People: Central European Media Enterprises Ltd (CETV.O)
Mr. Herbert A. Granath is Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. Mr. Granath is Chairman Emeritus, ESPN, a cable sports network, and Senior Content Advisor to Telenet Group Holding N.V., the cable operator in Belgium. He is Co-Chairman of Crown Media Holdings, which owns and operates the Hallmark Channel. Mr. Granath served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Media and Entertainment Holdings, Inc., a special purpose vehicle for the acquisition of media, entertainment and communications businesses, from 2005 until 2009 and served as a director until 2011. Mr. Granath was employed by ABC for over 35 years and was Chairman, Disney/ABC International (an international broadcasting company) from 1996 to January 1998 where he pioneered many aspects of ABC’s expanding television business, including its successes in the cable and international programming arenas. He served as Chairman of the Board of ESPN for 16 years and as Senior Vice President of ABC, Inc. from 1998 until 2001. He also served as Chairman of the Board of A&E, The History Channel, The Biography Channel and Lifetime Television, and was a founding partner and Board member of Eurosport, the cable network in Europe. He also served on the Boards of the Telefunf, RTL2 and TM3 networks in Germany, as well as SBS Broadcasting S.A. and TVA, the Brazilian pay-TV company. Among the awards Mr. Granath has received are two Tony awards (along with six Tony nominations), an International Emmy (Lifetime Achievement in International TV), and a U.S. Emmy (Lifetime Achievement in Sports Television). He has also been honored by the National Association of Broadcasters as a Broadcast Pioneer and received a European Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rose d’Or Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland.
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