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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

Daniel Pess

65 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Elana Sofko

49 2017 Chief Operating Officer

Michael Winter

48 2016 Senior Vice President - Programming and Development

Amy Newmark

61 2016 Director

Fred Cohen

73 2016 Independent Director

Peter Dekom

71 2016 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.

Daniel Pess

Mr. Daniel M. Pess is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the company since January 1, 2017. Mr. Pess has over 35 years of financial experience in public and private companies. He has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chicken Soup for the Soul since May 2012. Mr. Pess began his career at a Big Four accounting firm and later served as the senior financial executive for several public and private companies, while completing four public offerings along with several acquisitions and mergers. As Chief Financial Officer of White Amber, a provider of human capital management solutions, Mr. Pess oversaw a five-times increase in revenues and managed the sale of the company to Taleo, a public company subsequently bought by Oracle Corporation. After the sale, Mr. Pess became Chief Financial Officer of USADATA, a SaaS provider of marketing leads, and was part of the company management team that affected a leveraged buy-out of the company during a period of rapid growth. Before joining Chicken Soup for the Soul, Mr. Pess was Chief Financial Officer of Certpoint Systems, which provides e-learning software and services to Fortune 2000 companies. Certpoint Systems was bought by Infor Software in 2012. He received his B.S. from Long Island University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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.

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.

Peter Dekom

Mr. Peter J. Dekom is Independent Director of the company since June 2016. He has more than 40 years of media and entertainment legal, consulting and entrepreneurial experience. In 1989, he was named one of Forbes’ top 100 lawyers in the United States. He has been named one of Premiere Magazine’s 50 most powerful people in Hollywood. From 2003 to 2011 he was “of counsel” with Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin & Evall. From 1976 to 1995, he was a partner with Bloom, Dekom, Hergott and Cook. During his career, his clients have included George Lucas, Paul Haggis, Keenen Ivory Wayans, John Travolta, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Andy Davis, Robert Towne and Larry David. His corporate clients have included Sears, Pacific Telesis and Japan Victor Corporation (JVC). He is a former member of the board of each of Imagine Films Entertainment, Will Vinton Studios and Cinebase Software. He is a Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Academy Foundation. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. Among other qualifications, Mr. Dekom brings to our Board extensive legal and business experience in the media and entertainment industries.

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

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

William Rouhana

134,376

Scott Seaton

279,006

Daniel Pess

297,886

Elana Sofko

244,444

Michael Winter

--

Amy Newmark

--

Fred Cohen

48,989

Peter Dekom

48,989

Christina Weiss Lurie

48,989

Diana Wilkin

48,989

James Carbonara

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As Of  31 Dec 2017