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Gavin Wise – Lionsgate Television and Starz Entertainment

In a 1996 essay, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates famously said that “content is king.” But what happens when a global pandemic effectively keeps movie and television studios around the world from producing that content? “Luckily for us, we’ve got enough content to last for a while, but not everyone is as fortunate,” says Gavin Wise, […]

Jun Yamato – Roland Corporation US

Sure, most everyone knows the music of Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and Pink, but do most people know about the instruments those artists use to create their distinctive sound? Jun Yamato does. He negotiates contracts for Lady Gaga, “The Voice” TV show and other artists to use instruments from Roland. But as the Japanese company’s longtime […]

Tommaso Di Chio – Kambi

Like any athlete looking for a competitive edge, it was all about positioning. The U.S. was not the only nation that did not allow wagering on many sports, but it was one of the largest, thanks to the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act passed in 1992. But as casino gambling grew and online […]

David Martinez – Electus

Once upon a time, people who asked, “what’s on TV tonight?” could expect a simple answer. People may still settle down to watch their favorite show on network TV. But it’s just as likely the person next to you on the bus or sipping that latte is catching up by phone or tablet, snatching a […]

Su-Jin Lee – POPSUGAR

This past summer, more than 15,000 people gathered in New York City for the second annual POPSUGAR Play/Ground festival. Over a two-day period, attendees enjoyed an interview with Chrissy Teigen with a surprise visit from her daughter Luna; workouts with Tone It Up’s Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott; live podcasts by author Alisa Vitti; a […]

Abby Blomstrom – Monumental Sports & Entertainment

When Abby Blomstrom walked into her office at Monumental Sports & Entertainment in late September last year, her first hour was spent like any other weekday morning: checking emails, going over the day’s appointments, the usual minutaie. By 10, however, Blomstrom was switching gears. She met with the executive team to discuss and prepare for […]

Steve Earnest – Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation

You’re in the air—loop-de-looping, twisting, up and down. The adrenaline’s pumping, the wind’s whipping your face, your stomach is in knots, you’re screaming yourself hoarse. It’s the rollercoaster rush. But after a minute or so of heart-pounding chaos, it’s over, and you’re dizzily on your way (or maybe jumping back in line for another go-around). […]

Mark DeVitre – Entertainment Studios/Allen Media Group

While societal divisiveness is alive and well in cable television, there’s at least one notable exception—The Weather Channel. The Pentagon has a direct and very secure line with the network. Airports rely upon TWC, as do municipalities prone to anything from heat waves to floods to hurricanes to blizzards. National surveys show the network is […]

Stephen L. Polozola – Urban Air Adventure Park

Stephen L. Polozola’s wife used to tell him how happy he seemed upon changing careers, but he hasn’t heard that for quite a while. Maybe not since last year when he became the full-time general counsel and executive vice president at Urban Air Adventure Park’s headquarters in Bedford, Texas. A much distinguished construction and real […]

Lisa Gazley – 20th Century Fox

She’s not a lawyer, but Lisa Gazley just might have a resume and professional responsibilities that would be the envy of many who have that juris doctorate on their wall—in addition to law school debt that they’ll be paying off for a long time. Meanwhile the personable Gazley continues to have a front-row seat as […]

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