SportsPro Live attracts some of the most influential names in sport to join the speaker line-up. Experts in their respective fields, they captivate attendees with their knowledge and experience, as well as share an insight into their business challenges and how they have overcome them.
Chief Executive Officer, Eurosport
Peter Hutton joined Eurosport as CEO in 2015, charged with strengthening and localising the brand...
Founder & President, Bruin Sports Capital
George Pyne is the founder and president of Bruin Sports Capital, a $250 million privately held...
President, International Judo Federation
Known for his in-depth experience and knowledge in sports, on all levels, Mr. Marius Vizer started...
SVP of Product Development, Oracle
Reggie Bradford brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as Senior Vice President of...
CEO & Executive Director, Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), Olympic Channel Services (OCS)
Yiannis Exarchos, born in Athens in 1964, studied law and film directing. He produced and presented...
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Mr. Carey began his career as an analyst in 1983 and has over 30 years of stadium, sports, project...
Senior Vice President & Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, NBA
As NBA Senior Vice President & Managing Director in charge of EMEA, Benjamin Morel oversees all...
President, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)
Prior to being elected to cycling’s top job, the UCI presidency, in September 2013, Cookson spent...
Managing Director, Doyen Global
Simon Oliveira is a key strategist in David Beckham’s team working closely with the Global Icon for...
Executive Vice President, IMG
Andrew Wildblood joined IMG in 1989 since when he has been associated with many of the company’s...
Co-CEO, WME | IMG
The global leader in sports, entertainment, media, and fashion, WME | IMG operates in more than 25...
Consultant and former Director of Olympic Marketing - Lloyds Banking Group, Chair - Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation
Having played a pivotal role in the analysis and negotiation of the London 2012 Olympic and...
Chairman, British Rowing
Annamarie was Lead Safeguarding Officer for British Rowing for 10 years, and oversaw the...
Managing Director, Sky Sports
Barney Francis is Managing Director of Sky Sports, reporting to Sky’s Chief Executive, Jeremy...
Chairman, Matchroom Sport
Barry Hearn qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and spent several years with a major firm...
Owner, Hummel International
Christian Stadil is the owner and Chairman of Thornico, a conglomerate of businesses dealing in...
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wasserman Media Group
Casey Wasserman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wasserman Media Group, a leading...
President, Discovery Networks International
JB Perrette is President of Discovery Networks International, a division of Discovery...
Senior Executive Vice President, 21st Century Fox
David Hill is Senior Executive Vice President, 21st Century Fox, a role in which he focuses on...
Founder, Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR)
Sir Ben Ainslie - The world’s most successful Olympic sailor and in 2013 became the first Briton to...
Entrepreneur, Former Deputy Chairman - LOCOG, Non Executive Director - Tottenham Hotspur
Sir Keith Mills was born and educated in the UK. He founded Air Miles International Group BV...
Peter Hutton joined Eurosport as CEO in 2015, charged with strengthening and localising the brand worldwide. In November 2015 Peter spearheaded the successful rebrand of the sports destination with the ambition to become the preferred destination for sports fans everywhere, fueling their passion with great sport’s stories. He is delivering a strategy which will see large scale development of Eurosport to create more locally relevant content with home-grown talent and a dedicated feed in key markets. Peter is also responsible for growing Eurosport’s online live and on demand presence through Eurosport Player, a multi-screen subscription service, and Eurosport.com, Europe’s #1 online sports destination.
Peter has worked in the sports industry for over 30 years in a variety of roles all over the world. Prior to Eurosport, he was CEO at the MP and Silva sports rights agency, and previously he was part of Fox International Channels, driving the launch of their sports business outside the Americas, including the acquisition of Setanta Sports in Africa and ESPN/Star Sports in Asia. He became CEO of ESPN/Star Sports based out of Singapore and oversaw its change into Fox Sports in Asia and Star Sports in India.
Graduating from Cambridge University, Peter began his career as a sports journalist, including being a sports editor for BBC TV and a presenter and commentator for Sky Sports.
George Pyne is the founder and president of Bruin Sports Capital, a $250 million privately held international media, sports, marketing and branded lifestyle company.
Prior to starting Bruin Sports Capital, Pyne was President of IMG Sports and Entertainment, where he was the driving force behind the firm’s remarkable growth, boosting revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars and tripling IMG’s total valuation during his nine year tenure.
