Overview

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Primary Role
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer @
Investments
10 Investments in 9 Companies
Gender:
Male
Location:
New York
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Person Details

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Strauss Zelnick, a partner in ZelnickMedia since 2001, became Chairman of Take-Two in March 2007 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2011. Mr. Zelnick is currently Chairman of ITN Networks and serves on the boards of directors of Naylor LLC, Alloy, Inc. and Starwood Property Trust, Inc. In August 2013, Mr. Zelnick was elected Vice Chairman of the Entertainment Software Association, the interactive entertainment industry’s trade association. In 2014, Mr. Zelnick was elected Chairman of the Entertainment Software Association, the interactive entertainment industry’s trade association.

Prior to forming ZelnickMedia, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of BMG Entertainment, a $4.7 billion music and entertainment company. Mr. Zelnick's appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of BMG Entertainment followed his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company's North American business unit from 1994 through 1998. Before joining BMG Entertainment, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Dynamics, a leading producer and distributor of interactive game software. Prior to that, he spent four years as President and Chief Operating Officer of 20th Century Fox, where he managed all aspects of the worldwide motion picture and distribution business.

Previously, he spent three years at Vestron Inc. as a senior executive, and rose to become President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Zelnick also served as Vice President, International Television for Columbia Pictures.

Mr. Zelnick holds an MBA and a JD from Harvard University and a BA from Wesleyan University. He is an associate member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, has served on the Board of Directors of the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America and is a Trustee Emeritus of Wesleyan University.

Jobs (5)

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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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2001 - Current   (over 15 years)
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President and Chief Operating Officer
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President and CEO

Investments (10)

DateInvested InRoundDetails
Jan, 2016$4.5M / Series APersonal Investment
Dec, 2015undisclosed amount / AngelPersonal Investment
Sep, 2015$1.5M / Convertible NotePersonal Investment
Mar, 2015$395k / SeedPersonal Investment
May, 2014$7.5M / Series APersonal Investment
Apr, 2014$1.7M / SeedPersonal Investment
Jan, 2014$3.4M / Series APersonal Investment
Feb, 2013$1.1M / SeedPersonal Investment
Jul, 2012$2.5M / SeedPersonal Investment
Nov, 2009$1.42M / Series APersonal Investment

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