Jeff Gaspin has been a leader and innovator in broadcast, cable and digital media since he began his career in 1984 after graduating with his MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. For the past 30 years, he has been recognized as one of the few executives in the TV industry with the ability to gauge the business from creative, financial and strategic perspectives.
Most recently, Gaspin has tapped his entrepreneurial side, forming Gaspin Media, a production and consulting company, joined the advisory board of TowerBrook Capital and is co-chairman of TAPP.
Prior to this, Gaspin was Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment where he was responsible for all business, creative and distribution for the company’s entertainment television portfolio which generated more than $10 billion in revenue and nearly $3 billion in operating profits. He was responsible for two broadcast networks, NBC Entertainment, where he was instrumental in the acquisition of “The Voice,” and Telemundo, one of the largest producers of Spanish language content in the world. He also oversaw one of the most profitable groups of cable networks including USA, SyFy, Bravo and Oxygen.
Gaspin’s creative endeavors began with the creation of “I Witness Video”, a forerunner to the current crop of reality programming, and creation of “Dateline NBC.” As head of programming at VH1, he received two Emmy nominations for the acclaimed series “Behind the Music.” Hit shows “Pop-Up Video” and “Storytellers” were also developed under his watch. Gaspin again proved that innovation and a fearless approach bring success. As President of Bravo and Alternative Series at NBC, where Gaspin held a dual role, he developed major hits like “The Biggest Loser” and “ The Apprentice” and received accolades for breaking the network’s rating records with “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”
Gaspin was also an innovative player in the digital space, supporting one of the first partnership deals with Apple’s ITunes and Netflix and had a seat at the table during the creation of Hulu.
Over the years, Gaspin has received numerous awards and recognitions including, New York Magazine’s 50 New Yorker’s Who Matter in 1999, the prestigious Brandon Tartifoff Legacy Award, two GE Leadership Awards, Humanitarian Award from the Anti-Defamation League, and the GLAAD Fairness Award. He also had board seats on NCTA, A&E Networks and the Paley Center for Media.