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Our Team

Executive Team

John Gore

Chairman & CEO

 Bio

John Gore

John Gore has won 14 Tonys, an Olivier and an Emmy Award. He is a British producer who is Chairman, C.E.O. and sole owner of the John Gore Organization family of companies. These include Broadway Across America, Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office.

 

The company produces shows on Broadway, in London’s West End, Japan, China and presents in 45 cities across North America. Presentations include The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Hamilton. Recent U.S. productions include Anastasia; The Band’s Visit; Beautiful; Chicago; Dear Evan Hansen; Hello, Dolly!; Kinky Boots; Mean Girls; School of Rock and Waitress.

 

As a film producer, his work includes the film “Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story” (2010 Emmy Award nomination) and, the television special, WCBS-TV’s “At The Tony’s with Imogen Lloyd Webber” (2018 NY Emmy Award). He directed the only stage adaptations of Batman and Star Trek and produced the record breaking Thunderbirds FAB, which at the age of 26 made him the youngest ever successful West End producer. He followed this with the hit Wallace & Gromit on stage at Sadler’s Wells. His show investments include the original London productions of Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Hamilton.

 

A committed philanthropist, John and his companies provide support to a diverse array of more than 60 organizations spanning virtually every conceivable sector of not-for-profit theater work. Among its recent educational support, JGO partnered with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History to underwrite Hamilton’s education programs as well as providing funding for the Arthur Miller Theater Education Program, Columbia University’s T-Fellowship Program, and the American Theatre Wing’s Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative. In 2017, John partnered with Scarlett Johansson to organize a one-night-only, all-star benefit reading of Our Town featuring Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. and the cast of the Avengers, raising $500,000 for the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund.

Miles Wilkin

Vice Chairman

 Bio

Miles Wilkin

Miles Wilkin, the Vice Chair of The John Gore Organization, is one of the leading innovators of the international entertainment industry, with over 30 years of experience. He provides the vision for Broadway Across America’s significant touring network and Broadway.com’s vast e-commerce network. Wilkin, an original founder of Broadway Across America, is more broadly recognized as one of the founders of North American Touring Theatre. During his most recent stint at Broadway Across America, he revitalized its North American Presenting and Theatre operation. Prior to BAA, he worked with Live Nation and its predecessors (Clear Channel Entertainment, Clear Channel Europe, SFX Entertainment, PACE Entertainment and PACE Theatrical) in various senior management positions where he was responsible for all divisions within the company, including: North American Music, North American Theatre, Motorsports, Sports, International Music, International Theatre. Miles is the recipient of numerous awards including: 6 Tony Awards for producing (Spamalot, Hairspray, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway), a Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award from The Broadway League, and at the 2016 Tony Awards was honored with a Special Tony Award.

Lauren Reid

Chief Operating Officer

 Bio

Lauren Reid

Lauren Reid, Chief Operating Officer of the John Gore Organization (JGO), is a twenty-six-year entertainment industry veteran who has built her career out of her lifelong passion for live entertainment. Driven by a commitment to extend the reach of Broadway, Lauren has helped steer JGO to become the leading developer, producer, distributor and marketer of commercial theater. In addition to its dozens of productions currently on Broadway and around the world, JGO presents theater in 45 markets in North America, and reaches more than 30 million fans each year through its variety of digital platforms. JGO’s family of companies, all of which are under Lauren’s operational oversight, includes Broadway Across America, Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office.

 

Lauren first joined the JGO family in 1992, beginning a 13-year tenure during which she held a range of leadership positions. She left the company in 2005 to help launch, and serve as COO of, BASE Entertainment, where she managed worldwide operations, produced live music acts and Broadway shows, and oversaw the construction and operation of multiple venues in Las Vegas, China and Singapore. In 2010, she returned to JGO and began her steady assent up the ranks, before being named COO in 2017.

 

Lauren began her career as a talent manager and booker in the then-still-burgeoning Austin, Texas music scene, before going on to serve as national publicist for magician David Copperfield.

