Michael Fuchs was named chairman and chief executive officer of HBO in October of 1984. He joined HBO in 1976 with the assignment to develop original cable programming for HBO, the first of such programming for the fledgling cable industry. Under his leadership, HBO became the largest and most successful pay-television company in the world. Mr. Fuchs was also intimately involved in the startup of Cinemax, Comedy Central and E. HBO International, developed under Mr. Fuchs, has interests in HBO services throughout the world, including Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
HBO has been widely recognized for its original programming, much of which has been acknowledged for its uniqueness and social relevance. Mr. Fuchs pioneered HBO’s original programming, which was the first original programming on cable. This original fare transformed HBO from primarily a cablecaster of movies after their theatrical release, to a network noted for the breadth and quality of its original programming. HBO won 6 Oscar awards; 79 Emmy Awards; 354 Cable Ace Awards; 17 Golden Globe Awards; 15 George Foster Peabody Awards; and 2 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Awards during Mr. Fuchs’ 19 years there.
In May of 1995, Mr. Fuchs added the chairmanship of the Warner Music Group to his portfolio, becoming responsible for the overall management of HBO and Warner Music Group for the world’s leading entertainment company, Time Warner, Inc.
Mr. Fuchs left Time Warner in November 1995 and has been an active investor and entrepreneur, primarily in the media and real estate areas since then. Previously, Mr. Fuchs was CEO of Concourse Health Sciences, LLC, a specialized pharmaceutical development company and was a Developer of the Ke Kailani residential real estate resort on the Big Island in Hawaii. Mr. Fuchs has also given speeches at universities and to various corporate organizations throughout the United States and Europe.
Mr. Fuchs has received many honors, including induction into the Broadcasting & Cable Magazine Hall of Fame (1994) and the Cable Hall of Fame(2005); the National Academy of Cable Programming Governors Award (1994); Vanity Fair Magazine’s Television Hall of Fame; the Milton Petrie Award from The National Victim Center (1992), the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Distinguished Service Award (1989); the National Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Award (1989); the National Cable Television Association’s Vanguard Award for Programming Excellence (1988); the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Humanitarian Award (1996); Union College’s Nott Medal for Distinguished Alumni (1995); Mount Vernon High School’s Hall of Fame (1996); and the People For the American Way’s Spirit of Liberty Award (1996). Mr. Fuchs was also an executive producer of the Emmy Awards winning the television drama, In the Gloaming, in 1997.
In addition he serves as the Chairman and a director of Autobytel.com Corporation, a NASDAQ corporation. Mr. Fuchs is also an honorary member of the board of directors for The American Foundation for AIDS Research, and served for 20 years on the board of Alzheimer’s Association (and also a member of the Zenith Fellows Program of the Alzheimer’s Association). He is currently on the board of Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Simon Wiesenthal Center and an honorary trustee of the American Film Institute (AFI). He is a member of the advisory board for the Creative Coalition and he is also the Chairman of the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation. It was Mr. Fuchs’ idea for outdoor movies at Bryant Park, a first in the U.S. this is now something that has spread to almost every major city in the U.S.
Mr. Fuchs came to HBO in 1976 following an 18-month association with the New York office of the William Morris Agency. Previously, he worked as a specialist in entertainment law, serving as an associate with two New York City law firms.
Mr. Fuchs holds a B.A. degree in political science from Union College in Schenectady, New York and earned a J.D. from New York University Law School.
A native New Yorker, he resides in Manhattan and has two children.
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