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Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Specials and Late-Night, ABC Entertainment
Andrea Wong was named executive vice president, Alternative Programming, Specials and Late-Night, ABC Entertainment, in May 2004. |
In the alternative series arena, with a multitude of successful programs under her leadership, Ms. Wong has created a positive brand of non-scripted programming for ABC that provides viewers with wish fulfillment, escapism and emotional journeys. She brought the UK phenomenon, "Dancing with the Stars," to the American audience in June 2005 - and the hit show recently premiered its third season, topping the competition with record ratings.
Ms. Wong’s programming won its second Emmy for ABC when "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" picked up another statue for Outstanding Reality Program this past September. A fixture in the top 10, the show is a cornerstone of ABC’s dominant Sunday night lineup and launched the "feel good reality" trend that is now seen throughout the broadcast and cable landscape.
In addition, the 2006-07 season saw two critically acclaimed and highly rated reality series enter their third years: "Wife Swap," in which radically different wives swap homes and families for two weeks, and "Supernanny," which has Jo Frost, a modern day, tough-love Mary Poppins, bringing her unique brand of childcare to overburdened, desperate parents.
The first franchise Ms. Wong brought to the network which became a true pop culture phenomenon was the relationship reality series, "The Bachelor," and its sister show, "The Bachelorette." Since it launched in 2002, eleven editions of the franchise have successfully aired. An unprecedented twelfth season premiered this fall, featuring Rome as a romantic backdrop.
In the specials area, Ms. Wong led the team that brought country music’s crown jewel to ABC -- The CMA Awards. This event franchise came to ABC in 2006, the Awards’ historic 40th anniversary. This coup gives the network the premier trinity of the entertainment industry’s grandest institutions, "The Academy Awards," "The American Music Awards" and now "The CMA Awards," all under Ms. Wong’s leadership.
Ms. Wong also oversees ABC’s Late-Night programming, including "Jimmy Kimmel Live." With the show’s growing creative momentum, it is the only Late-Night entertainment program to deliver year-to-year ratings increases.
Ms. Wong graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, and she holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
President, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
Kevin Tsujihara was named President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group upon its founding in October 2005. The Home Entertainment Group includes the home video, direct-to-platform production, digital distribution, online, wireless, games, anti-piracy and emerging technology operations of the Studio. The Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group was formed in recognition of the ongoing changes in the way consumers access entertainment product and the ever-broadening choices they face.|
Under Tsujihara's guidance, the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group seeks to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios to make the Studio's content available to audiences through as many channels, platforms and devices as possible. The Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group's mandate includes harnessing the benefits of emerging technologies, while managing the risks these technologies pose to the long-term economic value of the Studio's content.
As President of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, Tsujihara has positioned it as an industry trendsetter, having made a number of ground-breaking deals in the digital space (such as becoming the first major studio to provide legal video content via a peer-to-peer publishing platform with BitTorrent in the United States and Arvato in Germany) and founding, in collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Premiere, a brand new direct-to-DVD production arm of Warner Bros. Entertainment with the mandate to develop, produce and market feature-length content for this rapidly growing segment.
Prior to his current post, Tsujihara had served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Warner Bros. Entertainment since April 2002.
In that post, Tsujihara held oversight of strategic business and technology development, new media and strategic planning for Warner Bros. He was also the Company's liaison with parent company Time Warner for business development, new media and strategic planning.
Tsujihara previously served as Executive Vice President, New Media, a post to which he was promoted in March 2000. In this position, he was responsible for the oversight of all of Warner Bros.' new media endeavors and initiatives, including identifying and negotiating equity investments and strategic alliances with companies whose assets could play an integral role in moving Warner Bros. forward in both the new and traditional media. He also led the re-launch and re-positioning of Warner Bros. Online.
Before that, Tsujihara was Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development and retained that post's responsibilities when he was promoted to Executive Vice President, New Media. In his strategic planning role, he was responsible for meeting Warner Bros.' growth objectives by identifying business opportunities developing out of changes in the competitive landscape, the marketplace, technology and regulation.
Prior to this, Tsujihara served as Vice President, Corporate Projects, spearheading the company's cost-management endeavors. He joined Warner Bros. in 1994 as Director, Special Projects, Finance to assist in the management of the company's interest in Six Flags.
Upon attaining his MBA from Stanford University, Tsujihara founded QuickTax, Inc., an Internet company specializing in applying the convenience of the Internet to functions such as the electronic filing of tax and financial data. Prior to attending Stanford, he spent four years as a manager in Ernst & Young's entertainment division, working in the audit and merger and acquisitions areas. He joined the accounting firm upon graduation from the University of Southern California, where he received his bachelor's degree in business administration.
Tsujihara and his wife, Sandy, have two children, Matthew and Morgan.