VP Market Development, EMEA- APAC, Triton Digital
Since 1996, Daniel has been active in different ventures within the Telco, Internet and Media industries; co-founding mobile games focused MVNO in Australia (Gametel); founding and running a telco consulting business (Vigvor); spearheading a web-based micro-payment system (CALLect) and working as Director of Business Development in wholesale/retail Telecoms for Atlas Telecom.
In 2008, Daniel joined Triton Digital as VP Europe, and later VP Market development EMEA-APAC, to expand Tritons global footprint with private and public broadcasters. Triton provides online audio monetisation and streaming technology and solutions, as well as accredited census-based measurement services for live and on demand/podcast audio services.
Of dual US/Swedish nationality, Daniel speaks 6 languages and studied Economics and Law in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Gary E. Knell
Chairman, National Geographic Partners
Gary E. Knell is Chairman of National Geographic Partners, the global joint venture owned by 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society, which includes National Geographic television, print and digital assets and related activities in travel and consumer products.
From 2014 through February 2018, Knell served as President and CEO of the National Geographic Society where he oversaw the Society’s vast nonprofit activities in science, exploration, education and media innovation.
Knell’s career in media spans more than three decades. Prior to National Geographic, he served as President and CEO of National Public Radio. He spent 22 years at Sesame Workshop, where he served as President and CEO for 12 years. Knell was Managing Director of Manager Media International, a multimedia publishing company based in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. He also served as Senior Vice President at WNET/Channel 13 in New York, was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Governmental Affairs Committees in Washington, D.C., and worked in the California State Legislature and Governor’s Office.
Knell is a member of the boards of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the Economic Club of Washington and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, as well as Heidrick and Struggles, the executive search firm. He is an advisor to the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the Military Child Education Coalition.
Knell has a B.A. in political science from UCLA and was Editorial Director of the UCLA Daily Bruin and a stringer for the Associated Press. He has a J.D. from Loyola University of Los Angeles, where he was recently named a Top 50 Alumni. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Kenyon College in Ohio, Mercy College in New York, and Franklin University in Switzerland, and he has been a commencement speaker at the University of Redlands, UCLA, the University of Texas-Austin, Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University.
Chief Executive Officer, BBC Global News
Jim Egan is Chief Executive Officer of BBC Global News and takes full strategic and financial responsibility for the business, overseeing relationships within the BBC and externally with advertisers and distribution partners for the BBC’s commercially funded international news platforms BBC World News and bbc.com/news.
Jim joined the BBC in 2007 and most recently served as Controller, Strategy and Distribution for BBC Global News (now World Service Group) where he was responsible for setting corporate strategy for the BBC’s international news services and for the distribution of radio, TV and online content to the BBC's global audience.
Jim was previously Director of Strategy at Ofcom, the UK's communications and media regulator. In this role he led development of the UK's public broadcasting policy and was also responsible for the design and implementation of the UK's digital television switchover project. Jim has also served as Specialist Adviser to the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Prior to these public sector appointments the majority of Jim's career has been in the private sector, as a Strategy Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and also as Business Development Manager for BSkyB.
Presenter, WorklifeIndia ( BBC)
Devina was born in Delhi and has travelled around India while growing up. She studied to be a doctor but stumbled into journalism by chance while waiting to clear the medical school exams. She liked the blend of expression and curiosity and is passionate about the profession since then.
She started her career as a business reporter at an Indian business news channel when the world was witnessing the Lehman crisis in 2008. Reporting from one of the world’s most dynamic economies, she learnt the nuances of the profession. She has covered India’s major financial scandals including illegal distribution of telecom and coal mining licenses in the country.
In 2010, she started anchoring daily news bulletins and became the host of a weekly business of entertainment show where she interviewed popular Indian movie makers and celebrities. Within a year she was hosting breakfast shows and evening news bulletins at India’s leading news channels Times Now and India Today. Devina likes the unpredictability of news and questioning the status quo. She has interviewed several ruling ministers, breaking stories from the power corridors and quizzing corporate leaders on their business policies.
