Dennis Miller is a General Partner at Spark Capital. Mr. Miller was most recently a Managing Director of Constellation Ventures in New York City where he focused on programming services, distribution opportunities on new platforms created by the increasing fragmentation and dislocation in the media marketplace, and technologies that allow media to be provided in ways that reflect today's consumer.
His investments at Constellation include College Sports Television, TVONE (a joint venture between Comcast, Direct TV, and Radio One); K-12- an online education service founded by Bill Bennett, Lowell Milken and Larry Ellison; The Gospel Channel, Fathom Online (a leading search engine marketing company). He has also served on the Board of Directors of Capital IQ which has been sold to McGraw Hill.
Prior to Constellation Ventures, Mr. Miller served in a number of high level executive positions at leading media companies. >From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Miller was Executive Vice President of Lions Gate Entertainment. In this capacity, Mr.Miller was integrally involved in Lions Gate's aggressive acquisition and growth strategy which in two years, acquired a film production and distribution entity, an animation company, a film studio plant, and started a television division resulting in annual sales of $175 million. During his tenure, Lion's Gate successfully sold a one third interest in Lion's Gate to Scandinavian Broadcasting System, Telemunchen, and Paul Allen in early March of 2000.
Prior to joining Lions Gate, Mr. Miller was Executive Vice President of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). Mr. Miller was responsible for the television operations of SPE which accounted for roughly two thirds of SPE's operating income, and was actively involved with strategic planning and new media
During Mr. Miller's tenure, Sony's television operation became the second largest supplier of television programming in the United States. Mr. Miller had responsibility for Sony's television operation that included, network, first-run, cable, international channels and new media. Sony owned, operated or had and interest in 12 channels or platforms including HBO Ole, the Action Channel in Asia, two movie channels in Australia, and a general entertainment channel in India. During Mr. Miller's tenure, Sony's new media division launched its primary internet initiative - the Sony Station. Mr. Miller's division included over 750 individuals with annual revenues of $1.4 billion and EBITDA of roughly $180 million.
From 1990-1995, Mr.Miller was Executive Vice President of Turner Network Television, with responsibility for production, business affairs and original programming for the TNT Network, overseeing all aspects of the network's operation. Mr.Miller's responsibilities included oversight of 100 million in annual original programming, scheduling and marketing both the NBA and the NFL programs and the management and day to day operations of a 256 person team
During this period, Turner Network Television grew from 34 million subscribers and $240 million in revenues to 55 million subscribers and $525 million in revenues with $150 million in free cash flow. In 1997, Mr. Miller took on the additional responsibility for the Turner Entertainment Company, which spearheads the utilization of Turner's library of more than 3,000 motion picture titles.
Mr. Miller began his career as an attorney with Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Phillips in Los Angeles. He received his Juris Doctorate from Boalt Law School at the University of California at Berkeley in 1982.