Marc Graboff was named president of CORE Media Group Inc. in January, 2012. He is the senior executive at the company, overseeing all strategic and day-to-day operations. CORE Media Group is a portfolio company of Apollo Global Management, a global private equity firm, and parent company to 19 Entertainment (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance) and Sharp Entertainment (Man v. Food, Doomsday Preppers).
Prior to joining CORE, Graboff served as President, West Coast Business Operations, for NBC Universal Television Entertainment, a position to which he was appointed in 2010. He was responsible for all business affairs, operations and production activities at NBC Entertainment and Universal Television. He was previously Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. Prior to that, he served as Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios from 2007 to 2009.
From 2006 to 2007, Graboff was President, NBC Universal Television, West Coast. In that role, he had oversight of NBC Entertainment, the NBC Universal Television Studio, the NBC Agency, and NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. He was also the chief business affairs executive for these groups, as well as NBCU's entertainment cable networks: USA Network, Sci Fi Channel and Bravo.
Prior to his appointment as president, Graboff had served as Executive Vice President, NBC Universal Television Group, since 2004. He was named Executive Vice President, NBC West Coast, in 2000, where he oversaw business affairs activities related to all of NBC's Burbank-based divisions, including NBC Entertainment, NBC Studios and NBC Enterprises.
Graboff joined NBC after serving as Senior Vice President, CBS Entertainment, since 1997. While at CBS, Graboff was responsible for overseeing business affairs for both the CBS Television Network and CBS Productions.
Before joining CBS, Graboff was a partner at the Los Angeles law firm of Troop, Meisinger, Steuber and Pasich and, prior to that, he was a founding partner of the firm of Silverberg, Katz, Thompson and Braun.
Graboff graduated from UCLA in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in communications studies and graduated magna cum laude from Loyola Law School in 1983.
Graboff lives in Pacific Palisades, Calif., with his wife, Debi, a family lawyer. They have three children, Jessica, Nicole and Bradley.
Peter Hurwitz was named Executive Vice President and General Counsel of CORE Media Group in February, 2012. He is the chief legal officer at the company and reports to CORE Media Group President, Marc Graboff.
Prior to joining CORE, Hurwitz served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, for Martha Stewart Omnimedia from 2009 to 2011. He was responsible for all legal activities of the multifaceted merchandising, broadcasting and publishing company.
From 2006 to 2009, Hurwitz was Executive Vice President and General Counsel for The Weinstein Company. In that role he was the chief legal officer for the multi-media company engaged in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment and a portfolio of alternative media investments.
Prior to joining The Weinstein Company, he was the Chief Administrative Officer for the merchant banking unit of The Bank of Montreal from 2002 to 2006. From 1994 to 2001, Hurwitz was the General Counsel and a principal of The Chatterjee Group, a global strategic investment fund affiliated with Soros Fund Management. Before joining Chatterjee, Hurwitz was in private practice at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison. He began his legal career at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy.
Hurwitz graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and received his bachelor's degree from Middlebury College where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Hurwitz lives in Westchester, New York , with his wife, Donna. They have three children, Marissa, Dylan and Genevieve.
Kim Williams was appointed Chief Financial Officer of CORE Media Group in August 2012 and reports to CORE Media Group President, Marc Graboff.
Prior to joining CORE Media Group, she served as Chief Operating Officer of NFL Network, responsible for the day-to-day management of the National Football League’s cable television assets. In addition, Williams played an integral role in the launch of the NFL Network-produced NFL RedZone channel in the fall of 2009, which earned a Sports Emmy nomination in its debut season. Her responsibilities also included overall administrative oversight of the NFL’s facilities and studios in Culver City, CA, operational home to the NFL Network, NFL RedZone and NFL.com.
Williams joined the NFL in 2003 serving as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for the NFL, responsible for the League’s overall financial activities including financial reporting and analysis, financial routines and controls, and long-range strategic planning.
Preceding her time at the NFL, Williams served as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for NBC West Coast. In that role, Williams worked at NBC’s Burbank, CA, offices and was responsible for all financial aspects of NBC West Coast operations, including NBC’s Entertainment, Studios & Enterprises divisions.
Williams also worked in New York as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for NBC Business Development. In this capacity, Williams oversaw activities including acquisition/divestiture, investment portfolio management, and derivative/hedging strategies.
In all, Williams spent more than a decade with General Electric (GE) owned companies, including stays at Nuovo Pignone (GE Power Systems) in Florence, Italy, and GE International, GE Power Controls and GE Capital in London, England.
