302 – Ezra Kucharz: Award Winning Digital Media Entrepreneur

IMG_6934_Ezra2Ezra Kucharz has more than 20-years’ experience creating, evolving and managing several leading Internet, sports, media and entertainment properties.  He is a former Special Advisor to the CEO of the CBS Corporation and served as the President of CBS Local Digital Media since February 2010. In this role, Kucharz oversaw online and mobile business across CBS RADIO’s 115+ stations nationwide, and more than two dozen CBS Television Stations. During his tenure, his leadership has elevated CBS Local to the number one digital organization in local broadcast TV and radio (Comscore). Kucharz developed a vast platform of news, sports, event, music and entertainment properties, bringing together the most trusted brands in media. He transformed the legacy enterprise by integrated digital platforms and technologies into all aspects of the business to achieve growth and an enhanced the consumer experience.  He has served as executive producer for numerous television and radio shows delivered via broadcast and digital platforms.  CBS Local’s platforms (events, music and streaming) have also grown to the top 10 in their respective categories.

Kucharz has been an award winning corporate entrepreneur (intrapreneur) creating high growth and scale digital organizations within legacy businesses for the past 17 years. His business transformation model for growth and scale through innovation, grounded in business fundamentals, has created a number of large digital success stories within legacy businesses.

Kucharz has held a number of senior level positions at NBC Universal, including Chief Operating Officer for iVillage and Senior Vice President, Digital Innovation where he launched the NBC Universal Digital Media Studio. The United States Tennis Association hired Kucharz in 2001 to launch its Advanced Media business. In 1995, Kucharz founded one of the first online digital sports media companies, Total Sports.

Kucharz earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University in biomedical engineering and worked for NASA in their Space Shuttle and Space Station Medical Operations Divisions after serving as an Army Officer assigned to the Armor Branch. He later earned master’s degrees in engineering management and medical informatics at the University of Houston and Duke University, respectively.

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