Senior executive with almost 50 years of diverse media experience
A broad-based senior executive with almost 50 years of diverse media experience, he has been actively involved in all aspects of the telecommunications industry from the early days of worldwide television through the development of cable, satellite, internet, as well as other forms of digital delivery, (wireless, game platforms etc).
His entry into the entertainment industry was with the editorial department of Screen Gems in 1956. He then moved to the International Sales division of the company in 1960 as Assistant to the VP/GM. He was appointed Vice President of the division in 1965 and left the company in 1968 to join CBS as Director of International Sales. After the spin-off of the CBS syndication activities in 1970, Norman returned to Columbia Pictures Television (Screen Gems) and became President of their worldwide distribution company in 1976.
In 1980, he was appointed President and COO of Polygram Television, a joint-venture company he founded with Phillips and Siemens. In 1984, Polygram abandoned all of its film activities and he formed his own distribution company, which operated until 1986.
He was then recruited by MGM/UA to become President and CEO of a wholly owned subsidiary, MGM/UA Telecommunications Company. He supervised MGM/UA worldwide companies dealing in home video, pay, pay-per-view, and syndicated television, as well as licensing and merchandising. He was also responsible for all production activities for these entities. When MGM/UA was sold, he left and reformed his own company.
He co-created the Cable Dating Network as well as an early Internet start-up Rxinfo.com. The TV Food Network, Media Assets, Media Resources, MGM/UA, Star TV, The Don Bluth Company and many others have retained him as a consultant.
He was a consultant for PanAmSat and their streaming subsidiary, Net/36. As a content and program executive he worked with studios and broadcasters to reposition their content in a variety of ways for broadband streaming.
He has consulted with a variety of companies who are either buying or selling film libraries. He specializes in doing valuations of “Content”. He has also arranged production and co-production financing for a large number of U.S. and overseas production companies.
Norman has been an adjunct professor at the UCLA Graduate Business and Film Schools, as well as an associate professor at California State University, Northridge. He has also been a guest-lecturer at UC Berkeley, NYU, Pepperdine University, USC, Cal State Fullerton, UCLA, and St. Peter's College.
He has been a long-term director and fellow of the Television Academy's International Council. He was a member of the Board of Governors and a frequent guest speaker and panelist at the BANFF Television Festival and a moderator and panelist at other multimedia industry events.
Articles that he has authored have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Broadcasting and Cable and Television Week.
He was born in New York City in 1932. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War as an Electronics Instructor. Following his air force service, he attended and graduated from the RCA Institute in New York with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He currently resides in Beverly Hills, California.