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HRTS Announces Four New Board Members

HRTS Announces Four New Board Members

Newly Elected HRTS Board Members to Include Bela Bajaria, Thom Beers, Ivy Kagan Bierman and Tom Frank

HRTS adds four new board members
[LOS ANGELES, CA, October 2, 2012] The Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) appoints four new board members: Bela Bajaria, Executive Vice President, Universal Television; Thom Beers, CEO, FremantleMedia, North America; Ivy Kagan Bierman, Partner, Loeb & Loeb; and Tom Frank, CEO, Pink Zulu Labs. The announcement was made today by HRTS President and William Morris Entertainment (WME) Partner, Co-Department Head, Non Scripted Television, Sean Perry and HRTS Executive Director, Dave Ferrara.

“Bela Bajaria, Thom Beers, Ivy Kagan Bierman and Tom Frank are extraordinary industry veterans who will provide thoughtful and greatly valued counsel to our organization,” says Perry. “We are honored to add their diverse breadth of knowledge to the HRTS Board of Directors and look forward to a wonderful season with their addition.”

Bela Bajaria is the Executive Vice President, Universal Television. Bajaria is a veteran network and cable television executive, and oversees creative programming for one of the country's largest and most successful television studios which is responsible for such hit series as "30 Rock," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Grimm," "Smash" and "Parenthood."  In addition, the studio produces such new series as "The Mindy Project," "Go On," "Chicago Fire," "Guys with Kids" and "Animal Practice."

As CEO of FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), Thom Beers is responsible for the company’s overall management and business performance and oversees the development, production and business operations of over 600 hours of network, cable and syndicated programming.  These programs include “American Idol” (FOX), “The X Factor” (FOX), “America’s Got Talent” (NBC), “Family Feud” (SYN), “The Price is Right” (CBS), “Let’s Make a Deal” (CBS) “Total Blackout” (Syfy) and “Wedding Band” (TBS). Beers’ passion for honoring every day heroes and his gift for telling their stories firmly established his non-fiction brand, Original Productions, as television’s number one creator of unscripted reality programming.

Ivy Kagan Bierman is a partner at Loeb & Loeb, where she represents entertainment and related companies in labor, production, distribution, technology and other business matters. Bierman handles both transactional and litigation matters for clients, and she is one of a select few of Entertainment industry labor lawyers looked to by film and television production companies, cable networks, distribution companies, film finance companies, internet and mobile companies, national advertisers and advertising agencies for representation in guild and union matters.

Tom Frank is the CEO of Pink Zulu Labs, Inc, which has developed a proprietary platform for the mobile delivery, editing, and sharing of all forms of content. Frank is an entrepreneurial executive with more than 25 years of leadership building top tier companies in the entertainment and technology sectors. He has successfully developed and produced television programming for all of the major television networks as well as launching the first web-based content subscription service. As President of Vobile Inc, the leader in content anti-piracy software, Frank has been an innovator with new solutions for cloud based content filtering to protect the content assets of every major studio and sports league from being illegally shared and downloaded.


About HRTS:

Founded in 1947, HRTS is the entertainment industry's premier information and networking forum.  HRTS is an exclusive, bi-coastal industry organization where top executives and companies from all facets of the television and media business regularly gather to address issues relevant to the ongoing success and future of our shared business.  Current HRTS membership is comprised of over 50 corporate members and over 1400 individual members representing nearly 230 leading companies from across the entire industry landscape.  In addition to the flagship Newsmaker Luncheon Series, HRTS events and activities include a robust junior membership program focusing on career development and advancement as well as its newest series of on-line Academic membership content now available for college and university media programs worldwide.

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