Published on January 31st, 2013 | by Andrew0
WWE hires man responsible for MTV Games’ and Rock Band’s success
WWE announced today that they have hired Monty Sarhan as General Counsel and Senior Vice President. Sarhan will report directly to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
Sarhan has 14 years experience as a media executive and lawyer, and amongst other things is responsible for negotiating the contracts with Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft that enabled MTV Games to become a leading publisher. He was also part of the team that launched the Rock Band series, including the release of The Beatles Rock Band which marked the first time that The Beatles’ music was available on a digital level. He also founded Cracked, which he later relaunched on the digital platform – as Cracked.com, which is now one of the most popular comedy websites globally.
Here is the press release in full.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. : WWE Names Monty Sarhan General Counsel
STAMFORD, Conn., January 31, 2013 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Monty Sarhan as General Counsel and Senior Vice President. Sarhan replaces former General Counsel Michael Luisi, who was promoted to President of WWE Studios. Sarhan will report directly to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
As General Counsel, Sarhan will be a key member of WWE’s senior management team, responsible for overseeing the legal and business affairs of the company and serving as the principal legal advisor to the Chairman, CFO, and management team. He will also serve as Corporate Secretary to WWE’s Board of Directors.
Sarhan brings 14 years of experience as a seasoned media executive and lawyer, having held senior leadership positions, including lead lawyer in several business units and companies. Prior to joining WWE, Sarhan was Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Viacom Media Networks, where he oversaw all business affairs for the premium movie network EPIX. As one of the early members of the EPIX team, Sarhan was part of the network’s national launch in October 2009. Reporting directly to the CEO, he worked on distribution, digital strategy, business development, programming acquisitions, and production deals. He also negotiated key agreements that allowed EPIX to become the first premium network to offer subscribers access on Android devices, Roku and Xbox 360.
Prior to his tenure with EPIX, Sarhan handled all business and legal affairs for Viacom’s MTV Games group. He negotiated agreements with Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft that established MTV Games as a leading publisher. He was part of the team that launched the hugely successful Rock Band video game franchise as well as The Beatles: Rock Band, which marked the first time the iconic band’s music was available digitally.
Previously, Sarhan was the sole founder and CEO of Cracked Entertainment. He acquired CRACKED, the 54-year old competitor to MAD Magazine, and re-launched it as a digital property-CRACKED.com-targeting a new demo with an entirely new editorial formula. It is now one of the country’s leading comedy sites.
Sarhan began his career as an associate in the New York office of the international law firm White & Case. He earned his Juris Doctor from Duke University, his Masters in International Relations from Boston University and his undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Tufts University.
Source: WWE Corporate