Scott Sassa Bio
Scott M. Sassa is currently Chairman of MILK Makeup, a new millennial brand that is inspired by MILK Studios. It was launched in January 2016. MILK Makeup is available at Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Birchbox and MILK Makeup.com.
From 2008 to 2013, Scott served as President of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication. Scott was on the ESPN Board, was Co-Chair of AETN which included Lifetime, A&E and History. Mark Burnett Productions was acquired during Scott’s tenure. Scott also has oversight of the venture-investing group, which has made investment in Netscape, Broadcast.com, Pandora and other Internet companies.
From 1988 to 1996 he was at Turner Broadcasting System, finishing his tenure there as president of Turner Entertainment Group and a member of the Turner Board of Directors and the TBS Executive Committee.
Sassa is credited with building Turner’s entertainment cable channels into industry leaders; he launched seven networks over a seven‐year period, including three of the top five-rated basic cable networks. In 1988, he was named executive vice president of Turner Network Television, and was instrumental in the network’s launch, the largest at that time. From 1992 to 1996, he was responsible for all operations and programming for TBS Superstation, Turner Network Television, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies and Turner’s international entertainment networks in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
1996-1997 Scott served as president and COO of Andrews Group, a unit of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, and as CEO of Marvel Entertainment.
From 1997 to 2004, Sassa was an executive at NBC where, as president of NBC West Coast from 1999 to 2002, he oversaw all of NBC’s entertainment‐related businesses. He oversaw the development and production of NBC’s new primetime series, including such shows as The West Wing, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Scrubs. From 1997 to 1998, Sassa was president of the NBC Television Stations division.
Prior to joining Hearst, Sassa was a CEO‐in‐residence at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers from 2005 to 2006. Previous to that, he served as president and CEO of Friendster, a top‐50 Internet site that pioneered social networking.
From 2013 to 2015, Scott was Vice Chairman of the El Rey Network and headed the launch team. El Rey is an English-language Network that is a joint venture with Univision.