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Todd R. Wagner (born August 2, 1960 in Gary, Indiana) is an American billionaire entrepreneur who co-founded Broadcast.com and now owns 2929 Entertainment along with other entertainment properties, and has also founded the Todd Wagner Foundation. | Image = Todd_Wagner.jpg August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... This article is about the city in Indiana, for other uses of Gary, see Gary (disambiguation). ... A billionaire is a person who has a net worth of at least one billion units of currency, such as United States Dollars (USD), Pounds or Euros. ... For the computer game previously called Entrepreneur, see The Corporate Machine. ... Broadcast. ... 2929 Entertainment is a vertically integrated media company with holdings in film and television production, film distribution, theatrical exhibition, home entertainment, television, and syndication. ...

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Early life

the hitcher(2005)Wagner grew up and went to high school in Merrillville, Indiana. Wagner attended Indiana University, where he graduated in 1983. He earned a law degree from University Of Virginia and then moved to Dallas, Texas where he became a licensed CPA in the State of Texas, and began a successful legal career with the national firms Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and Hopkins & Sutter. Indiana University is the principal campus of the Indiana University system. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Incorporated 2 February 1856 Government  - Mayor Laura Miller (D)[1] Area  - City  385. ... Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is one of the worlds largest law firms. ...


Broadcast.com

But the legal profession was not fulfilling and Wagner yearned for a different kind of challenge. In 1995 he joined up with fellow Indiana alum Mark Cuban and the two launched AudioNet, broadcasting live sporting events and radio stations over the Internet, at first with only a Packard Bell 486 PC and a single ISDN line. As CEO, Wagner grew the company and expanded its services to include corporate events and business services. In 1998 Wagner and Cuban changed the name to Broadcast.com and took the company public in the midst of the dot-com boom. The Broadcast.com IPO set an opening-day record, with shares climbing 249% from an offering price of $18 to a closing price of $62.75. In 1999, Wagner and Cuban sold Broadcast.com to Yahoo! for $5.7 billion, making 300 employees millionaires and Wagner and Cuban instant billionaires. Wagner continued to lead the division as Yahoo! Broadcast until May 2000, when he declined an offer to become Yahoo!’s Chief Operating Officer to focus on other interests. Mark Cuban (born July 31, 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). ... Broadcast. ... Yahoo! Inc. ...


The Todd Wagner Foundation

In 2000, Wagner created the Todd Wagner Foundation, and through this Foundation he has developed several programs that are dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and inner-city entrepreneurs by increasing access to technology, education and capital.


After meeting with now-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wagner in 2001 launched his Foundation’s first children’s program, the Dallas chapter of the After-School All-Stars (then called Inner-City Games), a national program championed by Schwarzenegger that provides year-round technology, academic, sports and cultural programs for children in the nation's inner cities. The Dallas After-School All-Stars now reaches more than 4,000 children with programs ranging from chess and art classes to golf, running clubs and math competitions. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ...


Wagner also created a Minority Technology Fund that provides funding and resources to minority-owned, technology-focused businesses based in Dallas and has made investments in numerous companies including: Imaginuity Interactive, a Web site development firm; Abstract Concepts, developer of African-American communities Ebonymate.com and Dallasblack.com; and rocKnot, a software development firm.


Wagner has also developed the MIRACLES technology, education and life skills program, a groundbreaking initiative that provides a comprehensive after-school program for inner-city children. Structured, instructor-led and outcome-based, this unique program, built from the ground up and managed by Wagner and his team, is currently in its fifth year and is operating in nine cities across the country in conjunction with the national After-School All-Stars. The intense multi-year program begins in sixth grade and continues through high-school graduation.


The Wagner Foundation has also provided funding to bring a KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) charter school to Dallas. In Fall 2003, KIPP Truth Academy opened, where students develop the knowledge, skills and character needed to succeed in top-quality high schools, colleges and the competitive world beyond.


Wagner’s philanthropic achievements have earned him several honors including the national First Star “Visionary Award” (2006), the Dallas CASA “Champion of Children” award (2005), the national “Kappa Sigma Man of the Year” award (2003), an honor from the Urban League of Greater Dallas (2003), “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” from Dallas’ Center for Nonprofit Management (2002), and After-School All Stars’ “Man of the Year” (2000).


2929 Entertainment

After getting his Foundation up and running, Wagner headed west to learn the movie business, and in just a few short years has become a recognized major player in Hollywood. He has been a driving force behind several important social and issue-oriented films in 2005, including two that received seven total Oscar nominations (Good Night and Good Luck and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), and has impacted Hollywood through an innovative day-and-date film distribution strategy. Good Night, and Good Luck is a 2005 film by George Clooney about the conflict between journalist Edward R. Murrow and infamous anti-communist Senator Joseph McCarthy and his House Un-American Activities Committee. ...


With a goal of bringing meaningful and inspirational stories to movie fans through 2929 Productions (the production division of 2929 Entertainment), Wagner has been instrumental in bringing films like Good Night, and Good Luck and Akeelah and the Bee to the big screen. Good Night, directed by and co-starring George Clooney, struck an important chord in the national debate over freedom of speech and was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture. Akeelah, starring Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett and rising star Keke Palmer, is inspiring a generation of urban youth to dream big. Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 film written and directed by Doug Atchison. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Laurence Fishburne III (b. ... Angela Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an Emmy and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe winning American actress. ... --72. ...


