NextGen10: Sports & Entertainment [2016]

From the ballooning value of sports television rights to the endless stream of Snapchat channels pushing content off the silver screen and into your pocket, the game done changed.

NextGen10: Sports & Entertainment [2016]
August 1, 2016

From the ballooning value of sports television rights to the endless stream of Snapchat channels pushing content off the silver screen and into your pocket, the game done changed. This year’s crop of dynamic entrepreneurs and creative leaders (so strong we had to include 11) represent that shifting dynamic. From Fox Sports and CBS to The Ringer and Loot Crate, the following executives are creating content and controlling the message across multiple playing fields simultaneously.

NG-10---Aguiar

CHARA LYNN AGUIAR, 28

Vice President, Strategy & Content, FOX Sports


Education
UCLA
Residence
Marina del Rey
Notable Projects
New positioning strategy for FS1, key involvement on FOX Sports Ad Sales Upfront roadshow, developed long range planning and sales partnerships.
Big Break
Working in research at ABC right out of college—that experience equipped me with an understanding of this business that has proven indispensable
Personal Passions
Travel, tacos, UCLA, and Bay Area sports
On the Horizon
Working with our sales partners and producers to build innovative opportunities for monetization as we launch a new slate of programming for FS1


NG-10---Bennett

BRIANNA BENNETT, 33

Vice President, Drama Development, CBS


Education
Ohio University
Residence
Los Angeles
Notable Projects
Doubt (CBS), Empire (FBC), Sleepy Hollow (FBC), Red Band Society (FBC), Gang Related (FBC), Almost Human (FBC), The Following (FBC)
Big Break
Landing an assistant job at BWCS
Personal Passions
Hanging out with my toddler, hot yoga, reading, friends, and family
On the Horizon
Excited for our latest pilot Doubt to debut on CBS, and jumping into development for 2017-2018!


NG-10---Blank

MICHAEL BLANK, 29

Business Development Executive, CAA


Education
Yale University
Residence
Los Angeles
Notable Projects
I’ve collaborated with a lot of our amazing clients, including Tom Hanks, Demi Lovato, Gordon Ramsay, Jason Statham, and Buster Posey, on their mobile projects.
Big Break
Definitely one of the coolest I’ve had was getting a shout out from Tom Hanks on Late Show with David Letterman.
Personal Passions
I love traveling and exploring new places with my girlfriend and spending time with my family in San Diego.
On the Horizon
I’m moving up the leaderboard in the head-to-head chef duels in Gordon Ramsay’s new game with Glu, Gordon Ramsay DASH! It’s super fun and addicting!


NG10---Caruso

GREGORY CARUSO, 24

Filmmaker, Bristol Pictures


Education
USC
Residence
Los Angeles
Notable Projects
“Making the American Man” – a documentary about American made goods for men (available on Netflix in July.) And two shorts – “GLOVES” and “Flock of Four.”
Big Break
I’m not sure I’ve had my “big break” yet. I like to think that’s around the corner – and maybe always will be.
Personal Passions
Exploring history. Anything from early to mid-20th century – people, paintings, music, sports, design, decor, and architecture. And of course – my corgi, Clarence.
On the Horizon
We’re in post for a documentary about six kids from Watts and in development for a 1955 coming-of-age, jazz film about four best friends.


NG10---Davis

CHRISTOPHER DAVIS, 30

CEO, Loot Crate


Education

Claremont McKenna College
Residence
Los Angeles
Notable Projects
Loot Crate & Gamer Food
Big Break
Launched Loot Crate at a Hackathon in Los Angeles, and quickly grew the company to over 500,000 subscribers in three years.
Personal Passions
Ping pong, podcasts, binging HBO and Netflix, and travel
On the Horizon
Lots of exciting partnerships with leading the entertainment and pop culture brands. Finding exciting new ways to deliver Loot to fans online and offline!


