Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators.
Chief execution officer, MediaLink; 32
Gittlin’s role at consulting firm MediaLink is described as “intentionally undefined,” but his accomplishments are not. He’s led due diligence on deals for Sizmek and Yahoo, driven the Amplify’s acquisition by brand tech company You & Mr. Jones, and partnered with Giphy to help build its content library into a powerful visual search engine, valued at $600 million. “It’s not the [company] logos that matter, it’s what are people trying to accomplish, and then how you set up strategy, drive impact and bring them together so there’s a deal to be done and a business change to be made,” he says.
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