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Erica Gruen

Quantum Media Associates

Picture of Erica GruenErica is a Principal with Quantum Media Associates, pioneering digital transformation for the world’s largest entertainment/media companies. Forbes/Statista has named Quantum Media one of “America’s Top Management Consulting Firms” for the past five years running. As Senior Advisor to Oaklins, the world’s largest mid-market M+A advisory, she also advises, mentors, and invests in early-stage technology companies in food, advertising, marketing, education, and clean energy.

Erica is the past president/CEO of Food Network, masterminding one of television’s biggest brands and the #1 food website. Working with one of the smallest programming budgets in the TV industry, and no consumer marketing budget, she took Food Network from a tiny start-up to a huge hit, making Food Network the only basic cable network in history to achieve profitability on advertising revenue alone.  In 1998, she successfully completed the sale of the network to E.W. Scripps.

Erica is a well-known serial media entrepreneur, disruptive innovation pioneer and tech evangelist. At Saatchi & Saatchi, she launched Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive, one of the world’s first digital ad agencies, and created Saatchi’s Emmy-Award winning entertainment/content marketing group for Fortune 100 brands including Procter & Gamble, General Mills, and Toyota.

Erica is a professor at NYU Stern, teaching the business of media and entertainment to the next generation of leaders, and has held many leadership positions on corporate and non-profit boards, including Elevator News Network, Reisenbach Philanthropies, and the James Beard Foundation.

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