Chairman of the Board
Tom Rogers has served as a director on our Board since October 3, 2016. He has served since June 2016 and is currently still serving as Executive Chairman of WinView, Inc., a company that operates at the intersection of TV sports, social media, gaming and mobility, and with 28 patents, is the leading player in the application of games in which viewers can engage while simultaneously watching live TV sports. He also has served since June 2003 and is currently still serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TRget Media, LLC, a media investment and operations advisory firm. From May 1981 to December 1986, Mr. Rogers served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Telecommunications, Consumer Protection and Finance Subcommittee, where he was responsible for drafting a number of communications laws, including the Cable Act of 1984, which established a federal framework to replace a patchwork of local regulatory burdens. Thereafter, he served as President of NBC Cable from August 1988 to October 1999 and served as Executive Vice President of The National Broadcasting Company (“NBC”) as well as NBC’s Chief Strategist from September 1992 to October 1999. At NBC, he oversaw the creation of CNBC, the NBC/Microsoft cable channel and Internet joint venture, MSNBC. In addition, he served as Co-Chairman of the Arts and Entertainment and History Channels, and was responsible for overseeing many other cable channels, including Court TV, Bravo, American Movie Classics, Independent Film Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and numerous regional sports channels. From November 1999 to April 2003, Mr. Rogers served as Chairman and CEO of Primedia (NYSE: PRM) which at the time was the leading targeted media company in the US, where he oversaw such diverse properties as New York Magazine, Motor Trend, Seventeen, and Cable World. He drove the digital development and online presence of scores of the company’s print properties. From July 2005 and September 2016, when the company was sold, he served as CEO and then as Chairman of TiVo, Inc. (“TiVo”). Under Mr. Roger’s leadership, TiVo emerged as the leader in providing cable operators worldwide with an advanced television user experience while also providing consumers the only retail cable set top box and the media industry with an array of unique audience research data solutions. Mr. Rogers has also served as Chairman of the Board of Teleglobe (NASDAQ: TLGB), a leading international telecommunications, voice-over-internet, and mobile telephony provider from 2004 to 2006. He was also Chairman of the Board and a board member of Supermedia (NASDAQ: SPMD), the print and digital yellow pages spin off of Verizon. Mr. Rogers also served on the board of Dex Media (NASDAQ: DXM), a print and digital marketing company and successor company to Supermedia. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Wesleyan University. He has also been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, as well as the Cable Hall of Fame. We believe Mr. Rogers’ deep background and extensive experience in the media industry make him well qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
CEO & Executive Director
Steve Chung is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Frankly Inc. (TSXV: TLK). After holding an analyst role at Goldman Sachs in NY, he has held senior leadership roles in the technology sector, including Chief Strategy Officer of CDNetworks (sold to KDDI), Executive Vice President of KIT Digital, Inc., Investment Director of BlueRun Ventures and Chief Operating Officer of We Heart It. His experience with both start-up and large enterprises has led to his expertise in helping companies grow globally. Mr. Chung holds an AB from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Corporate VP, Digital Media, Strategy and Business Development, Raycom
Joe Fiveash has served as a director on our Board since August 2015. Mr. Fiveash has been the Senior Vice President of Digital Media and Strategy at Raycom since 2013 and was Executive Vice President/General Manager of Interactive Media at The Weather Channel from 1999 to 2010. Mr. Fiveash has also been President of Vertical Acuity, a venture-backed content marketing platform, from February 2011 to August 2012, and was a Senior Vice President of Ecommerce for CafePress Services, an ecommerce platform, from November 2012 to December 2013. Mr. Fiveash received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in Politics and a JD and MBA from University of Virginia. We believe Mr. Fiveash’s 10 plus years in the media industry make him well qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Director, Global Planning Team, SK Planet Co., Ltd.
Samuel Hyun has served as a director on our Board since April 2016. Mr. Hyun joined SK Group, South Korea’s third-largest conglomerate in 1998 and held increasingly senior positions, culminating in his service as Manager of SK Networks from January 1998 to May 2012, as Project Leader of M&A office for SK Planet Co., Ltd., an Internet services and e-Commerce company (“SK Planet”) from June 2012 to December 2012, and currently as Head of Global Planning Team of SK Planet Co., Ltd. since January 2013. Mr. Hyun has been involved in several M&A deals and strategic partnerships with globally-renowned players like Shopkick, a leading Silicon Valley-based mobile commerce and shopping service, Suning Commerce Group, one of the largest retailers in China, and Megabox, a top-tier multiplex cinema company in Korea. Mr. Hyun holds a Master of Education in Pedagogy and Bachelor of Science from Seoul National University, South Korea and a MBA degree from China Europe International Business School. Mr. Hyun has over 20 years in strategic long/short term planning, mergers & acquisitions, strategic consulting and securities trading which enables him to contribute important skills to our Board.
Consultant and former KPMG Partner
Steve currently serves on the board of directors of Insignia Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company, where he is the audit committee chair and serves on the compensation committee. He also serves as a director and audit committee chair of Redbrick Health, a venture-backed private health technology company, as well as several other privately held emerging companies.
Steve has served as a consultant since January 2011, advising companies on matters including merger and acquisition transactions and SEC offerings and filings. From 1976 until 2010, he was with KPMG LLP, where he was a partner for 22 years. At KPMG, he served in various leadership capacities, including partner in charge of the audit group and partner in charge of the firm’s SEC and technical accounting practices for KPMG’s Minneapolis and Des Moines offices. He also served as the lead audit partner for publicly held companies.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Masters of Business Taxation degree from the University of Minnesota.