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The Hollywood Radio & Television Society

Since 1947, the industry's premiere information and networking forum. The Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS) is a 501(C)(6) non-profit professional association in the state of California. The HRTS is led by an elected volunteer board of directors and officers, and managed by a professional staff headed by Executive Director, Dave Ferrara. 


President - Kevin Beggs
President Television Group
Lionsgate Entertainment

Vice President - Sarah Timberman
Timberman/Beverly Productions

Secretary - Sean Perry
Co-Department Head of Alternative Television
WME Entertainment

Treasurer - Martha Henderson
EVP & Manager, Entertainment Division
City National Bank

Board Members

Dick Askin
President & CEO
Askin & Company

Jeff Bader
EVP, Planning, Scheduling and Distribution
ABC Entertainment Group

Adam Berkowitz
Co-Head of Television

Leigh Brecheen
Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP 

Jason Burns
SVP, Production-Alta Loma
Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc.

Scott Carlin
Soul-Centered Media & NALA Films

Stephen Davis
Hasbro Studios

Bob DeBitetto
President and General Manager
A&E Network

Craig Erwich
Warner Horizon Television

Andy Friendly
Andy Friendly Productions

Cecile Frot-Coutaz
CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc. 
Executive Producer, American Idol

Leonard Goldstein
Fake Empire

Kelly Goode
SVP, Programming
Game Show Network (GSN)

Ted Harbert
President and CEO
Comcast Entertainment Group

Doug Herzog
MTV Networks Entertainment Group

Reginald Hudlin
Hudlin Entertainment

Aaron Kaplan
Kapital Entertainment

Tracy Katsky
SVP, Development & Original Programming
Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite

Debbee Klein
Co-Head - TV Lit Department

Toni Knight
Founder & CEO
WorldLink Ventures

Russ Krasnoff
Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment

Paul Lee
ABC Entertainment Group

Jordan Levin
Founding Partner and CEO, Generate

Bob Levinson
HRTS Board Member

Peter Liguori 
Discovery Communications

Richard Lippin
Lippin Group

Gregory Lipstone
SVP, Head of International Television and Media

Gary Marenzi
President, Worldwide Television
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc.

Ian Moffitt
SVP, Programming & Content Strategy
BBC Worldwide Productions

David Nevins
President, Entertainment
Showtime Networks, Inc.

Gary Newman
20th Century Fox Television

Christina Norman
OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network

Dawn Ostroff
President, Entertainment
The CW

Matt Rice
Partner and Head of Television Department
United Talent Agency

Robin Schwartz
HRTS Board Member

Stephan Shelanski
EVP, Programming
STARZ Entertainment

Tim Spengler

David Stapf
CBS Television Studios

Nina Tassler
CBS Entertainment

Zack Van Amburg
President, Programming
Sony Pictures Television

Jeff Wachtel
President of Original Programming
USA Network

Andrea Wong
President & CEO

Michael Wright
EVP, Head of Programming, TNT, TBS, TCM
Turner Network Television

HRTS Staff

Dave Ferrara, Executive Director

Jennie Nevin, Director, Operations

Ruzzo Martinelli, Events

Meshack Vallesillas, Marketing / Communications

Elvia Gonzalez, Executive Assistant / Member Services

The HRTS is a 501 (c) (6) non-profit organization in the state of California.  Fed Tax ID: 95-2080801.

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What is the Hollywood Radio & Television Society?

Since 1947 the HRTS has been the entertainment industry's premier information and networking forum. HRTS events are the only place where leading executives from across the industry gather under one roof, multiple times a year to discuss issues relevant to the ongoing success of our business. HRTS Members and our industry partners represent the best and the brightest in town. Is your company ready to join the ranks of HRTS? There are many ways for individuals and companies to get more involved. To find out how, call (818) 789-1182 or email

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