Ken Solomon, CEO and Chairman of the Board
CEO & Chairman of the Board
Ken Solomon is chairman and chief executive officer of The Tennis Channel. In this position, he leads the continued growth of cable television's ultimate destination for everything tennis, utilizing more than 20 years of cable, new media, TV production, distribution and advertising experience. Solomon also guides the development of a network audience, distribution and advertiser base that is as passionate about The Tennis Channel as tennis fans are about the game itself.
Solomon has more than 20 years of experience in cable, new media, TV production, distribution and advertising through top posts at Universal Television, DreamWorks, News Corp. and Scripps. Prior to The Tennis Channel, he founded and led Fine Living Network, where he held chief management responsibility and developed the network from concept to launch in just over a year. At Fine Living, Solomon directed one of the fastest and most successful launches of a television network and lifestyle brand. In just over three years Solomon led the network from concept through launch, and ultimately to 25 million subscribers and agreements with distributors representing 73% of the cable and satellite universe. Cited by Kagan as one of the fastest network roll-outs in history, Fine Living gained wide acclaim by creating a new advertiser and sponsorship model that generated exceptional revenues for an emerging network.
Earlier in his career, as president of Universal Studios Television (also Studios USA Television), Solomon oversaw program and asset development and distribution activities on a worldwide basis for primetime network, cable, syndication, and made-for-television movies. During his tenure Universal captured the Emmy award for best drama with "Law & Order" and pioneered the licensing of an original series across multiple network platforms with "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" to NBC and USA Network. Other series included dramas "Turks"- William Devane (CBS), "Hercules", "Xena: Princess Warrior" - Sam Rami and Rob Tappert (Syndie), "Hollywierd" - Wes Craven and Shaun Cassidy (FOX), "New York Undercover" (FOX) and "Players" (NBC) - Dick Wolf, and sitcoms Something So Right (NBC/ABC), Brother's Keeper (ABC), The TOM Show - Tom Arnold (WB), Payne - John Laroquette and JoBeth Williams (CBS), and "The 900 Lives of Jackie Frye" - Thomas Kavanaugh (FOX).
As co-head of DreamWorks Television, Solomon worked with the new studios legendary founders in laying the groundwork and helping create and develop its extensive worldwide television operations. He also has held senior positions at News Corp., including executive vice president of network distribution at Fox Broadcasting through it's transitional ascending period where he was responsible for all network affiliate relations, as well as leading the network's successful transition of dozens of CBS, ABC and NBC affiliates to Fox, and launching the NFL and NHL franchises. Immediately prior he was executive vice president and general sales manager for Twentieth Century Fox Domestic Television, leading sales and marketing of "The Simpsons", "Cops", "A Current Affair", "M*A*S*H", "LA Law" and the Fox film library. Solomon was integrally involved in the formative development, sale and launch of FX cable network, News Corp.'s first venture into basic cable.
Solomon's experience also includes the positions of vice president-eastern regional manager at The Walt Disney Company's Buena Vista Domestic Television for such shows as Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Golden Girls and Home Improvement and eastern division manager for Paramount Domestic Television including Cheers, Family Ties, Entertainment Tonight, Arsenio Hall, Star Trek: Next Generation and the Paramount film library .
Immediately prior to launching Fine Living, Solomon served as founding president of iBlast. He was responsible for building the nation's largest and farthest-reaching digital distribution network, with 18 major broadcast groups comprising 246 individual television stations, covering 93 percent of U.S. television households.
Solomon has served on the board and the executive committee of leading trade association NATPE International. Among his numerous accolades, Solomon has 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.