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Chicken Soup for The Soul Entertainment Inc (CSSE.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

William Rouhana

65 2017 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Scott Seaton

58 2016 Vice Chairman of the Board, Chief Strategy Officer

Christopher Mitchell

2019 Chief Financial Officer

Elana Sofko

49 2017 Chief Operating Officer

Michael Winter

48 2016 Senior Vice President - Programming and Development

Daniel Sanchez

2019 Principal Accounting Officer

Amy Newmark

61 2016 Director

Fred Cohen

73 2016 Independent Director

Cosmo DeNicola

2019 Independent Director

Martin Pompadur

2019 Independent Director

Christina Weiss Lurie

57 2016 Independent Director

Diana Wilkin

59 2016 Independent Director

James Carbonara

2018 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

William Rouhana

Mr. William J. Rouhana, Jr. is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the company. He has been our chairman since the formation of our predecessor in December 2014, has been our chief executive officer since January 1, 2017 and has been the Chief Executive Officer of each of CSS Holding and CSS since April 2008. Mr. Rouhana has been a leader in the media, entertainment and communications industries for more than 35 years. He was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Winstar Communications, a wireless broadband pioneer, and Winstar New Media, one of the earliest online video content companies, from 1993 until 2001. During his career, Mr. Rouhana has led the acquisition of numerous media companies including Virgin Vision, a Virgin Group worldwide film distribution venture, in the 1980s. As an entertainment and finance lawyer from 1977 to 1985, he developed new film financing models for major producers such as Blake Edwards. He received his B.A. from Colby College, where he is currently trustee emeritus; and his J.D. from Georgetown Law School. He is the co-founder of The Humpty Dumpty Institute, which created the International Film Exchange, and the Chairman of the Global Creative Forum, which connects the United Nations with major film and television executives and talent. Among other qualifications, Mr. Rouhana brings to our Board extensive executive leadership in the communications, media and entertainment industries including production and distribution of content, and broad experience in business financings and acquisitions. Mr. Rouhana is the husband of Amy Newmark, a member of our board of directors.

Scott Seaton

Mr. Scott W. Seaton is Vice Chairman of the Board, Chief Strategy Officer of the company since May 2016. He has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CSS Holdings and CSS since April 2012. He has more than 25 years of media and telecommunications investment banking experience. Prior to joining the CSS companies, he was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston where he worked from 1988 to 2002, at Bank of America from 2002 to 2009 and at Oppenheimer & Co from 2010 to March 2012. He served on the board of Mediacom Communications Corporation from 2009 to 2011 when Mediacom was taken private for $3.7 billion. He received his A.B. from Stanford University and his M.B.A. from Harvard University. Among other qualifications, Mr. Seaton brings to our Board extensive public company and media-related financing, merger and acquisition transactional experience and important operating experience relating to the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand and related operations and media company board experience.

Christopher Mitchell

Mr. Christopher Mitchell serves as Chief Financial Officer of the company. Mr. Mitchell is the Chief Financial Officer of CSS, a parent company of CSSE, serving in this position since January 1, 2019. He has more than 25 years of experience managing and financing businesses and providing financial and strategic advice to senior management teams. Since May 2013, he has been a member of the executive leadership team and an Executive Vice President at CSS, and the Chief Executive Officer of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul LLC, a subsidiary of CSS. From 2009 to 2013, he was the Chief Executive Officer and founder of TMG Partners, a specialized private capital investment firm focused on enterprising consumer goods and media companies. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Mitchell was a senior founding member of a proprietary investment fund at Bank of America Merrill Lynch focused on making direct private investments into mostly consumer goods and media companies, including an investment in CSS, and from 1993 to 2003, he was a member of the Leveraged Finance team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. During his career, Mr. Mitchell has led or assisted 59 transactions totaling more than $17 billion, including financings for subscription based or ad supported media businesses such as Bloomberg, Inc., QwestDex, Inc., Radio One, Inc., Block Communications, Gray Television, Inc., and Entercom Radio, LLC and consumer goods companies such as Del Monte, S&W Fine Foods, Contadina, College Inn, StarKist, Sun Fresh, Orchard Select, Kibbles 'n Bits, C&H Sugar, Bell Sports and Accessory Network (leading accessories designer and manufacturer for Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Tahari and Izod). Mr. Mitchell received his B.S. in Finance and B.S. in Management from Mr. Mitchell is the Chief Financial Officer of CSS, a parent company of CSSE, serving in this position since January 1, 2019. He has more than 25 years of experience managing and financiand studied International Law and Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Elana Sofko