When Devina joined the BBC in August 2017 her first story was about fireworks industry that has suffered because of a government ban on their sale to curb air pollution. It was a great learning curve on how to serve the audience in multiple platforms from radio to digital. She has also covered political news from India and was part of the BBC World News team to cover Thailand boys rescue in Chiang Rai.
Her work reflects life in India - from businesses creating a social impact to trade tensions fallout, from technology replacing labour to millennial startups - each story is about trying to achieve a balance in the rapidly changing region. When she is not at work, you can find her thinking about her next story!
Divya Arya is an award-winning journalist with the BBC reporting for its television, radio and web platforms in English and Hindi. She has focused her journalism on exploring human rights issues with a specific concentration on gender.
Over the past 15 years, she has reported on the Indian elections, education, religion and caste divides and gender discrimination. Now as the BBC’s Women’s Affairs Journalist in India she also writes a weekly blog on gender issues.
Divya is a Knight Wallace Fellow from the University of Michigan where she completed her research on 'Reporting sexual violence in India', published in Breaching the Citadel, a book of essays, by Zubaan Publications and in the Economic and Political Weekly's Review of Gender Studies.
She has been awarded for best investigative journalism by the international Drum Online Media Awards and won the Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity in India.
Born and brought up in Delhi, Divya did her Bachelors in commerce in the premier institute for Business Studies – Sri Ram College of Commerce at the University of Delhi. She wrote for a college journal at that time, Campus on Wheels and also did a few radio programmes for the national broadcaster, All India Radio. This was followed by post graduate studies in Broadcast journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
Divya is trained in the classical Indian dance, Bharatnatyam and takes refuge in music and dance when trying to seek the ever elusive work-life balance.
CEO, Imira Entertainment
Paul Robinson is an international media Exec with vast kids experience, having successfully held senior Exec positions at The Walt Disney Company, NBC Universal, and BBC to name but a few, and has many years of strategic and operational expertise. Paul heads Imira Entertainment since January 2018 with an important focus on expanding Imira’s growing global distribution business and creating more co-pro opportunities for the Spanish-based kids and family entertainment company.
Paul founded KidsCo in 2005 as a joint venture with NBCUniversal and, as CEO, built it into a global children’s linear and VOD network in 98 countries and in 18 languages worldwide before a 51% controlling sale to NBCUniversal in early 2012.
Prior to KidsCo, Paul was Managing Director/Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Television International where he created new global channel brands Playhouse Disney (now Disney Junior) and Toon Disney and was responsible for global Disney kid’s strategy for TV content production and broadcast. During his 7 years at Disney he was based in London and then Burbank, Los Angeles.
Paul was Managing Editor of BBC Radio 1 responsible for all programming and music and Head of Strategy for Radios 1, 2, 3 4 and 5Live pioneering the BBC’s future digital services and strategic development of the analogue networks. He has also been CEO of national commercial station Talk Radio, and Program Director of the Chiltern Radio Network. He has a BSc Hons and MBA from Cambridge, Manchester and Bradford Universities and has won numerous awards include Baftas and Sonys and is a regular contributor to conferences, podcasts and TV and radio.
Paul is Director of Consultancy Services at Creative Media Partners, a full-service agency advising on technology, distribution, content aggregation, channels and digital services and marketing and branding, with clients including Tata Elxsi, Aser Media, BBC, Your Family Entertainment, MoMedia, and Huhu.
CEO, Founder, MolQ Entertainment
E.J. Klein, Chief Executive Officer, MolQ Entertainment, is an experienced CEO in global media and digital technology. During her earlier career, Ms. Klein was a senior executive leader of National Affiliate Sales for Fortune 100 media companies including Universal Music Group, Disney Media Networks, Scripps Interactive Networks, (CBC) Canadian Broadcast Company, and IAC/Home Shopping Network.
In 2010, Ms. Klein founded Klein Media Works and became CEO of her global content consulting firm. Klein Media Works specializes in business development, strategic planning, sales distribution and marketing consulting for global entertainment and technology companies.