Earlier, Pyne served as Chief Operating Officer of NASCAR, becoming the second non-family member in 50 years to join its Board of Directors. Under Pyne’s leadership, NASCAR secured several billion-dollar licensing, sponsorship, investment and media rights partnerships, and became a dominant force in North American sports.
Pyne has been recognized as one of the most influential people in professional sports by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Sporting News and Sports Business Journal. He is a member of the Sports Business Journal’s Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation’s Leadership Hall of Fame. Advertising Age named him as one of its “Top 100 Marketers” and he received lifetime achievement awards from the NCAA and Ivy League Football Association.
Raised in Milford, Massachusetts, Pyne attended Brown University where he earned All-Ivy and All-New England honors and served as captain of the university’s football team. He served on the boards of IMG, NASCAR and 24 Hour Fitness, and is currently on the Board of the National Football Foundation.
Known for his in-depth experience and knowledge in sports, on all levels, Mr. Marius Vizer started from being a judo athlete (at the age of 16) and continued as a coach from 1982 to 1988. He became President of Romanian Judo Federation (1998), continuing after as the President of European Judo Union and Vice President of International Federation (2000) and to finally become the President of IJF (since 2007).
He implemented a number of important and progressive reforms in Judo, which led to a considerable development of this sport. He created the World Judo Tour, a series of annual competitions consisting today of World Championships, World Masters, 5 Grand Slams, 11 Grand Prix organized yearly.
He was also President of SportAccord (2013-2015) and has special recognitions in sport such as Dr. Honoris Causa – from different universities, The Great Cross of the Merit of the Circle of Black Belts – France, and others.
Reggie Bradford brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as Senior Vice President of Product Development at Oracle. In his current role, he is focused on driving Oracle’s vision to become the global leader in Cloud Computing. He also serves as a thought leader speaking and writing about marketing technology, social business and today’s customer experience imperative.
Prior to joining Oracle, Bradford was the founder and CEO of Vitrue, the global leader in cloud based social marketing platform. Vitrue was acquired by Oracle in May 2012 and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle. Prior to Vitrue, Bradford held executive management positions at TANDBERG Television, N2 Broadband, and WebMD.
Over the course of his career, Bradford has received a number of industry accolades recognizing his success as an entrepreneur and Internet visionary, including Business Insider’s 2014 Most Influential People in Cloud Computing; Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Award in 2013; Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012. Bradford currently serves on the board of directors of Integrate, a cloud-based marketing and media services provider; Mana Health, a healthcare technology startup which helps physicians glean trends from patient medical record data; and Persado, a marketing technology startup which provides marketers with an automated copywriting software that generates persuasive language to their target audience.
Bradford received a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Emory University. He serves on numerous advisory boards including Felix Capital of London and Non-Executive Chairman of Sinefo Ventures. Bradford resides in London with his wife Holly and their six children.
Yiannis Exarchos, born in Athens in 1964, studied law and film directing. He produced and presented cultural and art programmes on Greek TV and Radio and held several management and senior executive positions in a number of broadcast organisations.
Specialising in the broadcast of global sport events, he has served as a top executive for all Olympic Host Broadcasters since Athens 2004. He is currently the CEO of Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and also the Executive Director of the Olympic Channel, leading the IOC’s effort in the launch of the Olympic Channel later this year.
His in-depth media experience and leadership have earned him numerous recognitions, including five Emmy Awards, an award from the Greek NOC for long-term contribution to the Olympic Movement and the Great Wall Friendship Award, in acknowledgment of his contribution to Beijing’s progress and development.
Mr. Carey began his career as an analyst in 1983 and has over 30 years of stadium, sports, project finance and infrastructure expertise completing over $140 billion in financing. He has primarily focused on financings in the municipal market, ranging from revenue bond credits and project financings for sports facilities, large toll roads, ports, and public private partnerships (P3s) in the U.S.
Mr. Carey has financed 35 stadiums and arenas including, New Yankee Stadium, Gillette Stadium, Barclays Arena, Levi’s Stadium. He is currently working on the new Stadio della Roma with AS Roma. In 2007, he was named “Top 100 Power Players of Sports” by BusinessWeek and profiled by Bloomberg in January of 2015. Additionally, he served as a professor at New York University, teaching “Investment Analysis of Sports Facilities” through the Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management.
