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• Carolyn Blackwood (JD '95), Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group; Co-Head of New Line Cinema
• Mark Burnett, Executive Producer, Network Television Series
• Brad Cummings ('88), Producer, The Shack
• Roma Downey, Emmy-nominated actress; producer of television series and films
• Eric Iverson ('94), Chief Technology Officer, Global Media and Entertainment Vertical, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
• Victor Kaufman, Vice Chair, IAC and Expedia; Founding CEO, Tri-Star Pictures
• Jacki Kelley ('88), CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network, Americas
• Rachel Kimbrough (JD '02), Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, STX Entertainment
• Endyia Kinney-Sterns ('98), Founder and CEO, EKS Consulting Firm; former VP at OWN
• Robert Kyncl (MBA '97), Chief Business Officer, YouTube
• Michael Lacorazza ('88), Executive VP, Chief Marketing Officer, Wells Fargo
• Evan Lamberg, President, Universal Music Publishing Group North America
• Takuji Masuda ('93, MFA '17), Filmmaker and Publisher, Super X Media
• Rob Moore ('84), CEO Phoenix1 Esports LLC; former Vice Chairman, Paramount Pictures
• Doug Warner, President, Warner Artist Management
• David Weil, former EVP and General Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs, Starz
• Christa Zofcin Workman ('97, MBA '00, JD '01), Co-President and Chief Operating Officer, River Road Entertainment
Carolyn Blackwood (JD '95)
Carolyn Blackwood is chief operating officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group (WBPG). Blackwood is responsible for the day-to-day operations of WBPG, including physical production, business affairs, music, and other related matters. She also jointly leads New Line Cinema where she most recently served as president and chief content officer. Additionally, Blackwood has managerial oversight of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, the live stage-play division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, and theatrical film acquisitions. She is a graduate of Fordham University where she studied American studies and fine arts, and earned a law degree at Pepperdine University.
Executive producer of five network television series with seven hours of network programming, Mark Burnett has produced more than 2,400 hours of television, which regularly airs in more than 70 countries. Series he has produced include Survivor, The Voice, The Apprentice, Shark Tank, and People's Choice Awards. He has won five Emmy Awards, one PGA Award and five People's Choice Awards.
Author, publisher, producer, and Pepperdine alumnus Brad Cummings ('88) is founder of Wind Blown Media, a publisher of books for spiritual seeker. Its first project, The Shack, was adapted for a feature film by Lionsgate and was released in 2017.
A celebrated, Emmy-nominated television and stage actress, Roma Downey is best known for her decade of work in Touched by an Angel, which attracted to a weekly audience of over 20 million. She is the executive producer of the television miniseries The Bible on the History channel, and the producer of the film Son of God and the miniseries The Dovekeepers.
Eric Iverson ('94)
Eric Iverson is a senior technology executive and a 21-year veteran of media and entertainment. Iverson currently serves as the chief technology officer for the Global Media and Entertainment Vertical at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He is also the founder of Iverson Consulting, an advisory firm focused on digital innovation and transformation for companies in media and entertainment. Prior to launching his own company, Iverson was the chief information officer at the leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Prior to joining CAA in 2016, Iverson spent more than 17 years at Sony Pictures, his latest role as divisional chief information officer for Sony Pictures Television. In 2019, Iverson was a finalist for the Los Angeles Business Journal's Enterprise CIO of the Year award.
Vice chair of IAC and Expedia, Victor Kaufman serves in the office of the chairman overseeing all strategic planning, financial, and legal matters for IAC. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Savoy Pictures Entertainment, Inc. from 1992 to 1997. Kaufman was also the founding chairman and CEO of Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. from 1983 to December 1987, at which time he became president and CEO of Tri-Star's successor company, Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc.
Jacki Kelley ('88)
Jacki Kelley is the chief executive officer of Dentsu Aegis Network for the Americas. Previously, she served as chief operating officer of Bloomberg's global media organization. At Bloomberg Media, Kelley led the business operations, with a focus on driving global revenue growth, brand strength, and developing the company's new media strategy. A dynamic leader with more than 20 years of experience, Kelley is widely credited with disrupting traditional business models to successfully meet client objectives across the publishing and advertising industries. She has served as chief executive officer of IPG Mediabrands North America and president of Global Clients as well as held various business roles at Yahoo!, Martha Stewart Living, Omnimedia, and USA TODAY.
