DRIVING SUCCESS
IN MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT
FOR DECADES.

 

When it comes to giving advice on business strategy or personnel issues, nobody has the insights, the network or the integrity of Sucherman Group.

Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide

As technology and social media platforms increasingly drive strategy for media companies across the globe, it is great to have a brainstorming partner like Sucherman Group.

Isaac Lee, President, News & Digital, Univision/CEO, Fusion

THE MOST TRUSTED
ADVISOR FOR EXECUTIVES.

For leaders at all levels within the entertainment and media industry, the Sucherman name is synonymous with insight, integrity, trust and discretion. We are considered essential partners for the world’s most influential companies when they require strategic counsel, executive search or industry intelligence.

In today’s rapidly-changing media environment, we help develop unique solutions derived from our extensive experience and exclusive network of high-level resources. Our ongoing success is built on our solid reputation for speaking “Truth to Power.” We are strategic, yet practical. Visionary, yet realistic. We pride ourselves in simplifying the complex and avoiding the bull$#*t.

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WHEN YOU’RE AT THE TOP,
WE’RE THERE TOO.

 

Sucherman is the anti ‘yes-man.’ He tells you things you don’t want to hear.

David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications

 

In a world of constant change and frequent uncertainty, Stuart Sucherman brings a depth of knowledge and experience in the media business that comes from years of being a trusted advisor to our industry’s most accomplished executives. He and his colleagues possess keen insight into the people and cultures that define the media business.

Tom Dooley, Former Interim CEO, Viacom

LEADERSHIP COUNSEL

Even the most seasoned CEOs and senior leaders sometimes need a sounding board. This happens to be one of our key strengths — serving as a confidante to help navigate organizational challenges within a variety of companies, from the biggest media giants to the most aggressive disrupters leveraging the latest technologies.

We approach challenges from a unique perspective, providing candid insights to craft strategic solutions for programming/content, creative processes, talent management and organizational structures. Our unique perspective can help you define and achieve success — including improving your audience reach, monetizing your offerings, strengthening your consumer base — and more. Leadership success never happens in isolation.

The Sucherman team was great to work with as a candidate — managing my recruiting process with professionalism and integrity from beginning to end.

Jenny Wall, SVP, Head of Marketing, Hulu

They take the time to understand our specific requirements as a leading international media company, and are always professional in their approach and service.

Jenise Caiola, EVP, Human Resources, ITV America

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UNIVERSAL
COMEDY CENTRAL
Univision
BBC
IMAX
Discovery Communications
A&E
Headspace
Mets
MTV
FOX
NFL
AT&T
W Network
Audible
SHO
NETFLIX
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Crunchyroll
VH1
CNN
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DREAM WORKS
JETS
Fullscreen
Fusion

EXECUTIVE SEARCH

True leaders are identified in a number of ways.

Our reputation hinges on providing the right match. In an industry that has its fair share of “padded” resumes, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. Our extensive background research and industry relationships allow us not only to verify a candidate’s accomplishments and capabilities, but to also identify their potential.

It is imperative to understand a candidate’s qualifications — along with their strengths and weaknesses — but it is equally as important to understand the particular culture of an organization and whether that candidate can fit within it. This is something that other search firms often overlook, but our immense network and decades of experience provide us with thorough insight into every organization’s specific culture which enables us to determine just the right fit.

WE SEPARATE FACT
FROM FICTION.

 

We’re a social media startup with limited resources. Sucherman Group gives us access to experience, veteran executives and a massive database.

Joel Kliksberg, Chief Executive Officer, Carpe Society, Venice Beach, CA

INDUSTRY INTELLIGENCE

We think about intelligence on two levels. It is the clever insights, the smart strategies and in-depth analysis necessary in helping our clients achieve their business goals. It’s also sheer intel and raw facts — the true lowdown — an awareness of the industry influencers as well as the next disruptive technology. Only Sucherman Group provides it all, leveraging the best benchmarking and competitive analysis in the business.

We help clients navigate the ever-changing media and entertainment landscape. As content moves from the big screen to the small screen, goes mobile and becomes wearable — we are uniquely positioned to be the premier advisor on the convergence of entertainment and technology. Our competitive edge comes from having an ear to the ground, an eye on the horizon, exclusive access to influential executives and a distinctive focus on every screen. With decisive clarity comes truth.