Earned an AB in Economics from Harvard College in 1983
Casey Wasserman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wasserman Media Group, a leading sports and entertainment agency he founded in 2002. The company’s global practice encompasses athlete management, corporate consulting, media rights, global partnerships and sponsorships. Wasserman Media Group has grown into arguably the most influential agency in sport, managing a raft of athletes and rights across the world, including the top draft picks in the NFL, NBA, MLB and MLS in 2012 and a host of Premier League soccer players. Wasserman also serves as president and chief executive officer of the Wasserman Foundation, his family’s private charitable organisation. He serves on the boards of New York University, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and is a Trustee of The William J. Clinton Foundation.
Within sport, Wasserman is frequently included on global power lists. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA.
Sir Keith Mills was born and educated in the UK. He founded Air Miles International Group BV (AMIG) in 1988 to develop the AIR MILES programme. Formerly Chairman of Loyalty Management Group Ltd (LMG) which is the company which owns and manages the Nectar programme in the UK and licenses Air Miles programmes internationally.
In September 2003 Sir Keith was appointed International President and CEO of London 2012, the company that was established to bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. Sir Keith led the team and along with Lord Coe was responsible for developing the bid strategy and persuading the 115 IOC members that London should be granted the rights to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. On 6 July 2005, in Singapore, London beat off competition from New York, Paris, Madrid and Moscow to win the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Having established the London 2012 organisation which planned and organised the Games (LOCOG), Sir Keith remained as Deputy Chairman alongside Lord Coe to oversee operations. Sir Keith is also a non executive director of Tottenham Hotspur Plc and a director and investor in a number of small private companies.
In 2005 Sir Keith received a number of awards including: Master Entrepreneur of the Year, Chief Executive of the Year and the Sports Industry Businessman of the Year.
In addition, Sir Keith owns two yacht racing teams: TEAMORIGIN, which was established to compete as Britain’s entry in the America’s Cup, and AT Racing, which competes in ocean races with Hugo Boss sponsorship.
Sir Keith chairs the sport for development foundation - the UK Sported programme.
Sir Keith was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Kent in September 2008 and in the 2013 New Year Honours was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire for delivering a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Andrew Wildblood joined IMG in 1989 since when he has been associated with many of the company’s highest profile clients and international developments.
Andrew is responsible for the management of the company’s business with the All England Club (Wimbledon) and has represented The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews on aspects of the commercial management of The Open Championship since 1993.
He was responsible for developing the company’s business in cricket throughout the 1990’s; first representing the West Indies Cricket Board from 1990, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from 1993 and the Pakistan Cricket Board from 1994. The agreement IMG signed with BCCI in 1993 was the first time the BCCI received revenue for its media rights and unlocked the enormous commercial value of Indian cricket. Andrew was responsible for many of the developments that have taken place in the changing sporting and commercial landscape of professional cricket, most recently in 2008 as the joint architect, with Lalit Modi, of the extraordinarily successful Indian Premier League (IPL). He was also the creator of the first Official international cricket event played in North America, the Sahara Cup, an annual event which ran between 1996-1999 with series of One Day International matches between India and Pakistan played in Toronto.
Together with IMG’s late Chairman and CEO Teddy Forstmann he conceived IMG’s emerging market joint venture strategy and, with Mr Forstmann, negotiated IMG’s joint venture in India with India’s largest company, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries. IMG Reliance secured long terms rights ownership positions with the All India Football Federation and the Basketball Federation of India with a view to creating new professional football and basketball leagues in India. He now concentrates on developing IMG’s new business initiatives in emerging markets notably in Indonesia and Nigeria, and on diversifying IMG’s activities into new business areas, most recently IMG-HSBC, IMG's Sports Assets acquisition and disposal alliance with HSBC.
Barney Francis is Managing Director of Sky Sports, reporting to Sky’s Chief Executive, Jeremy Darroch.
Barney has worked in television for nearly two decades, within multi-channel, terrestrial, and independent sectors. At Sky Sports he has produced a range of live coverage, support programming and sport news content. Production credits include the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Cricket World Cup and Test cricket.
As executive producer for cricket from 2001 to 2007 he was responsible for Sky’s exclusive live coverage of domestic Test matches and the introduction of a range of new cricket shows plus production innovations such as Ultra Motion replays, Hot Spot graphics and the UK’s first live HD sports broadcast, the 2006 Test series against Sri Lanka.
