Mitch Semel


The Huffington Post (Senior VP/Executive Editor, HuffPost Live): Co-designed, launched, and managed what has been called the most social video network for news and information. The innovative live streaming video conversation network features HuffPost stories, editors, reporters, bloggers, and community members. Through its own site and mobile apps, syndication via the AOL Network, and distribution on all over-the-top and smart TV platforms, and through its groundbreaking use of Google Hangout, Twitter and its custom-built live commenting platform, the platform in its first 2.5 years garnered multiple awards for innovation and content and delivered two billion video views.

The Onion (General Manager): Oversaw all editorial platforms of award-winning satirical news organization, including The Onion newspaper,, the Onion News Network, TV series “Onion News Network” and “Onion SportsDome", Onion books, and The Onion YouTube Creators channel.

US Department of Defense: Supervised design and launch of The Pentagon Channel, worldwide news and information TV network and website; developed strategies for integration of internal Defense Department media (TV, radio, print, and internet) across all service branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) and to provide multimedia content for new channels such as podcast, internet protocol TV, video on demand, and mobile technologies; and oversaw redesign of DefenseLink and America Supports You websites.

Imedi TV: Devised new programming and production strategies for leading commercial broadcaster in Republic of Georgia; areas of focus included scheduling, original production, new format development, and news production and work-flow.

Virgin Mobile USA: Devised strategy for text, audio, and video content offerings on cell phones and website.

Classic Media LLC: Directed design of broadband video channel for Big Idea, producer of popular Veggie Tales children's DVDs, and oversaw Classic Media programming in Qubo Saturday morning children's programming bloc on NBC, Telemundo, and ION Media stations.

CBS Entertainment (Senior Vice President, Programming, East Coast): Supervised production on prime-time series starring Danny Aiello and Richard Dreyfuss, late-night series (Late Show with David Letterman, Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Late Late Show with Tom Snyder), and syndicated TV series (The Howard Stern Radio Show); directed late-night and East Coast prime-time entertainment program development.

NBC Entertainment (Director, Current Comedy Programs): Supervised production of comedy and variety series (Cheers, Golden Girls); managed development and production of entertainment specials and late-night programs (Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever; Bob Hope Specials).

Comedy Central (Senior Vice President, Programming): First head of programming; directed all program areas, including development, talent, scheduling, production, on-air promotion, and acquisitions; added acclaimed series (Politically Incorrect, Absolutely Fabulous); developed ongoing topical comedy news coverage for network.

Nick at Nite & TV Land (Senior Vice President, Original Programming): Oversaw development and production of original series, specials, and pilots (Jump the Shark, TV Land Confidential, Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg, I Did Not Know That, That's What I'm Talking About, Fatherhood, Funniest Mom in America).

PBS (Vice President, Programming): Oversaw funding of proposed projects; worked with station-based and independent producers in development and production of limited series, ongoing series, and specials; supervised national programming in all content areas (news, public affairs, documentary, science, history, children's, family, drama, performance, culture, and how-to).

UBU Productions (President-Television): Managed independent production company; worked with writers, directors, and actors to develop new TV programs; sold projects to broadcast networks and other sources.

Focus on Youth, Inc. (President and Chief Executive Officer): Managed radio production and syndication company; oversaw advertising sales, corporate contributions, guest relations, research, post-production, affiliate relations, promotion, and listener services.