Chairman & Chief Executive Officer > Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Philip I. Kent is chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Kent, who was named to his post in February 2003, oversees the companyís domestic and international entertainment, and its animation and news networks and businesses, including TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and Court TV; Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang; GameTap; and CNN Worldwide, which includes CNN/U.S., CNN Headline News, CNN International and CNN.com. Kent has overall responsibility for all news and entertainment advertising and distribution, both domestically and internationally, as well as for all corporate administrative functions, Turner Sports, the Atlanta Braves and Turner Field.
From August 2000 to August 2001, Kent served as president and chief operating officer of CNN News Group, where he oversaw a strategic reorganization of the news division, a radical redesign of CNN Headline News and several high-profile hires, including Lou Dobbs and Paula Zahn.
Kent previously served as president of Turner Broadcasting System International (TBSI), the division charged with managing Turnerís wide-ranging activity in Asia, Europe and Latin America, including all sales, distribution, business development, joint partnerships and business alliances outside the United States. At the helm of TBSI, Kent led a regionalization strategy that introduced local-language versions of CNN and the Turner entertainment networks around the globe, further strengthening the companyís position in critical international markets.
Earlier, Kent was president of Turner Home Entertainment, the former division of TBS, Inc. that comprised the companyís home video, new media, licensing, merchandising, feature distribution and book publishing operations. Kent joined Turner in March 1993 after spending six years with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) as a packaging agent in their television department. In 1981, he was one of a two-person team that launched Blair Entertainment, the television syndication division of John Blair & Co., where he began his career in 1975.
Kent earned his bachelorís degree from Lehigh. He serves on the boards of directors of the Ad Council, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Braves; on the board of trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center; and on the Deanís executive board of UCLAís School of Theatre, Film & Television.