Jonathan Miller (businessman)

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Jonathan F. Miller (born 1957)[1] was CEO of Digital Media at News Corp until 2012 and was the chairman and CEO of America Online from 2002 to 2006.[2][3]


Miller received his B.A. with honors from Harvard University.[4]

From 1987 to 1993, he was vice president of programming, and NBA Entertainment for the National Basketball Association.[5] From 1993 to 1997, he was Managing Director of Nickelodeon International, (a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks). From 2000 to 2002, Miller ran the Internet operations of Barry Diller's USA Networks, (now IACI and Expedia).[6]

In August 2002, when he was brought into AOL by Richard D. Parsons, he was relatively unknown.[7] In 2005 he said:

I think the biggest thing is really AOL emerging as a true media business, and as such we certainly intend to be a good partner and promoter to the industry. It really is a moment in time that the medium can emerge in this way because of the proliferation of high-speed connections to the home. What we've been focused on is making sure that we could have as many people as possible interacting with our content and services. In order to do that, you must be out on the Web and available to everybody in full force.[8]

In 2006, he presided over layoffs of 5,000 people, at AOL.[9] He bought Weblogs, Inc., and brought Jason Calacanis to AOL, and later invested in[10] In November 2006, he was replaced by Randy Falco. Miller led the company's change from a subscription-based model to an advertising-supported model.[11][12][13][14]

Miller was a founding partner of Velocity Interactive Group, a failed investment firm that focuses on digital media and communications along with his business associate Ross Levinsohn with support of a passive but powerful Asian billionaire Keyur Patel .[15] Time Warner invoked a non-compete clause to prevent him serving on the Yahoo board of directors.[16][17] In 2008, he was looking for funding for a takeover of Yahoo, but was unsuccessful.[18]

In March 2009 Miller joined News Corp to "oversee the broad strategic digital initiatives."[19] Miller was CEO of Digital Media at News Corp, including Fox Interactive Media and Hulu,[20][21] until his departure in August 2012.[22]


Miller is on the Board of Directors of Clickable, Idearc Media, Mahalo, Kosmix, YP Holdings, LLC and Hanley Wood, LLC. He is an advisor to General Atlantic LLC.[23]


Miller received the first Pioneer Prize in 2006, for his contributions to the field of interactive television at the International Interactive Emmy Awards at Mip TV in Cannes.[24]


  1. ^ "Jonathan F. Miller". Forbes Magazine online. 
  2. ^ Sue Chan. "AOL Gets A New Helmsman". CBS News. August 6, 2002. Retrieved on January 29, 2009.
  3. ^ Aherns, Frank (2006-11-18). "Miller's AOL Innovation Speeded His Demise". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
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  6. ^ Aherns, Frank (2006-11-18). "Miller's AOL Innovation Speeded His Demise". The Washington Post. 
  7. ^ Shannon Henry (August 7, 2002). "At AOL, New Boss Largely Unknown; 'Who's Jon Miller?' Employees Ask At Dulles Offices". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ Georg Szalai (June 21, 2005). Jonathan Miller, AOL. The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ Sara Kehaulani Goo (August 4, 2006). "AOL Plans to Cut 5,000 Jobs, Some in Virginia". Washington Post. 
  10. ^ Nicholas Carlson (July 1, 2008). "Jason Calacanis says ex-AOL CEO Jon Miller is the man for you, Yahoos". gawker. 
  11. ^ Frank Ahrens (November 16, 2006). "NBC Veteran To Replace AOL Chief In Shake-Up Miller Out After 4 Years, Switch to Ad-Driven Model". Washington Post. 
  12. ^ Staci D. Kramer (15 Nov 2006). "It’s Official: Jon Miller Out, Randy Falco In As Chairman and CEO, AOL". 
  13. ^ STEPHANIE N. MEHTA (November 14, 2005). "AOL: The Relaunch". FORTUNE Magazine. 
  14. ^ "About Jon Miller". Calacanis weblog. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Velocity Interactive Group". gawker. 
  17. ^ Peter Kafka (August 1, 2008). "Time Warner (TWX) Killed Jon Miller/Yahoo (YHOO) Board Deal". Silicon Alley Insider. 
  18. ^ Christine Seib (December 3, 2008). "Former AOL boss Jonathan Miller seeks funds for Yahoo! deal". The Times. 
  19. ^ Li, Ken (2009-03-28). "Jonathan Miller to join News Corp". Financial Times. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  20. ^ Michael Arrington (March 27, 2009). "Breaking: Former AOL Chief Jonathan Miller To Become News Corp.’s CEO Digital Media". techcrunch. 
  21. ^ Jeff Clabaugh (April 1, 2009). "Former AOL CEO Jonathan Miller heads to MySpace". Washington Business Journal. 
  22. ^ "News Corporation's Chief Digital Officer Jonathan Miller to Leave Post". News Corporation. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "Jonathan Miller". Forbes. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  24. ^ Whitemann, Bobbie (March 28, 2006). "Pioneer plaudit for AOL's Miller.(Jonathan F. Miller of America Online Inc. awarded)". Daily Variety. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 

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Preceded by
Robert W. Pittman
Succeeded by
Randy Falco