As Managing Director since 2009, he has seen Sky Sports continue to grow with the Masters and F1 coming to Sky, taken the entire sports output into HD and introduced the world’s first live 3D sports.
He has also taken his team into a new purpose-built home within Sky Studios, Europe’s most environmentally-friendly TV facility.
Alongside this, Sky has added further support to sport at all levels through its partnerships with cycling, the support to youth through Sky Sports Living for Sport.
David Hill is Senior Executive Vice President, 21st Century Fox, a role in which he focuses on programming, digital initiatives and other opportunities spanning the breadth of the Company's operating units across Latin America, Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Hill served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG), the umbrella entity representing the Company's wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets, since 1999.
While simultaneously maintaining his FOX Sports responsibilities, Hill served as President of DIRECTV's entertainment division from April 2005 to March 2007. There he was responsible for the integration of new technologies and the development of programming services. In 2011, Hill also served as Chairman & COO/Executive Producer of the National Geographic Channel, where he oversaw all of the network's business and production operations.
Prior to being named FOX Sports Chairman, Hill was Chairman and CEO, FOX Broadcasting Company from 1997 to 1999, while retaining the positions of President and Executive Producer, FOX Sports and President and CEO, Fox Sports Net. His responsibilities as Chairman and CEO of FOX Broadcasting encompassed all programming, marketing, advertising sales and business affairs at the combined entities.
Hill joined FOX Broadcasting Company in December 1993 as President, FOX Sports, responsible for the creation of FOX's sports division. Under his direction, FOX Sports grew from an idea to a fully functional network sports division in just eight months, utilizing state-of-the-art studio and on-site broadcasting facilities.
He began his career with the Company in Great Britain in 1988, when he helped launch Sky Television, Britain's first satellite TV station, and also introduced Eurosport, a pan-European, multilingual, dedicated sports channel that was a joint venture of Sky Television and the European Broadcast Union. When Sky Television merged with British Sky Broadcasting in 1990, he took charge of BSkyB Sports Channel and created Sky Sports in April 1991 and made it the fastest-growing subscription channel in television history.
Hill relocated to Great Britain from Australia, where he had been Vice President, Sports, with the Nine Network since 1977. Under his direction the station won an unprecedented number of awards for excellence in sports production. His career began as a 17-year-old copy boy at the Sydney Daily Telegraph (Australia). He worked as a reporter on that newspaper, before switching to television at age 19.
Hill lives in Los Angeles with his wife Joan and their family.
Prior to being elected to cycling’s top job, the UCI presidency, in September 2013, Cookson spent almost 16 years at the helm of British Cycling, engineering its transformation from a hapless institution on the brink of bankruptcy to one of the sport’s leading governing bodies.
Cookson was appointed president of British Cycling in 1997, the year after he served as a member of the emergency committee that rescued it from insolvency. During his tenure the team enjoyed unprecedented success, winning 19 Olympic gold medals, 28 Paralympic gold medals, two Tour de France general classifications and a host of UCI Road, Track, MTB and BMX World Championships. Cookson has also represented cycling on the British National Olympic Committee since 1997 and was awarded the OBE in the 2008 New Year’s Honours List in recognition of his services to the sport.
Cookson qualified as a UCI International Commissaire in 1986 and went on to officiate at several World Championships, international stage races and the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. He became a member of the UCI Management Committee in 2009 and served as the President of the UCI Cyclo-Cross Commission from 2009 to 2011, when he was appointed as the President of the UCI Road Commission, a position that he still holds.
To this day a keen cyclist, Cookson enjoyed a successful club-level career in the sport, the highlight of which was his victory in the 1971 the Lakeland Division Road Race championship.
Cookson is a Chartered Landscape Architect and served as an Executive Director (Regeneration) for the Borough of Pendle before retiring in March 2013 in order to devote his full attention to the world of cycling.
An Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire, Cookson has three children and lives with his wife Sian in the Ribble Valley district of Lancashire.
Having played a pivotal role in the analysis and negotiation of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games banking and insurance partnership for Lloyds TSB, Sally joined the company in July 2007 with the remit of maximising the value of the partnership and ensuring its effective activation over the next five years. She was accountable for the full delivery of the partnership through the business, the development and implementation of the London 2012 five-year strategic plan, and the management of all external partnerships and internal governance on the project. Sally is now providing the same leadership for SSE’s partnership with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Prior to that, Sally was the founder and Chief Executive of Redmandarin, the international sponsorship consultancy company whose clients include Philips, Sony Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom and SABMiller. Redmandarin quickly established itself as one of the thought leaders in the sponsorship world and has been instrumental in driving a greater strategic and accountable approach within the industry.