In 2014, Ms. Klein was the first content project manager of Comcast’s new Interactive Entertainment Platform, X1. Capitalizing on her vast experience in cable and digital technology, Ms. Klein founded MolQ Entertainment, a global streaming media platform, which will launch in front of 60 million cable households within the EU in April 2019 and U.S. in July 2019.
Ms. Klein graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and holds a M.B.A. in Global Management and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Marketing from the Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
E.J. is based in Wethersfield, CT and will be based in Stamford, CT at MolQ Entertainment’s headquarters in early 2019.
CEO, Vixen Labs
James Poulter (most people know him as JP) is the founder of Voice2, the UK’s leading Voice and Conversational Ai Community.
James has spearheaded a number of international conversational products including the first Alexa Skills and Google Actions, as well as the award winning chat bots programmes at The LEGO Group in his previous role as Head of The LEGO Group’s Emerging Platforms & Partnerships.
James has a decade of experience in audio production and podcasting within agencies, independent projects and commercial ventures and has a passion for the power of the spoken word and the audio medium to create empathy, drive brand awareness and create immersive experiences.
James also acts a Programme Director for the world’s premier conference on Voice Technology - Voice Summit.
Media Lab Executive Director & Senior Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab
Walter Bender is the Chief Learning Architect at Sorcero, a knowledge-management and learning solutions company.
Bender is founder of Sugar Labs, which develops and maintains educational software used by millions children in more than forty countries. Sugar Labs is a member project of the non-profit foundation Software Freedom Conservancy. In 2006, Bender co-founded the One Laptop per Child, a non-profit association with Nicholas Negroponte and Seymour Papert. Bender is also co-founder of ReMake Music, which provides pedagogical support for Music Blocks, a programming language used by children to explore mathematical and musical concepts.
As director of the MIT Media Laboratory from 2000 to 2006, Bender led a team of researchers in fields as varied as tangible media to affective computing to lifelong kindergarten. In 1992, Bender founded the MIT News in the Future consortium, which launched the era of digital news. Bender is the past president of the Industrial Arts and Method Foundation, a Florida-based foundation that promotes innovation in industrial design education.
Bender received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1977 and a master’s degree from MIT in 1980, where he built the Electronic Publishing research group. He was a founding member of the MIT Media Lab, where he was the holder of the Alexander W Dreyfoos Chair. Bender is a Senior Scientist in the MIT School of Architecture.
Bender serves or has served on numerous boards and committees, including IBM's mobile computing advisory board and the GNOME technical advisory board. He has served on the advisory board of the Squeak Foundation, the Center for Educational Technology (CET) in Israel, and Libre Corps, a program at RIT that builds long-term, on-going relationships between university students and humanitarian organizations. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Technology, Society and Knowledge. He has held visiting faculty appointments at international universities, including the University of Tampere, and continues to serve on university research advisory boards and on occasion teaches at Hult and MIT Sloan business schools. Bender's book, Leaning to Change the World, on technology. learning, and social entrepreneurship was published in 2012.
Chief Data Officer, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE
Marcus Hartmann is Chief Data Officer at ProSiebenSat1. Media SE since 2018 and Managing Director of ProSiebenSat1 Digital Data GmbH. In his corporate role he is responsible for crossgroup data initiatives from data sourcing to data science driven insights and products.
Beforehand Marcus worked in comprehensive positions at the Bisnode Group, a leading provider of digital business information, analytical services and smart data analytics, headquartered in Stockholm, last as Group Vice President. In this position he led especially the group wide Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics and Big Data Analytics functions. Further stations of his career are the global information service provider Experian, arvato-infoscore and Bertelsmann Financial Services. The designated data expert spent his entire professional career working within the Data & Analytics industry helping businesses enter a data-analytics based world with more ease and at a higher speed.
