What’s subsequent? The highest media executives on the job market –


Hold an eye fixed out for the following strikes by these entrepreneurs and executives. Numerous the most important names in media left their jobs during the last yr (or introduced they will be leaving quickly), together with a handful of now-billionaires who’ve sources, ambition, and time on their palms to discover one thing new.

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Most notably, there are Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch (with rumored plans to launch a VC agency), Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine, VICE founder/CEO Shane Smith (who transitioned to a Chairman function), Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe, and Oath’s CEO Tim Armstrong.

There’s additionally an extended listing of different names you could not acknowledge however ought to hold in your radar within the months forward as they discovered new startups or take key management roles at high media/tech firms.

Right now, Snap’s VP of Content material Nick Bell announced he will likely be leaving the corporate by the top of the yr. He oversaw all media partnerships and content material operations for the Snapchat Uncover part during the last 5 years. The 34-year previous bought his first firm, Teenfront.com, at age 16 and began a number of ventures afterward till becoming a member of international media conglomerate Information Corp (the place he grew to become SVP of Digital Product). As a serial entrepreneur and some of the sought-after specialists in digital video, count on Bell’s subsequent transfer to be noteworthy.

Listed here are twelve different leaders on the intersection of media and know-how who’re presently obtainable (publicly, at the very least) and plotting their subsequent endeavor:

Joanna Coles, Photograph by Amanda Voisard for The Washington Submit through Getty Photographs.

Joanna Coles, former Chief Content material Officer at Hearst
Joanna Coles, who oversaw all editorial operations for the 300-title international publishing group Hearst since September 2016, introduced with a enjoyable video on August 6 that she could be stepping down. The previous editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire (as they shifted right into a digital-first period) stated she would announce her subsequent journey someday this fall after taking a break. Coles has been a board member of Snap since 2015 and was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

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Wealthy Battista, former CEO of Time Inc
Time Inc’s CEO left the helm of the publishing group upon its $2.eight billion acquisition by Meredith Corp within the spring. Battista held a variety of main publishing, TV, and digital media roles earlier than then, from main Fox’s cable networks to operating Mandalay Sports activities Media to turning round Gemstar-TV Information and promoting it for $2.three billion. At numerous factors in his profession Battista has been a giant firm government, an investor, and an entrepreneur.

Joel Stillerman, former Chief Content material Officer at Hulu
Stillerman was one among a number of executives who departed Hulu in Could in a management reshuffle by the corporate’s new CEO. Stillerman was beforehand President of Unique Programming and Growth for AMC and SundanceTV. At a time when almost each main TV firm is vying to compete with Netflix via one other streaming video platform (on their very own or in partnership with others), there’s a whole lot of experience available from the manager to oversaw all content material for Netflix’s high competitor.

George Strompolos, Founder and former CEO of Fullscreen
After AT&T acquired The Chernin Group’s remaining stake in Otter Media (Fullscreen’s mum or dad firm) in September, Fullscreen’s George Strompolos stepped down as CEO of the multi-channel community he based in 2011. In line with his LinkedIn profile, LA-based Strompolos in advising and investing in startups in the meanwhile.

Erik Huggers, former CEO of VEVO
Huggers stepped down from VEVO in April after three years. He was beforehand an SVP at Verizon and President of Intel Media (which Verizon acquired). As a supervisory board member of Germany’s largest broadcasting group, ProSiebenSat.1, Huggers has additionally not too long ago joined the board of ProSiebenSat.1’s streaming TV service 7TV, which is a three way partnership with Discovery Inc.

Photograph courtesy of Sophie Watts.

Sophie Watts, former President of STX Leisure
Sophie Watts joined investor Robert Simonds in 2011 to develop a brand new movie/TV studio with backing from TPG Progress. In line with the WSJ, STX Leisure has been planning a $500 million IPO in Hong Kong. As president, she primarily oversaw unscripted TV, digital, and VR operations. She left in January to discover new alternatives. Watts—who began her profession in London producing movies for Beyoncé, Elton John, Madonna, Mariah Carey, and others—was named to Fortune’s 40 Below 40 in 2016 and continues to be simply 32.

Jonathan Carson, former President of Mic
Carson based three startups (music social community Outer Sound, interactive media consultancy Intercities, and social media intelligence firm BuzzMetrics) earlier than turning into the “CEO of Digital” at Nielsen after which the Chief Income Officer at VEVO. In July, he stepped down from VC-backed information startup Mic after one yr as President. Anticipate his subsequent transfer to be throughout the similar realm of video, social, cell, and information that he’s labored in so far.

Colin Service, former Chief Technique Officer at Twitch
Service joined Twitch in 2013, leaving the Eversport Media startup he co-founded to change into Basic Supervisor of Justin.TV which operated independently from the remainder of Twitch. He transitioned to change into Twitch’s Chief Technique Officer in 2014 upon Amazon’s $1 billion acquisition of the live-streaming platform. Whereas CSO, he oversaw the acquisition of CurseMedia and ClipMine and developed a private angel funding portfolio of over 30 startups (together with Cruise, which GM acquired for over $1B). He departed Twitch over the summer time.

Troy Carter speaks onstage throughout Disrupt SF 2015 (Photograph by Steve Jennings/Getty Photographs for )

Troy Carter, former World Head of Creator Providers at Spotify
A profession expertise supervisor within the music business who labored with artists like Woman Gaga, John Legend, and Meghan Trainor, Carter joined Spotify in June 2016 because the face of the streaming service throughout the music business. Having stepped down in September, he’s amongst a number of high executives who’ve left Spotify in 2018 earlier than and after it listed on the NYSE. Carter—who additionally constructed an angel investing portfolio of over 40 startups—hasn’t introduced his subsequent endeavor however seems to nonetheless be making investments via the VC fund he co-founded, Cross Tradition Ventures.

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Stefan Blom, former Chief Content material Officer of Spotify
Blom left Spotify early this yr simply earlier than the music streaming service went public with a $29 billion market cap. He had been Chief Technique Officer and Chief Content material Officer over the prior four years, working partially on Spotify’s early steps into unique video (which it retreated from). Earlier than Spotify, he was CEO of the Nordic division at EMI (a notable file label group).

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Matthew Ball, former Head of Technique at Amazon Studios
Ball joined Amazon Studios as Head of Technique in 2016 after working inside The Chernin Group as Director of Technique & Enterprise Growth for Otter Media (which is now absolutely owned by AT&T). Since leaving Amazon earlier this yr, he has continued to publish widely-read weblog posts about the way forward for media for MediaREDEF—which he has been doing since 2014—and, in accordance with his Twitter bio, is presently “tinkering away on a small concept that might be extra”.

Matt Pincus, Founder and former CEO of SONGS Music Publishing
Final December, Pincus bought his progressive music publishing agency SONGS Music Publishing, which had change into the most important unbiased publishing of latest music within the US, to Kobalt for a rumored $150 million. He departed in March and has since change into a Particular Advisor to Snap Inc and brought an Entrepreneur-in-Residence title at main digital media service provider financial institution LionTree.

Who’re different high executives on the intersection of media + tech who’re launching new firms or obtainable to fill open CEO roles? Let me know on Twitter at @epeckham.


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