CEO, Entertainment Media Ventures. Sandy runs Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc., which he founded in 1999. Sandy has held several senior management positions in the media and entertainment industry. He was the first CEO of 3ality Digital and was the founding head of CAA’s corporate practice. At CAA, Sandy was part of the senior management team for 12 years, representing talent including Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Danny DeVito, and Michael Mann. Earlier positions include Corporate Executive Vice and President of Worldwide Business Development of Universal Studios and President of Lion’s Gate Studios. He was Producer of “The Aviator,” for which he was awarded a British Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
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Vice Chairman and Senior Fellow, Newseum / Freedom Forum. Shelby was Editor and Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles Times from 1989 to 1997 and was named Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation in 1995. He was also President of CNN Business News and Executive Vice President of ABC News. Shelby started his journalism career at The Washington Post and was Editor of U.S. News & World Report and the Dallas Times Herald. Shelby is currently Vice Chairman and Senior Fellow of the Newseum and Freedom Forum. He is also a member of Council on Foreign Relations and on the Board of Directors of Oxford Analytica, the international consulting firm.
President and CEO, Dixon Talent. James “Babydoll” Dixon is one of the preeminent talent managers in the entertainment industry. He has guided the careers of Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Ray Romano, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Bill Simmons, Carson Daly and Adam Carolla among many others. In 2001, after 16 years at the William Morris Agency, he founded Dixon Talent, Inc., a boutique management company that specializes in all aspects of entertainment. In 2015 Dixon Talent was acquired by WME-IMG. James remains President and CEO. James is involved in many charitable institutions including The Robin Hood Foundation, St. Francis Hospital, The FARM Institute, and the Ronald McDonald House.
Founder, ME Associates. Marty is perhaps best known for discovering Barbra Streisand and managing her career for over 50 years. Unique among his peers, Marty has produced award-winning films, concerts and television programs. As manager for Ms. Streisand, he has negotiated all of her numerous recording, theater, motion picture, television, merchandise / licensing and live concert contracts. He has been the Executive Producer of all Ms. Streisand’s television specials and the movie For Pete’s Sake. His other producer film credits include Coma and Breathless. He also served as the Executive Producer for the Ernest franchise for Walt Disney Studios and represented the Where’s Waldo? franchise.
Partner, Hamilton Place Strategies. Kevin is a nationally recognized communications strategist who has provided counsel to some of the nation’s top leaders in both the public and private sectors over the last 15 years. He has designed and managed high profile campaigns for business coalitions, non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Kevin served as a senior advisor to and spokesman for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns. He has served as Press Secretary to John Boehner and as the Department of Justice’s national spokesman. Kevin was also a member of the communications team directing President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign.
President, Maggievision Productions, Inc. Maura began her broadcast career at ESPN with NHL, MLB and sports documentaries. Today, Maura is the co-executive producer of the ESPY Awards. Her ability to bring together the biggest names in sports and entertainment was critical in turning the ESPYs into sports’ biggest annual celebration. Maura is also the president of Maggievision, which produces documentaries, events and TV commercials. The company also produces branded content for clients including ESPN, MTV, Universal, Sony, Paramount, and Discovery. Maura’s work has earned two Webbys and multiple Emmys.
CEO, Klutch Sports Group. Rich Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Klutch Sports Group, which he founded in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio in 2012. Rich currently represents several NBA athletes, including LeBron James, Tristan Thompson, and Eric Bledsoe. He has over a decade of experience in the basketball industry, has worked with top athletes and major brands, and has negotiated over $200 million dollars in both endorsement deals and NBA contracts. Prior to Klutch, Rich spent several years at Creative Artists Agency.
Former White House Senior Advisor. Dan served as Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, focusing on communications, political, and digital strategy. One of the President’s longest serving advisors, Dan joined the Obama campaign at the outset, eventually becoming the campaign’s communications director. He entered the White House as Deputy Communications Director and became Communications Director in 2009. He held that post until his appointment as Senior Advisor in early 2013. Dan is widely credited with transitioning the White House communications apparatus into the digital age. In 2015, Dan joined CNN as a political commentator. He has previously worked for a number of Democratic politicians including Vice President Al Gore and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Gary is a shareholder in the law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP. Prior to Greenberg Traurig, he was a partner in the law firm of Ziffren, Brittenham LLP. Together with his partners, he represents or has represented David Guetta, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Toni Braxton, Carole Bayer Sager, Prince, Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, Robbie Robertson and Aerosmith. He is or has been counsel for record labels and publishers such as Rhino, Interscope, and Death Row. He represents Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg with her Lean In book as well as Nasty Gal, the web retailer and cultural phenomenon. Gary is also on the Board of Councilors of the USC Thornton School of Music.
President & CEO, Genesco Sports Enterprises. In 1994, John Tatum co-founded Genesco Sports Enterprises, Inc. GSE is a sports marketing consulting firm that specializes in exclusively representing corporate clients. GSE has created sports marketing strategies for many of the world’s top brands including PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, MillerCoors, Campbell’s Soup Company, and T-Mobile among others. Tatum sits on the Board of Directors for SMU Athletic Forum, SMU Doak Walker Award, SMU Tower Center for Political Studies and the National Sports Marketing Network. He has served as a guest lecturer for many universities including his alma mater, the University of Texas, and has appeared as a sports industry expert on Fox Business Channel numerous times.