NATPE Honors James L. Brooks
Over the course of a nearly 50-year career, Brooks, the winner of three Academy Awards and 20 Emmys, has also garnered huge success on the big screen, including Terms of Endearment, starring Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson and Debra Winger which earned him three Oscars; Broadcast News, starring Holly Hunter, William Hurt and Albert Brooks; As Good As It Gets, starring Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear; Spanglish, starring Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni and Paz Vega; and How Do You Know, with Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Nicholson. Brooks’ Gracie Films has also executive produced films including Say Anything and Bottle Rocket, and produced War of the Roses, Big, Jerry Maguire and Riding in Cars With Boys, in addition to The Simpsons Movie, which he also co-wrote.
A 30-year entertainment industry veteran, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has been responsible for tens of thousands of hours of television programming and hundreds of films, including the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise and Academy Award winners Crash, Monster’s Ball and Precious. Under his leadership, Lionsgate has grown into a next-generation global content leader whose market capitalization has grown from $80 million in 2000 to nearly $5 billion today. Feltheimer also has grown Lionsgate’s global television business to encompass more than 1,000 episodes of television content worldwide and has increased its revenue from $8 million in 2000 to a projected half billion dollars this year. Lionsgate’s television business includes a roster of hit series for cable networks, including the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men, Nurse Jackie and Weeds, a broadcast network series, five shows in national syndication, several television series utilizing the 10+90 model that Lionsgate pioneered and a growing slate of original content for digital platforms including the critically acclaimed breakout Orange is the New Black.
Before Lionsgate, Feltheimer spent nine years at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) as head of the Columbia TriStar Television Group and head of Sony Entertainment Television, where he shepherded the launch of hit TV shows such as Mad About You, Dawson’s Creek and The King of Queens and led the television group's evolution into an international powerhouse that launched or partnered in nearly 30 branded channels around the world. He was NATPE’s 2009 keynote speaker and received MIPCOM’s prestigious “Personality of The Year” Award in October 2010.
Lauren Zalaznick is Executive Vice President, Media Innovation & Cross Company Initiatives, NBCUniversal, responsible for accelerating the company’s growth and for identifying and executing new business opportunities. With her finger on the pulse of the media business, Zalaznick is charged with developing new capabilities in research, technology, and innovation to capitalize on current and emerging trends, and leads a newly formed consumer products group for NBCUniversal.
Zalaznick has spent her entire career in media, beginning as an independent feature film producer, and is widely recognized as an industry pioneer. Zalaznick is seen as the first to recognize and harness the power of NBCUniversal’s media portfolio, forming the Integrated Media group in 2007. She chairs the advisory board of industry luminaries at Women at NBCU and oversees the NBCU Digital Council. She is also responsible for the highly effective “Symphony” initiative across NBCUniversal and Comcast Corporation properties, which seeks to cross-collateralize promotional efforts around the portfolio’s biggest events, including Universal Pictures’ biggest film releases of the year, as well as NBC Entertainment Group’s highest priorities such as the Olympics and NBC Entertainment Network’s new fall season. Under Zalaznick’s guidance, each of her businesses achieved record-setting ratings and revenue growth, while forging new media and marketing partnerships for the division. Her businesses garnered industry recognition and countless awards for digital, mobile, social, and ad sales innovations.