Rachel Kimbrough (JD '02)
Senior vice president of business and legal affairs at STX Entertainment, Rachel Kimbrough is responsible for overseeing the legal work in the areas of marketing, intellectual property, licensing, and digital privacy. She manages and oversees the support of the domestic and international marketing teams and handles all manner of commercial, marketing, advertising, promotional, publicity, licensing and branded entertainment agreements. Prior to joining STX, Kimbrough worked at Lionsgate, most notably in connection with the Twilight saga, The Hunger Games, Divergent Series, and Mad Men properties. She also has worked at Summit Entertainment and Paramount Pictures. Kimbrough is a graduate of Princeton University, Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law, and the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.
Endyia Kinney-Sterns ('98)
Founder and chief executive officer of EKS Consulting Firm and former vice president of development and programming of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Endyia Kinney-Sterns was named one of the "Top Female Executives in Hollywood" by Essence magazine. Kinney-Sterns has more than 15 years of entertainment television experience producing and overseeing shows for high-profile networks including VH1, CBS, NBC, and HGTV and production companies such as Buena Vista Television, Arnold Shapiro Productions and LMNO. She also established her own production company, Seraphim Entertainment, where she optioned two of her original shows, a drama series and an animated project.
Robert Kyncl (MBA '97)
Robert Kyncl is the chief business officer at YouTube, where he oversees all business functions including content, sales, marketing, platforms, access, and strategy. Previously, he was vice president of content at Netflix, where he spearheaded the company's content acquisition for streaming TV shows and movies over the internet. Kyncl has been listed in Variety's Dealmakers Impact Report as one of their "disruptors," Vanity Fair's New Establishment List, Billboard's Power 100 List, Billboard's International Power Players List, Billboard's Digital Power Players List, and AdWeek's 50 List of Vital Leaders in Tech, Media, and Marketing. He holds a master of business administration from Pepperdine University and a BS from SUNY New Paltz.
Michael Lacorazza ('88)
Executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Wells Fargo, Michael Lacorazza ('88) is a highly accomplished marketing professional with a history of building brands and driving measurable business results. Lacorazza's expertise spans the discipline, including digital, performance marketing, search, CRM, social, promotions, and brand management. He has hadmultiple successes in managing large-scale new product launches and acquisition marketing.
President of Universal Music Publishing Group North America, Evan Lamberg oversees the North American operations for the industry's leading global music publishing company, including its pop, urban, country, Latin, Christian/gospel and Canadian divisions. Lamberg also served in various positions at EMI Music Publishing and Gibson Guitar Corp.
Takuji Masuda ('93, MFA '17)
Filmmaker and publisher Takuji Masuda is founder of Super X Media Combine. His feature documentary, Bunker 77, about legendary surfer Bunker Spreckels, had its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival, its US premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and was a winner of the Sun Valley Film Festival Film Lab Award.
Rob Moore ('84)
Rob Moore is owner of a professional e-sports team in the League of Legends. The former vice chair of Paramount Pictures, Moore oversaw marketing, digital, interactive, television, licensing, and business affairs divisions. As a founding member and a partner at Revolution Studios, he developed the strategic business plan and oversaw the formation of the company. Prior to this, Moore spent 13 years at The Walt Disney Studio where he held numerous positions, most recently as executive vice president, finance and operations.
As president of Warner Artist Management, Doug Warner brings over 20 years of experience representing talent and launching the careers of many A-list Hollywood celebrities. Warner empowers his vast relationship resources and looks to emerging markets and trends in order to advise and direct his clients for the best possible advantage in the fluid entertainment and media marketplace.
Currently serving as executive vice president and general counsel of business and legal affairs at Starz, David Weil is an accomplished senior entertainment industry executive. With 10 years experience as chief executive officer of Walden Media LLC/Bristol Bay Productions, he oversaw all aspects of its operations, including strategic planning, production, marketing and outreach, finance, legal, and business affairs. Previously, Weil served as managing partner of the Century City office of O'Melveny & Myers, LLP. For 25 years, Weil represented companies and individuals in virtually all areas of the entertainment and intellectual property fields.
Christa Zofcin Workman ('97, MBA '00, JD '01)
Co-president and chief operating officer of River Road Entertainment, Christa Zofcin Workman oversees company-wide business operations and all phases of deal making and corporate and legal affairs, with hands-on involvement in strategic partnerships, worldwide distribution, production, financing and management of the company's intellectual property. Film highlights she has worked on include the 2013 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave, the critically acclaimed Love & Mercy and the 2011 Palme d'Or winner, The Tree of Life. Formerly, she was head of business affairs for United Artists. She began her career working in finance at MGM Studios as well as serving as counsel to Michael King, the founder, owner and chief executive officer of King World (Oprah) and King Sports Worldwide.