Guggenheim Digital Media Loses Another Top Exec

Zander LurieEXCLUSIVE: EVP Zander Lurie has confirmed that he plans to leave Guggenheim Digital Media. That will make him the second of CEO Ross Levinsohn’s top lieutenants to bolt over the past three months, and company watchers are wondering how long the … Read More »

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Former Yahoo Chief Says Premium Video Is “Crucial” To Media’s Future: CNBC

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 12:55pm PST

Yahoo probably would have focused more on media than on technology if it had chosen Ross Levinsohn to be CEO instead of former Google exec Marissa Mayer. But Levinsohn, who served as interim CEO for two months, tells CNBC that he’s pleased to see “optimism again” under Mayer and … Read More »

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Ross Levinsohn Splits From Yahoo Two Weeks After Marissa Mayer Named CEO

By | Monday July 30, 2012 @ 2:54pm PDT

It would have been awkward for former Interim CEO Ross Levinsohn to have stayed after Yahoo passed him over and named former Google exec Marissa Mayer to the top job. But he’ll be nicely compensated for his … Read More »

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Yahoo Board Likely To OK Ross Levinsohn As CEO: Reports

By | Wednesday July 11, 2012 @ 3:01pm PDT

Yahoo appears ready to make interim CEO Ross Levinsohn permanent, according to multiple reports. The board is meeting today, and it’s worth noting that Yahoo has had five CEOs in as many years. Skeptics abound regarding Yahoo’s … Read More »

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Yahoo Names Google Exec Michael Barrett EVP And Chief Revenue Officer

By | Monday June 18, 2012 @ 8:32am PDT

Michael Barrett and interim Yahoo CEO Ross Levinsohn worked together at Fox Interactive Media, where Barrett held the same title and oversaw finances at MySpace and FoxSports.com  among other properties. Here’s the release announcing today’s move:

SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) announced today that it has appointed Michael Barrett as Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer. Barrett will be responsible for Yahoo’s advertising revenue and operations globally for the company, with Americas, EMEA and APAC regional leads reporting to him.

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Where Are Big Media’s ‘Disruptors’ Today?

By | Monday March 26, 2012 @ 3:32am PDT

Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor:

Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television annual Steed Symposium included past and present media heavy-hitters on a panel at Creative Artists Agency’s Ray Kurtzman Theater. The subject was ‘The New Disruptors’ about today’s showbiz gamechangers. The panel included past Big Media disruptors like Michael Fuchs, chairman/CEO of HBO (1984-1995) and former chairman of the Warner Music Group as well as Warren Lieberfarb, the former president of Warner Home Video; and today’s disruptors like Ross Levinsohn, EVP of Yahoo!’s Americas region, and Sara Pollack, YouTube’s senior marketing manager. Film producer and former United Artists chief Paula Wagner moderated.

First up with a comment was Fuchs, honored earlier in the day on the LMU campus for pioneering original content on HBO. (He joked that he’s an ‘old disruptor’.) Fuchs was sharply critical of traditional Hollywood companies. “The big old media companies don’t innovate. Fox buys My Space, it dies,” he said, to laughter. He praised Lieberfarb’s spearheading an entertainment industry standard for the DVD as one of the few times that an established media behemoth had disrupted the status quo.

Lieberfarb in turn took old media to task for its lack of innovation. “The real question is, in media companies today, where are the Sarnoffs and the Paleys?” he said.

Levinsohn answered that question by noting how, “in the traditional media, there aren’t disruptors anymore.” He said too many media leaders are “fearful, not fearless. Who’s taking those chances? Google, Apple. Silicon Valley is fearless when it comes to disrupting. Hollywood is fearless when it comes to creating beautiful programming… Those who figure out both will be successful.” Read More »

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