www.metandevelopmentgroup.com | February 16, 2010
We embark on this maiden voyage of our new ‘ExecuCve Series’ by sitting down with Marty Pompadur, amedia veteran with close to 50 years of experience as well as Chairman of METAN Development Group, andasked several questions about his experience and thoughts of China.
Marty Pompadur is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of METAN Development Group – a company at the forefront of bridging the gap between western media, branded entertainment and China.
Mr. Pompadur began his career in media when he joined ABC Network in 1960. He remained at ABC for 17 years, culminating with his becoming the youngest person ever appointed a member of the ABC Board of Directors.
Mr. Pompadur left ABC in 1977 and became President of Ziff Corporation, a position he held until 1982. Ziff Corporation then was the holding company for both Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, one of the world’s largest publishers of special interest and busines publications, and Ziff-Davis Broadcasting Company, which operated six network affiliated television stations.
From 1982, until 2007, Mr. Pompadur was chairman and CEO of RP Companies’ various private and public limited partnerships. In 1985, Mr. Pompadur, as the advisor to News Corporation, helped acquire for News Corporation the Metromedia TV station group and wrote the business plan for the start-up of the Fox Television Network.
Effective June 1, 1998, Mr. Pompadur became the Executive Vice President of News Coporation, President of News Corporation Eastern and Central Europ, and a member of News Corporation’s Executive Management Committee.
In November 200, it was announced that Mr. Pompadur was stepping down from News Corporation to enable him to pursue other business interests.
He is a principal owner of Caribbean International News Corporation, which publishes El Vocero, a Spanish language daily newspaper in Puerto Rico; the principal owner of Montana Coffee, a company in the wholesale coffee business in Russia; an investor in Talent Partners, a US payroll company; an investor in Seatwave, a London based ticket reseller; and a board member of Nexstar, a public listed US television station company. Previously, he was a board member of BSkyB, Sky Italia, Fox Kids Europe, Metromedia International and E-Long.