Alumni Spotlights (L.A.)
As I venture to California for visits with alumni in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, I am pleased to spotlight a few of our many outstanding alumni on the west coast. Here are a couple alumni who have been making great contributions in the world of sports and entertainment:
Courtney Armstrong is Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Pictures. He is responsible for negotiating agreements with filmmakers and talent, as well as for the acquisition of source material in connection with Warner Bros. Pictures’ film projects. Films with which Armstrong has recently been involved include Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ocean’s Thirteen and the Academy Award winning The Departed, as well as Fred Claus, Fool’s Gold and The Dark Knight.
Armstrong joined Warner Bros. Pictures in 2003 as a Director of Business Affairs, and was promoted to Vice President in 2004. Before joining Warner Bros., Armstrong spent three years at Walt Disney Pictures as an attorney in the Business and Legal Affairs department of the Motion Picture Group. Armstrong began his career as a litigation associate on the entertainment litigation team at the Los Angeles-based law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP. Armstrong is a graduate of Northwestern University, the Northwestern University School of Law, as well as the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
David Rone joined Time Warner Cable as President of TWC Sports in May 2011. In this role, Mr. Rone provides leadership in strengthening the company’s position as a content provider with the sports community and oversees sports programming and existing sports channels. He also will lead Time Warner Cable’s new regional sports networks, featuring the Los Angeles Lakers, that will debut with the team’s 2012-13 season.
Mr. Rone, who has deep experience in all facets of the sports business, was previously with Evolution Media Capital (EMC), a boutique investment-banking firm for the media and sports industries formed in partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency. As part of the firm’s sports media advisory leadership team, he provided strategic analysis, valuation and negotiation of media rights and regional sports network planning and operational strategy for the firm’s clients, which include, among others, professional sports leagues and teams and college conferences.
Prior to joining EMC, Mr. Rone served as co-head of CAA Sports, which represents more than 650 of the world’s top athletes and sports professionals and advises many leading sports organizations. Previously, Mr. Rone served as Executive Vice President of Fox Sports Networks and General Manager for Fox College Sports. Before joining Fox in 1999, he spent nine years at the Walt Disney Co., most recently as Vice President, Business Development for Corporate Alliances. He started his career as a corporate attorney.
Mr. Rone has been recognized with many honors, including being named to the list of the “50 Most Powerful African-Americans in Sports” by Black Enterprise, and the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” by Sports Illustrated.