Chief Strategist. Vice President & Partner, IBM Global Business Service
Saul J. Berman, Ph.D. is Partner, Vice President, Chief Strategist Digital Strategy & IX & Global Digital Business Strategy Leader within IBM Global Business Services (GBS). In this role he works closely with major corporations around the globe on strategic business issues. He leads a worldwide team of Digital Strategy Consultants focused on delivering business value thru digital business strategy, operations strategy, organization and technology strategy.
Prior to this role, Dr. Berman was the Lead Strategy Partner for the Media and Entertainment Practice as well as a Global Strategy & Change Services Leader at IBM GBS. Before joining IBM, Saul was the Global Strategic Change Leader at PwC Consulting. He was also previously with The Boston Consulting Group, a divisional Vice President with Broadway Department Stores and an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Berman has more than 25 years of consulting experience advising senior management of large corporate and start-up organizations. He has directed engagements addressing issues of business, mobile and customer strategy, organization, and operations. He has worked extensively on competitive positioning, scenario envisioning, innovation, new business models, growth, operational & cost improvement, operations strategy, and organization design and enterprise transformation. His clients have included most of the major media companies as well as technology companies, telecommunication companies, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers and automotive companies in the United States, Japan, Europe and Australia.
Dr. Berman holds a Ph.D. in Management and Information Systems and a MBA in Production Systems and Operations Research from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania,.
A frequent speaker to industry and strategic planning organizations such as the World Economic Forum, MIPCOM, Consumer Electronics Association, McGraw Hill Media Summit, the National Association of Broadcasters, Online Publishers Association, Digital Hollywood and the International Broadcasting Convention.
Consulting Magazine named Dr. Berman one of the Top 25 Consultants of 2005. The Global CMO magazine named him one of the Top 50 Marketing executives over 50 of 2013 - 2015. He is also an editorial advisory board member for Strategy & Leadership Magazine.
Additionally, Dr. Berman served as a board member of the USC Film School Entertainment Technology Center, and of the Southern California chapter of the Strategic Leadership Forum.
He has also authored numerous books and publications including Not For Free: Revenue Strategies for a New World, published by Harvard Business Review Press, and recent IBM Institute for Business Value studies: “Digital Disappointment,” 2017, “Digital Reinvention in Action” 2016, “The Individual Enterprise – How mobility redefines business,” 2014, “Digital Reinvention, Preparing for a very different tomorrow,“ 2013, “Beyond Digital – Connecting media and entertainment to the future,” 2012 and “The Power of Cloud – Driving business model innovation,” , 2012.
Co-Founder, Privacy Valley
After graduating from NYU lawschool in 2001, Helena Verhagen started her career in New York at a Top 10 international law firm and specialized in IT and Intellectual Property.
Having worked for media companies both as an outside counsel and inhouse for several years, she started her own law firm back in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, focusing on clients that required expert assistance in ICT procurement and sales, privacy and security.
As advisor to innovative companies she realized that the Legal industry itself would benefit from implementing and using software tools. Tooling that is easy to use and ensures easy and cost-friendly access to legal advice. This is when she founded Privacy Valley, a company that combines the use of the Privacy Valley compliance tooling with practical advice.
Chairman, Hyde Park Entertainment
Ashok Amritraj is Chairman and CEO of the Hyde Park Entertainment Group, and was formerly CEO of National Geographic Films.
An internationally renowned award-winning producer, Amritraj has made over 100 films during the span of his 35-year career, with worldwide revenues in excess of $2 billion. He has partnered with every major studio in Hollywood and produced films starring the likes of Bruce Willis, Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Angelina Jolie,Cate Blanchett, Dustin Hoffman, Andrew Garfield, Steve Martin, Antonio Banderas, Robert De Niro, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jennifer Aniston, Nicolas Cage and many more.
Amritraj has grown the Company into a cutting-edge independent alternative to the traditional Hollywood system, fully realizing his vision for a progressive global company that incorporates the most essential elements of a full-fledged studio. Hyde Park’s mandate encompasses feature film, television, digital, documentary, and cross- cultural content, with the Company possessing development, production, and financing capabilities in addition to handling worldwide sales and marketing.
