Michael BurnsVice Chairman
Mr. Burns previously served as Managing Director and Head of the Office at Prudential Securities Inc.’s Los Angeles Investment Banking Office from 1991 to March 2000.
Gordon CrawfordFormerly, Senior Vice President, Capital Research Management
Since June 1971, Mr. Crawford served in various positions at Capital Research and Management, a privately held investment management company. In December 2012, he retired as its Senior Vice President. Currently, Mr. Crawford serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Olympic Foundation, as Vice Chairman of the Paley Center for Media and is a Life Trustee on the Board of Trustees of Southern California Public Radio. Mr. Crawford was Vice Chairman at The Nature Conservancy from January 2003 to October 2012.
Arthur EvrenselPartner, Michael, Evrensel & Pawar LLP
Mr. Evrensel is Chairman of the Compensation Committee of the Board. Mr. Evrensel is a leading counsel in entertainment law relating to television and motion picture development, production, financing and distribution, as well as in the areas of new media and video game law. Mr. Evrensel is recognized as one of Canada’s leading entertainment lawyers in the Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada published by Lexpert/American Lawyer, the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s LeadingTechnology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, and in The Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White). He has lectured on business and entertainment law at McGill University, University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria.
Jon FeltheimerChief Executive Officer
Mr. Feltheimer worked for Sony Pictures Entertainment from 1991 to 1999, serving as Founder and President of TriStar Television from 1991 to 1993, as President of Columbia TriStar Television from 1993 to 1995, and, from 1995 to 1999, as President of Columbia TriStar Television Group and Executive Vice President of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Emily FinePrincipal, MHR Fund Management LLC
Emily Fine has close to 20 years of investing experience and has worked with various companies in the media industry throughout her career. She is a Principal of MHR Fund Management LLC, a New York based private equity firm that manages approximately $6 billion of capital. Ms. Fine joined MHR in 2002 and is a member of the firm’s investment committee. Her responsibilities at MHR include sourcing and managing investments and portfolio companies. Prior to joining MHR, she was Senior Vice President at Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. Ms. Fine began her career in the Telecom, Media & Technology Investment Banking Group at Merrill Lynch, where she focused primarily on media M&A transactions. She holds a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Michael T. FriesPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Global
Mike Fries is President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Global. A 30-year veteran of the cable and media industry, he has spent nearly his entire career building international distribution and programming businesses. Today, Liberty Global is the largest international cable company in the world providing 27 million customers with 56 million video, voice and broadband internet services. Liberty Global has operations in 14 countries and generates over $18 billion of revenue. Mr. Fries was a founding member of the management team that launched the company's international expansion over two decades ago, and has served in various strategic and operating capacities since that time. He was appointed president and chief executive officer in 2005 and is a member of Liberty Global's board of directors and its two-person executive committee along with the company's chairman, Dr. John C. Malone. Mr. Fries is a Telecom Governor and Steering Committee member of the World Economic Forum, and a member of World Presidents Organization. He also serves as a trustee or board member of a number of professional and philanthropic organizations including CableLabs®, The Cable Center, Museum of Contemporary Art - Denver, the Denver Biennial of the Americas, the Alliance for Choice in Education, and Teach for America, among others, and was recently appointed to the board of Grupo Televisa S.A.B. He was named Communications Executive of the Year (2010) by Communications Technology Professionals, Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications (2012) by Ernst & Young, Industry Leader of the Year (2010, 2013) by Digital TV Europe, and honored by 5280 Magazine's Top of the Town Awards, Reader's Choice as Top Humanitarian (2013). In June 2011, Mr. Fries was inducted into Cable Television Pioneers association.
Sir Lucian GraingeChairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group
Sir Lucian is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group (“UMG”), the world leader in music-based entertainment, a position he has held since March 2011. Prior to that, Sir Lucian held positions of increasing responsibility within the UMG organization, a subsidiary of Vivendi S.A., including serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music UK from 2001 until 2005 and as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UMG’s international division from 2005 until 2010. In 2011, Sir Lucian was named a Trustee of the American Friends of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. In 2012, Sir Lucian was appointed a UK Business Ambassador with a special remit from British Prime Minister David Cameron on global media, digital and entertainment and he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Northeastern University in Boston, MA. In June 2016, Sir Lucian was bestowed with a knighthood in 2016 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list for accomplishments in the music industry and leadership through its challenging times, contributions to British business and inward investment, as well as his development of innovative business models, technology and media partnerships that have expanded UMG’s global presence.
Dr. John C. MaloneChairman of the Board of Liberty Media Corporation, Liberty Interactive Corporation, Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc., Liberty Broadband Corporation and Liberty Global plc.
