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.