Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, Ovation TV and Ovation New Media
Mr. Segars is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for Ovation TV and Ovation New Media, an arts and culture focused programming service.
He was a key architect of the 2007 acquisition of the fledgling service. He oversaw the re-launch and turnaround of Ovation, and continues to lead all strategic programming, marketing, ad sales, distribution operations, and P & L aspects of the venture. Mr. Segars has overseen distribution growth from 5 to 52 million homes, the acquisition of IMF from Universal Music Group, and the building of the Ovation digital and international ventures.
Concurrently, Mr. Segars works in a multifaceted, senior advisory role at DreamWorks Animation. His responsibilities include oversight of the DWA/YouTube venture YouTube Nation, as well advising DreamWorks’ senior-most executives on a wide range of digital initiatives including, AwesomenessTV and the upcoming DreamWorks Channel. Mr. Segars focuses primarily upon evaluating and launching new content services on OTT and MPVD platforms.
Additionally, Mr. Segars is founder of Segars Media, a content production company best known for Disney’s blockbuster franchise National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and the forthcoming, National Treasure 3. He co-created and wrote the story for the franchise and serves as Executive Producer. Segars is also a creative advisor to Machinima, Levity Entertainment, and Source Interlink as well as on the board of advisors to a number of upstart content and social marketing companies.
Previously, Mr. Segars was a senior executive at DreamWorks Television (EVP equivalent /no titles). There he shared responsibility for all aspects of series development, production, marketing, and business affairs. In this position he worked on series such as Spin City and Freaks & Geeks; mini-series, including Steven Spielberg’s Taken; and a number of documentaries. He helped manage overall producer/writer deals and had oversight of the ABC TV/DreamWorks partnership.
Prior to DreamWorks, Mr. Segars was Vice President of Primetime Specials and Late Night Programming at CBS Entertainment. While there, he was a key member of the team responsible for launching the highly successful late night drama block CrimeTime After PrimeTime, as well as the hugely successful series Kids in the Hall and The Late Show with David Letterman. He also oversaw all aspects of reality and news specials, as well as live event programming including The Grammy Awards, The Country Music Awards, and The Kennedy Center Honors. Before CBS Entertainment he held a number of senior executive positions including Vice President of Program Development at Viacom Productions and Executive Producer and Program Development at MovieTime/E! Entertainment Television.
Mr. Segars’ involvement in digital media began when it was still called “new media” in 1999.
He was a co-founder and CEO of the online site CountingDown.com, one of the premiere movie fan sites on the Internet in 1999. There he was responsible for the launch of this self-publishing, e-commerce, and community site. In this role he oversaw marketing, operations, P & L, ad sales, and content. He orchestrated the sale of CountingDown.com to Vulcan Ventures in 2001.
Mr. Segars also served as Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer at MarketRange Inc., a leading subscription and community aggregator whose properties included Perfectmatch.com. At MarketRange, Mr. Segars led a strategic partnership team that specialized in customer acquisition, marketing, and revenue generation for the Market Range suite of companies until its sale in 2007.
In addition to his activities in the television, movie, and digital industries, Mr. Segars is deeply committed to public service and national security. He is a currently a White House Associate leading the Advance Team for The Office of the President of the United States. Segars is also a sworn Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy and currently serves in the Los Angeles County Sheriffs’ Emergency Operations Bureau/Dignitary Protection Unit. Additionally, Segars is co-founder of OPSEC Alliance Partners where he advises companies in matters of security, crisis management, and global logistics.
Mr. Segars has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and completed a graduate certificate in International Security and Policy at Stanford University in 2011.
He is an active member of the WGA, Producers Guild, and INSA, and has recently joined Carnegie Mellon as an adjunct professor for its Masters of Entertainment Industry Management Program.