Paul Butler has been named the general manager of Aspire, Magic Johnson‘s new cable network, according to Jon Weisman of Variety.

Butler is a senior vice president and general counsel at the Gospel Music Channel in Atlanta —  a role he will continue during his transition to Aspire. The former Viacom executive has handled the day-to-day operations for Aspire since Johnson announced his plans to launch a network for African Americans in February.

“We conducted an extensive search for the right person to lead Aspire and found that he was right here all along, and already on the GMC team,” said Johnson. “Paul has a long track record of success with GMC with a wide range of responsibility and oversight.