Mitch Semel is an experienced multimedia executive with expertise in creating, launching, and managing new video platforms, apps, networks, and programs. His specialties include news, information, talk, comedy, drama, and variety content. Mitch’s background encompasses producing for domestic and foreign TV networks; curating programming for mobile streaming channels; and integrating video content on social networks.
In his current role running Katie Couric Productions, Mitch leads the development and production of factual and scripted programming. As Executive Editor of HuffPost Live he co-designed, launched, and managed the groundbreaking social video platform. As General Manager of The Onion he transitioned the satirical brand from print to the digital era via its cable series, website, mobile apps, and social feeds.
Mitch has expanded content offerings and new distribution platforms for numerous broadcast, digital, mobile, and international clients, including Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, AccuWeather, Virgin Mobile, Imedi TV (Republic of Georgia), Classic Media (now DreamWorks Classics), Radio City Rockettes (Madison Square Garden Entertainment), The Hallmark Channel, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, SAP, and Avidyne.
As an executive Mitch has developed and overseen programming for CBS, NBC, Comedy Central, CNN, PBS, and many other broadcast and cable networks, including series and specials starring Bill Maher, Richard Dreyfuss, David Letterman, Howard Stern, and Al Franken. As a producer Semel has developed and produced series for Conan O’Brien, Greg Kinnear, Campbell Brown, D.L Hughley, and Gayle King, among others. An instrument-rated private pilot, Mitch also designs video communications platforms and strategies for corporations, government agencies, and defense and aviation organizations.