Ms. Elana B. Sofko serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Ms. Sofko became the Company’s Chief Operating Officer in November 2017. She joined the Company as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Distribution in September 2016. Ms. Sofko brings more than two decades of media and entertainment experience to the Company. From January 2013 to August 2016, Ms. Sofko led the digital business growth initiatives for World Wrestling Entertainment (“WWE”), a leading entertainment company, including WWE’s localization of digital products and the launch and international expansion of WWE Network, a subscription based video over-the-top (OTT) service. From 2011 to December 2012, she led a technology innovation development program at ESPN and prior to that, from 2007 to 2011, headed global content strategy for Nokia’s mobile app storefront. From 2003 to 2007, Ms. Sofko launched digital businesses for A&E Television Networks. From 1997 to 2003, Ms. Sofko worked on the launch of satellite radio as part of the start-up team at SiriusXM. From 1991 to 1997, Ms. Sofko built and launched commercial background music services for News Corp. She received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.

Michael Winter

Mr. Michael A. Winter is Senior Vice President of Programming and Development. Mr. Winter joined Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment in 2016 as the Senior Vice President of Programming and Development. Mr. Winter has been a producer and executive for over 17 years. Prior to joining Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Mr. Winter had his own production company, Speedway Boogie Productions, where he produced shows for HGTV, DIY and Bravo while working with some of the best production companies in the U.S. His career started at Bunim-Murray Productions working on Road Rules for MTV, Love Cruise and The Simple Life for Fox. He then went on to produce on The Mole for ABC, Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? for Style, Date Patrol for TLC and many projects at MTV and VH1. From there, Mr. Winter was hired as the first director of programming for the Outdoor Life Network (now NBC Sports Network). Soon after, he was poached by Scripps Networks where he executive produced 30 series and specials for HGTV and DIY including Man Caves, Renovation Realities, Under Construction, Yard Crashers and Desperate Landscapes. In 2010, Mr. Winter was appointed Vice President of Leopard Films producing shows for HGTV, Food Network, Travel, GSN, Ovation, A&E, History and over 300 episodes of the megahit House Hunters International. Mr. Winter received his B.A. in Literature from American University.

Daniel Sanchez

Mr. Daniel Sanchez serves as Principal Accounting Officer of the company. Mr. Sanchez is the Principal Accounting Officer of CSS, serving in this position since November 2018. From April 2017 to November 2018, he was with Townsquare Media, a media, entertainment and digital marketing solutions company, where he served as Director of Internal Audit, managing all reporting to the audit committee and executive management, and all accounting policies and PCAOB required SOX testing, among other responsibilities. From December 2013 to April 2017, Mr. Sanchez was External Reporting Manager at WPP Plc, a UK-based multinational advertising and public relations firm and the world’s largest advertising company, by revenue. There he was responsible for SEC reporting, accounting policy reviews and implementation, and risk-based audit approaches and policies, among other responsibilities. Mr. Sanchez is a Certified Public Accountant, and served as Audit Manager in the Entertainment, Media and Communications Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, from September 2005 to December 2013. He is a graduate cum laude from SUNY Buffalo.

Amy Newmark

Ms. Amy L. Newmark is Director of the company since May 2016. She has more than 30 years of media and telecommunications industry and investment banking experience. Ms. Newmark has been the Publisher, Editor-in-Chief and an author for CSS since April 2008, and has co-authored the publication of more than 150 books under the brand during her tenure. Ms. Newmark founded and managed a successful hedge fund for five years. Prior to that she was a Managing Director at CJ Lawrence and was a top-ranked telecom analyst during her tenure. She received her A.B. from Harvard University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Among other qualifications, Ms. Newmark brings to the Board important financing experience, content publications expertise and an intimate knowledge of the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand and related operations.

Fred Cohen

Mr. Fred M. Cohen is Independent Director of the company since June 2016. He has more than 35 years of media and entertainment experience. Since 2004, he has been the Chairman of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmys), and, since 2000, the Chairman of its Foundation. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President of CBS Broadcast International, President of King World International Productions, and President of HBO International. Since 2006, he has served as strategic advisor to Harpo Productions on the international distribution of its television properties including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Oz. He is Chair Emeritus of PCI — Media Impact, a New York based international NGO (non-governmental organization). He received his B.A. from The University of Michigan and his M.S. from Stanford University. Among other qualifications, Mr. Cohen brings to our Board extensive executive and operational experience in the media and entertainment industries, including the international segments of such industries.

