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Dan Adler

Dan Adler is the founder and principal of media consultancy Media Eagles. A longtime entertainment and new media executive and consultant, Adler has spent much of his career integrating talent and technology to successfully launch new initiatives and companies.

He started as a trainee in Creative Artists Agency’s mailroom in 1986. He apprenticed under then-CAA Chairman Michael Ovitz before being promoted to agent, during which time he served as a key architect of the agency's overall corporate consulting/marketing practice while also spearheading CAA's early initiatives in the New Media field.
He left CAA in November of 1995 to join The Walt Disney Company as Vice President of Talent & Business Development of Disney Interactive. He then spent several years as Vice President, Creative Development, for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he was responsible for fostering Imagineering's relationships with the creative, technical, and business communities while working very closely with the Disney Fellows Program. In that role, he was one of the key architects of the Disney/ABC agenda at the advent of Internet and television convergence.

Adler rejoined Creative Artists Agency at the height of the dot-com boom to rebuild and run the New Media division, quickly building a 20-person department. He left in early 2003 to become Chief Strategic Officer of The Convex Group, a media network and entertainment company representing new forms of distribution for entertainment and advertising. He left Convex in early 2005 to launch Media Eagles, a boutique consulting firm that provides high-level strategic thinking to a wide range of Hollywood and global clients. During that period, he developed a business plan around his belief that the deteriorating state of traditional distribution was ripe for a new model focused on a more direct connection between the creators and consumers of content.

After securing a multi-million dollar commitment to back his vision, he founded and served as CEO of FANISTA, a next-generation online shopping destination for movies, music, games, and books which relied on some of the best characteristics of social networking while offering a first-of-its-kind rewards system. FANISTA also underwrote and produced a groundbreaking campaign of some 38 short films in support of the people of Burma. The star-studded “Burma: It Can’t Wait” campaign received widespread international print and broadcast press attention, earned a long list of marketing and online awards for breaking new ground in viral and advocacy campaigns, and generated considerable financial and public support for the release of Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Adler has been profiled or quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Fortune, Variety, and other publications, and has been a featured speaker at leading technology conferences in the U.S. and overseas. He is involved in a wide range of charitable and political causes, with a special emphasis on youth activism and education. He serves on the boards of directors of Ryman Arts, the Israel Policy Forum, and the Aleph Society; he is on the boards of advisors of Declare Yourself, the Human Rights Action Center, and the Harvard School of Public Health's Center for Health Communication. He is on the National Leadership Council of Communities in Schools, the President’s Advisory Board of the Zimmer Children’s Museum, the Emeritus Board of Teach For America/ LA, and the Council of the REDCAT Theater. He also is a member of the American Jewish Committee's National Board of Governors and is a Wexner Heritage Foundation Fellow. In December, 2008, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Adler to the California Film Commission.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jenna, a CAA Music agent, and their two young sons.

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Last updated April 6th, 2009