June 3, 1960
New York, New York
|Residence||Los Angeles, CA|
|Alma mater||Brandeis University
Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
|Board member of||IZEA, Courage Campaign|
Lindsay Gardner is an American media executive and strategist. An early evangelist of on-demand entertainment services and multi-platform content acquisition and distribution, Gardner served in senior positions at Fox Networks and Cox Communications and as an advisor to media companies including Miramax, Tribune Media, and AMC Networks. He is the chief content officer at Layer3 TV, the next generation MVPD backed by Evolution Media Capital, TPG, Creative Artists Agency and John Paulson. He is also a senior advisor to Oaktree Capital Management, an independent director of IZEA, and a co-owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Early life and education
Gardner was born in New York to Harriet Modell Gardner, a writer, and Gerald Gardner, a television writer and producer. The family moved to Beverly Hills, California when Gardner was five. He attended Beverly Hills High School and later went on to attend Brandeis University, where he served as the editor of the college's newspaper, The Justice. During school breaks, he worked in television and print media, and during the summer of 1980 he served as a general assignment reporter at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. Gardner graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in Economics in 1982, and earned an MBA from the Wharton School in 1989.
Prior to his college graduation, Gardner was recruited by Satellite News Channel (SNC), a 24-hour news channel, and joined the company at its launch in June 1982. Although hired primarily a writer, Gardner was involved with all aspects of content production, and after SNC went off the air in 1983 due to distribution issues, Gardner was hired to produce Eyewitness News for WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans. During Gardner’s four years at WWL, Eyewitness News dominated the New Orleans television ratings, and won several awards, including an Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast. Gardner left WWL in 1987 to attend Wharton.
In 1989, after receiving his MBA, Gardner was hired by Viewer's Choice, (now iNDEMAND Networks). As the executive director of new business, he oversaw strategic planning and research. In 1993 he was named director of programming at Cox Communications, where he launched joint-venture channels BBC World, BBC Prime, Gems Televisión, Outdoor Life Network, and Speedvision. In 1999, Gardner joined Fox Networks, and in 2006 he was promoted to president of affiliate sales and marketing. At Fox, he launched networks such as Fox Sports Networks, National Geographic Channel, Fox Reality, Speed Channel, Fuel TV, and Fox College Sports Atlantic, Central and Pacific. Additionally, he oversaw deployment of high-definition, video-on-demand and other digital services. He left Fox in 2007 to become a partner at MediaTech Capital Partners. There, he co-founded digital media companies, including Channel Islands, which delivers advanced advertising systems to international cable operators, Porto Media, and Beijing-based Reach Media, which delivers ad-supported video content to buses, subways, cellphones and television.
From 2010 through 2013, Gardner served as strategic advisor to the CEO of Miramax. He conceptualized Miramax's digital distribution plan and led its execution through agreements with Netflix and Hulu+.
He has been a senior advisor to Oaktree Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm with $103 billion under management, since 2010. He was appointed an independent director of IZEA in 2013, which is listed on NASDAQ as of January, 2016 (NASDAQ: IZEA).
Gardner's team at Layer3 TV is credited with building one of the most robust television lineups of any provider, and according to some, giving Layer3's unique distribution topology the ability to pass millions of homes while leveraging the current broadband infrastructure without actually traversing the public Internet. Gardner coined the phrase "concierge cable" in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter when asked to characterize Layer3's focus on customer experience.
Philanthropy and personal life
Gardner is Chairman of the Board of the Courage Campaign Institute, a Los Angeles based non-profit which seeks to defend and extend human rights through leadership-development training, strategic research and public education. He was the National Finance Chairman of Rep. Harold Ford’s 2006 US Senate campaign and was a member of President Obama’s National Finance Committee and a trustee of the Economic Innovation Institute and Action Fund.
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