Robert Mendez is a veteran television industry executive who has held senior level positions with global entertainment companies managing business affairs, legal affairs, contract administration and as Chief Diversity Officer.
Mr. Mendez most recently served as Senior Vice President, Diversity, Disney/ABC Television Group and was responsible for advancing diversity strategies for various properties within the Disney/ABC Television Group. In addition to his internal management responsibilities, Mr. Mendez served as the Disney/ABC's Television Group's key liaison on diversity matters with government officials, the creative community, advocacy groups and others.
Previously, Mr. Mendez served as Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, for Buena Vista Television, a television division of The Walt Disney Company. Prior to his role at Disney, Mr. Mendez was the Senior Vice President, Business Affairs with Paramount Pictures Domestic Television, a Senior Attorney for NBC and a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice.
Mr. Mendez is a past president of the Hispanic National Bar Association and has served on the boards of the International Radio and Television Society, the Imagen Foundation, the National Association of Multi-Ethnics in Communications and as a member of the FCC Subcommittee on Diversity in the Digital Age.
Currently, Mr. Mendez serves as an Adjunct Professor for both Whittier College and Columbia College of Chicago. Mr. Mendez received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California Davis School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College. He is a Member of the California State Bar.
In 1988, Roy Salter established methods used to forecast and value feature films, television productions, music and video games. He has provided strategic advisory and transaction support advice in over 3,500 engagements, representing more than $200 billion in combined asset values.
The entertainment and media companies Mr. Salter has supported include The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBC/Universal, MGM/UA, Paramount Studios, Lions Gate Entertainment, DreamWorks Entertainment, Legendary Entertainment, Village Roadshow Entertainment, New Regency Entertainment, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Mediaset Spa (Italy), Pro Sieben Sat 1 (Germany), Studio Canal (France), Entertainment One (England), Dentsu, Inc. (Japan), CJ Entertainment (Korea), Televisa (Mexico), Venevision (Venezuela), EMI Music, Warner Music, Sony ATV Music, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Frank Sinatra Enterprises, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and many others.
Among the capital market businesses Mr. Salter has supported are Goldman Sachs, KKR, Soros, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Commerzebank, Apollo Capital, TPG Capital, Ares Capital, Oaktree Capital and many others. In addition, he has given numerous presentations to industry leaders and financial institutions on valuing media and entertainment industry investments.
Along with his other work, Mr. Salter has taught entertainment and media finance through numerous courses and lectures in many venues, including Harvard University, UCLA Graduate School of Business, Cal Tech, The European Media Business School, and many others. He recently joined the faculty at Loyola Marymount University to teach a course covering entertainment and media finance. He is utilizing the materials being prepared for this course as a foundation for a textbook covering the same subjects.
Mr. Salter holds an MBA degree from Loyola Marymount University and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from California State University at Northridge. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Grenoble École de Management in France and sits on the board of directors for California United Bank and on the advisory boards of several other companies and institutions.
Brian Brady is currently president and CEO of NBI Holdings, LLC, and chairman/manager of Bryson Holdings, LLC. Collectively, these companies own and operate 15 television stations in nine markets.
With over 30 years of experience pioneering new media revenue models to ensure growth and profitability, Mr. Brady has acquired, built, and sold numerous media assets and entities using his unique vision for value accretion.
A graduate of Ferris State College, Mr. Brady serves on the Board of Syncbak, a privately held technology company that provides geo-filtering and authentication for over-the-top television viewing; IZEA, Inc., a publicly traded native advertising company that specializes in influencer marketing; Sum TV, a privately held social media channel for the creative community; and currently serves as chairman emeritus of the Fox Affiliate Board.
In addition, Mr. Brady sat on the board of the National Association of Broadcasting for nine years, the top industry association board for the television industry, where he has been one of the leading voices guiding the future of television revenue models on behalf of corporate owners.
Mr. Brady’s past board memberships include nine years on the Fox Affiliate Board and four years as chairman, where he represented all Fox affiliates in the United States; Saga Communication Inc., a publicly traded radio and television company; and the Ferris State College Foundation Board.
Eric Briggs has over 20 years of financial industry experience, with specific knowledge in valuation and forecasting of complex assets and securities. He has provided strategic advisory and transaction support advice in more than 2,000 engagements, representing over $175 billion in combined asset values.
Among Mr. Briggs’ previous clients are Goldman Sachs, KKR, Soros, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Wood Creek Capital, TPG Capital, Magnetar Capital, Fortress Capital, Oaktree Capital and many others. Further, he has advised clients across multiple industry sectors, including entertainment and media, construction, technology and life sciences.
In many cases, Mr. Briggs works on behalf of management teams, as well as investors and lenders. His work has been used for (i) investment purposes (effectively setting the price for transactions) and/or in support of a transaction via fairness or solvency opinion; (ii) financial planning and tracking purposes (including the development of full operating models for management use); (iii) collateral purposes (effectively reflecting the security underlying various loans and debt); (iv) compensation purposes (enabling performance-based compensation); and (v) accounting and/or tax-planning purposes.
In addition to his other work, Mr. Briggs has taught courses covering corporate finance, valuation, financial strategy, and financial analysis at the undergraduate and graduate level. He currently serves as a faculty member and advisory board member in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He is also a member of the finance committee at Chadwick School.
Mr. Briggs graduated with honors with distinction from Brown University and earned his MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.