Cosmo DeNicola

Mr. Cosmo DeNicola is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. DeNicola founded the Cosmo DeNicola Companies, a portfolio company that holds a diverse range of businesses in the healthcare, technology, publishing, professional sports, and entertainment industries. In 1981, Mr. DeNicola founded Amtech Software, a provider of software and hardware solutions for the corrugated manufacturing industry. Mr. DeNicola led Amtech through a number of successful acquisitions, including the acquisitions of Amtech competitors Zytek and Hyperware during the early 2000s and the 2018 acquisition of Avista Solutions International, which expanded Amtech Software’s customer base to Latin America. Mr. DeNicola has served as the President of Amtech since its founding in 1981. Mr. DeNicola founded Futura Services Inc., a technology support company, in 1992, and currently serves as its Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. He co-founded enterprise mobility provider of wireless/ RFID technology, InfoLogix Inc. in 2001 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until the 2006 merger of InfoLogix with New Age Translation, Inc. which took Infologix public. In 2011, Mr. DeNicola co-found international SAP services company, LogiStar Solutions, and served as its Chairman until LogiStar was sold to Ernst & Young in the spring of 2014. In 2014, Mr. DeNicola co-founded Pursuit Healthcare Advisors, and served as its Chairman until Pursuit Healthcare Advisors was sold to Atos in 2017. June 2018, Mr. DeNicola was awarded with EY's Philadelphia Region Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2019, Mr. DeNicola was honored by the Fox School of Business as one of 100 world-wide entrepreneurs and visionaries who have helped shape the Fox Business School and the business world. Mr. DeNicola is a 1976 graduate of Temple University.

Martin Pompadur

Mr. Martin Pompadur is Independent Director of the Company. He has more than 50 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry. Mr. Pompadur began his career at ABC, Inc. in 1960, holding a variety of positions including General Manager of the Television Network, Vice President of the Broadcast Division, President of the Leisure Activities Group, which included Magazine Publishing, Records, Music Publishing, Motion Picture Theaters, Record and Tape distribution, and Motion Picture Production, and Vice President of ABC, Inc., culminating with his becoming a member of the ABC, Inc. Board of Directors. From 1977 through 1982, Mr. Pompadur served as President of Ziff Corporation, the holding company for Ziff-Davis Publishing Company and Ziff-Davis Broadcasting Company. Mr. Pompadur joined News Corporation as Executive Vice President of News Corporation, President of News Corporation Eastern and Central Europe and a member of News Corporation’s Executive Management Committee in 1998. From January 2000 until November 2008, Mr. Pompadur served as Chairman of News Corp Europe. He served as Global Vice Chairman, Media and Entertainment at Macquarie Capital from 2009 to 2016. Mr. Pompadur has served as a director of Nexstar Media Group (Nasdaq: NXST) since November 2003. and as a director of RP Coffee Ventures. Previously, Mr. Pompadur served on the boards of IMAX Corporation, ABC, Inc., Ziff Corporation, News Corporation Europe, Sky Italia, News Out of Home, Balkan Bulgarian, BSkyB, Metromedia International Group, Elong, Seatwave Limited, Linkshare Corporation and Truli Media Group. Mr. Pompadur graduated from Williams College in 1955 with a B.A. and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1958 with an LLB.

Christina Weiss Lurie

Ms. Christina Weiss Lurie is Independent Director of the company since June 2016. Her multi-faceted career spans the worlds of sports, entertainment and philanthropy. She is an owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and President of Eagles Charitable Foundation (formerly Eagles Youth Partnership). She is also an Oscar award-winning film producer. As executive producer, Ms. Weiss Lurie received an Oscar for Inside Job (2011), which tackles the consequences of systematic corruption of the U.S. by the financial services industry, and Inocente (2013), which features the struggles of a homeless, undocumented teen. She is the co-founder of two independent film companies, Vox3 Films and Tango Pictures. She is also a noted philanthropist. Under her leadership, the Philadelphia Eagles earned the coveted 2011 Beyond Sports Team of the Year award for their work in the community and for trailblazing environmental programs in professional sports. She received her B.A. from Yale University. Among other qualifications, Ms. Weiss Lurie brings to our Board extensive content production experience and broad management skills.

Diana Wilkin

Ms. Diana Wilkin is Independent Director of the company since June 2016. She has over 20 years of experience in the media industry. Since January 2017, Ms. Wilkin has been the President of Broadcast of Share Rocket, a social media measurement company. She has been Managing Director of Twelve 24 Media, a broadcast and media consulting firm, since February, 2014. Formerly she served as President of CBS Affiliate Relations from 2008 to December 2013, where she was responsible for network agreements with all major broadcast groups’ television stations. From 2000 to 2008, she was involved in the management of both CBS and FOX affiliates as Vice President, General Manager in numerous markets. She received her B.S. from the University of Southern California. Among other qualifications, Ms. Wilkin brings to our Board, extensive management and operational experience in the media and entertainment industries, particularly in the television broadcasting industry.

James Carbonara