Directors’ Biographies: Jeff Sagansky
Non Executive Director
Jeff Sagansky has been a long time investor and executive in the media and entertainment businesses. He serves as Chairman of Hemisphere Film Capital, the leading film and TV finance company behind such pictures at The Smurfs, The Adventures of Tin Tin, Men in Black 3 and World War Z. Sagansky is also the co-founder of Global Eagle Acquisition Corporation, a Nasdaq listed media acquisition company which recently completed the three way merger with Row 44 and AIA to create the largest inflight entertainment company. Sagansky is the co-founder of Electric Farm Entertainment, the digital production company behind such hits as Valemont, Afterworld and Gemini Division. Sagansky is also a lead investor in numerous other companies including Content Media Corporation, the UK based distribution company, Trifecta, the syndication and media sales company, and Stargreetz, the web based personalized messaging company and Sprylogics, the chat based mobile search company.
Sagansky began his career in the finance department of CBS and five years later was Executive Vice President and the head of series programming at NBC. Among the series he developed at NBC that brought the network to the top of the ratings were The Cosby Show, Miami Vice, Cheers and St. Elsewhere.
Sagansky left NBC in1985 to join the start up of TriStar pictures where he began as head of production and ended as its CEO, developing such hit films as Look Who’s Talking, Steel Magnolias and Glory. In l990 Sagansky moved back to the world of TV to assume the post of President of CBS Entertainment. There Sagansky returned the network to the top of the ratings developing such hits as Touched By An Angel, The Nanny and Northern Exposure. In l994 Sagansky joined Sony Corporation as its Executive Vice President of Entertainment. There he oversaw the American launch of the Sony Playstation (as its interim CEO) as well as the purchase of Telemundo and the Loew’s Cineplex merger. In l995 Sagansky was named Co-President of Sony Pictures where he was in charge of world wide television operations. In l998 Sagansky became President and CEO of Paxson Communications. During his four years at Paxson the network distribution grew from 60% of US households to 90% behind such successful shows as Doc and Sue Thomas.
Sagansky graduated with a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves on the boards of Scripps Networks Interactive, Starz Entertainment, Global Eagle Entertainment and GoEuro.