New York and Los Angeles —The Paley Center for Media announced today that Brandon Burgess, Nancy Dubuc, David Eun, Randy Falco, Peter Liguori, Robert D. Manfred, Jr., Gracia C. Martore, Yusef Mehdi, Michael I. Roth, and Kevin Tsujihara have joined the Paley Center’s Board of Trustees.
“It is with great pleasure that we announce the remarkable talents who will be joining the Paley Center board and lending their unprecedented skills, which span the full spectrum of the media industry including: television, technology, advertising, and sports,” said Maureen J. Reidy, president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “With such creative and innovative minds leading the way, we are most certain that the Paley Center will continue to tap into unique pockets of the media industry while pioneering the way for undiscovered platforms.”
Chairman and CEO, ION Media Networks
Brandon Burgess is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ION Media Networks. He orchestrated and led the company’s financial and operational turnaround, establishing ION as a leading independent U.S. television network company. ION operates the largest broadcast TV station footprint in the U.S., including owned stations in each of the top 20 TV markets.
Burgess transformed the company’s flagship network, ION Television, into a top general entertainment destination through innovative content relationships for broadcast and cable TV series, theatrical movies, as well as original series and original made-for-TV movies. This strategy resulted in sustained success, making ION Television a top 10 rated national network in record time, reaching more than 100 million households.
Given ION’s large terrestrial TV footprint, Burgess has been a thought leader on UHV spectrum. He pioneered the D2 multicast category as early as 2007 with the first two national special interest networks – Qubo (education-centric content for children and parents) and ION Life (lifestyle and reality content). Since then, he led ION to industry-leading R&D capability for exploring wireless broadcast content and data delivery.
Prior to joining ION, Burgess was the head of Business Development and Global Strategy for NBCUniversal, where he was credited with evolving the NBC broadcast network into an integrated global multimedia company. He was the architect of NBC's acquisition of Universal Entertainment, creating NBCUniversal. His other accomplishments include the restructuring of Rainbow Media, resulting in NBC's acquisition of Bravo, its first cable entertainment channel. In prior positions, Burgess worked in Corporate Strategy for PepsiCo and in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs.
Burgess was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a member of its first class of "Young Global Leaders" in 2005, and was honored with Broadcasting & Cable’s Technology Leadership Award in 2008 for his industry work in spectrum Research & Development. Burgess serves on the Board of the National Association of Broadcasters.
Raised and educated in Germany and the U.S., Burgess is bilingual, a graduate of the European Business School, and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Saira have two children, Elsa and Benjamin.
President and CEO, A+E Television Networks, LLC
Nancy Dubuc is President and Chief Executive Officer of A+E Networks, encompassing A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, FYI™, H2™, HISTORY en Español™, Crime & Investigation Network®, Military HISTORY®, LRW™, as well as A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital® and A+E Networks Consumer Products®. She became A+E Networks’ third CEO in the company’s nearly 30-year history in June 2013. The company is now in over 350 million households in more than 160 countries and across a multitude of platforms. In September 2014, Dubuc oversaw A+E Networks’ acquisition of a 10% stake in Vice Media.
Under her stewardship, the A+E Networks’ portfolio has two of the top ten entertainment brands – HISTORY and A&E— and two of the leading women’s brands in Lifetime and LMN. In 2014, A+E Networks leads all other cable groups with 5 of the top 25 shows in adults 25-54 and 12 of the top 50 shows in adults 25-54. A+E Networks portfolio of hit shows includes HISTORY’s Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and American Pickers™; Lifetime’s Project Runway® and Dance Moms® ™; A&E’s Duck Dynasty® and Bates Motel™ and FYI’s breakout hit Married at First Sight ™.
During her 15 year tenure at A+E Networks as producer, programmer and network executive, Dubuc has received multiple Emmy® awards and nominations. For the last two years, Fortune Magazine has named Dubuc one of the 50 Most Powerful Women In Business. Among her many other honors, Dubuc was named by Multichannel News and WICT (Women In Cable Telecommunications) as a 2007 Wonder Woman; The Hollywood Reporter annually names her one of the Top 5 Most Powerful on their Power 100: Top Women in Entertainment list, and Variety featured her in their annual Women’s Impact Report. In 2007, she received the Preserve America Presidential Award, the highest national award for historic preservation achievement, for HISTORY’s Save Our History®initiative. A graduate of Boston University, Dubuc received a Distinguished Alumni Award from their College of Communications in 2013.
