Preston Padden

Preston Padden
Preston Padden

Preston Padden had a 45-year career in the media business holding the following positions: president, The Association of Independent Television Stations; president, Network Distribution, Fox Broadcasting Company; chairman and CEO, American Sky Broadcasting (merged into Dish Network); president, ABC Television Network; assistant general counsel, Metromedia; and executive vice president, Government Relations, The Walt Disney Company. Padden worked directly for leading industry CEO’s including Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner and Bob Iger. He also served on the boards of The National Association of Broadcasters and The Motion Picture Association of America. In his career Padden helped to launch the Fox Broadcast Network, secured waivers of multiple federal regulations for News Corporation (including a waiver of the Federal Statute prohibiting foreign entities from owning U.S. broadcast stations) and secured legislation extending by 20 years the term of U.S. copyrights.

From 2010 to 2013 Padden served as an adjunct professor of communications law at the University of Colorado. From 2012 to 2015 Padden served as the executive director of the “Expanding Opportunities For Broadcasters Coalition.” In 2018 and 2019 Padden served as executive VP of the C-Band Alliance.

Currently, Padden is the principle of Boulder Thinking, LLC., a consulting firm, and he serves on the advisory board of Grotech Ventures, a private equity investment firm.

Reach out to Padden on Twitter @BoulderPreston