NEW YORK (AP) _ John Filippelli of ABC Sports was hired Thursday by the Yes Network, the new regional broadcasting arm of YankeeNets, to become the chief production executive.

Filippelli, 50, is a six-time Emmy Award winner. He joined NBC Sports in 1974 and rose to coordinating producer, then joined The Baseball Network in 1994. He was senior coordinating producer at Fox Sports, then became senior vice president of production at ABC Sports two years ago.

The Yes Network, a regional cable channel, plans to start broadcasting in March. It intends to televise about 125 New York Yankees' games next year and start broadcasting New Jersey Nets' games in October 2002.