 

Lauren is an active member of The Broadway League, serving on its Executive Committee and its Board of Governors, recently holding the position of Vice Chair, The Road. She also serves on the boards of The Hobby Center in Houston and Recursos in New Mexico. She teaches “The Business of Entertainment” at her alma mater, The University of Texas, and splits her time between New York City and Connecticut, but you might find her in New Orleans at Jazzfest or catching a live show in one the historic venues around the country that her husband, David, renovated and operated. She first fell in love with theater at age 10 while attending a touring production of Annie in Houston, Texas.

Jerome Kane

CO-CEO, Interactive Division

 Bio

Jerome Kane

Jerome Kane, Co-CEO of the Interactive Division of The John Gore Organization, in partnership with Matt Kupchin, oversees all aspects of the Broadway.com, Broadwaybox.com and Group Sales Box Office businesses. Jerome previously worked for Disney Theatrical Productions for a 10 year period, holding various positions from Box office Manager to Vice President of Ticketing. Prior to his time at Disney, Jerome worked for 18 years for the Nederlander Organization as Treasurer of the Palace and Richard Rodgers Theaters.

Matt Kupchin

CO-CEO, Interactive Division & CTO

 Bio

Matt Kupchin

Matt Kupchin founded BroadwayTheater.com in 1997 and subsequently sold it to Hollywood Media Corp in 2000, where it was relaunched as Broadway.com. Matt has overseen the business since its foundation and does so now in partnership with Jerome Kane, including the management of the BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office brands. In addition, Matt manages software development and information systems for JGO.

Rich Jaffe

Co-CEO, Theatre Division & CMO

 Bio

Rich Jaffe

Rich Jaffe, Co-CEO, Theatre Division & CMO, has been promoting live entertainment for more than 25 years with a broad background in commercial entertainment, non-profit regional theater management and ticketing technology. As Co-CEO of the Theatre Division, Rich is overseeing Broadway Across America in partnership with Jeff Daniel, with a specific focus on sales, marketing, pricing, sponsorship and ticketing for Broadway Across America’s 45 markets. As CMO, Rich oversees all marketing and communications for the company. Rich joined BAA in 2010 to lead Broadway In Boston, overseeing BAA’s Broadway presenting business and venue operations in the Boston market. Prior to joining BAA, Rich was part of the leadership team at one of the country’s leading regional non-profit theaters, Trinity Repertory Company. Prior to Trinity Rep, Rich founded and launched the ticketing industry’s first web-based sales analytics company, Live Audience Business Solutions (LABS), introducing yield management principles to the live entertainment industry with clients such as Radio City Entertainment, Big Apple Circus, Disney Theatricals and Dodger Theatricals. Rich began his career spending a decade with MSG/Radio City in various roles, including Marketing Director overseeing family entertainment, concerts, boxing, college basketball, tennis and institutional branding for Madison Square Garden.

Jeff Daniel

Co-CEO, Theatre Division

 Bio

Jeff Daniel

Jeff T. Daniel is Co-CEO, Theatre Division, where he is overseeing Broadway Across America in partnership with Rich Jaffe, with a specific focus on operations, business development, government relations, labor relations, and the company’s five historic theaters. He has held executive positions in public and private companies focused on commercial entertainment, media and technology in the United States and abroad. Jeff rejoined the company in 2009 after having spent 8 years earlier in his career for JGO’s predecessor, Clear Channel Entertainment, working in various positions including COO of Entertainment Properties. Prior to re-joining the company, he founded a media investment and advisory firm where, in partnership with Lucasfilm, Ltd., he produced the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Celebration in Tokyo, Japan. He was also a partner in the largest online home service provider in the United States and developed partnerships with the nation’s largest service providers such as Verizon, JP Morgan Chase, Exelon, Sprint and Perrier. Jeff is proud to be an active member of The Broadway League where he serves on its Labor Committee, Government Relations Committee and its Board of Governors.

Paul Dietz

Chief Financial Officer

 Bio

Paul Dietz

Paul Dietz is the CFO for The John Gore organization, where he leads all finance and accounting functions. Paul has over twenty years’ experience in corporate finance, including seven years with Live Nation as CFO of its Global Theatre Division (2007) and Vice President of Strategic Planning & Corporate Development (2000-2006). Prior to joining JGO, Paul was the founding COO/CFO of Unigo.com, a start-up that was chronicled in The New York Times Magazine and entered into a joint venture with the Wall Street Journal within six months of launch. Earlier in his career, he spent nine years with Sony Corporation of America in various finance and business development roles principally involving Sony’s entertainment units. Paul received his MBA from Columbia University’s School of Business and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. He is a licensed CPA in the State of New York (inactive).

