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), Elvis Presley Enterprises and Muhammed Ali Enterprises.
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.
Matthew Apfel was named CORE Media Group's Chief Digital Officer in April, 2012. He is responsible for creating original content for a wide variety of platforms, including web, mobile, event, game, and television. His projects focus on Core Media Group's existing franchises – Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance - as well as original properties and third-party acquisitions. Matt is also responsible for CORE's content partnerships with top distributors, leading brands, and world-class creative talent.
Prior to joining CORE Media, Apfel was a member of the original programming team at OgilvyEntertainment, where he oversaw a slate of content franchises with leading networks, distribution partners, and brands.
Prior to joining Ogilvy, Matt was part of the founding content team at Coincident TV, a San Francisco-based technology company with a world-class platform for creating synchronous interactive video experiences. In this role, Matt worked closely with TV networks, online portals, brands, publishers, and technology companies to develop multiple award-winning video applications for a wide variety of top-tier content properties.
In 2008, Matt founded WeMix.com, an innovative online songwriting community and music publishing company. His partner and co-founder in the venture was Chris "Ludacris" Bridges.
Before founding WeMix, Matt served as Vice President of Development at True Entertainment, Endemol's New York City production company. Matt began his television career at Court TV, where he produced the OJ Simpson trial (among others) and helped launch Teen Court TV, an award-winning block of legal programming targeting the MTV generation.
His credits as an independent showrunner and producer include Who Wants To Be A Millionaire for ABC, 2 Minute Drill for ESPN, Smush for USA, and 50 Greatest Album Covers for VH1. He also created Pop Smarts, a top-selling pop culture board game.
Matt is an honors graduate of Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Kitchen, a music and fine arts collective founded by Phillip Glass, Lou Reed and others. He writes a weekly technology column for Dan's Papers, the iconic Hamptons newspaper.
Matt lives in New York City's West Village with wife Jackie Reses and children Emilia, Charlotte and Owen.
Jennifer O'Connell was named Head of U.S. Television of CORE Media Group in October, 2012. She is responsible for developing and producing scripted and unscripted programming for cable and broadcast networks and reports to CORE Media Group President, Marc Graboff.
Prior to joining CORE Media Group, O'Connell was the Executive Vice President of Shed Media US, where she was responsible for the development and production of original unscripted content. She first joined Shed Media in 2007 as Senior Vice President of Ricochet Television before the company was consolidated under the Shed Media label. During her tenure at Shed Media, O'Connell 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), Dogs in the City (CBS), Hollywood Exes (VH1) and Basketball Wives (VH1), among other shows.
Prior to Shed Media, O'Connell spent seven years at NBC, both on the scripted and unscripted teams. She oversaw the development and first 4 seasons of The Biggest Loser and longform events such as 10.5 and the Emmy Award-winning The Matthew Shepard Story.
O'Connell began her career in family programming, working in development and production at Family Channel and Disney Channel.
A native of Connecticut, O'Connell graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a BA in Communications. She presently lives in Sherman Oaks with her husband and two children.
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.
Jack Soden is President and CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. which is based in Memphis, Tenn., with additional offices in Los Angeles. Soden reports to Marc Graboff, President of CORE Media Group, the parent company of Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Under Soden's leadership, Elvis Presley Enterprises has grown into a worldwide entertainment, licensing, merchandising, music publishing, television and film enterprise, and is recognized globally as one of the most powerful and successful brands in the entertainment industry. EPE also owns and operates Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel at Graceland. The company has more than four hundred employees, with Graceland ranking as one of the nation's premier tourist attractions. With annual visitors in excess of 600,000, Graceland pumps an estimated $200 million per year into the Memphis economy.
Soden is a native of Kansas City, Mo., graduated from Regis University in Denver, Colo., and went on to work in the investment banking industry. While working as Executive Director of a money management firm he met Priscilla Presley, who requested his assistance in developing a business plan for opening Graceland for public tours. Soden later took on the role as CEO of EPE, Inc.
Today Soden serves on the boards of The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce, The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, The Professional Advisory Board – St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Society of Entrepreneurs, Life Blood Foundation, University of Memphis College of Communications & Fine Arts, and The University of Memphis Tiger Athletic Advisory Board.
Tim Schoonover was named Executive Vice President, Licensing & Merchandising in January 2012. He reports to Marc Graboff, president of CORE Media Group. His team leads the worldwide licensing, retail and affiliated merchandising efforts across all Core Media Group businesses.
Schoonover is a travel, leisure and entertainment merchandising executive with over 20 years of experience in leading strong product and merchandising teams across a diverse range of businesses and brands. Schoonover first joined the company in 2007 as Vice President of Worldwide Merchandising at Elvis Presley Enterprises, part of CORE Media Group, based in Memphis TN. The merchandising team has delivered significant growth during this period of time. In 2011, the merchandising and licensing initiatives of 19 Entertainment were added to the scope, subsequent Schoonover's current role.
Prior to joining the company in 2007, he led the corporate merchandising group for Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company for seven years. In this capacity, Schoonover headed up the company'smerchandising group in their related resorts and theme parks, and also headed HE&R's retail team in the Sports & Entertainment group. Schoonover also successfully led two additional operating divisions within the company.
Prior to joining Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Schoonover was a Vice President of Retail Operations with Six Flags Corporation in its New Jersey operation leading several operating divisions.
In addition, Schoonover has also held key related positions in the duty free, cruise line and airport businesses in key buying and merchandise management roles with Weitnauer America (Dufry), where he sourced and managed product for stores onboard Carnival Cruise Lines as well as several US airport duty free operations. He started his career with ARAMARK Inc. in both Miami and Orlando within their airport division as Assistant GM and Merchandise Manager roles.
Schoonover has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the State University of New York, and resides in the Memphis area with his wife Tiffany and daughter Logan.
Simon Shaps joined CORE Media Group as Managing Director, International Content & Production in February, 2013. He is responsible for growing CORE’s television production revenues outside the United States and recently opened CORE’s new offices in London. In his role, Simon will develop the key strategies and content areas to target, including terrestrial and non-terrestrial channels, as well as emerging digital platforms.
Simon is the former CEO of ITV's global production business, and from 2005 to 2008 was ITV's Director of Television, with responsibility for commissioning and scheduling programs across ITV1 and all ITV's digital channels, including Britain's Got Talent, Benidorm, Law and OrderUK, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Lost in Austen, Whitechapel and Primeval.
After leaving ITV, Simon was appointed chairman of four companies - Mercury Media, A Brand Apart TV, Back2Back and Ignite.
Simon graduated from Cambridge University, with a First Class degree in English. He is the former chairman of the Royal Television Society and the Cultural Diversity Network. He is the current chair of the National Film and Television School.
Simon resides in London with his wife and three children.