal affairs matters for the company’s suite of eight television networks, its advertising agency and its interactive television group. Prior to his work with Televisual MediaWorks/Turner Media Group, Van Tuyl was Director of Business Affairs at Virgin Records America/Blue Note Records, a subsidiary of EMI Records, where he was responsible for drafting and negotiating various record label agreements, including artist recording agreements.
Van Tuyl graduated from Brooklyn Law School and Brandeis University.