WE ARE PARTNERS
AND ADVOCATES.

 

 

MEET THE TEAM

Each team member at Sucherman Group brings years of unparalleled industry experience, firsthand creative development expertise and extensive insights. It is this comprehensive understanding that enables our thorough approach in delivering solutions for a wide range of media, entertainment and technology challenges.

As today’s media delivery and consumption evolves, we help keep our clients ahead of the curve by anticipating and adapting to tomorrow’s needs. In an industry built upon trust and relationships, we possess the critical characteristics that are inherent to success. Our team is known for our intelligence and insights — as well as for our integrity, discretion and trustworthiness.

Stuart Sucherman

STUART SUCHERMAN
CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER

Original Thinker. Counselor. Confidante.

His name is on the door for a good reason. Throughout the media and entertainment industry, the name Sucherman is synonymous with integrity, trust, wisdom, foresight and success. Stuart’s ethics and values form the bedrock of the company and his experience and visionary philosophy help guide its clients — network and cable, movie studios, major league sports franchises as well as Internet and technology media enterprises.

His tenure within public broadcasting included serving as EVP of Corporate Affairs at WNET in New York and Program Officer at the Ford Foundation. As Executive Director of Media and Society Seminars at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he co-created, wrote and produced with Fred Friendly over 100 hours of award winning programming on wide ranging public policy issues.

In his capacity as a lawyer, he served as General Counsel of 5f85c4 Educational Television (NET), Assistant to the Director of Business Affairs at CBS News, the Director of Business Affairs for the Public Television Broadcast Laboratory and Sesame Workshop and attorney at the FCC.

Stuart’s also spent some time in academia lecturing extensively on communications and telecommunications at colleges and universities around the world. He’s also a contributing writer and editor to many esteemed publications, and is Program Committee Chair, 92Y.

Stuart is a walking encyclopedia, particularly when it comes to history, religion, sports or movie trivia. Despite his accomplishments, Stuart is most proud of his self-assigned title — that of cycling enthusiast and beach aficionado.

ERIK SORENSON
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Experienced. Dynamic. Discreet.

Erik’s deft and efficient hand is leading Sucherman Group through an ever-changing media and entertainment landscape with his astute understanding of media strategy, business trends, best practices and most importantly, future developments.

Erik started out in radio, but soon moved to TV, becoming station manager at KCBS, before climbing the CBS ladder to become Executive Producer of “CBS This Morning,” and then Executive Producer at “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.” He went on to create and produce “Day & Date” for Group W in syndication. He also served as EVP, Programming for Court TV.

Erik was President and GM of MSNBC and was also a board member for msnbc.com. After leaving NBC he formed Triple Threat Television, producing programs for ESPN, TLC, MTV and CNBC. In October 2007, he was named CEO of Vault.com growing the website and on-line business into a cross-platform leader. He is currently on the Board of Advisors for Global Creative Holdings, a consolidator of festivals and conferences in the B2B and B2C space; M{2e}, the media economics and entrepreneurship program at USC; and Palaround, a social media start up based in Venice Beach, California.

Erik has received more than 20 Emmys, as well as a Peabody award. He’s a husband, a father, an avid lacrosse fan, and enjoys skiing, golf and road biking.

DISCREET
Bridget Ruane

BRIDGET RUANE
MANAGING DIRECTOR & SENIOR CONSULTANT

Disciplined. Organized. Ass Kicker.

Bridget’s dual role as Managing Director and Senior Consultant leverages her brilliance, attention to detail and thoroughness in the coordination and management of our key disciplines of consulting and executive placement.

She supervises research, and heads up projects that require comprehensive industry insights that integrate design studies, due diligence projects, industry benchmarking, and in-depth trend analysis. She has also played an integral role in the placement of senior executives across all industry disciplines.

Bridget has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a closet nerd with a penchant for epic fantasy fables like Lord Of The Rings.

SUCCESS
Richard Tackenberg

RICH TACKENBERG
MANAGING DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Animated. Savvy. SNL Aficionado.

Rich’s multi-faceted array of expertise on multi-platform programming is a vital asset to our Consulting and Search operations, particularly within the digital realm.

Rich was an early visionary in the development of digital entertainment, with a key role as VP in the launch of AOL’s Entertainment Asylum. His degree of expertise within the digital entertainment media space is expansive and includes development of original content for Rush It Network, Hotpoint Media, as well as multi-platform content at Creative Light Development.

