William J. Rouhana, Jr.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Rouhana has been our Executive Chairman since the formation of our predecessor, Chicken Soup for the Soul Productions, in December 2014, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s Executive Chairman since its formation in May 2016 and has been the Chief Executive Officer of Chicken Soup for the Soul since April 2008. Mr. Rouhana has been a leader in the media, entertainment and communications industries for more than 35 years. He was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Winstar Communications, a wireless broadband pioneer, and Winstar New Media, one of the earliest online content companies, from 1993 until 2001. During his career Mr. Rouhana has led the acquisition of numerous media companies including Virgin Vision, a Virgin Group worldwide film distribution venture, in the 1980s. As an entertainment and finance lawyer from 1977 to 1985, he developed new film financing models for major producers such as Blake Edwards. He is a founder of The Humpty Dumpty Institute, which created the International Film Exchange, and the Co-Chairman of the Global Creative Forum, which connects the United Nations with major film and television executives, producers and talent. Among other qualifications, Mr. Rouhana brings to our Board extensive executive leadership in the communications, media and entertainment (including production and distribution) industries and broad experience in business financings and acquisitions. He received his B.A. from Colby College, where he is currently Trustee Emeritus; and his J.D. from Georgetown Law School.
Chairman of the Board