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Los Angeles – Sucherman Consulting Group Inc., a leading management consulting and executive search firm in the media and entertainment industries, today announced that Matthew Wagner has been promoted to Head of SCG Executive Search.  In this capacity, Wagner, who is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, will run SCG’s executive search operations on both coasts, as well as continue in his role as Vice President of Sucherman Consulting Group, Inc.. 

Wagner, who has been with the firm since 2000, had previously served as head of SCG’s West Coast operations and has been instrumental in expanding the scope of the firm’s expertise in the emerging digital media space.  Some of Wagner’s recent work in this area includes the following placements: Senior Vice President of Digital Media for A&E Television Networks; Vice President, Business Development & New Media Strategic Planning for Endemol USA; and Director, Marketing for ABC News Digital Media Group.

Over his 10 years at SCG, Mr. Wagner has successfully managed and led numerous searches and consulting projects for such clients as ABC Network, ABC Family, A&E Television Networks, CNBC, Current Media, Discovery Communications, Endemol, ESPN, Lifetime Entertainment, MSG Networks, NBC Universal, New York Mets, and Telemundo.  These senior-level placements have included leadership roles across a variety of disciplines including programming, marketing, ad sales, research, human resources, and corporate development.

Recent placement highlights include: Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for Discovery Communications, Inc.;  Executive Vice President, Business Affairs for Discovery Communications, Inc.; Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Public Affairs for Lifetime Entertainment; Senior Vice President of Programming Development and Acquisitions for MSG Networks; Senior Vice President, Sales for Pathfire; Vice President, Programming & Scheduling for Fuse; Vice President, West Coast Development for True Entertainment;

Prior to joining SCG, Mr. Wagner spent three years as a Producer, Writer and On-Air Host for America Online Entertainment, where he produced and conducted over 200 live interactive interviews with A-list actors, directors, and producers. Additionally, Mr. Wagner created and produced several interactive talk and games shows for AOL's entertainment division. Prior to joining AOL, Mr. Wagner was an actor and a playwright. Mr. Wagner served for four years as the Artistic Director of Blank Slate Theater Company in New York.

About Sucherman Consulting Group, Inc.
Sucherman Consulting Group, Inc., with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is a management consulting and executive search firm that specializes in working with a wide range of media and entertainment companies. These include cable and broadcast television networks, motion picture and television studios, broadcast stations and station groups, online media organizations, publishers and their parent companies. The firm’s primary focus is to work with the creative elements of these organizations in helping create business and programming strategies, re-designing organizational structures, decision-making processes, managing and recruiting key executives. 

Sucherman’s consulting clients include NBC Universal - NBC Network, CNBC & Telemundo, Disney - ABC News & ESPN, Discovery Channel Networks, Viacom – Showtime & MTV Networks, AOL, the New York Mets, and the New York Jets. Sucherman has placed executives at ABC, A&E, CNN, CNBC, Comedy Central, Endemol, Food Network, Fuse, Fox, Game Show Network, MTV, NBC, Nickelodeon, Showtime, Sundance, Telemundo, Tennis Channel, VH1, Viacom, the New York Mets, New York Jets and others.   (http://www.sucherman.com/)

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