Executive Vice President, Open Innovation Center, Samsung Electronics
As Executive Vice President and Head of the Open Innovation Center, David Eun leads Samsung’s efforts to drive software and services innovation, with a focus on start-ups. He is responsible for early stage investments, acquisitions, partnerships and Accelerators in Silicon Valley and New York, both of which build internal start-ups with preferred access to Samsung’s operating units. David also oversees SmartThings, the recently acquired open platform for the connected home and consumer internet of things.
Prior to joining Samsung, David served as President of AOL Media and Studios and as head of content partnerships at Google.
Before Google, he worked at Time Warner and NBC Entertainment, where he had a variety of roles developing new digital businesses.
David is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
President and CEO, Univision Communications Inc.
Randy Falco is president and chief executive officer of Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Under his leadership, Univision has taken steps in its ongoing evolution from what was once a niche broadcast network to the general media multimedia powerhouse of today. Since Mr. Falco’s arrival, Univision has quickly expanded, adding three new cable networks and digital offerings, while driving increased revenue and growth across its existing broadcast and cable networks, local television group, and radio stations.
The Company’s top three networks – Univision, UniMás, and Galavisión – together have 73 percent share among the Adult 18-49 Spanish-language TV audience in primetime and in recent years The Univision Network has firmly established itself as one of the highest rated networks, frequently outperforming ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX.
Univision’s recent expansion includes new networks focused on sports, telenovelas and news; a joint venture with ABC News to launch an English-language cable network; and the launch of UVideos, the first bilingual digital video network with fully integrated social sharing features. In addition, Mr. Falco led the company’s 50th anniversary celebration by unveiling its new brand logo and tagline, identifying Univision as “the Hispanic Heartbeat of America.” To seize the opportunities facing Univision, Mr. Falco has recruited an impressive lineup of executive talent from across the media landscape.
Prior to joining Univision in January 2011, Mr. Falco served as chairman and chief executive officer of AOL, Inc. from 2006 to 2009. In this role, he was responsible for setting strategy and overseeing operations as the company transitioned to an advertising-based business model. Before joining AOL, Mr. Falco spent more than 30 years with NBC, most recently serving as president and chief operating officer of NBC Universal Television Group. Named to that position in 2005, Mr. Falco was responsible for the group’s commercial and operational functions including affiliate relations, cable distribution, business development, information technology, network and studio operations, worldwide television distribution, and Telemundo. As president and chief operating officer of NBC Universal Television Group, Mr. Falco also served as an officer of General Electric, then majority owner of NBC Universal.
Prior to that, Mr. Falco served as president of the NBC Universal Television Network Group beginning in 2004 and as group president of the NBC Television Network beginning in 1998. Mr. Falco has also served as chief operating officer, NBC Olympics, for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City; the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney; the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta; and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. He has won numerous Emmy Awards for these broadcasts. He previously served as president of NBC’s Broadcast and Network Operations division, where he oversaw the facilities and operations of the NBC Television Network worldwide.
From 1986 until 1991, he served as vice president of Finance and Administration, NBC Sports. Before that, he held several managerial positions in finance, technical operations, and corporate strategic planning after joining NBC in September 1975. Mr. Falco’s contributions to NBC throughout his tenure include overseeing the design and creation of the Today show’s “Window on the World” studio, MSNBC’s original state-of-the-art broadcast facilities in Secaucus, N.J., and the digital conversion of the NBC Television Network.
Mr. Falco has received several recognitions, including the Ballet Hispanico Gala Honor 2013, MALDEF Legacy Leader Award 2012, CableFax 100 “Above it All” 2012, CableFax 100 2011, and Museum of Moving Image Honor 2012.