Other Entertainment Ventures

In addition to 2929 Entertainment, Wagner, with business partner Mark Cuban, also owns a group of vertically integrated entertainment properties that includes high-definition production company HDNet Films (produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room); distributor Magnolia Pictures (released Enron and Oscar-nominated Capturing the Friedmans); home video division Magnolia Home Entertainment; the Landmark Theatres art-house chain; and high-definition cable channels HDNet and HDNet Movies. Magnolia Pictures is an American film distributor, and is a holding of 2929 Entertainment, owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban. ... Capturing the Friedmans has been made into a documentary film directed by Andrew Jarecki. ... Landmark Theatres is the largest art house movie theater chain in the United States. ... HDNet is a general interest television channel in the United States, broadcasting exclusively in high-definition format, and available via cable and satellite television. ...


Through a relationship with Steven Soderbergh, Wagner negotiated a deal with the Oscar winning director to make six movies for HDNet Films that are being released day-and-date across theatrical, television and home video platforms. With this innovative distribution strategy, Wagner, Cuban and Soderbergh are allowing movie fans to choose how, when and where they wish to see a film. Steven Andrew Soderbergh (born January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, and Oscar-winning director. ...


Wagner also owns minority stakes in Lions Gate Entertainment and The Weinstein Company, and most recently invested in Canadian film and television company Peace Arch Entertainment. He is a founder and co-chairman of Content Partners LLC, a company that invests in the back-end profit participations of Hollywood talent. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Weinstein Company is an independent American film studio founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein in 2005 after the pair left the Disney-owned Miramax Films, which they had co-founded in 1979. ...


Filmography

  • Searching for Debra Winger (2002) - Executive Producer
  • Star Search (2003/2004) Executive Producer
  • Godsend (2004) - Executive Producer and Cameo
  • The Benefactor (TV)(2004) - Executive Producer
  • Criminal (2004) - Executive Producer
  • The Jacket (2005) - Executive Producer
  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) Academy Award nominee, Best Documentary Feature - Executive Producer
  • Good Night and Good Luck (2005) Six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture - Executive Producer
  • The War Within (2005) – Executive Producer
  • Bubble (2006) directed by Steven Soderbergh and released simultaneously in theaters, on television and on DVD – Executive Producer
  • Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (2006) - Executive Producer
  • One Last Thing... (2006) - Executive Producer
  • Akeelah and the Bee (2006) – Executive Producer and Cameo
  • The Architect (2006) - Executive Producer
  • Turistas (2006) - Executive Producer
  • Fast Track (2006) - Executive Producer
  • Diggers (2006) - Executive Producer
  • Black Christmas (2006) - Executive Producer
  • Quid Pro Quo (2006) – Executive Producer
  • Surfwise (2007) – Executive Producer
  • We Own the Night (2007) – Exec. Producer
  • Fay Grim (2006) – Executive Producer
  • Hunter (2007) - Executive Producer
  • Broken English (2007) - Executive Producer
  • What Just Happened? (2007) – Executive Producer
  • In Bloom (2007) – Executive Producer

Star Search was a television show from 1983 to 1995 hosted by Ed McMahon, which also appeared as a remake in 2003-2004. ... Promotional poster for Godsend Godsend is a 2004 horror/drama movie, and is directed by Nick Hamm. ... The Benefactor was a six-episode (originally eight episodes) U.S. reality television show broadcast on ABC starting on September 13, 2004. ... The Jacket is a 2005 psychological thriller, directed by John Maybury. ... Good Night, and Good Luck is a 2005 film by George Clooney about the conflict between journalist Edward R. Murrow and infamous anti-communist Senator Joseph McCarthy and his House Un-American Activities Committee. ... The War Within is a film created by Honet Films, released in 2005 by Magnolia Pictures. ... Soap bubbles Bubble may refer to: Soap bubble, spherical liquid film, also possibly of bubble gum Cavitation, pocket of air caught in a liquid Bubble (economics), where speculation causes prices to rise to unsustainable levels a (normally) transparent dome Light bulb, in theater lighting terminology [1] in poker tournaments, the... One Last Thing. ... Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 film written and directed by Doug Atchison. ...

Trivia

  • Wagner serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute and the Tribeca Film Institute.
  • Wagner has appeared as an actor in two films: Akeelah and the Bee (2006) as a regional spelling bee judge, and Godsend (2004) as a doctor

The American Film Institute (AFI) is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. ...

External links


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Todd Wagner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (977 words)
Todd R. Wagner (born August 2, 1960 in Gary, Indiana) is an American billionaire entrepreneur who co-founded Broadcast.com and now owns 2929 Entertainment along with other entertainment properties, and has also founded the Todd Wagner Foundation.
In 2000, Wagner created the Todd Wagner Foundation, and through this Foundation he has developed several programs that are dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and inner-city entrepreneurs by increasing access to technology, education and capital.
Wagner has also developed the MIRACLES technology, education and life skills program, a groundbreaking initiative that provides a comprehensive after-school program for inner-city children.
informitv - Todd Wagner AFI keynote on future of movie distribution (957 words)
Todd Wagner, an unassuming billionaire trustee of the American Film Institute, delivered the keynote at the AFI Digital Content Festival with a wake-up call to the movie industry.
Todd Wagner suggests that people will still want the social experience of going to a movie, he simply wants to offer them a choice, saying: “I have food at home, but I also go to a restaurant”.
Todd Wagner, chief executive of 2929 Entertainment provided the keynote presentation at the AFI Digital Content Festival in Hollywood, 26 July 2006.
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