Kumiko Yoshii

Executive Vice President
& Head of International Business Development

 Bio

Kumiko Yoshii

Kumiko Yoshii is the Executive Vice President/ Head of International Business Development for The John Gore Organization, where she is responsible for initiating its global business strategies, managing international investment deals for productions on Broadway and in the West End, as well as bringing touring Broadway productions to Asia. Her selected producing credits prior to joining JGO include Pacific Overtures (Broadway), Big River (North American Tour), The Producers (Japan) and The Sound of Music (Japan). She is also the Executive Producer of Japan Day @ Central Park, an annual event in its 8th year. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The New Group. She is a recipient of the 10th annual Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award, and she was acknowledged by the Minister of National Policy of Japan for her outstanding contributions and activities representing Japan in 2012. She has a MFA in Performing Arts Management from The City University of New York.

Robert Brandon

General Counsel

 Bio

Robert Brandon

Robert A. Brandon, General Counsel for The John Gore Organization, provides guidance to ensure that the company conducts business ethically and in compliance with the law. From 2008- 2012, Bob was General Counsel of Premier Exhibitions, Inc., a publicly traded company and major provider of museum-quality touring exhibitions throughout the world, including “Bodies” and “Titanic…the Artifacts Exhibition.” Prior to his tenure at Premier, Bob spent 18 years at Madison Square Garden. As SVP-Legal and Business Affairs, he oversaw all legal work for MSG’s Booking, Concerts and Theatrical Divisions (and for events at Radio City Music Hall including The Christmas Spectacular, one of the world’s largest grossing theatrical stage shows). Bob began his legal career at Proskauer Rose in New York City as a corporate lawyer. He received his B.A. from Colgate University and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.


Board of Directors

Peter Schneider

Chairman of the Board
 Bio

Peter Schneider

Peter Schneider is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The John Gore Organization and an internationally-acclaimed producer and director. He is the recipient of a Best Musical Tony Award for producing The Lion King on Broadway, and he directed productions of My Life with Men…and Other Animals (New York, Italy, Romania), Pal Joey (Pasadena, CA, Little Rock, AK), Sister Act, TheMusical (London, Atlanta, Pasadena), and Hot L Baltimore (Romania). Schneider also produced the award-winning 2009 documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty about Disney Animation from 1984 – 1994. During a seventeen-year tenure at the Walt Disney Company, he spearheaded the creation of over fifty films including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast (Golden Globe Award), The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In addition to JGO, Schneider serves on the boards of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The American Theatre Wing (co-producer of the Tony Awards). He is also a world champion bridge player, having won the Transnational Open Teams in Estoril, Portugal.

John Gore

Director
 Bio

John Gore

JOHN GORE has won 13 Tonys, an Olivier and an Emmy Award. He is a British producer who is Chairman, C.E.O. and sole owner of the John Gore Organization family of companies. These include Broadway Across America, Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office.

The company produces shows on Broadway, in London’s West End, Japan, China and presents in 45 cities across North America. Presentations include The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Hamilton. Recent U.S. productions include Anastasia; The Band’s Visit; Beautiful; Chicago; Dear Evan Hansen; Hello, Dolly!; Kinky Boots; Mean Girls; School of Rock and Waitress.

As a film producer, his work includes the film “Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story” (2010 Emmy Award nomination) and, the television special, WCBS-TV’s “At The Tony’s with Imogen Lloyd Webber” (2018 NY Emmy Award). He directed the only stage adaptations of Batman and Star Trek and produced the record breaking Thunderbirds FAB, which at the age of 26 made him the youngest ever successful West End producer. He followed this with the hit Wallace & Gromit on stage at Sadler’s Wells. His show investments include the original London productions of Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Hamilton.