Mr. Falco holds an M.B.A. in finance and a bachelor’s of science degree, also in finance, from Iona College. He received an honorary doctorate from Iona College in 2001. Mr. Falco sits on the board of Ronald McDonald House and the Museum of The Moving Image.
President and CEO, Tribune Media Company
Peter Liguori is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Media Company. He is also a member of Tribune Media Company’s board of directors. Liguori previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Discovery Communications. Before joining Discovery in 2009, Liguori served as Chairman of entertainment for the Fox Broadcasting Company. Prior to assuming that position in 2005, Liguori was president and CEO of News Corp.’s FX Networks since 1998, overseeing business and programming operations for FX and Fox Movie Channel.
Liguori joined Fox/Liberty Networks in 1996 as senior vice president, marketing, for a new joint venture, which now includes Fox Sports Net, FX, Fox Sports World, SPEED and National Geographic Channel. Prior to joining Fox, Liguori was vice president, consumer marketing, at HBO. He also held several positions in HBO’s Home Video Division, including vice president, marketing, and senior vice president, marketing.
Liguori also has experience as a producer of the widely acclaimed independent feature film, “Big Night.” Prior to HBO, he worked in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather and Saatchi & Saatchi. Liguori served on the Board of Directors of Yahoo! from April 2012 to June 2014.
ROBERT D. MANFRED, JR.
Commissioner-Elect, Major League Baseball
On August 14, 2014, Robert D. Manfred, Jr. was elected the 10th Commissioner in Major League Baseball history, succeeding Bud Selig in January 2015.
On September 28, 2013, Manfred was named Chief Operating Officer of MLB. In that role, Mr. Manfred reported directly to the Commissioner and oversees all of the traditional functions of the Commissioner’s Office, including labor relations, baseball operations, finance, adminstration and club governance.
Prior to being named COO, Mr. Manfred served for 15 years as Executive Vice President of Labor Relations, leading the negotiations that resulted in new collective bargaining agreements in 2002, 2006, and 2011. Those agreements helped realize Commissioner’s Selig’s vision of competitive balance and club financial stability through reforms such as increased revenue sharing, more aggressive payroll taxes, reform of the amateur talent acquisition process, and strict debt regulation.
Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Mr. Manfred was a partner in the Labor and Employment Law Section of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP resident in the Washington D.C., office.
Mr. Manfred received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and received his law degree magna cum laude in 1983 from Harvard Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Manfred served as a clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro in the District of Massachusetts.
GRACIA C. MARTORE
President and CEO, Gannett Co., Inc.
Gracia Martore is President and Chief Executive Officer of Gannett Co., Inc. She became CEO in October 2011.
Martore joined Gannett in 1985 as Assistant Treasurer. She became a Vice President in the Treasury group in 1993 and added investor relations duties in 1995. She was named Treasurer and Vice President/Investor Relations in 1998. She was promoted to Senior Vice President of Finance in addition to her Treasurer’s responsibilities in 2001.
In 2003, Martore became Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and was appointed to Gannett’s Management Committee. In 2005, Martore became Executive Vice President and CFO. In 2010, she was named President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Gannett, she worked for 12 years in the banking industry.
Martore serves on the Gannett Board of Directors as well as on the Boards of Directors of The Associated Press, FM Global, and MeadWestvaco Corporation.
In 2012 and 2013, Martore was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine. Following her selection as CEO in 2011, Martore was cited by Forbes in a review of the world’s most powerful women and, in 2012, she was named to Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women” list. Martore also was named on Variety’s Women’s Impact List 2013 and one of Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine. Institutional Investor magazine named Martore one of the best CFOs in America and ranked her the Best CFO in America in the publishing and advertising agencies category for three years in a row (2004, 2005, and 2006). The Washington Post also named Martore one of the top 10 female executives at major companies in the Washington region. In 2006 she was named CFO of the Year by Virginia Business.
Martore is the chairman and president of Gannett Foundation which supports nonprofit activities in the communities which Gannett serves. The Foundation invests in the future of the media industry, encourages employee giving, reacts to natural and other disasters, and contributes to a variety of charitable causes. Martore champions and actively participates in USA Today’s annual National Make A Difference Day, the country’s largest day of community service.
