He launched The SevenArts in partnership with James & Co, a hybrid executive search firm focused on providing leadership solutions such as executive search, organizational design and performance management, exclusively for content businesses. His experience is deeply rooted in recruiting senior leaders for all types of entertainment, media, sports, and media technology companies, including film (production, distribution, exhibition), television (terrestrial, cable, satellite, production, distribution), music (record companies, labels, publishers), sports (marketing agencies, teams, leagues, federations), digital media (social and online content, SVOD, AVOD, TVOD, FAST), publishing (newspapers, magazines, and books), and live entertainment. Having lived in Los Angeles, London, and Spain and led executive search assignments in all regions of the world, Ben has a unique understanding of the issues facing local and international media companies. He regularly attends the various international markets, such as Mip-TV, Mipcom, NATPE, Sportel, and IAB. In addition, he served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the American School of Las Palmas. Ben was graduated from UCLA with a BA in English.
Prior to joining AOLTW, Michele was managing director of the world’s largest Executive Search Firm, where she led the media, entertainment and convergence practice in identifying executive talent for major media entertainment technology companies as well as portfolio work of mature capital firms. As one of the top Executive Search professionals in the field, Michele brought broad-based recruiting experience as well as best practices to her role.
Before entering the field of search, Michele held executive positions at a number of firms in the cable and media industries. These include: Executive Vice President and partner of US FiberCom Network, Inc., a subsidiary of TCI/US Cable Groups; Vice President for Cable Sales and Marketing at Westinghouse Broadcasting’s Group W; and Vice President of the media brokerage firm FBC.
Prior to joining James & Company, Ms. Erbes was with the world’s largest leading Executive Search Firm for 9 years, most recently serving as co-head of the media practice. Ms. Erbes has conducted numerous senior-level executive search assignments in television, film, satellite, music, publishing, sports and internet industries. This has included her work with emerging Internet and e-commerce concerns, as well as venture capital firms and their portfolio companies within multiple functional disciplines (i.e. CEO, COO, finance, sales, marketing, etc.) Previously, Ms. Erbes worked in the Network Television Research department of Lorimar Television.
Before coming to the United States, Ms. Erbes worked as an Assistant Product Manager at Unilever in Istanbul, Turkey. Ms. Erbes holds an MA in communications management from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California and a BA in international business administration from the American University of Paris. Ms. Erbes is fluent in French and Turkish.