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Dick Cook Elected As KCETLink's Chairman of the Board

BURBANK, CA-August 5, 2013-KCETLink announced today that Richard (Dick)

Cook was elected as Chairman of the KCETLink Board of Directors for Fiscal

2014, effective immediately. Mr. Cook has served on the KCETLink Board since

January 2010 as a Vice Chair.

 

Mr. Cook, a highly respected entertainment industry executive and

motion picture producer, previously served as chairman for The Walt

Disney Studios.

 

"I am pleased that Dick will be leading the Board as we redefine public

media for new audiences and celebrate our 50 year legacy in Southern

California. Dick's passion for public media and his legacy at Disney will be of

great value as we work to create our new branding and programming strategies

for KCETLink," said Al Jerome, Chief Executive Officer of KCETLink. "I am very

grateful for the leadership of our outgoing Board Chair, Channing Johnson, in

particular for his prodigious involvement with the KCET-Link TV merger. We are

pleased that Channing continues to serve on the Board."

 

"KCETLink has a very important voice in public media right now and we have

a rare opportunity to seize the moment and accomplish something great

together," Mr. Cook said. "I am excited to be a part of building upon our

tremendous potential and help shape a more meaningful future for public

broadcasting that can impact the next generation of viewers."

 

KCETLink is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation, and is governed by an

unpaid board of directors representing a cross-section of business and

community leaders.

 

Additional KCETLink officers include: Don Buder as Vice Chair; Gordon Bava

as Secretary; David J. Zuercher as Treasurer; Al Jerome as Chief Executive

Officer; and June M. Baldwin as Assistant Secretary.

 

The KCETLink Board of Directors also includes: John Agoglia, Linda Brown,

Danny Glover, Pierre Habis, Channing Johnson, David G. Johnson, William Kobin,

Robert Ottenhoff, Rachel Payne, James Rothenberg, John Sotoodeh, Judy Tam and

Richard L. Zaldivar.

 

About KCETLink

KCETLink, formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media, is a national

independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides

high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in

innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to

independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and

opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people

and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A

viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed

via satellite on DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410, in Southern and Central

California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems. KCET

and Link TV are services of KCETLink. For additional information about

KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and

community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.

 

About Dick Cook

Richard (Dick) Cook, a highly respected entertainment industry

executive and former chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, has

overseen some of the industry's most successful global releases including The

Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the Toy Story trilogy, Alice

in Wonderland
, Finding Nemo and numerous others.  Under his leadership,

the Studio became a worldwide box office leader for more than a

decade. A 38-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Cook rose through the

ranks from a ride operator (Steam Train & Monorail) at Disneyland in 1970

to become Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. He has been at the forefront of

a variety of groundbreaking initiatives that would forever change the motion

picture industry.  Most recently, Mr. Cook served as executive producer on

the motion picture "42," which told the life story of famed

baseball player Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing

with the Brooklyn Dodgers. "42" opened to $27. 3 million at the

US box-office and scored the largest debut for a baseball film on record.