Building bridges between the entertainment industry and the Pepperdine community to cultivate talent and develop leaders for the global creative economy.
Executive producer of five network television series with seven hours of network programming, Mark Burnett has produced over 2,400 hours of television, which regularly airs in more than 70 countries. His most recent series are Survivor (2000), The Voice (2011), The Apprentice, Shark Tank (2009), and People's Choice Awards. He has won five Emmy Awards, one PGA Award and five People's Choice Awards.
Founder and managing director of Traveller's Tales, Jon Burton directed LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite (video), Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (video game), Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (video game), Transformers: The Game (video game), and Lego Star Wars: The Video Game (video game). He has received three British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.
Author, publisher, producer, and Pepperdine alumnus Brad Cummings ('88) is founder of Wind Blown Media, publisher of The Shack. A feature film adaptation is currently in development with Lionsgate.
A celebrated, Emmy-nominated television and stage actress, Roma Downey is most known for her decade of work in Touched by an Angel (1994), 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.
President, Distribution at The Walt Disney Studios, Dave Hollis ('97), is responsible for global motion-picture sales and distribution efforts for all motion pictures released under the Disney, Pixar, Disneynature, Marvel, Touchstone Pictures, and Lucasfilm banners. A 12-year Disney veteran, Hollis collaborates with exhibition, filmmakers, production partners and the broader Disney enterprise to successfully launch film product in movie theatres around the world. He has overseen the distribution of such blockbusters as Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Monsters University, Maleficent, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
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.
Chief operating officer of Bloomberg Media Group, Bloomberg L.P.'s global multi-platform media organization, Jacki Kelley ('88) leads the business operations of Bloomberg Media, 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 served as CEO for 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.
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 School of Law (JD '02), and UCLA Anderson School of Management.
As vice president of development and programming of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Endyia Kinney-Sterns oversees the day-to-day development of new original programming for the network. Named one of the "Top Female Executives in Hollywood" by Essence magazine, Pepperdine alumnus Kinney-Sterns ('98) has over 15 years of entertainment television experience producing and overseeing shows for high-profile networks including VH1, CBS, NBC, 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 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 masters of business administration degree from Pepperdine University (MBA '97) and a bachelor of science degree in international relations from SUNY New Paltz.
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.
Filmmaker and publisher, Pepperdine alumnus Takuji Masuda ('94) is founder of Super X Media Combine. His current feature documentary, Bunker 77, is about legendary surfer Bunker Spreckels and is winner of the Sun Valley Film Festival Film Lab Award with the World Premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and the US Premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Rob Moore ('84) 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 the senior vice president of business affairs and general counsel for 3 Ball Entertainment, Jennifer Snitko ('98, JD '02) oversees business affairs for one of television's most prolific producers of reality and non-fiction programming, both for broadcast and cable. Snitko's previous posts include vice president of television business and legal affairs for CORE Media Group, vice president of business and legal affairs at Eyeworks USA, the entertainment law firm McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP, and GRB Entertainment.
Throughout his renowned career as a producer, director and writer, George Schlatter has been responsible for hundreds of hours of television series and specials. A former student and football player at Pepperdine College, Schlatter changed the face of television when he created and produced such breakthrough series as Laugh-In and Real People. Schlatter's honors include 25 Emmy nominations, five Emmys, three Image awards, Golden Globe awards, Directors Guild awards, Television Critics awards, and "Man of the Year" awards for both the International Radio & Television and Producers guild. http://georgeschlatter.com/
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, L.L.P. For 25 years, Weil represented companies and individuals in virtually all areas of the entertainment and intellectual property fields.
Christa Zofcin Workman
Executive vice president/head of business and legal affairs at River Road Entertainment, Christa Zofcin Workman ('97, JD/MBA '01) oversees and is responsible for structuring and negotiating all agreements in all phases of the company's business including development, financing and co-financing, greenlight, production, domestic and foreign distribution, property rights and licensing 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 appointed head of business affairs for United Artists (Valkyrie, Hot Tub Time Machine) which expanded into also being named senior vice president, business affairs for MGM Studios. She began her career working in finance at MGM Studios as well as serving as counsel to Michael King, founder/owner/CEO of King World (Oprah, Inside Edition, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune) and King Sports Worldwide.