At CFO (Boardroom Media) we track over 1,000,000 startups and over 5,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top United States based CFO’ operating in the Media and Entertainment space. If you think a CFO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected].
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Founder & CFO of Pray.com
Michael is the founder of pray.com, a social impact company for Non-Profits and Faith Organizations. Pray.com’s vision is to create a world where everyone leaves a legacy of helping others. Pray.com’s private social network gives Faith Organizations and Non-Profits the ability to organize their membership, run small groups & events, and raise funds for causes they care about most.
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About Pray.com: Pray.com is the #1 app for daily prayer & faith-based audio content
CFO of GrandBanks Capital
Steve Kurylo is the Chief Financial Officer at GrandBanks Capital.
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About GrandBanks Capital: GrandBanks Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in wireless and mobile technologies, digital media, web-based
Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Bowlmor AMF
Brett Parker serves as a Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at Bowlmor AMF.
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About Bowlero, Bowlmor AMF: Bowlmor AMF in bowling and entertainment in North America.
CFO of Weedmaps
Arden Lee serves as the chief financial officer of Weedmaps.
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About Weedmaps, WM Technology: Weedmaps is the world’s first marijuana technology and media brand.
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer of Connecticut Innovations
Phil directs and supervises the finance and IT teams of CI. As CFO, he is responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, strategic planning, debt management and treasury functions. In addition to his core duties, Phil serves as project manager for the Jackson Laboratory project and the Connecticut Ecosystem. Phil joined the CI team as CFO in July of 2012 as part of the merger between CI and the Connecticut Development Authority (CDA). He was the chief financial officer for 12 years at CDA. He also spent four years as a senior accountant with Deloitte & Touche.
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About Connecticut Innovations: Connecticut Innovations provides strategic capital and operational insight to to companies in high-tech industries
CFO of Activision Blizzard
Dennis Durkin has served as their Chief Financial Officer since March 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Durkin held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Microsoft Corporation, most recently serving as the corporate vice president, and chief operating and financial officer, of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business, which includes the Xbox console business. Prior to joining Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business in 2006, Mr. Durkin worked on Microsoft’s corporate development and strategy team, including two years where he was based in London, England driving pan-European activity. Before joining Microsoft, Mr. Durkin was a financial analyst at Alex. Brown and Company. Mr. Durkin holds a B.A. degree in government from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University.
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About Activision Blizzard: Activision Blizzard is an entertainment company that develops, publishes, and distributes video games for gaming consoles.
Chief Financial Officer of Live Nation Entertainment
As CFO of Live Nation Entertainment, Kathy Willard oversees the finances of the world’s largest live entertainment, ticketing and eCommerce company. She was appointed CFO in September 2007 following nine years at the company in various roles including Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Kathy started her career with Arthur Andersen in 1988, where she worked in audit for five years before beginning her accounting and finance career. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.
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About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment is the live entertainment and eCommerce company.
EVP , Chief Financial Officer & President of Operations of Universal Music Group
Boyd Muir is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & President of Operations at Universal Music Group.
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About Universal Music Group, VNYL: Universal Music Group offers music recording, publishing, and merchandising services worldwide.
Co-Founder, COO and CFO of PORTL Hologram
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About MSMCi, PopJax, PORTL Hologram: PORTL Hologram offers at-home hologram machines.
CFO and Board Member of PORTL Hologram
Steven Hammersly is the CFO at PORTL Hologram.
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About PORTL Hologram: PORTL Hologram offers at-home hologram machines.
Exec Director – Head of Agile Center of Excellence, CFO Corporate Functions of Sony Pictures Entertainment
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About Sony Pictures Entertainment: Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.
Chief Financial Officer of Tickets For Less
Adam Tyhurst is a Controller at Oakland Athletics.
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About Oakland Athletics, Tickets For Less: Tickets For Less is a company selling concert and sporting event tickets nationwide.
Executive Vice President And Chief Financial Officer of A+E Networks
David “Digger” Granville-Smith is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of A+E Networks. Granville-Smith joined A+E Networks as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in July 2014. In December 2016, he was named to his current position. Granville-Smith leads all key financial functions across A+E Networks, including A&E®, History®, Lifetime®, LMN®, FYI™, H2®, Crime & Investigation Network®, History en Español™, Military HISTORY®, LRW®, A+E Studios™, A&E Indie Films®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital® and A+E Networks Consumer Products™. In addition, Granville-Smith oversees the Production, Operations, Engineering and Information Technology departments and is responsible for the Corporate Development, Strategy, Investments and Ventures Group. He provides strategic and operational leadership across all of the divisions of the company, including the Brand Portfolio Group, Ad Sales, Distribution, Digital and International, in order to drive the company’s overall growth and value creation. Granville-Smith serves on the boards of A+E Networks Latin America and VICELAND. Prior to joining A+E Networks, Granville-Smith worked at J.P. Morgan and Bear Stearns, which was acquired by J.P. Morgan, for 23 years. Prior to that, he worked at Smith Barney in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. At J.P. Morgan, he was a Managing Director and Head of the Media Group in the Investment Banking Division. Throughout his career in banking, Granville-Smith worked on a number of significant strategic and financing transactions for diversified media, cable network, cable distribution and telecommunications companies. Granville-Smith is a trustee of the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. He also serves on the President’s Advisory Council for the College of Brown University. Granville-Smith received an A.B. degree from Brown University. He resides in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
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About A+E Networks: A+E Networks is truly a global media company with joint ventures and channels all over the world.
