Ken Hershman


Widely known in the television sports world for his 27+ year career helping build and innovate sports television programming for both HBO and Showtime, Ken has most recently been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Vuemix, a Silicon-Valley based tech startup. Prior to that, Ken was Executive Chairman & Commissioner of the World Esports Association (WESA). 

Ken's background includes significant tenure at leading media companies in a variety of senior management roles, as well as a legal background with corporate finance experience both as an associate at Shearman & Sterling, as well as in-house counsel at Showtime Networks Inc.

As President, HBO Sports, for HBO, Ken was responsible for the strategic direction and overseeing of the HBO Sports division. This included the renowned boxing franchises World Championship Boxing®, Boxing After Dark® and HBO-Pay-Per-View®, as well as compelling programs like the Emmy®-winning journalism series Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the Peabody Award-winning Legends & Legacies documentaries, and the acclaimed sports reality shows Hard Knocks and 24/7. He was named to this position in January 2012.

Regarded in the sports television community as a proven innovator, Ken came to HBO from Showtime, where he was executive vice president & general manager, Sports & Event Programming, since October 2003. He began his career at Showtime in 1992 as counsel, and moved into a senior programming role in Sports and Event programming in January 2001. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel for Showtime Networks Inc., a position he held since February 1997.

Ken is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the International Law Journal and received his BA degree with distinction from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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