SANTA MONICA, CA – May 26, 2011 – Miramax today announced that Lindsay Gardner and Bob Cook will serve as Strategic Advisors to the Company, reporting to Miramax CEO Mike Lang. They will work with the Miramax management team, including Eric Doctorow (EVP, Worldwide Home Entertainment and Distribution) and Joe Patrick (SVP, Head of TV/Digital Sales) on a broad range of strategic initiatives including: digital distribution, domestic TV syndication and development of Miramax-branded cable networks.
“Bringing Lindsay and Bob on board is an exciting step as we continue to build the Miramax Team,” said Lang. “They are highly respected industry veterans as well as former colleagues of mine when we all worked closely together at Fox Entertainment. In particular, Lindsay is a 25-year veteran of the international television industry with experience in both cable and new media. He played a central role in our recent Netflix deal as Miramax’s lead negotiator and point person.”
Lang continued, “And Bob Cook is one of the industry’s most respected TV sales executives, who has effectively monetized film and TV content to broadcast networks and local TV stations throughout his 30-plus-year career. We welcome them both and look forward to drawing on their deep experience and long-standing relationships.”
“Mike has assembled an exceptional team and established Miramax as the studio to watch,” said Gardner. “I am excited to advance the company’s vision for Miramax-branded channels around the world and enhanced digital delivery such as our Netflix deal.”
“I’m thrilled to be part of the new Miramax team,” said Cook. “Consumer demand and market challenges are constantly changing and Miramax is responding in innovative ways — unlike any other studio I’ve seen in the business today. It’s an exciting, cutting-edge place to be, and I’m proud and reinvigorated to be part of it.”
In addition to his role for Miramax, Gardner is a strategic advisor in private equity, where he has raised and deployed investment capital, and has led several digital media companies through critical growth stages. Prior to this, Gardner was President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing at Fox Cable Networks, leading the launch and distribution efforts for more than 30 cable channels. Previously, Gardner held positions at Atlanta-based Cox Communications, Inc. and New York-based Viewer’s Choice (now iNDEMAND). He has been cited on the “CableFAX 100” list of the most influential industry executives seven times, and was inducted into the Cable Pioneers Society. Gardner holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brandeis University.
Through his advisory company MBN Inc., Cook works with top tier entertainment companies to help sell and syndicate content to traditional broadcasters, local TV stations, cable networks, and emerging digital channels. Prior to MBN, Cook was President, Chief Operating Officer of Twentieth Television, the syndication/distribution arm for News Corporation’s broadcast and cable operations at Fox Entertainment. Prior to that, Cook was Executive Vice President of CBS Enterprises, including Eyemark, their syndication unit, and preceding that, he was senior VP of marketing and advertising for Columbia TriStar (now Sony Pictures Television). Cook has been recognized with accolades from Emmy, Telly, Grammy, Lulu, Promax Gold Muse, Worldfest, and Gracies Awards. Also, Cook has been inducted into The Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Miramax is a leading worldwide film and television studio with a library of more than 700 motion pictures. Miramax sells directly and licenses its titles globally through strategic partnerships with Lionsgate, Studiocanal and most recently Netflix. The company has three new releases in 2011: The Debt, starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington; the Guillermo del Toro-produced Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce; and Last Night, starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes. The Miramax library holds some of the world’s most original and acclaimed independent films including Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare In Love, Chicago, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, No Country for Old Men, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Life is Beautiful, Reservoir Dogs, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Cinema Paradiso and My Left Foot — as well as scores of commercially successful films such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bad Santa, and the Scream, Hellraiser, Scary Movie and Spy Kids franchises. Collectively, the Miramax library has received 284 Academy Award nominations and 68 Oscars, including four Best Picture Awards. Miramax is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. For more information, please visit www.miramax.com
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