Robert Fried became Chief Executive Officer in June 2018. He has served as a director of the Company since July 2015, President and Chief Operating Officer from January to June 2018 and President and Chief Strategy Officer from March 2017 to January 2018. Mr. Fried also served as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee from July 2015 to March 2017.
Mr. Fried has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tiger Media, Inc., (AMEX: IDI), an information solutions provider focused on the data fusion market and formerly a Chinese advertising company prior to its merger with the parent company of Interactive Data, LLC, from 2011 until June 2015. From 2007 through 2009, he was the president, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Ideation Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company. From 2007 to 2017, Mr. Fried was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Spiritclips LLC, now called Hallmark Movies Now, a subscription streaming video service, which was acquired by Hallmark Cards Inc. in 2012.
Mr. Fried is an Academy Award winning motion picture producer whose credits include Rudy, Collateral, Boondock Saints, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Godzilla, and numerous others. From December 1994 until June 1996, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Savoy Pictures, a unit of Savoy Pictures Entertainment, Inc., which was sold in 1996 to Silver King Communications, which is now a part of InterActive Corp. Mr. Fried has also held several executive positions including Executive Vice President in charge of Production for Columbia Pictures, Director of Film Finance and Special Projects for Columbia Pictures, and Director of Business Development at Twentieth Century Fox.
Mr. Fried holds an M.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.