Ken Solomon is Chairman of Ovation TV and was a key architect in the August 2006 acquisition of the network by a group of private investors led by Hubbard Media Group and including Arcadia Investment Partners, of which he is a partner; Corporate Partners II; Perry Capital and The Weinstein Company. He was instrumental in helping to develop the network’s business plan and its new programming and branding direction, as well as in securing the investor funding and recruiting the executive team currently operating the network.
Mr. Solomon is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to tennis and the lifestyle that surrounds it. In this position, he leads the continued growth of the channel, utilizing more than 20 years of cable, new media, TV production, distribution and advertising experience. This includes capitalizing on the channel’s unique cable-industry value proposition as both a live sports and lifestyle entity, and further developing the network’s position as a tennis lifestyle brand.
Prior to The Tennis Channel, he held top posts at Universal Television, DreamWorks, News Corp. and Scripps, where he founded and led Fine Living Network, which he developed from concept to launch in just over a year. He guided Fine Living to one of the fastest network rollouts in history, reaching 21 million homes in its first two years. As President of Universal Studios Television (also Studios USA Television), Mr. Solomon oversaw program development and production, as well as marketing and distribution activities on a worldwide basis for primetime network, cable, syndication, and made-for-television movies. He also pioneered the first licensing of original series across multiple platforms. Previously, as co-head of DreamWorks Television, he worked with the new studio’s legendary founders in laying the groundwork and helping create and develop its extensive worldwide television operations.
Mr. Solomon has also held senior positions at News Corp., including serving as Executive Vice President of Network Distribution at Fox Broadcasting. At the time, he was responsible for all affiliate relations, led the network’s successful transition of dozens of CBS, ABC and NBC affiliates to Fox, and launched the network’s NFL and NHL franchises. He has also served as Vice President-Eastern Regional Manager at The Walt Disney Company’s Buena Vista Domestic Television, where he reassembled eastern U.S. television marketing and distribution operations. Just prior to Fine Living, he served as founding President of iBlast, and built the nation’s largest and farthest-reaching digital distribution network, with 19 major broadcast groups comprising 296 individual television stations, covering 93 percent of U.S. television households. Mr. Solomon has served on numerous television association boards, including NATPE and Cable Positive. He has also been honored as “Humanitarian of the Year” by H.E.L.P. Group, one of the largest and most influential children’s charities in the western United States.