Jonathan Miller (businessman)

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Jonathan F. Miller
Born1957 (age 65–66)
OccupationMedia executive
SpouseMyriam Barenbaum
Parent(s)Jean Baker Miller
S. M. Miller
FamilyEdward D. Miller (brother)

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]

Early life and education[edit]

Miller is the son of Jean Baker Miller and S. M. Miller.[4] His father was an emeritus professor of sociology at Boston University; his mother was a psychiatrist and author.[4][5] He has one brother, Dr. Edward D. Miller.[4]


From 1987 to 1993, Miller was vice president of programming and NBA Entertainment for the National Basketball Association.[6] From 1993 to 1997, he was managing director of Nickelodeon International, (a unit of Viacom's MTV Networks). In 1997 he joined USA Networks as manager of its local television stations.[7] From 2000 to 2002, Miller ran the Internet operations of Barry Diller's USA Networks, (now IACI and Expedia).[8]

In August 2002, when he was brought into AOL by Richard D. Parsons, he was relatively unknown.[9] Miller pursued a strategy of cutting costs and focusing on improving ad revenues over AOL's then-dominant subscription business.[10] In 2004, Miller oversaw the $435 million acquisition of[11] In 2006, he presided over layoffs of 5,000 people at AOL.[12] He bought Weblogs, Inc., and brought Jason Calacanis to AOL, and later invested in[13] He considered buying Facebook and YouTube.[14] 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.[10][15][16][17]

After his departure from AOL, Time Warner invoked a non-compete clause to prevent him serving on the Yahoo board of directors.[18][19] In 2008, he was looking for funding for a takeover of Yahoo, but was unsuccessful.[20]

In March 2009 Miller joined News Corp as Chief Digital Officer[21] to "oversee the broad strategic digital initiatives."[22] Miller was CEO of Digital Media at News Corp, including Fox Interactive Media and Hulu,[23][24] until his departure in August 2012.[25]

In February 2018, he partnered with Private equity firm TPG Capital, to acquire Fandom.[26] Miller was named Co-chairman of Wikia, Inc., alongside Jimmy Wales,[27] and TPG Capital director Andrew Doyle assumed the role of interim CEO.[28] They acquired TV Guide, and Metacritic.[29] He was named CEO of Integrated Media Co., a subsidiary of TPG Capital.[30]


As of 2009, Miller was on the board of directors of Clickable, Idearc Media, Mahalo, Kosmix, YP Holdings, LLC and Hanley Wood, LLC. He was an advisor to General Atlantic LLC.[1] In 2010, he was on the board of Ticketmaster, and Live Nation.[31] In 2012, he served on the boards of TripAdvisor and Shutterstock.[21]


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.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Miller is married to Myriam Barenbaum. They have a son, Jake.[33]


  1. ^ a b "Jonathan F. Miller". Forbes Magazine online. Archived from the original on March 4, 2009.
  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.
  4. ^ a b c New York Times: "Jean Baker Miller, 78, Psychiatrist, Is Dead" By Jeremy Pearce August 8, 2006
  5. ^ Jewish Women's Archives: "Psychology in the United States" by Rhoda K. Unger retrieved March 26, 2017
  6. ^ "Global Conference 2006 - Speaker: Jonathan Miller".
  7. ^ Hansell, Saul (2002-08-06). "TECHNOLOGY; Executive Of Net and TV Is Named Chief Of AOL Unit". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  8. ^ Aherns, Frank (2006-11-18). "Miller's AOL Innovation Speeded His Demise". The Washington Post.
  9. ^ Shannon Henry (August 7, 2002). "At AOL, New Boss Largely Unknown; 'Who's Jon Miller?' Employees Ask At Dulles Offices". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ a b STEPHANIE N. MEHTA (November 14, 2005). "AOL: The Relaunch". FORTUNE Magazine.
  11. ^ Oser, Kris (2004-06-24). "AOL Acquires for $435 Million". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  12. ^ Sara Kehaulani Goo (August 4, 2006). "AOL Plans to Cut 5,000 Jobs, Some in Virginia". Washington Post.
  13. ^ Nicholas Carlson (July 1, 2008). "Jason Calacanis says ex-AOL CEO Jon Miller is the man for you, Yahoos". gawker.
  14. ^ Sherman, Alex. "AOL held talks to buy YouTube, Facebook in 2006, ex-CEO reveals". CNBC. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Staci D. Kramer (15 Nov 2006). "It's Official: Jon Miller Out, Randy Falco In As Chairman and CEO, AOL".
  17. ^ "About Jon Miller". Calacanis weblog. 15 November 2006. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
  18. ^ PETER LAURIA and ZACHERY KOUWE (August 2, 2008). "NOT MILLER TIME: TW WON'T LET YANG BRING EX-AOL CEO TO YAHOO!". The New York Post.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  19. ^ Peter Kafka (August 1, 2008). "Time Warner (TWX) Killed Jon Miller/Yahoo (YHOO) Board Deal". Silicon Alley Insider.
  20. ^ Christine Seib (December 3, 2008). "Former AOL boss Jonathan Miller seeks funds for Yahoo! deal". The Times.
  21. ^ a b Swisher, Kara (2012-08-23). "Exclusive: Digital Chief Jon Miller Leaving News Corp". All Things D. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  22. ^ Li, Ken (2009-03-28). "Jonathan Miller to join News Corp". Financial Times. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  23. ^ Michael Arrington (March 27, 2009). "Breaking: Former AOL Chief Jonathan Miller To Become News Corp.'s CEO Digital Media". techcrunch.
  24. ^ Jeff Clabaugh (April 1, 2009). "Former AOL CEO Jonathan Miller heads to MySpace". Washington Business Journal.
  25. ^ "News Corporation's Chief Digital Officer Jonathan Miller to Leave Post". News Corporation. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  26. ^ Kafka, Peter (March 12, 2018). "Digital media veteran Jon Miller, backed with money from TPG, is going shopping for websites". Vox. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved March 5, 2021.
  27. ^ "Wikia, Inc.'s FANDOM Announces Investment Led by Media Veteran Jon Miller". (Press release). Archived from the original on May 4, 2018. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  28. ^ Spangler, Todd (6 February 2019). "Fandom Names StubHub Exec Perkins Miller CEO (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Business Media.
  29. ^ Needleman, Sarah E. "WSJ News Exclusive | Fandom Acquires Online Assets of TV Guide, Metacritic and Others". WSJ. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  30. ^ Health, StartUp (2022-09-06). "Jon Miller, Former CEO at AOL and IAC, Joins StartUp Health's Board of Directors". Medium. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  31. ^ "Jonathan F. Miller Profile -". 2012-03-20. Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  32. ^ Whitemann, Bobbie (March 28, 2006). "Pioneer plaudit for AOL's Miller.(Jonathan F. Miller of America Online Inc. awarded)". Daily Variety. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  33. ^ Tarrytown Sun: "Check Mate: SH Teen Wins Big - High school junior Jake Miller is a nationally ranked chess player by Sarah Studley] May 24, 2010

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