Peter Hurwitz was named CEO of CORE Media Group in October 2016 after serving as President since 2014 and Executive Vice President and General Counsel since 2012.
Mr. Hurwitz previously served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel for Martha Stewart Omnimedia and in the same role at The Weinstein Company. Prior to joining The Weinstein Company, Mr. Hurwitz held a number of other positions including Chief Administrative officer for the Merchant Banking Group of The Bank of Montreal, and COO and General Counsel for The Chatterjee Group, an affiliate of Soros Fund Management, where he joined after being in private practice at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison.
Scott Frosch was named Chief Financial Officer of CORE Media Group in October 2014 after holding various roles supporting CORE's accounting, financial planning and business activities since 2005.
Prior to joining CORE, Mr. Frosch was the Senior Vice President of Finance and Controller of GT Brands, a distributor of home-video entertainment, fitness programming and family entertainment. Prior to GT Brands, he was employed by Deloitte as a Senior Manager in their Financial Advisory Services Practice. At Deloitte, Mr. Frosch specialized in providing accounting and transactional support to private equity firms and public companies. Mr. Frosch has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland.
Head of West Coast Development
Mike Aho joined the Core Media Group team in 2015 and currently heads up West Coast Development with projects set up at A&E, Bravo, MTV, Animal Planet, Travel and Discovery.
Mike moved to France at 18 years old where he attended the Paris-Sorbonne University. Moving from Paris to Los Angeles and graduating from UCLA's School of Film and TV, he then won the Charles Boyer Fellowship which took him back to Paris, where his career in television began. Mike was the show runner for M6’s Star News, Grandeur Nature, and wrote and directed several award-winning feature documentaries. Having spent 10 years in Europe, Mike returned to Los Angeles as a producer on Queer Eye, The Bachelor franchise and as a show runner on TLC's Take Home Chef. After successfully creating and producing unscripted series for Glassman Media, he moved to Collins Avenue in 2008 to become VP of Factual Television, producing a prolific amount of content. In 2013 Shine America announced Mike Aho's role as Senior Vice President, Factual Entertainment. The role entailed leading docu-series development and production efforts for the US market to be formatted globally. Mike created and sold several projects, including Nat Geo Wild’s Aloha Vet.
SVP of West Coast Production
Lyle Smith serves as Senior Vice President of Production at CORE Media Group, responsible for all production management, budget development and various related functions. Lyle joined the company in March of 2015.
Prior to joining CORE Media Group, Lyle was VP of Production for 51 Minds Entertainment where he produced 100’s of hours of television, some of which were; Below Deck (Bravo), Broken Skull Ranch Challenge (CMT), Ghost Mine (SyFy), Heroes of Cosplay (SyFy), Whodunnit (ABC), to name a few. At 3 Ball Productions, he was Executive in Charge, working on Bar Rescue (Spike), My Cat from Hell (Animal Planet) as well as many others. Mr. Smith began his career in television production at Fox Sports Net, has a BA in Theater Design from UCSD and is also a US Navy Veteran.
Board of Directors
Barry Volpert is Chief Executive Officer of Crestview Partners, which he co-founded Crestview in 2004. He specializes in complex and contrarian investment themes arising out of major dislocations or restructurings. His notable investments include Crestview’s investment in Charter Communications, and Goldman’s acquisitions of Rockefeller Center. Mr. Volpert retired as a partner of Goldman Sachs in 2003, where he spent 18 years as a co-founder and ultimately chief operating officer of the global private equity business. Among his responsibilities at Goldman, Mr. Volpert led the international private equity business while based in London for six years and founded the mezzanine fund business. Mr. Volpert currently serves as a director of Oxbow Carbon. Mr. Volpert received a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He received an MBA, with high distinction, from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Mr. Volpert received an A.B. from Amherst College, summa cum laude, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year. After graduating from Amherst, he was a Luce Scholar in Singapore working for the Straits Times. Mr. Volpert is a member of the Dean's Advisory Board at Harvard Law School, a director of the American Investment Council and an elected council member of the Sagaponack Village Erosion Control District.