Sally was voted UK Sponsorship Personality of the Year in 2012 and has recently been elected Chair of the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation.
Christian Stadil is the owner and Chairman of Thornico, a conglomerate of businesses dealing in Food and Technology, Shipping, Sport and Fashion, Real Estate and Financing.
As owner of hummel International A/S, a leading Danish Sport and Fashion brand, Christian has established its Company Karma programme, based on a business philosophy that uses the simple mechanic of karma - every action has a consequence. With this business philosophy in mind, and under the mantra ‘Change the World through Sport’ hummel sponsors children’s football academies in Sierra Leone as well as the Afghan National Teams and Afghan Premier League.
With roots in Company Karma, Christian is an international speaker on leadership, branding, creativity and innovation.
Christian Stadil is member of the board of the industry association Danish Fashion and Textile, jury member of Ben & Jerry’s Global Competition for innovation in 2012 and 2013, and author of ‘Company Karma’ and ‘Personal Karma’. In Spring 2014 Stadil’s book on creativity, ‘In the shower with Picasso’ will be published in the UK.
Sir Ben Ainslie - The world’s most successful Olympic sailor and in 2013 became the first Briton to win the America’s Cup in 110 years.
In May 2012 Ben had the honour of being the first torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. After winning his fourth consecutive gold medal at London 2012 the 5 times Olympic medallist was chosen to be Great Britain’s flag bearer at the Olympics closing ceremony. Following his Olympic retirement, Ben launched Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) his very own racing team which competed in the 2012/2013 America’ Cup World Series and joined Oracle Team USA for the 34th America’s Cup final. After being called up to replace the team’s tactician half way through the series, the American team produced one of the biggest sporting comebacks in history, coming from 8-1 down to beat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8.
Ben was awarded a Knighthood in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List, and is now looking to lead his own British entry for the 35th Edition of the America’s Cup, and bring sports oldest sporting trophy back to the UK, where the event started back in 1851.
Simon Oliveira is a key strategist in David Beckham’s team working closely with the Global Icon for the past 10 years.
In April 2014, Oliveira joined forces with CAA’s Matthew Kay to create Doyen Global, an emerging new agency and investment fund in sport and entertainment encompassing player management; brand partnerships; Intellectual Property acquisition; sales consultancy; film and digital investments.
Their first move was to partner with Brazilian sensation Neymar to help build his brand globally and secure new commercial relationships outside of Brazil. Since then the company has moved at a fast pace building a diverse portfolio from the Box Office hit, ‘Class of 92’ to partnering with Tennis Legend, Boris Becker.
Formerly Senior Vice President at Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment, Oliveira also worked closely with British sport stars, Lewis Hamilton and Andy Murray.
Simon has a breadth of experience in PR, marketing, brand consulting and sponsorship, building the Sports Division at Ketchum London and working across Entertainment, Fashion and Consumer accounts at Lynne Franks including global organisations such as adidas, Warner Brothers, Pepsi, Olympic Torch Relay, Carlsberg, Lloyds TSB, London Fashion Week and Motorola amongst others.
Annamarie was Lead Safeguarding Officer for British Rowing for 10 years, and oversaw the anti-doping, governance and equality policies within the National Governing Body as Deputy Chairman from 2002-2013. She was the first female board member of The Boat Race Company Ltd, working with the universities sponsors and men’s clubs to bring the Women’s University Boat Race to the Tideway in 2015. Professionally an art consultant she is a non-executive Board Director of The Fine Art Society plc. Annamarie was the second women to be elected a Steward of the Henley Royal Regatta. She is a former World Champion in Women’s Lightweight Coxless Fours and indoor rowing and represented Great Britain in rowing at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996.
JB Perrette is President of Discovery Networks International, a division of Discovery Communications, the #1 pay-TV programmer in the world reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers.
Based in London, Perrette oversees and sets the strategy for the company’s five international operations: Latin America/U.S. Hispanic, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) and Asia-Pacific. Discovery’s unrivalled international footprint includes an average of 10 channels in more than 220 countries and territories.