Rich’s knowledge of the digital entertainment space, his experience as a media consultant, and his skill at executive and C-Suite placement in every aspect of the entertainment industry make him an invaluable asset to our West Coast operations.

Comedy nerd and gadget geek, Rich has seen EVERY episode of SNL since 1986.

TRUST
Christina Sampaio

CHRISTINA SAMPAIO-FORMAN
SENIOR CONSULTANT

Charismatic. Cerebral. Creative.

Christina plays a critical role in our West Coast operations. Not only is she well-versed in the development of human capital, but also the creative process — a rarity within the industry.

She developed and produced television series for Fox, Spike, BET, and Oxygen; held executive roles at The Samuel Goldwyn Company, TVA, and The G Group; and was on staff at Comedy Central’s “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Christina was her high school’s valedictorian, and keeps her mind sharp doing New York Times Crosswords and watching TED talks. On days off you can find her at the beach with her two darling daughters, husband, and dog, Huckleberry.

WISE
David Mulhern

DAVID MULHERN
CONSULTANT

Articulate. Commentator. Radiohead.

Dave’s been adding some top-spin to our Executive Search engagements since 2011 with an unwavering level of focus and energy to the firm with a constant eye on delivering “wins.” His sports-related career began at Wasserman Media Group, a sports marketing company, leveraging years of on-air sports radio experience at multiple ESPN Radio outlets, plus four years as WKCR 89.9 FM’s on-air sports commentator at his alma mater, Columbia University.

He found the perfect combination of work and pleasure during his position at WKCR, attending sporting events and providing on-air commentary. Dave left impressive shoes to fill as host and panelist on Columbia’s weekly sports-talk show “The Firing Lion.” Dave also served as writer and lead editor for the DailyTailgate, a digital sports portal and lifestyle trends report.

A former member of the Varsity Lightweight Rowing team, Dave did a stint in the LA office but returned East to root for every Philly sports team. East Coast loyalties aside, he rates In-N-Out over Shake Shack.

Mary Moore

MARY MOORE
SENIOR CONSULTANT

Intuitive. Diplomatic. Multifaceted.

Mary’s intuition for perfect placement for top-level executives is second to none. It not only requires a thorough understanding of the business, but also a comprehensive understanding of what makes people who are at the top of their game, tick.

Her background in affiliate sales, consumer products and event marketing at ESPN, and Human Resources experience at Disney Publishing Worldwide gives her the ideal qualities and skillset required for executive career development within the entertainment sphere.

A Manhattanite for almost 20 years, this recent Pilates convert is also a real estate junkie and semi-vegetarian who keeps in touch with her small-town roots in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

RESULTS ORIENTED
Phillis Ward-Sumter

PHILLIS WARD-SUMTER
ACCOUNTS MANAGER

Focused. Detail Oriented. Stylish.

Phillis fearlessly tackles all accounting and financial matters at Sucherman Group with an analytical and organized approach. Now enjoying the media and entertainment industry, she began her accounting career with Burberry as an Accounts Payable Clerk before becoming a Junior Accountant at Art Partner, a leading artist management and creative content agency.

Phillis is a native New Yorker who enjoys exploring the Northeast area with friends, visiting family, or savoring a great meal paired with a fine red wine. Dedicated to her health and fitness regimen, she is a regular at the local gym or Pilates studio.

Ed Horowitz

ED HOROWITZ
EXECUTIVE IN RESIDENCE

Pioneering. Innovative. Business Savvy.

Ed brings a broad range of C-suite business and operational experience in media, telecommunications, and financial services. His specific areas of expertise include technology, business development, strategy, marketing, and content management and distribution.

Ed has extensive knowledge in virtually every facet of enterprise management on a domestic and international basis. He has been involved at a Board or executive leadership level with innovative start-ups, multi-national media conglomerates, nonprofits, as well as serving as a consultant to governmental departments regarding public policy issues and regulations. Ed launched his career as a “cable guy” at Teleprompter and held senior management and executive committee positions at Time Warner (HBO), Viacom, Citigroup and SES Americom.

Throughout his career, he has implemented successful business strategies that leverage technology to open markets and bring compelling content worldwide. He has also been a leader in establishing global standards for a number of technology issues, including digital compression and the production and transmission of high definition television.