Martore is a graduate from Wellesley College with a double major in history and political science. While there, she was named a Wellesley Scholar for academic excellence.
Martore and her husband Joseph have two children.
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Devices and Studios
Yusuf Mehdi overseas the business and marketing for Microsoft’s Xbox game console, Surface tablet/laptop, and new devices, as well as the Games and Entertainment offerings for the company.
Most recently, Mehdi led the launch of the Xbox One and over saw the most recent release of Surface Pro 3 in over 30 markets. Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles now number over 80 million units with over 40 million Xbox Live subscribers. Surface Pro 3 is off to the fastest start of any version in its history. Mehdi also leads key initiatives across the company including the strategic partnership with the NFL, the data and analytics platform for the company, and the joint venture with Shanghai Media for Xbox One in China.
Previously Mehdi spent 10 years in Microsoft's Online Services Division where he led an 1,800-person engineering team to develop and launch Microsoft's entry into Bing search and online advertising which now reaches over 150 million consumers. Prior Mehdi was responsible for the product management and marketing of Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 1.0 through 5.0. Mehdi began his career at Microsoft in 1992, playing key roles in the launch and marketing of Microsoft Windows, including the notable releases of Windows 3.1 and Windows 95.
Before joining Microsoft, Mehdi was a product manager at Reuters Group PLC, where he found his love for technology, the Internet, and media by helping roll out the first PC-based Reuters Terminal, which became the standard computing platform for the company. A native of Washington State, Mehdi earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Washington. He lives in Washington with his wife and three children.
MICHAEL I. ROTH
Chairman and CEO, Interpublic Group
Michael I. Roth is Chairman and CEO of Interpublic (NYSE: IPG), one of the world's largest organizations of advertising and marketing services companies. Prior to serving in his current role, Roth was a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Since assuming leadership of Interpublic in 2005, Roth has righted the company’s financial course and moved to make it an industry leader by defining new models that provide value to clients in a rapidly changing media and marketing environment.
Prior to his current role, Roth was Chairman and CEO of The MONY Group Inc., a financial services holding company that provides a wide range of protection, asset accumulation and retail brokerage products and services through its member companies. Under Roth's leadership, The MONY Group diversified its business mix, broadened its distribution channels, and enhanced its ability to compete in today's financial services marketplace.
Roth is a member of the Board of Directors for Pitney Bowes Inc., the Ad Council, and Ryman Hospitality Properties. He sits on the Leadership Committee of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; the Board of Directors of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, and The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA). In addition, he is a Director of The Baruch College Fund and The Partnership for New York City. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable.
A certified public accountant, Roth holds an L.L.M. degree from New York University Law School and a J.D. from Boston University Law School. He is a 1967 graduate of the City College of New York.
Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros.
Nineteen-year Studio veteran Kevin Tsujihara serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros., a post he was promoted to in March 2013. In this role, he oversees worldwide operations, including film, television, and video game production, marketing, and distribution for one of the most innovative and successful entertainment companies in the world.
Warner Bros., a Time Warner Company, is a global leader in every type of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. The Studio stands at the forefront of every aspect of the industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, Blu-ray, digital distribution, animation, comic books, product and brand licensing, and broadcasting.
Prior to serving as CEO, Tsujihara was President of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, which includes the Studio’s home video, digital distribution, video games, anti-piracy, and emerging technology operations, a post he held since WBHE’s founding in October 2005. Under Tsujihara’s leadership, WBHE dominated the home entertainment sector and continuously ranked as the market share leader in packaged media and digital distribution in the U.S. and abroad.
Previous to WBHE, Tsujihara served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Warner Bros. Entertainment and, before that, Executive Vice President, New Media, responsible for the oversight of all Warner Bros.’ new media endeavors. He joined Warner Bros. in 1994 as Director, Special Projects, Finance.
Tsujihara received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and his MBA from Stanford University. In addition to his professional commitments, Tsujihara sits on the Boards of Directors for the MPAA, City Year Los Angeles (an education-focused, nonprofit organization), the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, and the Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the AFI, the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs, and the Leadership Cabinet for the Los Angeles Region Red Cross. He also serves on the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.
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