Miramax Hires Two TV Industry Veterans as Strategic Advisers

Lindsay Gardner and Bob Cook will help CEO Mike Lang as the company continues to expand its team.

Miramax has brought aboard Lindsay Gardner and Bob Cook, both TV and cable industry veterans, as strategic advisers to CEO Mike Lang, as it continues to grow its team.

Gardner is former president, affiliate sales and marketing for Fox Cable Networks, and Cook was the president and COO of Twentieth Television.

Gardner currently is an adviser in private equity, where he has helped raise funding for digital media companies. Previously, Gardner held positions at Cox Communications and Viewer’s Choice (now iNDEMAND). He holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a BA from Brandeis University.  

Cook currently has an advisory company, MBN Inc., which works with entertainment companies to sell entertainment companies to help sell and syndicate content to traditional broadcasters, local TV stations, cable networks, and emerging digital channels. Cook has also been executive vice president of CBS Enterprises, including Eyemark, and senior vp of marketing and advertising for Columbia TriStar (now Sony Pictures Television).  Cook graduated from Michigan State University.

Lang says that Gardner and Cook will report to him, but also work with the Miramax management team including Eric Doctorow (evp, worldwide home entertainment and distribution) and Joe Patrick (svp, head of TV/digital sales) on digital distribution, domestic TV syndication and development of Miramax-branded cable networks.   

“They are highly respected industry veterans as well as former colleagues of mine when we all worked closely together at Fox Entertainment,” says Lang.

Gardner has already been working with Miramax according to Lang: “He played a central role in our recent Netflix deal as Miramax’s lead negotiator and point person.”  

“Bob Cook is one of the industry's most respected TV sales executives,” says Lang, “who has effectively monetized film and TV content to broadcast networks and local TV stations throughout his 30-plus-year career.”