Discovery’s international business has grown rapidly for the past several years, both organically and through M&A, including a controlling stake in Eurosport, the #1 pan-European TV channel broadcast in 54 countries and 20 languages. Discovery has also expanded the reach and relevancy of its global flagship channels, including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, ID: Investigation Discovery and Science channel.
As NBA Senior Vice President & Managing Director in charge of EMEA, Benjamin Morel oversees all aspects of the NBA operations including media distribution, events, merchandising and sponsorship across the region. He also manages the NBA’s two regional offices located in Madrid and Johannesburg from the league’s EMEA headquarters in London.
Ben originally joined the NBA in March 1998, responsible for the Non-Apparel European licensees. From October 2000 to October 2002, he was manager for all Pan-regional partners and in 2003 he was named Director of the Consumer products Group based in the then NBA HQ in Paris. Since January 2008 Ben has been based in the NBA’s London office and has led their European operation since June 2011. He was named NBA Senior Vice President & Managing Director - Europe & Africa in March 2012 and Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Europe Middle East and Africa in April 2014.
Ben is of Franco-British origin and is a 1997 graduate of the ESCP/EAP business school with a specialization in International Affairs and Sport management. He is married to Laure and currently resides in London with their two children Ella Jane and Oscar.
The global leader in sports, entertainment, media, and fashion, WME | IMG operates in more than 25 countries around the world and specializes in talent representation; commercial marketing and endorsements; brand strategy, activation and licensing; media production and distribution; and event management.
After co-founding Endeavor in 1995, Emanuel and Co-CEO Patrick Whitesell orchestrated the largest talent agency merger in history in 2009 when they partnered with William Morris to form WME, the world’s leading talent agency. One of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, WME represents artists across film, television, music, literature, theatre and digital media.
In 2012, Emanuel and Whitesell forged a strategic partnership with Silver Lake, a global leader in private investments in technology, to accelerate the agency’s digital and mobile growth. In 2014, WME and Silver Lake acquired IMG, the premier sports, fashion and media company.
Emanuel’s client list includes some of the most recognizable names in entertainment, including Michael Bay, Peter Berg, James L. Brooks, Larry David, Dwayne Johnson, Seth MacFarlane, Tyler Perry, Charlie Rose, Sheryl Sandberg, Joe Scarborough, Martin Scorsese, Aaron Sorkin, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Zemeckis, as well as the UFC and WWE.
In addition to their responsibilities as Co-CEOs across WME and IMG, Emanuel and Whitesell oversee WME’s network of world-class partner companies. Through Jingle Punks and RED Interactive, WME provides services in the fields of mobile gaming, music licensing and digital development; merchant bank Raine connects clients and media companies with top Wall Street advisors; and Adweek’s U.S. Agency of the Year Droga5 offers WME ready access to the most influential brands of the twenty-first century.
Emanuel began his career at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and went on to become a senior agent at InterTalent and International Creative Management (ICM).
Emanuel is an associate member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and sits on the boards of Live Nation and MOCA. Additionally, Emanuel has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, one of Fortune’s Businesspersons of the Year, and one of Sport Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential People in Sports.
A graduate of Macalester College, Emanuel resides in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.
Barry Hearn qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and spent several years with a major firm of international accountants before moving into the commercial world as finance director of Kensal House Investments.
After a period in the fashion industry and property development, he became chairman of Lucania Snooker Clubs in 1974 and began to involve the snooker hall chain in amateur tournament promotions.
In 1976 Steve Davis began playing at the Romford Lucania Club and the two struck up a friendship which was to have a major influence on the world of snooker.
In 1982 Riley Leisure acquired the chain of Lucania Snooker Clubs for £3.1 million leaving Barry free to concentrate on the development of snooker, both in the UK and overseas.
With the formation of Matchroom Sport in 1982, Hearn was able to turn his abilities to developing a stable of top snooker players and ultimately produce televised events.
A long-term boxing fan, Barry moved into fight promotion in the late 1980’s and has promoted hundreds of British, European and World title fights for television over the years.
Through the 1990’s Hearn turned a number of niche sports into major TV attractions with a succession of innovative ideas. His acquisition of a majority shareholding in the PDC in 2001, saw him appointed Chairman as the company went from strength to strength.
Into the second decade of the 21st century, Barry Hearn has developed Matchroom Sport into one of the world’s leading independent suppliers of quality sports programming.
Aside from Matchroom Sport, Barry is Chairman of the Professional Darts Corporation, the World Snooker Association, and WPBSA Ltd.