IN MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT
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 the media industry continues to evolve amid massive disruption, there is no better advisory partner than Sucherman Group. Their knowledge and relationships are deep and wide – so they have the trust of executives at every level.
Stacy Green, EVP & Chief People Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment
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.
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
Stuart, Erik and their team are discreet and dependable 24/7. They bring decades of knowledge and experience, providing unmatched strategic advice.
Bob Bakish, President & CEO, Viacom
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.
It was a great experience being a candidate in a Sucherman Group search. They managed my process with discretion and integrity from start to finish.
Ty Warren, Head of Physical Production, Netflix
Sucherman Group has a compelling product for executive assessment, which Turner has leveraged to great effect. Their subjective, consultative 360 assessment tool is unmatched in our experience.
Angela Santone, EVP, Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Turner
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
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, Former Chief Content Officer, Univision Communications, Inc.
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
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 F. 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.
Watch Stuart’s induction into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame (Oct. 2016).
In his capacity as a lawyer, he served as Assistant General Counsel of National 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 has 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christina 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.”
A UCLA graduate, 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 doing yoga or playing at the beach with her two darling daughters, husband, and dog, Huckleberry.
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 more than 20 years, this Pilates convert is also fascinated by the real estate industry and enjoys keeping in touch with her small-town roots in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
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.
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 several global companies, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Globecomm Systems, Inc., and as Board Commissioner to Indonesian broadband operator, LinkNet Tbk PT. He also serves as a Trustee to NYSci (New York Hall of Science), and the American Management Association.
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?”
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. She also has a MA in Public Affairs and spent a decade working in the public sector.
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 — especially when her son is on-air.