Ed has served on the Board of global companies and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Fairpoint Communications. He is also Board Commissioner to LinkNet Tbk PT, on the boards of Globecomm Systems, Inc., US Space LLC, and various nonprofits such as NYSci (New York Hall of Science).

In August 2015, Ed was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet.gov). In 2011, he was inducted into the Society of Satellite Professional International (SSPI) Hall of Fame, and has won many prestigious industry awards including NCTA’s Vanguard Award, Gartner Group’s Excellence in Technology Award, and Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories President’s Special Award for innovation.

Ed enjoys travelling, downhill skiing, spending time with his friends and family and asking anyone he meets, “What have you done today to advance mankind?”

FACTUAL
Deborah Horowitz

DEBBIE HOROWITZ
GENERAL COUNSEL & SENIOR CONSULTANT

Poised. Perceptive. Professional.

Debbie serves as the voice of sage reason in her role as General Counsel and Senior Consultant at SG. She also happens to be a brilliant coordinator in her role as Chief Administrative Officer. Debbie’s area of expertise also includes technology and interactive media.

Prior to her arrival at Sucherman Group, she wound up a decade at Viacom as Associate General Counsel, after heading the legal team overseeing Viacom’s Technology and Interactive Media divisions. She began her legal gig at Viacom in corporate finance, banking, security, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, labor and real estate matters following a stint in private practice.

An NYU Law grad, Debbie is a native New Yorker who loves Hawaii (who doesn’t?!), loves to read (from tech to Tolstoy) and is a news junkie, even watching KHOU-TV (Houston) — especially when her son is on-air.

IN-DEPTH
Ashley Digiacomo

ASHLEY DIGIACOMO
SEARCH ASSOCIATE & COORDINATOR

Passionate. Productive. Social.

Ashley joined Sucherman Group after a stint with digital startup, Rush It Network, where she was involved in both production and social media efforts. Three years prior, Ashley was the recipient of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences college internship, where she worked in the development office of The Wolper Organization. She has a passion for the digital entertainment space and thrives in a fast-paced environment.

Ashley is a Taylor Swift enthusiast who also enjoys Ernest Hemingway novels, and dreams of visiting the Finca Vigia in Cuba one day.

EXPERTS
Samatha Hill

SAMANTHA HILL
CONSULTING ASSOCIATE & COORDINATOR

Dynamic. Polished. Brunch Addict.

Samantha brings a poised and disciplined approach to her work supporting Sucherman Group’s consulting practice. While studying at New York University’s film and communications program, Samantha racked up a wide variety of experiences within the New York media world, including working with the Tribeca Film Institute, the independent film festival Rooftop Films, and the development firm Pragmatic Pictures, among others. Before moving to the fast-paced world of commercial production at Manhattan studio MacGuffin Films, she also worked at IFC Films in acquisitions.

Samantha has a long-standing passion for independent film and great wine. When she’s not working, you may find her on a long run around Brooklyn or upping her brunch game.

Jack Scott

JACK SCOTT
CONSULTING ASSOCIATE & COORDINATOR

Resourceful. Dedicated. Athletic.

Jack joins Sucherman from the world of media and entertainment with a focus on film and television production and talent management. Jack assists the Sucherman team across all clients and projects, with emphasis on those within the sports arena.

Most recently, Jack worked for a top talent manager and producer at Untitled Entertainment in New York. He previously worked in the locations department on several independent films including Shame, and also tried his hand in casting and theatre management at the Directors Guild of America.

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Jack played soccer for his alma mater, Union College, and remains active in his spare time. He treasures spending time with friends and family, especially at their favorite location – the beach in Montauk.

PROVEN
Erin Sands

ERIN SANDS
SEARCH ASSOCIATE & COORDINATOR

Diligent. Resourceful. Adventurous.

As a proud Tar Heel, Erin made her way to Los Angeles after graduating from North Carolina at Chapel Hill, landing work with several production companies including RCG Productions, Magical Elves and most recently, as Casting Associate Producer with A. Smith & Company. During this time, Erin worked on notable shows including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Top Chef.

When not hard at work with the Sucherman team, Erin enjoys the great outdoors – camping, hiking, rock climbing, or any number of other activities including cooking. And if you are lucky, she may whip you up a mean shrimp and grits, ideally paired with a good craft beer.