Michael E. Kassan, Chairman and CEO, is an internationally recognized business strategist operating at the intersection of the media, advertising and entertainment industries. He is the founder of MediaLink LLC, a leading Los Angeles- and New York City-based advisory and business development firm that provides critical counsel and direction on issues of marketing, advertising, media, entertainment and digital technology. MediaLink provides strategic marketing and brand development, implementation roadmaps, technology solutions for media, media sales and revenue generation, business development, organizational planning and competitive analysis to many of the Fortune 100’s biggest global brands.
Previously, Kassan was the President/COO and Vice-Chairman of Initiative Media Worldwide. In 1997, he was named one of the top media executives in America by Advertising Age Magazine. He joined Initiative Media Worldwide in 1994, and helped grow media billings from $1.5 billion to over $10 billion. Prior to Initiative, he was President and COO of International Video Entertainment (Artisan Entertainment).
Kassan is often called upon as a speaker and commentator to share his insights on the media and advertising industries, changes within them, growth, and the places in which tangible opportunities exist for marketers. He is a regular keynote speaker at the world’s major media conferences.
In addition, Kassan has served on the Board of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy and the Cultural Affairs Commission: City of Los Angeles and has been Chairman of the State Senate Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry.
Kassan is also a strong supporter of community and not-for-profit programs, and currently serves as Chair of the UJA-New York Marketing Communications Committee. He also plays an active role in children’s education and mentoring, having been involved in both the H.E.L.P. Group, a non-profit organization serving children with special needs, and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program of Los Angeles.