Amritraj has had box office hits such as GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE, starring Nicolas Cage, BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, starring Steve Martin, PREMONITION, starring Sandra Bullock, WALKING TALL starring The Rock, and many more, as well as critically acclaimed titles including 99 HOMES starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, BLUE VALENTINE starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, and SHOPGIRL, starring Steve Martin and Claire Danes.
Hyde Park Entertainment Group and its artists have received awards and recognition from the major award shows and film festivals including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the BAFTA awards, the Emmys, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Cannes Film Festivle, the Golden Globes, and many more.
Amritraj’s extraordinary career from Wimbledon tennis player to billion dollar Hollywood producer (chronicled in his autobiography Advantage Hollywood) is matched only by his commitment to education, gender, race, and class. Dedicating a significant amount of his time to philanthropic endeavors worldwide, Amritraj was recently appointed as the first United Nations India Goodwill Ambassador for the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Amritraj continues to pave the way for the intersection of entertainment and philanthropy, and remains fully engaged in the creation of diverse, socially-relevant content.
Amritraj is as comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind the scenes. He has hosted various critically lauded television series including “Chance of a Lifetime” in partnership with the United Nations, distributed by Doordarshan and National Geographic, as well as “Gateway to Hollywood” for Sony Pix, and “Hollywood Heroes” for the History Channel.
Amritraj serves on the Producers Executive Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and served on the Los Angeles Board for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the International Council for the Emmy Awards.
In 2015, he was bestowed an honorary Doctorate of the Arts from the University of East London and he currently serves on the advisory board for the Dodge Film School at Chapman University.
Partner, Law Allianz
Yahaya is a founding partner of Law Allianz - a law firm with core expertise in Entertainment law (which consists of Gaming, technology, Media, ecommerce & Intellectual Property) and Corporate/Commercial law.
A graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife; He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1993 and was recently admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales. During the course of his professional career He has been legal adviser to Aso Savings and Loans Plc., Company Secretary to First Alliance Pension and Benefits Limited (now ARM Pensions).
He Chairs, the Entertainment, Media and Sports committee of the Nigeria Bar Association – Section on Business Law; seats on the Nigeria Copyrights Commission’s law Review committee and was recently inducted into the International Masters of Gaming Lawyers (IMGL). Yahaya has been involved in the review and amendment of acts for the Nigeria Copyrights Commission, Nigeria Broadcasting Commission and National Lottery Regulatory Commission aside from consultancy work for several international bodies. He has also advised several companies within Nigerian growing entertainment and media space.
A prolific speaker he was appointed by the Federal Government into Digiteam (the body responsible for the digitization of broadcasting in Nigeria),he was also recently selected as the Facilitator for National Assembly Business Round Table (NASSBER) “E commerce and IP” working group.
Winner of - Legal Monthly’s “Entertainment lawyer of the year - Nigeria' 2013 he was also co winner of the 2011 Omidyar/Legatum sponsored “Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship” held in Nairobi, Kenya.
An entertainment enthusiast and also an entrepreneur, he also seats on several boards.
Founder, BOOM & IndiaSpend
Govindraj is a television & print journalist and most recently founder of BOOM (www.boomlive.in) a fact checking & fake news busting initiative. He is also founder of the award-winning www.indiaspend.org & www.factchecker.in, public interest journalism efforts which use data to write and syndicate stories in areas like health, education and environment.
BOOM and FactChecker are the only verified India members of the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) a part of the Poynter Institute. IndiaSpend is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). He also anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television – the current one being `Aegons of Business' featuring conversations with young entrepreneurs on BloombergQuint and earlier the weekly `Policy Watch’ on public service broadcaster Rajya Sabha or RSTV.
