5 Hollywood Power Players Who Are Testing the Digital World

6:00 AM 6/21/2017

by Natalie Jarvey

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Tom Freston and Nancy Tellem are among those who have reset their power base in a new arena.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Nancy Tellem and Michael Lynton
Jeffrey Katzenberg, Nancy Tellem and Michael Lynton
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  • Jeffrey Katzenberg

    Jeffrey Katzenberg
    Jeffrey Katzenberg
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    After selling DreamWorks Animation to NBCUniversal for $3.8 billion in 2016, Katzenberg, 66 (pictured with Rihanna), left studio life behind and began raising $750 million for WndrCo, which will invest in and build digital businesses.

  • Tom Freston

    Tom Freston
    Tom Freston
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    The second act for Freston, 71, after Sumner Redstone fired him from his post as Viacom CEO, ending a 26-year career at the entertainment company, was to invest in Vice Media ­— and become a close adviser to founder Shane Smith.

  • Michael Lynton

    Michael Lynton
    Michael Lynton
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    An early investment in Snapchat led Lynton, 57, to become chairman of the app's parent company, Snap, ahead of its IPO, a gig he already had lined up when he stepped down as chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

  • Judy McGrath

    Judy McGrath
    Judy McGrath
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    McGrath, 64, has continued to seek out up-and-coming talent since exiting as CEO of MTV Networks. Astronauts Wanted, which she formed as a joint venture with Sony Music, works with Ocean's 8 actress Awkwafina and Lilly Singh.

  • Nancy Tellem

    Nancy Tellem
    Nancy Tellem
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    The onetime CBS Network chief and Leslie Moonves adviser dived headfirst into digital to run Xbox's now-defunct studio, a move that led Tellem, 63, to her current role as executive chairman and chief media officer at interactive media startup Eko.

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