Michael Jay SolomonFounder and Chairman
Michael Jay Solomon has been the largest distributor of American television content in the world for the last 35 years. He has pioneered the international marketplace for the American television industry.
Mr. Solomon began his career in film distribution by loading films onto trucks for United Artists at the age of 18, while attending New York University at night. In 1960, when he was 21, UA sent him to Panama to open the Central American territory for American films. He travelled to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras, as well as Panama. He was then sent to Bogota, Colombia for a year and was made manager of Peru and Bolivia, living in Lima. He was 24 years old and lived there for two years. He was then hired by MCA, the largest producer and distributor of American television content at that time (now Comcast, Universal, NBC) to start their Latin American television division, and moved to Mexico City and Brazil to open their offices. He literally put most of the TV Networks on the air in Latin America. He was 26. He was then brought back to New York and given international responsibilities, travelling to Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, besides Latin America. At 30, he was made a VP of MCA.
After eight years with United Artists and 14 years with MCA, he co-founded Telepictures Corporation in 1978 and went public 14 months later in January of 1980. He was Chairman and CEO. The Company started television syndication with a series called “People’s Court” which is still on the air after 32 years, and is the Godfather of all the court shows. They became the largest U.S. television syndication company and one of the largest international television distribution companies, as well as the owner and operator of six television stations in the U.S. (one in Puerto Rico), and the publisher of six magazines, including US Magazine, which they bought out of bankruptcy with Jan Wenner (Rolling Stone). Their stock went from $3.00 to $32.00 within a couple of years.
Seven years later Telepictures merged with Lorimar to form Lorimar Telepictures Corp. (American Stock Exchange), and he became the new company’s President, serving on its Board of Directors. Mr. Solomon, with his partners, led Lorimar Telepictures to become the largest television production and distribution company of American content in the world, producing TV series such as Dallas, Falcon Crest, Knot’s Landing, Alf, and many more at their studios, which was formally the MGM Studios and is now SONY Studios.
Four years later, Lorimar Telepictures was acquired by Warner Bros. Mr. Solomon then became President of Warner Bros. International Television, heading up the company’s sales and marketing to television, cable and satellite companies internationally. Under his leadership, Warner Bros. became the largest (by 2.5 times) TV program distribution company in the world. He was also responsible for investments in the telecommunications area internationally. He is a co-founder of HBO OLE (now HBO Latin America), the leading pay-TV service in Latin America. He opened the door to Western programming in China, Russia, India and many more third-world countries. He also co-founded the first satellite-delivered station in Scandinavia (SF Succe), co-owned a TV and feature film production company in India (Armitraj-Solomon) and France. He was the first international distributor of The Grammys, MTV and “E” Entertainment Channel, and is a Founder of the American Film Market Association, and is a member of the International Council of Television Arts & Sciences.
Following a five-year tenure at Warner Bros., in which he increased international television revenues more than 400 percent and built a lasting international structure, Mr. Solomon left to launch his own television communications company, Solomon Entertainment Enterprises. He distributed independent TV product to the international market and formed a partnership with Canal Plus (France) and UFA (Germany) to produce TV movies.
For three years he created El Camino Entertainment Group, Inc. (now called North American Midway), the largest Midway operating company in North America, by consolidating six of the most important family-run companies in the U.S. and Canada, consisting of rides, food and games, serving state and county fairs. This business was bought out by a large investment fund, and then by a management buy-out.
He later partnered with SMGBB (Shanghai Media Group Broadband) and RAYV (an Israeli company), which streamed Chinese language broadcast networks live on the internet worldwide (except China).
His time is now focused on the Truli Media Group, Inc. (OTCQB/TRLI), which he founded and of which he is Chairman and CEO. Under the website www.truli.com it is on the way to being the largest digital aggregator of content focusing on family and faith. Truli already has over 10,000 videos in high definition from features (G and PG rated), children’s and animation programs, music videos, documentaries and sports, as well as messages from over 250 churches in English and Spanish, and also has close to one million likes on Face Book.
In May 2016 he was also appointed Chairman of the Board of VidaPrimo, and will utilize his vast experience in Latin America to promote their popular Latin entertainment channels. VidaPrimo is a global media company that provides advertisers access to an exploding marketplace of US and Latin American Millennials as they consume the hottest content in the young Hispanic culture. Through contracts with 75+ of the hottest Latin Rhythm artists, VidaPrimo is the largest Latin Music destination with presence across VidaPrimo branded artists, YouTube channels, and VidaPrimo.com.