Dr. John C. Malone is Chairman of the Board of Liberty Media Corporation, Liberty Interactive Corporation, Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc., Liberty Broadband Corporation and Liberty Global plc. From 1996 to March 1999, when Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) merged with AT&T Corp., he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TCI. Previous to that, from 1973 to 1996, Dr. Malone served as President and Chief Executive Officer of TCI. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cato Institute, Discovery Communications, Inc., Charter Communications, Inc., Expedia, Inc. and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Additionally, Dr. Malone is Chairman Emeritus of the Board for Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. Born in 1941 in Milford, Connecticut, Dr. Malone was a Phi Beta Kappa and merit scholar at Yale University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Economics in 1963. He also received a Master of Science in Industrial Management from Johns Hopkins in 1964 and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Operations Research from Johns Hopkins in 1967. He has received two Honorary Degrees for Doctorate of Human Letters; the first from Denver University in 1992 and the second from Johns Hopkins University in 2012. Dr. Malone began his career in 1963 at Bell Telephone Laboratories/AT&T in economic planning and research and development. In 1968, he joined McKinsey & Company and in 1970 he became Group Vice President at General Instrument Corporation (GI). He was later named President of Jerrold Electronics, a GI subsidiary. He served as Director of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) from 1974 to 1977 and again from 1980 to 1993. During the 1977-1978 term, Dr. Malone was the NCTA's Treasurer. In 1983, Dr. Malone received the NCTA Vanguard Award, one of the highest honors in the cable television industry. He has received many other awards and honors which include: TVC Magazine Man of the Year Award - 1981; Wall Street Transcript's Gold Award for the cable industry's best Chief Executive Officer - 1982, 1985, 1986 and 1987; Wall Street Transcript’s Silver Award in 1984 and 1989; Women In Cable's Betsy Magness Fellowship Honoree; University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Center Award of Merit for Distinguished Entrepreneurship; American Jewish Committee Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award; Communications Technology Magazine Service and Technology Award; Bronze Award - 1993 Financial World CEO of the Year Competition; The Hopkins Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1994 and in 2004 the Hopkins Medal, the school’s highest award. He is also recognized as a Yale Sterling Fellow (Harkness Circle).
G. Scott PatersonVice Chairman, NeuLion Inc.
Mr. Paterson is Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board. Mr. Paterson is Vice Chairman of NeuLion Inc., a leader in the digital delivery of live sports to multiple Internet-connected devices for clients such as the NFL, NHL, NBA and UFC. Mr Paterson is also Chairman of Symbility Solutions Inc, a TPG company, which is a leading software-as-a-service provider to P&C carriers including Farmers, Erie and Royal Sun Alliance. From October 1998 to December 2001, Mr. Paterson served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yorkton Securities Inc. Mr. Paterson has also served as Chairman of the Canadian Venture Stock Exchange and as Vice Chairman of the Toronto Stock Exchange. In 2009, Mr. Paterson obtained the Institute of Corporate Directors designation by graduating from the Rotman Institute of Corporate Directors at the University of Toronto.
Mark H. Rachesky, M.D.President and Founder, MHR Fund Management LLC.
Dr. Rachesky is Chairman of the Board. Dr. Rachesky is the President and Founder of MHR Fund Management LLC, an investment firm that he founded in 1996. MHR manages approximately $5 billion and takes a highly differentiated, control-focused, private equity approach to investing in distressed and undervalued middle-market companies utilizing its proprietary sourcing. Dr. Rachesky holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford University School of Business, an M.D. from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Daryl SimmChairman and Chief Executive Officer, Omnicom Media Group
Since 1998, Mr. Simm has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Omnicom Media Group, a division of Omnicom Group, Inc. (OMC:NYSE), of which he is an officer.
Hardwick SimmonsFormerly Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NASDAQ
Mr. Simmons currently serves as the Chairman of Stonetex Oil Company, as lead director at Raymond James Financial, and as a Director of Invivoscribe Technologies, Inc. From February 2001 to June 2003, Mr. Simmons served first as Chief Executive Officer and then as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at The NASDAQ Stock Market Inc. From May 1991 to December 2000, Mr. Simmons served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Securities Incorporated.
David M. ZaslavChief Executive, Discovery Communications
As chief executive of Discovery Communications, David Zaslav sets the strategy and oversees all operations for the #1 pay-TV programmer in the world. Discovery networks now reach 3 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries. Zaslav has led Discovery since 2007, executing a number of initiatives that have focused the organization on growth, performance and operational efficiency. He also has directed a strategic effort to clarify and strengthen Discovery’s world-class brands, including a renewed focus on creativity and increased investment in original content. In September 2008, under his leadership, Discovery began trading as a public company on the Nasdaq stock exchange and in 2014 became a Fortune500 company. Fortune also recently named Discovery as one of the world’s most admired companies. Since Zaslav took the helm, Discovery has launched some of the fastest-growing cable networks in the U.S., including Investigation Discovery and Velocity, and has premiered such iconic programming and award-winning specials as “Planet Earth” and “Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda.” The company also partnered with Oprah Winfrey to launch OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Under Zaslav’s leadership, Discovery has rolled out TLC – now the most widely distributed female-targeted entertainment and lifestyle channel brand in media – to 191 global countries and territories and ID to 163 countries and territories, creating an unmatched international portfolio for viewers, advertisers and distributors. In 2013, Discovery expanded its international operations with the acquisition of SBS Nordic, a top-three portfolio of television brands across Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland featuring leading nonfiction content, locally produced entertainment programs and scripted series. Most recently, the company announced an agreement to acquire full ownership of Eurosport, the leading sports channels group across Europe and Asia. In June 2015, Discovery and Eurosport acquired all TV and multi-platform broadcast rights in Europe for the 2018–2024 Olympic Games. In 2012, Zaslav received the UJA-Federation of New York’s Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award and in 2014, was awarded the Fred Dressler Leadership Award by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Zaslav also spearheaded Discovery Impact, the company’s corporate social responsibility programs. Prior to joining Discovery, Zaslav had a distinguished career at NBCUniversal, where he was instrumental in developing and launching CNBC and also played a role in the creation of MSNBC. He was previously an attorney with the New York firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae and graduated with honors from Boston University School of Law. Zaslav serves on the boards of Sirius XM Radio, Inc., Lions Gate Entertainment, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, The Cable Center, Center for Communication, Skills for America’s Future, Grupo Televisa and USC Shoah Foundation. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Paley Center for Media, the Mt. Sinai Medical Center and previously served as an adjunct professor at Fordham University, where he created and taught a graduate-level course on the business of cable television.