World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Announces Management Team for WWE 24/7
Steven Lazas is Director, Broadcast Operations whose responsibilities include digitizing and maintaining WWE™’s extensive professional wrestling archive which contains more than 75,000 hours of original programming inclusive of 25,000 hours of first-run content making it the largest of its kind in the world. He also is in charge of Master Control, Transmission, Scheduling, and the VOD operations staff and equipment required for delivery of VOD/SVOD programming and metadata. Prior to joining WWE’s Television Division in September 1999, Lazas served as Broadcast Operations Supervisor at SkyView World Media Group in Fort Lee, N.J. He was employed as a researcher and subsequently Manager of the Film Library at The Image Bank in New York City from 1996 to1998, antecedent to which he worked in the Registrar’s Department of the Museum of Television & Radio.
Steven Finkelstein is Producer for WWE 24/7. He is currently working to program monthly schedules, produce shows for WWE 24/7, and develop new content. For the past two years, Finkelstein was Producer, WWE Home Video, supervising production of WWE Home Video projects for both VHS and DVD. He developed new titles and led all aspects of production including script writing, interviews, field shoots, studio production and editing for some of WWE’s most popular video titles. Before joining WWE in September 1997, Finkelstein had worked for NBC Sports and the NBC Olympics.
Shannon Skemp is Director, Business Operations and Development. She is responsible for the implementation and operating portion of WWE 24/7, including managing the financials, resources and vendors. Previously, she was Director, Digital Media Business Development at WWE, in which she developed and managed new digital opportunities. Prior to joining WWE in September 2000, Skemp was Director of New Media Strategy & Product Development for Discovery Communications working on interactive television and broadband projects. Skemp also worked for the Advanced Television Technology Center where she served as project manager for the ATSC International HDTV demonstration team in Australia, China and Mexico and participated in multiple ATSC committees focused on the implementation of the ATSC Digital Television Standard.
Jill Andrews is Director, Affiliate Marketing and is responsible for developing marketing, advertising and promotions for WWE 24/7. Prior to joining WWE, Andrews directed affiliate marketing efforts at Comedy Central for six years where she was named Director, Affiliate Marketing in 2000. Before Comedy Central, Andrews was part of the marketing team that launched The History Channel. She also coordinated marketing and promotions for both The History Channel and A&E Television, and was in the account management group at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising in New York City.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. WWE 24/7 is a subscription video on demand service being made available through cable and satellite television providers and leveraging WWE’s 75,000-hour library, the largest of its kind in the world, featuring the leading wrestling and other sports entertainment brands and programming. More information can be found at www.wwe24-7.com.
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