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    JON LITNER
    Group President, NBC Sports Group

    Jon Litner is Group President for NBC Sports Group, overseeing the NBC Sports Regional Networks and The Golf Channel businesses.

    Prior to his current role, Litner was named President, VERSUS and Comcast Sports Group on February 2, 2011 and oversaw all aspects of VERSUS and NBC Sports Regional Networks, which consists of 14 local networks in the country’s top markets that deliver more than 2,400 live games and comprehensive news and original programming to more than 50 million sports fans.  NBC Sports Regional Networks are Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, CSS, Comcast Sports Southwest and Comcast SportsNet Houston (launching in October 2012).

    Previously Litner served as president of SNY, the official television home of the New York Mets and Jets and produced the largest year-to-year MLB viewership increase in 2006 during its inaugural season.  Before launching SNY, Litner was the executive vice president, chief operating officer of the NHL, where he managed U.S. and Canadian broadcasting, digital media, public relations, special events, new business development, game scheduling and in-house television production.

    Litner began his career in sports television at Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., and held several senior-level legal and business positions from 1991 to 1999, including programming acquisitions and talent negotiations.  Litner negotiated ABC Sports’ acquisition of MLB television rights for 1994 and 1995, oversaw ABC’s coverage of college sports, motor sports, boxing and Wide World of Sports programming, and played a leading role in creating the Bowl Championship Series and a college football national championship game.  While at ABC, Mr. Litner worked on the creation of the Baseball Network, a joint venture with NBC, and served as vice president of business affairs for the Baseball Network in 1994 and 1995.

    Litner is a 1985 graduate of Yale and earned his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1988.  He has been recognized by publications including BusinessWeek, Sports Business Journal and CableFax for his leadership in the sports media industry.  Litner is a member of the Little League International Board of Directors.

    Litner and his wife, Polly, have three children and reside in the Philadelphia area.

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  • Mark Johnson
    Executive Producer, “Breaking Bad”


    Mark Johnson won the Best Picture Academy® Award for Barry Levinson’s poignant 1988 drama Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor Oscar®) and Tom Cruise.

    His recent slate of motion pictures includes The Chronicles of Narnia franchise as well as Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark written and co-produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce.  In the past, he has produced Nick Cassavetes’ dramas My Sister’s Keeper, starring Cameron Diaz, and The Notebook, based on Nicholas Sparks’ best selling novel; Lance Hammer’s Sundance award-winning film Ballast; the Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest directed by Dean Parisot; The Rookie directed by John Lee Hancock; Mike Newell’s gangster drama Donnie Brasco starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino; and Clint Eastwood’s A Perfect World starring Kevin Costner.

    Johnson produced all of the writer-director Barry Levinson’s films from 1982-1994. In addition to Rain Man, their diverse slate of acclaimed features includes Good Morning Vietnam, The Natural, Tin Men, Toys, Young Sherlock Holmes, Avalon, Diner (their 1982 debut project, for which Levinson earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay), and Bugsy, nominated for ten Academy® Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Bugsy also captured a Best Picture Golden Globe® Award.

    Johnson is currently in post-production on Of Men and Mavericks with Curtis Hanson directing and Gerard Butler starring.  He’s also finished Not Fade Away written and directed by David Chase, which will be released by Paramount Pictures, and Won’t Back Down for Fox/Walden Media starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis and directed by Daniel Barnz. On the television side, he is preparing the Sundance Channel’s first scripted series, Rectify, created by Ray McKinnon.

    Johnson serves as the Chair of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Foreign Language Film Award Committee and as a Governor for the Producers’ Branch.


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    Josh Sapan
    President and CEO
    AMC Networks


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  • Irwin Gotlieb is the Chairman of GroupM, Worldwide  the world’s leading full service media investment management company, where he served as CEO since its inception  in 2003

    GroupM serves as the parent organization to WPP media agencies including  MAXUS, MEC, MediaCom and Mindshare. The focus of GroupM is the intelligent application of scale in innovation, services and trading for the benefit of clients and the GroupM companies.

    In 2007, Irwin was named one of the media industry’s top 25 most influential leaders by TV Week magazine, an honor that came only a few months after he was inducted into Broadcasting & Cable magazine’s Hall of Fame.  In 2006, New York magazine published “The Influentials,” essentially a roll call of the city’s leading executives in a wide array of industries; Irwin’s name was at the top of the list in the “Advertising” category.”  Among his many achievements, Irwin is a three time Adweek/Mediaweek All Star, including a President’s Award in 1997.  He is also a double Advertising Age Media Maven honoree and in February 2000 was named as the Media Player of the Year by Advertising Age – the only occasion that this award has been given.  He appears regularly on industry panels and makes presentations to both national and international conferences covering the advertising, marketing, and media industries

    His tenure at WPP began in September 1999 when Irwin joined the company as Chairman and CEO of Mindshare Worldwide. He launched MindShare North America by consolidating the media resources of JWT and Ogilvy, thus creating a global entity.  In April 2003 WPP established GroupM and Irwin moved into the role of CEO of GroupM Worldwide.

    Prior to WPP he was President and CEO of MediaVest Worldwide, a company that he founded in December 1993 which included the former TeleVest and MediaVest units along with the unbundled media resources of DMB&B.  The founding of MediaVest represented the fulfillment of a 22-year journey with the company which started when he joined Benton & Bowles in 1977 as Associate Director of Broadcast Programming.  He was Vice President two months later.  In 1981 he was promoted to Manager of National Broadcast and in 1983 he was appointed Senior Vice President, Director of National Broadcast & Programming.  In April 1990 he became Senior Vice President Worldwide Director of Broadcast & Programming.

    He started his career in 1972 when he joined SSC&B, Inc., as Manager of Network Relations, becoming Vice President, Director of Network Operations before moving to Benton & Bowles.

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  • Paula A. Kerger
    President and CEO
    PBS


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    Rob Marcus
    President and COO
    Time Warner Cable


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    Tom Rogers
    CEO and President
    TiVo



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    Leslie Moonves
    President and CEO
    CBS Corporation

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    Jessica Reif Cohen
    First Vice President
    and Managing Director
    BOA/Merrill Lynch


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