Williams also serves as a member of the Global Advisory Council for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) as well as board member of the Animal Cancer Foundation, a not-for-profit organization committed to supporting research that advances the prevention and treatment of cancer for people and pets. In addition, she remains involved with the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York having served as Board Member and Treasurer in 2005. Williams holds a BA degree from Connecticut College in Japanese and Asian Studies. She also has a Masters degree in international business administration (MBA) from the American Graduate School of International Management (“Thunderbird”).
Kay Straky was named Executive Vice President, Human Resources for CORE Media Group in May, 2012. She has responsibility for all aspects of the company's HR programs and initiatives. Straky reports to CORE Media Group president Marc Graboff.
Straky joined CORE from Relativity Media, LLC where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategic HR programs, policies and processes to support the company's strategic vision and growth targets.
Prior to her time at Relativity, Straky served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Universal Pictures. In this global role, Kay was responsible for developing and delivering a strategic HR vision and for leading the day-to-day HR operations supporting 1,600 employees.Subsequent to NBC's acquisition of Universal in 2004, she served as a member of the company's corporate HR team, where she led a number of integration-related projects, including the reorganization of the business' international film marketing and distribution groups.
In 2000, Straky joined Universal Studio's Recreation Group as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Universal Studios Hollywood, and was responsible for developing and implementing the strategic HR vision for staffing, labor relations, employee relations, employee and community services, and management and organizational development.
From 1997-2000, Straky served as Vice President, Human Resources for UniversalStudios and UniversalMusic Group, where she supported a number of world-wide business groups including Interscope Records, Geffen, Universal Music Publishing, Universal Music Enterprises, and Universal e Labs. She joined Universal Studios' predecessor, MCA, Inc., in 1995 as Employment Counsel. Straky started her career as an attorney with the law firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.
Straky graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University in Los Angeles.
As Head of U.S. Television for CORE Media Group, Jennifer O'Connell launched and continues to build the company’s in-house television team.
She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all CORE Media Group television activity in the U.S. and for developing and producing scripted and unscripted programming for cable and broadcast networks.
Included in the diverse mix of programming that O’Connell oversees for CORE Media Group is “Love in the City” (OWN), for which she serves as executive producer, as well as two greenlit documentary series for Lifetime and Bravo. Also on the CORE Media Group production slate is an upcoming TruTV game show with partners Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills Productions).
Prior to joining CORE Media Group, O'Connell was the Executive Vice President of Shed Media U.S., where she led the development and production of original unscripted content and executive produced “The Real Housewives of New York City” (Bravo), Emmy-nominated “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC), “Bethenny Ever After” (Bravo), “It’s a Brad, Brad World” (Bravo), “The Marriage Ref” (NBC) and “Dogs in the City” (CBS), among other programs.
Prior to Shed Media, O'Connell spent seven years at NBC, where she oversaw several reality series, including the development and first four seasons of “The Biggest Loser,” and longform events such as “10.5,” “It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie” and the Emmy Award-winning “The Matthew Shepard Story.”
Before her tenure at NBC, O’Connell was a creative executive at Disney Channel, where she worked on its slate of movies, including “Johnny Tsunami,” “Halloweentown” and the Emmy-nominated “The Color of Friendship.”
Previous roles included positions at Family Channel and MTM Productions. O’Connell is a member of The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors and The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Jason Morey was named Executive Vice President, Worldwide Head of Music for 19 Entertainment in May of 2012. He reports to Marc Graboff, president of CORE Media Group, the parent company of 19 Entertainment.
Prior to joining 19, Morey was President of the Morey Management Group, which he joined alongside his father, James E. Morey, in 1999. Morey Management Group is a renowned entertainment company specializing in live entertainment and musical talent. Jason and Jim have guided the careers of artists such as Clint Black, Macy Gray, Vanessa Williams, Julio Iglesias and America, to name a few.
In 2006, Morey began working with Miley Cyrus when she landed the lead role on the Disney Channel's television series "Hannah Montana." Under Jason's guidance, Cyrus became a household name in television, film and music, and is one of the most successful young artists in entertainment history, breaking numerous records in sales and touring.
Prior to joining Morey Management Group, Morey was at the William Morris Agency.
Morey graduated from University of San Diego with a Bachelor's in Communications in 1996. He has been immersed in the music business since youth, yet his influences extend beyond the confines of the industry. He is currently the Campaign Chair on the City of Hope's Music and Entertainment Industry Executive Board where he helps fundraise to find cures for cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS.
Morey resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Karolina, and his young daughters.