NG-10---Eshel

RONI ESHEL, 32

Founder & CEO, goFlow


Education

IDC Herzliya Israel
Residence
Venice Beach
Notable Projects
Transition from a former Israeli pro surfer and champion to the founder & CEO of a company
Big Break
Moving to Los Angeles 3 years ago and turning goFlow from an idea into a real business with outside investors like Neil Dana (GoPro) and Go4It
Personal Passions
Surfing, yoga, traveling, paddle boarding, snowboarding, music, and good food
On the Horizon
Launch of an on-demand service in which users can choose and schedule sessions with local skateboarding, paddleboarding, kiteboarding, and surfing experts in their areas


NG10---Ryan

CHRIS RYAN, 38

Executive Editor / Co-host, The Ringer / After the Thrones


Education

Emerson College
Residence
Los Angeles
Notable Projects
Executive Editor of The Ringer, co-host of the The Watch podcast, and HBO’s After the Thrones
Big Break
Meeting Bill Simmons at the Marcus Dupree 30 for 30 party in New York.
Personal Passions
When you work at a site that covers sports, pop culture, and tech, your passions are pretty well taken care of.
On the Horizon
Helping to grow The Ringer, and continuing work on The Watch podcast.


NG-10---Silvers

RUSSELL SILVERS, 36

Senior VP, Global Partnerships, AEG


Education
USC
Residence
Westchester
Notable Projects
I oversee the operations and retention business in North and South America for the Global Partnerships team, which generates over $200 million in annual revenue.
Big Break
Personally, my biggest break was meeting my wife. Professionally, establishing my career at a global company that values an entrepreneurial mindset and out-of-the-box thinking.
Personal Passions
I spend my free time with my wife and three children – Grace, Gavin, and Georgia. Being “dad” is the most rewarding job.
On the Horizon
Leading the global partnerships team to achieve record-setting revenue numbers for our business globally and accomplishing the “best year ever” for our retention business


NG10---Waterhouse

LINDSAY NICOLE WATERHOUSE, 35

Senior VP, Public Relations, NCLUSIVE


Education

Temple University
Residence
West Hollywood
Notable Projects
The Isaiah Austin Dream Again Campaign, Mike Conley Jr.’s free agency, Dwight Freeney’s career (from the field to broadcasting), signing top 5 NFL draft pick Jalen Ramsey.
Big Break
I worked at a sports agency for 3 years and had about eight professional athletes under my account. When I decided to leave, six out of the eight joined me in pursuing my passion and vision.
Personal Passions
Family is everything to me; without them I would not be where I am today. Dogs, sports, yoga, pizza, ocean, reading, yellow starbursts, and my guilty pleasure is reality TV.
On the Horizon
Taking the lead as the head of sports at NCLUSIVE and continuing to be the driving force behind individual athletes, helping establish their brands and building their careers away from the playing field


NG-10---Wright

KAI D. WRIGHT, 31

 

Education
University of Chicago (B.A), Columbia University (M.S.)
Residence
Los Angeles and NYC
Notable Projects
Launching entertainment startup accelerator Smashd Labs and tech/culture media company Smashd.co
Big Break
Leading communications and public relations for P. Diddy’s cable television network.
Personal Passions
Travel, photography, music, teaching, technology, movies, hiking, and running
On the Horizon
Teaching a grad course at Columbia University on how to make dollars from sense and introducing more hustle into tech and culture


NG10---Zabner

ZAC ZABNER, 35

Founder & President, InCharge Entertainment Marketing


Education
Indiana University
Residence
Brentwood
Notable Projects
Created an interactive advertising project where we built a replica of the church featured in marketing materials for AMC’s new hit program Preacher. We toured the country with the 15-ton, 30-foot upside down church and spent a week each at SXSW 2016, LA’s Hollywood Blvd., and Times Square respectively
Big Break
The head of marketing and partnerships at Time Warner Cable took notice of InCharge Entertainment very early on as a young experiential and non-traditional creative strategy shop that also executed.
Personal Passions
I am a proud “Uncle of the decade” to two nephews and a niece. I enjoy softball, football, golf, and MMA. I make sure to watch Jeopardy! nightly. Also appreciate live music, travel, and culture.
On the Horizon
Growing the company presence on the West Coast, specifically LA, where we are launching an experiential production and fabrication company for major projects and innovative installations.

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