Previously, he was Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hours business news service launched out of Mumbai in 2008 and a partnership between Bloomberg LLP and the UTV Group in India. Prior to setting up Bloomberg TV, he worked with Business Standard newspaper as Editor (New Media) with a specific mandate of integrating the newspaper’s news operations with its digital or web platform. Before that, Govindraj spent five years with television channel CNBC-TV18 where he worked from near start-up point and actively drove most of the channels programming growth and expansion initiatives. Prior to television, he worked in print in The Economic Times, Business World and Business India magazines. He has been a career business journalist who has reported and written on Indian business for over 25 years. He is a Fellow of the Inaugural Class of Ananta Aspen’s 2006 India Leadership Initiative, a 2018 McNulty Laureate and a winner of the 2014 BMW Responsible Leaders Awards
Founder & Managing Director, Footprint Music Limited
Paul is Managing Director of Footprint Music, a specialist rights and licensing consultancy that he founded in 1994 that is focused solely on music copyright and associated rights for content creation and international multimedia distribution. Paul has advised both national and international broadcasters, digital platforms and content makers and has appeared as an expert witness or filed expert testimony in a number of international court cases, tribunals and mediations. He was also a co-editor and contributor to the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers’ 2018 Book “Finding the Value in the Gap”.
Founding members, K&S Partners
Rajendra is one of the founding members of the firm. He chairs the trade marks, practice of the firm and also heads the litigation practice in respect of trade marks, copyrights and geographical indications at the firm.
Prior to joining the firm, Rajendra worked as a trade mark attorney in a prominent IPR firm in New Delhi.
Senior Producer, WorklifeIndia (BBC)
Mohanlal Sharma has been associated with WorklifeIndia from its inception, bringing the programme from concept to reality. He envisioned the programme and led its conceptualization and curation in collaboration with editorial colleagues, including defining the editorial construct, logistics and liaison with multiple stakeholders. During his 17 year career at the BBC he has held many roles, including as producer, editor and presenter of daily current affairs radio programmes on BBC Hindi. He has covered some of the most challenging reporting assignments and helped in the transition to new media, including online and social media, and helping his team adapting to change.
Charles H. Rivkin
Chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Charles H. Rivkin is Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). He leads its global mission to advance and support the U.S. motion picture, television and home entertainment sector. Rivkin works with international businesses, governments, and law enforcement agencies to promote policies that drive production, strengthen creativity and protect creative content. He is also responsible for the MPAA’s Classification and Rating Administration, which has been supporting and informing audiences with the nation’s movie ratings system for over 50 years. The MPAA’s member studios currently include Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios, Universal Studios, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Prior to joining the MPAA, Rivkin served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from 2014 to 2017. He led the U.S. State Department’s Bureau responsible for managing trade negotiations, investment treaties, economic sanctions, intellectual property rights protection and global internet policy, visiting over 40 countries and 70 cities to advance U.S. economic diplomacy. In addition, Rivkin provided guidance to the Department’s 1,600 economic officers around the world and to the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
From 2009 to 2013, Rivkin served as the United States Ambassador to France and Monaco. In this role, he guided America’s oldest and one of its largest diplomatic missions, with six constituent posts throughout France and representing more than 50 U.S. government agencies. Described as a “dynamic and visionary non-career Ambassador” by the Independent Office of the Inspector General, Rivkin strongly championed U.S. commercial exports into Europe, established and energized the embassy’s social media platforms and pioneered youth outreach programs in disadvantaged communities throughout France.
Before serving the U.S. government, Rivkin worked in the media and entertainment sector for more than 20 years where he was President and CEO of award-winning entertainment businesses such as The Jim Henson Company and Wildbrain. Rivkin helped reinvigorate The Jim Henson Company (then home to such character franchises as The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, Bear in the Big Blue House, Farscape, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth) and helped engineer the sale of the company in 2000 for nearly $1 billion. During his business tenure, Rivkin served as Executive Producer of award winning children’s television shows and was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.
Ambassador Rivkin received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1984, graduating with distinction in political science and international relations. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1988. Rivkin was personally awarded the Légion d’honneur (rank of Commander) by French President François Hollande. He received the city of Paris’ highest honor – la Grande Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris from Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, and was presented with the US Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy. He serves as a Board member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and was accepted as a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.