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CRI Mentors: Mike Kelly

Miranda Sherman

We're thrilled to announce that Mike Kelly, veteran media and advertising industry executive and leader, has joined the Cinema Research Institute as a mentor to its Fellows. Welcome, Mike! 

Named by Mediaweek as one of the “50 most influential executives shaping the future of media”, Mike is currently investing in and advising digital media and software companies. 

His career spans virtually all forms of media and entertainment, most recently as CEO of the Weather Channel Companies. He was also President of AOL Media Networks, President of Marketing at Time Warner, Founder and CEO of Americantowns.com and Publisher of Entertainment Weekly Magazine.

He is the Chairman of the Board at Unruly Media and Colspace Software and is a board director of several other high growth companies. 

Mike was Chairman of the Advertising Hall of Fame, a former member of the Ad Council and is currently a Director of the American Advertising Federation. He is also a founding member of the Kelly Gang LLC (501c3) and serves on the Board of Counselors at the President Carter Center.

He has passion for his family, great journalism, politics and classic movies. He splits his time between NYC, Martha’s Vineyard and Atlanta.