Mr. Solomon serves on the Board of Overseers of New York University’s Stern School of Business (32 years) and is a special advisor to the President of Emerson College in Boston. He is a Founder of The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem, and was Founding Chairman of The Jerusalem Foundation of the West Coast of the United States. He is also the Honorary Chairman of the Actors Equity of China, being the first American to ever hold this post. He co-founded and is Chairman of the Careyes Clinic in Jalisco, Mexico, and has been on the Board of The Jeffrey Modell Foundation for the past 26 years. He also recently joined the Board of Advisors of i-Blades, Inc. (www.i-Blades.com). In March 2013 he followed in the steps of many famous Americans in being nominated to receive the annual Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
He was educated at New York University’s Stern School of Business and Boston’s Emerson College, where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree. He is a member of the international honor society, Beta Gama Sigma. Membership of which is the highest recognition a business student can receive anywhere in the world.
Paul Crouch, Jr.Vice President
In his role as Chief of Staff of TBN, Paul Crouch Jr. led the expansion of TBN’s global TV network for over two decades. Under Paul’s leadership, TBN introduced several new affiliate networks including the award winning youth network JCTV and iTBN, a digital broadcast network which offers video on demand and streaming content. Paul also oversaw the expansion of the network’s global partnerships with cable and satellite companies, while frequently hosting TBN’s flagship daily show, Praise the Lord as well as hosting his own daily show, Behind the Scenes.
In late 2011, Paul Crouch, Jr. joined The Word Network as their Director of Project Development. The Word Network airs in 85 million homes across the U.S. and 200 countries worldwide and is the largest African-American religious network in the U.S. Paul also serves as Chairman and Chief Studio Designer for Cinemills Corporation.
Marty PompadurBoard Member
Marty Pompadur graduated from Williams College in 1955 with a BA Degree and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1958 with a LLB Degree. He began his career as a practicing attorney in Stamford, Connecticut in 1958 but quickly entered the media field when in 1960 he joined American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (ABC). He remained at ABC for 17 years, culminating with his becoming the youngest person ever appointed a member of the ABC Board of Directors. While at ABC, Mr. Pompadur held the positions of General Manager of the Television Network; Vice President of the Broadcast Division which included the radio and television networks, the radio and television stations, and news and sports; and the President of the Leisure Activities Group, which included Magazine Publishing, Records, Music Publishing, Motion Picture Theatres, Record and Tape distribution, and Motion Picture Production.
Mr. Pompadur left ABC in 1977 and became President of Ziff Corporation, a position he held until 1982. Ziff Corporation then was the holding company for both Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, one of the world's largest publishers of special interest and business publications, and Ziff-Davis Broadcasting Company, which operated six network affiliated television stations.
From 1982, until April 2007, Mr. Pompadur was chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RP Companies' various private and public limited partnerships, which operated 12 television stations, 25 radio stations and numerous cable television systems totalling 500,000 subscribers.
In 1985 Mr. Pompadur, as the advisor to News Corporation, helped acquire for News Corporation the Metromedia TV station group and wrote the business plan for the start-up of the Fox Television Network. Effective June 1, 1998, Mr. Pompadur became Executive Vice President of News Corporation, President of News Corporation Eastern and Central Europe, and a member of News Corporation's Executive Management Committee. On January 11, 2000, Mr. Pompadur was appointed Chairman of News Corporation, Europe. In his decade with News Corporation, he was instrumental in negotiating the merger of Stream and Telepiu to create Sky Italia in Italy, now one of the world's most successful Pay-TV businesses, and in creating and managing three successful businesses in emerging Europe: a television station group in several countries; a radio station group in Russia and Bulgaria; and News Outdoor, the leading outdoor advertising company in Russia and other emerging countries.
In November 2008, Mr. Pompadur announced that he was stepping down as a full-time employee of News Corporation to pursue other business interests.
Mr. Pompadur now is involved in several new projects, including Global Vice Chairman Media and Entertainment Macquarie Capital and Chairman of Metan Development, a media company in China.
Mr. Pompadur currently is a board member of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, IMAX Corporation, and Truli Media Group. Previously he was a board member of ABC Inc., BskyB, Sky Italia, Premier, Fox Kids Europe, Metromedia international and Elong.
Jim DicksonVice President of Distribution & ContentJim is a 25-year cable television industry veteran. For over 14 years, Jim was VP of National Accounts for The Inspiration Networks and was instrumental in the launch of iLifetv (rebranded as Halogen) and La Familia Cosmovision. Jim led all new media negotiations with DBS, Cable and Telco distributors for the network’s broadband, IPTV and VOD products. Jim is the co-founder of Christians in Communications and sits on the board of Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families.
Maureen BrichettoDirector of Development and Marketing
Maureen is an entrepreneurial marketing and business development professional with a passion for building market prominence, brand value, and revenue creation for her clients. Her specialties include internet marketing, public relations, designing and managing creative web projects, re-branding and re-marketing businesses, content development, website optimization, writing and social media strategy. In the past 20 years Maureen’s clients have included, national telecom and technology corporations, international internet companies, global television networks, media firms, churches, non-profits & missionaries.
