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• Carolyn Blackwood (JD '95), Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group; Co-Head of New Line Cinema
• Mark Burnett, Chairman & Executive Producer, MGM Worldwide Television
• Brad Cummings ('88), Producer, The Shack
• Roma Downey, Emmy-nominated actress and producer of network television series and films
• Eric Iverson ('94), Chief Technology Officer, Global Media and Entertainment Vertical, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
• Victor Kaufman, Vice Chair, IAC; Founding CEO, Tri-Star Pictures
• Jacki Kelley ('88), CEO, Americas dentsu
• Rachel Kimbrough (JD '02), Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, STX Entertainment
• Endyia Kinney-Sterns ('98), Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Wayfarer Studios
• Robert Kyncl (MBA '97), Chief Business Officer, YouTube
• Michael Lacorazza ('88), Chief Executive Officer, Frontpoint
• Takuji Masuda ('93, MFA '17), Filmmaker and Publisher, BUNKER77; Head Coach, Pepperdine Surf Team; 2001 Japanese Professional Surfing Champion
• Rob Moore ('84), CEO, Phoenix1 Esports LLC; former Vice Chairman, Paramount Pictures
• Doug Warner, President, Warner Artist Management
• 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.
Chairman and executive producer of MGM Worldwide Television, Mark Burnett has produced more than 2,400 hours of television, many of which air 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 seekers. Its first project, The Shack, was adapted into a feature film by Lionsgate and 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 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, Victor Kaufman serves in the office of the chairman overseeing all strategic planning, financial, and legal matters for the company. 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 Americas dentsu. 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 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)
Senior vice president of unscripted / alternative development and programming at Wayfarer Studios, founder and chief executive officer at EKS Consulting Firm, and former vice president of development and programming at OWN, 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)
Chief executive officer at Frontpoint, Michael Lacorazza ('88) is a highly accomplished executive with a history of building brands and driving measurable business results. Lacorazza's expertise is varied and includes extensive experience across the marketing discipline, including digital, performance marketing, search, CRM, social, promotions, and brand management. He has had multiple successes managing large-scale new product launches and acquisition marketing.
Takuji Masuda ('93, MFA '17)
Filmmaker and publisher Takuji Masuda is the founder of Super X Media Combine. His feature documentary, BUNKER77, 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. Takuji also serves as the head coach of the Pepperdine Surf Team and was a 2001 Japanese Professional Surfing Champion.
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.
Christa Zofcin Workman ('97, MBA '00, JD '01)
With over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry, Christa (Zofcin) Workman is Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of River Road Entertainment, where she oversees company-wide business operations and strategy. Film highlights include the critically acclaimed American Utopia and Love & Mercy, Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave, and the 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 the late Michael King, Founder/Owner/CEO of King World. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.