A committed philanthropist, John and his companies provide support to a diverse array of more than 60 organizations spanning virtually every conceivable sector of not-for-profit theater work. Among its recent educational support, JGO partnered with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History to underwrite Hamilton’s education programs as well as providing funding for the Arthur Miller Theater Education Program, Columbia University’s T-Fellowship Program, and the American Theatre Wing’s Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative. In 2017, John partnered with Scarlett Johansson to organize a one-night-only, all-star benefit reading of Our Town featuring Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. and the cast of the Avengers, raising $500,000 for the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund.

Thomas P. Benson

Director
 Bio

Thomas B. Benson

Thomas Benson, Board Director, was most recently the Executive Vice President and CFO of Core Media Group, where he led the company through a $250 million initial public offering. Core Media is the owner of several leading entertainment brands, including the television properties American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Prior to Core Media, Thomas served as the Senior Vice President and CFO for SFX Entertainment, where he played a leading role in analyzing, negotiating, closing and integrating over 50 acquisitions of local and regional entertainment businesses in North America and Europe. Thomas then went on to serve as the Senior Vice President and CFO for FXM, a private investment firm founded by former executives at SFX Entertainment He has also held senior financial positions at SFX Broadcasting Inc., American Express Travel Related Services, Inc. and Ernst & Young, LLP.

Miles Wilkin

Director
 Bio

Miles Wilkin

Miles Wilkin, the Vice Chair of The John Gore Organization, is one of the leading innovators of the international entertainment industry, with over 30 years of experience. He provides the vision for Broadway Across America’s significant touring network and Broadway.com’s vast e-commerce network. Wilkin, an original founder of Broadway Across America, is more broadly recognized as one of the founders of North American Touring Theatre. During his most recent stint at Broadway Across America, he revitalized its North American Presenting and Theatre operation. Prior to BAA, he worked with Live Nation and its predecessors (Clear Channel Entertainment, Clear Channel Europe, SFX Entertainment, PACE Entertainment and PACE Theatrical) in various senior management positions where he was responsible for all divisions within the company, including: North American Music, North American Theatre, Mostorsports, Sports, International Music, International Theatre. Miles is the recipient of numerous awards including: 6 Tony Awards for producing (Spamalot, Hairspray, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway), a Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award from The Broadway League, and at the 2016 Tony Awards was honored with a Special Tony Award.

Jin Yokoi

Director
 Bio

Jin Yokoi

Jin Yokoi, Board Director, is Director, Events Project Department of Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. (TBS), a major television network that produces and televises new programs, dramas and sports on their 28-affiliate network throughout Japan. TBS also produces and presents productions in Japan, including the musicals Cabaret, Chicago, Rent, The Producers, A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, West Side Story, and Million Dollar Quartet, and War horse. TBS owns and operates the prominent Akasaka ACT Theater and Akasaka BLITZ. In Spring 2017, partnering with JGO and a Dutch theatre company Imagine Nation, TBS will open a new theatre “360 Theater StageAround Tokyo” utilizing a new stage technology from Holland.


Divisional Management

Broadway Across America

Susie Krajsa, President

Jennifer Costello, EVP, Production

Bob Bucci, President, Marketing

Rob Cheatham, VP, Operations

Glenn Hill, VP, Corporate Partnerships

Jill Keyishian, VP, Programming

Kurt Rodeghiero, VP, Content

Joanna Minerley, VP, Ticketing & Analytics

Ronald Andrew, Chairman, Broadway Across Canada

Russ Belin, VP, South

Leslie Broecker, President, Midwest

Anne Francis, VP, West Coast

Genevieve Holt, General Manager, Cincinnati

Shana Levin, VP, Broadway Across Canada

John Breckenridge, VP, Southwest

Jim Sheeley, President, Upper Midwest

Ron Legler, President, France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Tivon Marcus,  VP, Broadway In Boston

Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel & BroadwayBox.com

Paul Wontorek, Editor-in-Chief

Matt Hege, SVP, Television & Media

Drew Kupchin, VP, Ticketing

Steve Prager, VP, Information Systems

Kevin Fricovsky, Chief Architect

Katy Fitzpatrick, VP, Advertising & Marketing

Group Sales Box Office

Stephanie Lee, President

Vickie Plummer, Broadway Classroom Program Director