George Kliavkoff is co-president and group head, Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, the operating group responsible for Hearst's interests in cable television networks, including ESPN, Lifetime, A&E and History; television production and distribution; newspaper syndication; and merchandise licensing. He is also president of Hearst Ventures, which makes strategic investments in companies operating at the intersection of media and technology, and is a senior vice president of Hearst.
Prior to Hearst, Kliavkoff was chief digital officer at NBC Universal, where he was among the team responsible for the success of Hulu.com, NBCU's online video joint venture with News Corp., playing a key role in its conception and design. He was the video site's first CEO and served on the JV's board. In addition, he vastly expanded the company's digital media strategy, developing new business models and markets and overseeing the distribution of video and other products and services across digital platforms. Kliavkoff was also a driving force behind the digital traffic and revenue growth across NBCU and a number of digital media investments through the Peacock Equity Fund, which he helped form and where he sat on the board.
Prior to joining NBC, Kliavkoff served as executive vice president, business, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Major League Baseball's interactive media and Internet company. Kliavkoff's responsibilities included managing MLB's online and mobile subscription and licensing businesses; managing MLBAM's search strategy and games licensing programs; and overseeing all business development related to baseball's interactive media unit.
Before joining MLBAM, Kliavkoff led the business development group for the consumer division of RealNetworks, the digital entertainment services company, where his responsibilities included developing partnerships and revenue opportunities related to technology and content licensing. He was among the senior management group that created the company's online media subscription services, including RealOne SuperPass, generating more than a million retained, paying customers.
Prior to RealNetworks, Kliavkoff was an attorney with law firms in Los Angeles and Seattle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Board & Advisor Roles (4)Update
|Oct, 2014||ScoreBig||$18M / Series D (Lead)||Hearst Ventures|
|Feb, 2013||Science||$30M / Private Equity (Lead)||Hearst Ventures|
|Oct, 2012||Condition One||$1.85M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2012||Lua||$2.5M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2011||Shelby.tv||$1.5M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2011||Shelby.tv||$225k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jul 22, 2015||Techdirt - Cable Industry Still Proudly Thinks Cord Cutting Is A Media-Manufactured Crisis|
|Feb 15, 2015||Tech Cocktail - Hearst Ventures Backs Science Studio With $30 Million Fund|
|Oct 28, 2014||TechCrunch - Discount Ticket Seller ScoreBig Scores $18M Series D|
|Oct 28, 2014||SoCal - Tech - ScoreBig Finds $18M|
|Feb 17, 2013||FinSMEs - FinSMEs|
|Nov 10, 2011||Gigaom - By Selling Stake In LMK, Hearst Sharpens Its Focus As A Tech Incubator|
|Oct 24, 2011||Gigaom - Shelby.tv opens to the public with an iPad app|
|Mar 24, 2011||Gigaom - Cordray Exits Hearst Magazines For Pitney Bowes’ Volly|