CFO of All Def Digital
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About All Def Digital: ALL DEF DIGITAL is a premium, multi-platform digital media company and entertainment hub
CFO of Fandom
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About Fandom: Fandom is a developer of a global entertainment media platform designed for fans to explore, contribute to, and celebrate.
CFO of Dalet
Nicolas Breugnon is the CFO at Dalet.
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About Dalet: Dalete is a leading media technology and service provider with over three decades of innovation.
Chief Financial Officer of 4Wall Entertainment
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About 4Wall Entertainment: 4Wall Entertainment is a lighting company.
Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer of Millennium Entertainment
Co-founder and CFO Trevor Short oversees legal, finance and administrative operations for Nu Image, Inc., Millennium Films and all related companies. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Short obtained a Bachelor of Law from the University of Rhodesia and an MBA at the University of Cape Town where he was awarded the Gold Medal. In 1980 Short entered the world of banking and commerce, joining Standard Chartered Merchant Bank in Harare as head of Corporate Finance, responsible for takeovers, mergers and IPO’s. He then moved to Hill Samuel Merchant Bank in Johannesburg in 1984 as head of its Corporate Finance Division and subsequently to Investec Bank where he was responsible for eight IPOs on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, as well as numerous mergers and acquisitions Short’s finance background led him to develop a tax based financing formula to produce motion pictures in South Africa. He succeeded in procuring over $200 million from private investors to fund the production of international films made in South Africa. Much of the financing he secured was for films produced by Avi Lerner’s Nu Metro group for international film companies. He also became a consultant to the Government of South Africa regarding film incentive legislation.
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About Millennium Entertainment: Millennium Entertainment – Theatrical Film/Movie Distribution Company based in Los Angeles, CA
CFO & COO of NTWRK
Emerson Yenokida is the CFO and COO at NTWRK.
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About NTWRK: NTWRK is the definitive live streaming video commerce platform developed specifically for Gen-Z and Millennials.
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CFO of FloSports
Pat is the Chief Financial Officer at FloSports and joined FloSports in 2014. An alumnusof the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard College, Pat now oversees Accounting and Finance after previously holding the position of SVP of Business Development at the company. Prior to FloSports, Pat was a Senior Associate at Austin Ventures and an Associate atFacebook in the company’s marketing monetization division. In college, he played rugby and soccer. Pat remains an avid skier and is frequently found buried in powder while attempting backcountry terrain. Originally from Boston, Pat now calls Austin, Texas home. Beyond rooting for the Patriots or other Boston sports teams, he enjoys weightlifting and playing soccer.
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About FloSports: FloSports is a media and events company that provides live streaming of premier events, original video programming, and weekly studio shows.
Chief Financial Officer of adRise
Reza Banki is the Chief of Staff and Head of Business Ops of Tubi.
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About adRise: AdRise is an internet TV ad platform that distributes and monetizes TV shows and movies by partnering with premium content owners.
Chief Financial Officer of Schooner Capital
Steve has been Schooner’s Chief Financial Officer since 1996. A Managing Director, Steve divides his time between Schooner’s internal financial and administrative matters and Schooner’s investment portfolio, including serving as a board member of Millstone Medical Outsourcing and Iron Rail Group. Prior to joining Schooner, Steve spent approximately fourteen years in public accounting at Tonneson & Company CPAs P.C. where he worked with his clients on a wide range of accounting, financial and tax matters. Steve has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Master’s of Science in Taxation degree from Bentley University. He is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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About Schooner Capital: Schooner Capital is a Boston-based private investment firm engaged in venture capital, growth equity, and public securities.
Co-Founder, President & Chief Financial Officer of Orfium
Christopher Mohoney is the co-founder, president and chief financial officer at Orfium.
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About Orfium: Award winning, high growth music tech company providing software solutions that maximize the commercial value of global copyrights
Chief Financial Officer of Discovery
Gunnar Wiedenfels is the Chief Financial Officer at Discovery, Inc.
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About Discovery: Discovery is a multinational mass media factual television company covering science, history, geography, survival, and more.
Chief Financial Officer of Dolby Laboratories
Mr. Chew is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (audio, imaging, and voice technologies for the entertainment industry) and has held that position since 2012. He previously was Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of National Semiconductor Corporation (design, manufacturing, and sale of semiconductor products) (2001 to 2011). Mr. Chew also was a Partner and certified public accountant at KPMG, LLP (accounting firm), where he served mainly technology and financial institution clients. Mr. Chew has been a director of PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company since 2009.
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About Dolby Laboratories: Dolby creates surround sound, imaging, and voice technologies for cinemas, home theaters, PCs, mobile devices, games, and more.