Brian Cassidy joined Crestview in 2004 and is a partner of the firm and a member of the Investment Committee. Brian is also the co-head of Crestview’s media strategy. Prior to Crestview, Brian worked in private equity at Boston Ventures, where he invested in companies in the media and communications, entertainment and business services industries. He also worked for one year as the acting CFO of a portfolio company. Previously, Brian was an investment banking analyst at Alex. Brown & Sons, where he completed a range of financing and M&A assignments for companies in the consumer and business services sectors. Brian is currently a director of WOW!, Interoute Communications, CORE Media, Cumulus Media, NEP Group and Camping World Holdings. Previously, he was involved with Crestview's investments in Insight Communications, Charter Communications, ValueOptions and OneLink Communications. Brian received an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and an A.B. in physics from Harvard College.
Dan Kilpatrick joined Crestview in 2009 after receiving an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Dan is currently on the board of Accuride Corporation, CORE Media, Camping World Holdings, NYDJ and WOW! and was previously on the board of Symbion. Dan received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Jay Sures is a Managing Director of premier global talent and literary agency UTA, which Mr. Sures joined at its formation in 1991. UTA has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Toronto, Nashville, Miami and Malmo, Sweden.
Mr. Sures is one of three managing directors presiding over an agency known for representing many of the world’s best-known artists working in all current and emerging areas of entertainment and media, including motion pictures, television, music, digital media, broadcast news, theatre, touring and fine arts. Sures oversees UTA’s illustrious television practice which includes the representation of Emmy-winning creators, actors, writers, producers, directors working in scripted and unscripted formats for broadcast, cable, ott and syndication. He also oversees UTA’s market leading News Broadcast Department.
Mr. Sures has a BA from UCLA in Economics.
Jeremy Zimmer is CEO and co-founder of leading global talent and entertainment company, United Talent Agency (UTA). UTA represents top artists, creators, innovators and brands, while also investing its own venture capital.
Mr. Zimmer oversees more than 850 agents, executives and employees around the world who represent established and emerging talent across film, television, digital media, music, news, sports, video games, books, touring, fine arts, and podcasts. The company also is globally recognized for film and television packaging, film finance, branding, licensing and endorsements.
In 2015, Mr. Zimmer led UTA’s acquisition of The Agency Group, the world’s largest independent music agency, and now represents many of the biggest global touring and live music artists. In 2014, UTA acquired N.S. Bienstock, the world’s leading news agency, which represents the most prominent and respected media personalities
Over the past decade, Mr. Zimmer has established UTA as an industry leader amid the seismic shifts taking place across the media, entertainment and technology landscape. Under his leadership, UTA became the first agency to establish a dedicated digital representation practice. UTA is also breaking ground in its work providing clients with critical advisory and financial services to build digital-based businesses.
A 35-year industry veteran, Mr. Zimmer began his career in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency.
John Mass is Executive Vice President of Content Partners, LLC, a first-of-its kind entity that acquires and manages film and television libraries and also provides liquidity to owners of royalties and other passive profit participations in film, television, music, and other entertainment industry projects. Both an investment fund and asset management company, Content Partners has created a unique market that provides liquidity and financial security to IP right holders and royalty holders—including corporations, individuals, and partnerships Content Partners assumes the future risks and rewards of their cash flows in an uncertain economic environment.
Mr. Mass has the unique combination of experience in finance, production and talent management. He was a partner at Oasis Media Group, a personal management company, focusing on the representation of content creators, and a producer of films, television shows and other forms of entertainment. Since its inception in 2010, the company has produced programming for ABC, MTV, ABC Studios, Discovery and Lifetime, amongst others.
Prior to Oasis, he spent the 17 years at William Morris Agency, LLC (now William Morris Endeavor). He most recently served as Executive Vice President where he headed Corporate Development and New Ventures.
John holds an MBA from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Leitner is a Managing Partner of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC and a member of its Management Committee. Prior to joining TCP in 2005, Mr. Leitner served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for WilTel Communications, and before that as President and Chief Executive Officer of GlobeNet Communications, leading the company through a successful turnaround and sale. Previously, he was Vice President of Corporate Development of 360networks and additionally developed and managed the Company’s global colocation services business. Prior to 360 networks, he served as Senior Director of Corporate Development for Microsoft Corporation, managing corporate investments and acquisitions in the telecommunications, media, managed services, and business applications software sectors. Prior to Microsoft, he was a Vice President in the M&A group at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Leitner currently serves as a Director on the boards of Avanti, Integra Telecom and Core Media.
· M.B.A. from the University of Michigan
· B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles