New Board of Directors Members

Peabody Appoints Six New Members to West Coast Board of Directors: Lorrie Bartlett, Channing Dungey, Alix Jaffe, Tilane Jones, Charles D. King, and Josh Sapan

Prominent executives from leading media companies and networks join Peabody’s diverse board of directors

ATHENS, GA (MAY 26, 2021) – Peabody announced today the appointment of six new members to its West Coast board of directors: Lorrie Bartlett, Channing Dungey, Alix Jaffe, Tilane Jones, Charles D. King, and Josh Sapan. These individuals are prominent executives from leading media companies and networks. The board provides expert counsel and stewardship, and advances Peabody’s commitment to outstanding and transformative storytelling.

Launched in 2015, the board of directors are separate from the traditional board of jurors that bestow the prestigious Peabody Awards for the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and streaming media. Peabody is based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Comprised of an East Coast and West Coast arm, the composition of the boards reflect the diversity of Peabody’s constituencies.

“We’re extremely proud of the media leaders we’ve assembled to advise us and help us chart our future,” said Jeffrey Jones, executive director of Peabody. “They each have decades of experience leading some of the most influential media companies and they are all deeply passionate about championing and celebrating powerful stories that matter. We’re thrilled to welcome them to the West Coast Board.”

The new members of the West Coast board (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Lorrie Bartlett, Co-Head of Talent, ICM, leads the talent department at talent and literary agency ICM Partners. She was the first African American to become a department head and a board member of a major talent agency.
  • Channing Dungey, Chairman, Warner Bros. Television Group, has creative responsibility for all of Warner Bros.’ television production activities, including production of scripted and unscripted/alternative series for on-demand/streaming platforms, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the broadcast networks.
  • Alix Jaffe, Executive Vice President of Television, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, oversees the company’s independent television business focused on scripted content.
  • Tilane Jones, President of ARRAY, the multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay in 2011. Jones leads ARRAY Alliance, the non-profit group, as well as programming and production hub ARRAY Creative Campus. She continues to oversee ARRAY Releasing, the company’s film distribution arm, where she is responsible for the acquisition, booking and marketing of more than 30 independent feature films.
  • Charles D. King, Founder & CEO of MACRO, a multi-platform media company representing the voice and perspectives of Black people and people of color. King casts the overall vision, mission and strategic goals for the company and its multiple business verticals that include a film (MACRO) and television studio (MACRO Television Studios) that finances, develops and produces theatrical features and premium television, talent (M88) and influencer (UNCMMN) management divisions, a branding and creative agency (Brand MACRO) and an affiliated venture firm (MaC Venture Capital).
  • Josh Sapan, President and CEO of AMC Networks, leads the global entertainment company known for creating some of the most celebrated and groundbreaking original content in television history.

They will join the following Peabody members of the board of directors (in alphabetical order following chair):


  • Bruce M. Ramer (Chair), Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown
  • Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer, HBO and HBO Max
  • Emerson Coleman, Senior Vice President, Programming, Hearst Television
  • Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube
  • Craig Erwich, President, ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, Hulu
  • Cliff Gilbert-Lurie, Senior Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
  • Roma Khanna, Executive Chair, HiddenLight Productions
  • David Kramer, Co-President, United Talent Agency
  • Steve Lafferty, Head of Television and Managing Partner, Creative Artists Agency
  • David Nevins, Chief Creative Officer, CBS and Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks, ViacomCBS
  • Andy Patman, Partner and Head of Television Content, A3 Artists Agency
  • Rick Rosen, Head of Television, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
  • Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios
  • Ted Sarandos, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Content Officer, Netflix
  • David Stapf, President, CBS Studios
  • Zack Van Amburg, Head of Worldwide Video, Apple


  • John Huey (Chair), Former Editor-in-Chief, Time Inc.
  • Philip Balboni, Founder, CEO and Co-Executive Editor, Daily Chatter
  • Nancy Barnes, Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director, NPR
  • Caty Borum Chattoo, Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University
  • Katie Couric, Journalist and Author; Founder, Katie Couric Media
  • Maria Cuomo Cole, Producer/Founder, Cuomo Cole Productions
  • Nancy Dubuc, CEO, Vice Media
  • Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Vice President, Policy & Philanthropy, Americas, Twitter
  • Kerri Hoffman, CEO, PRX
  • Dave Isay, Founder and President, StoryCorps
  • Paula Kerger, President and CEO, PBS
  • Chris McCarthy, President, Entertainment & Youth Brands, ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks, Viacom
  • Pat Mitchell, CEO and Producer; Founder, TEDWomen & Chair, Sundance Institute board
  • Courteney Monroe, President of Content, National Geographic Global Networks
  • Sheila Nevins, Head, MTV Documentary Films, MTV Studios
  • Michele Norris-Johnson, Founding Director, The Race Card Project & Former NPR Host
  •  Soledad O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, Soledad O’Brien Productions
  • Malika Saada Saar, Global Head of Human Rights, YouTube
  • Connor Schell, Producer
  • Regina K. Scully, Founder and CEO, Artemis Rising Foundation
  • Kashif Shaikh, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Pillars Fund
  • Neil Shapiro, President and CEO, WNET New York Public Media
  • Marcia Smith, Co-Founder and President, Firelight Media

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