|Wednesday, September 27
12:20 PM - International Ballroom
Kevin Wendle, CEO and Co-Founder, iFILM & co-founder, CNET
Kevin was the first senior entertainment industry executive to make the move to the web back in 1993 and was a co-founder of CNET, one of the world's leading internet companies. He was also a co-founder of E! Online and Fox Broadcasting Company and is an Emmy award winning film and television producer. Kevin joined the founding partners of CNET as president, programming & marketing, and was responsible for overseeing all of the company's initial creative, editorial, production and marketing efforts. During his five years with the company, he created and executive produced CNET's extensive network of internet sites as well as the company's four national television programs. In addition, Kevin was one of the founders of E! Online, CNET's joint venture with E! Entertainment Television. He was a member of the board of directors of both CNET and E! Online until 1998. In both 1996 and 1997, Kevin was cited by "Websight" magazine on its list of the "100 Most Influential People on the World Wide Web", listed in the top ten both times.
Kevin was also one of the six founding members of the team that launched Fox Broadcasting Company in 1986. While serving as executive vice president of the Fox Entertainment Group, Kevin led programming and marketing for the new network including the development of its hit series "Married With Children", "The Simpsons", "21 Jump Street", "In Living Color", "America's Most Wanted", "Cops", "Totally Hidden Video", "The Tracey Ullman Show", and "Beverly Hills 90210" which was based on a concept that Kevin originated. He also launched Arsenio Hall as the host of Fox's late night series and was the sole executive producer of Arsenio's first week of programs.
After leaving Fox in 1990, Kevin became the founding president and chief operating officer of Quincy Jones Entertainment Company where he developed and was executive producer of the successful NBC comedy series "Fresh Prince of Bel Air", recruiting Will Smith for his first-ever acting role.
Earlier in his career, Kevin held senior programming positions at both NBC and ABC, and produced and directed various television programs for ABC and Whittle Communications including the first ever music video series on broadcast television, "New York Hot Tracks", which was nationally syndicated in the early 1980's.