Douglas A. Lee is a media strategist and seasoned executive with an extensive background and demonstrated success in the global entertainment business.
Having served in senior roles at both major film studios and networks, his experience and expertise encompass virtually all business aspects of television, film and emerging media.
Utilizing his strategic acumen and operational background, Doug often focuses on innovative paradigm change and new business development. He is particularly adept at identifying and executing new business opportunities and areas of revenue growth including: international expansion, creating new business units, vertical integration, partnerships and exploitation of new technologies.
The rare executive who has held senior transactional positions as both a buyer and seller, he is fully conversant with all aspects of distribution. He possesses significant relationships at major networks and studios around the world.
Doug’s career highlights include creating the next generation pay service, Epix and heading its initial programming efforts. Lee also spearheaded News Corp’s acquisition of Star-TV, the leading satellite platform in Asia. He was based in Hong Kong for a year while completing the News Corp deal. Doug also helped create Noggin, the first educational children’s network and a joint venture between Sesame Workshop and Nickelodeon. He conceived and launched MGM HD and served as Executive Producer of Roger Corman’s first 3D movie, “Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader.”
He has been involved in the planning and execution of over twenty networks/video services in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia with a particular emphasis on creating incremental asset values out of film, television and sports libraries.
He has worked closely with and has been influenced by such visionaries as: Rupert Murdoch, “Cops” creator, John Langley, media entrepreneur, Harry Sloan, legendary independent filmmaker, Roger Corman, and now Ownzones founder and digital pioneer, Dan Goman.
Doug has served as an EVP at MGM Digital, EVP of Programming, Acquisitons & Strategy at Epix, and numerous other senior executive positions at HBO, Starz, Sesame Workshop, Universal TV, 20th Century Fox and News Corporation. A native of New York City, he now resides in Santa Monica, CA with his filmmaker wife, Tara Anderson, and his two children.