Judith BarbieriManaging Director Truli Español
Judith, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has over twenty years of experience in the Spanish Christian community, having led multiple successful projects for international ministries like the Luis Palau Association and Editorial Unilit. During her time as Marketing Director at Editorial Unilit, Judith was the managing editor of the magazine, Enfoque, with over 100,000 copies in circulation. Here, she was also the managing editor of Expolit, the largest literature exposition in the Hispanic Christian market.
Judith is known internationally for her innate ability to relate with others, which has gained her a privileged place amongst the international Spanish-speaking Christian market. She is a writer and a lecturer, as well as the founder of Outboard-Marketing, a marketing company providing outsourced services in consulting and positioning of products within the Christian environment. Judith lives in Miami together with her husband, Carlos Barbieri, Production and Marketing Director for the Luis Palau Association, and their three children.
Jason BoringLead Developer and Architect
Jason Boring is an accomplished and experienced web developer specializing in developing, scaling and optimizing successful web applications. With more than 15 years development experience he has implemented many projects from the ground up using a wide range of technologies. From the smallest start up to fortune 500, he is always looking to push forward best-practices for development and ensure a high level attention to detail.
Mark Goulston, MDAdvisor
Mark Goulston, MD is a top psychiatrist, consultant and coach. He is author of the #1 bestselling books Just Listen, Talking to Crazy and Get out of Your own Way. He blogs for Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Huffington Post and Psychology Today; co-hosts a weekly urban black radio show; and is featured frequently in major media including the , Fortune, Newsweek, Time, CNN, Fox News and the TODAY show. He has worked as a psychiatrist training police officers and is an expert in suicide prevention. He was an assistant professor at UCLA providing training in suicide prevention.
Phil CookeAdvisorPhil is the founder of Cooke Pictures and has worked with Joel Osteen, Billy Graham, Walt Disney Studios, and film projects, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Benjamin Button, The Book of Eli and The Blind Side. Phil is also an internationally known author (Jolt, Branding Faith, The Last TV Evangelist) and speaker who has produced media programming in more than 40 countries. According to former CNN journalist Paula Zahn, Phil is rare – a working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology. He’s appeared on MSNBC, CNBC and CNN, and his work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal.
For the past 20 years Dick Rolfe has made Hollywood the focus of his work, building relationships with entertainment executives and filmmakers; encouraging them to create more movies thatare suitable for family viewing. He directed The Dove Foundation’s landmark, studies examining the correlations between film ratings and profitability. In addition to his usual written commentaries, Rolfe has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Variety, Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, Premiere Magazine, Forbes, The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Financial Times. He is a guest commentator on Focus on the Family’s Family News in Focus. Rolfe’s national television appearances include NBC News, MSNBC, CNN, FOX News, Hollywood Reporter on Starz, Entertainment Tonight, and PBS’ Freedom Speaks.
Rolfe is a frequent conservative voice in prominent forums of debate; he has appeared as a panelist with such noted individuals as playwright, Neil Simon. Rolfe also addresses civic groups and churches around the country about the powerful influence of media on today's society. Rolfe has served on advisory boards for 20th Century Fox’s “FoxFaith” division, Mott Children’s Hospital at The University of Michigan Medical Center, and Compass College of Cinematic Arts. He is also a member of Biola University’s Studio Taskforce.
Laurence W. NorjeanAdvisor
Laurence has over 25 Years of senior level marketing experience with major corporate entities & start-ups in the media, programming and advertising industries. Norjean is an experienced, innovative and visionary hands-on strategic planner in building and leading management, marketing and sales organizations. Norjean has extensive fund development, conference management, administrative, operational, affiliate & strategic partner development experience and media sales, domestically and internationally. He possesses exceptional presentation & spokesperson skills.
Laurence currently serves as Managing Director / CEO or Norstar Media, an integrated media marketing consortium representing major companies in the media, advertising & entertainment industries to produce and syndicate TV, radio, on-line and wireless programming, event marketing and new media. Norstar has developed many advertising sponsorships and integrated media marketing partnerships with a long list of media/advertising companies as: WPP, Publicis/Saatchi & Saatchi, Omnicom, Comcast, (Viacom & ABC Radio), NBC, Telemundo, Advertising.com, Winstar Interactive, Virgin, and many other media/advertising companies and their clients.
Prior to serving at Norstar, Norjean has served in roles at FMITV Networks, Inxsys Broadcast Networks, Straticomm America, Radio Advertising Bureau, MetroMedia TV & Radio, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.