CFO of Relativity Media
Charlie Feigle is the CFO at Relativity Media.
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About Relativity Media: Relativity Media is focused on producing and distributing content in the United States and internationally.
Chief Financial Officer & Finance Director of Chemistry Communications
As CFO of Chemistry Anna is responsible for the day-to-day financial operations of the organization. She works closely with the CEO to execute the agency’s financial strategy, and also plays a role in operations, and IT. Previous to her role at Chemistry, Anna worked for a law firm in Wheeling WV, and at a Pittsburgh CPA firm as a staff auditor. In addition to earning her Masters of Business Administration from Robert Morris University, Anna is also a Notary Public and Girl Scout Troop Leader.
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About Chemistry Communications: Chemistry Communications is a provider of advertising and branding services.
Senior Managing Director / Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer of Progress Partners
Founder of Juniperks.
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About Progress Partners, Progress Ventures: Progress Partners is a corporate advisory firm that works with buyers and sellers of companies to complete M&A or private transactions.
Chief Financial Officer of Wondery
Gregory Sulak is the chief financial officer at Wondery.
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About Wondery: Wondery, a network of storytellers, creates and curates immersive podcasts.
Chief Financial Officer of Silver Chalice Ventures
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About Silver Chalice Ventures: Silver Chalice Ventures builds and operates digital-based businesses that focus on sports, media, and entertainment.
Chief Financial Officer of The Great Courses Plus
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About The Great Courses Plus: The Teaching Company is a developer and marketer of audio and video series for personal development and lifelong learning.
Marla Meyer Frank
Chief Financial Officer of Frank Productions, Inc.
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About Frank Productions, Inc.: Frank Productions is one of the nation’s largest concert promoters.
Chief Financial Officer of Vooks
Joey Jenkins is the Chief Financial Officer at Vooks.
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About Vooks: Vooks is a subscription based streaming service exclusively dedicated to animated storybooks.
SVP and Chief Financial Office of Tribune Media
Chandler Bigelow was named Executive Vice President/Chief Business Strategies and Operations Officer for Tribune Company in June 2013. Bigelow helps lead the ongoing transformation of Tribune’s traditional media businesses, and oversees the company’s equity investments and its real estate portfolio. Bigelow served as Tribune’s EVP/Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to 2013, overseeing all corporate finance functions, including financial reporting, tax, audit and treasury. Prior to that, he was Tribune’s vice president/treasurer with responsibility for the company’s financing activities, cash management, short-term and retirement fund investments and risk-management programs beginning 2003. Previously, Bigelow was assistant treasurer since 2001 and served as director/corporate finance from 2000 to 2001. He joined Tribune in 1998 as part of the Tribune Financial Development Program and became corporate finance manager in 1999. Prior to Tribune, Bigelow was manager of investor relations for Spyglass, Inc., from 1996 to 1997. In 1994, he co-founded Brainerd Communicators, an investor relations firm, where he served as vice president through 1995. A native of New York, Bigelow holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin. He is a board member for the Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden and of the Springboard Foundation in Chicago.
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About NielsenIQ, Tribune Media: Tribune Media is home to diverse portfolio of tv and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment, and sports programming.
CFO of Athlettes Productions
Al Freeman has over 20 years of Banking, investment and real estate experience in all facets of finance from start up to strategic alliances and insurance bonding. His vast network of creative financing and debt/equity experiences brings a fresh perspective to our portfolio of projects making it a profitable investment for the investor and the company equally. HIs ability to structure a winning deal for Wall Street as well as main street make his services sought after by many top companies from all over the world.
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About Athlettes Productions: Athlettes Productions/Media LLC (Athlettes Media) is a Scottsdale, Arizona based Entertainment/Game and Multimedia Company seeking.
CFO & Co-Founder of The Warblr
Ying Cheng is Co-Founder and CFO of The Warblr. She has degrees from Dartmouth College, Cornell University and the McGill University Faculty of Law.
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About The Warblr: Digital Media, Political Humor
CFO of Virtually Live
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About Virtually Live: Virtually Live is a patented, revolutionary technology media to experience live sporting events in computer graphics
Founder and CFO of Buzz360
Klaus has a wealth of business experience in both the U.S. and Europe. His primary focus has been on the management of small, high-growth companies. Klaus created and sold several successful companies in the IT field, serving small business as well as Fortune 500 companies. He was a cofounder of Praxis Software Solutions, which was acquired by SAP AG. Klaus holds an MBA from Aachen University in Germany.
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About Buzz360: Entrepreneurs don’t start a business because they love marketing; they start a business because of a passion.
CFO of Scripturally Sound
Chief Financial Officer of Scripturally Sound
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About Scripturally Sound: enhancing the church worship experience by connecting scriptures to songs in one simple search
CFO of Crab Devil
Neil Gobioff is a CFO at Crab Devil, LLC
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About Crab Devil: Crab Devil is a multi-media art collective that celebrates and elevates the culture and phenomena of Florida.
CFO of iNET Interactive
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About iNET Interactive: iNet Interacive is a company that offers insights and information for companies to help them make good decisions.