Sanford R. (Sandy) Climan is President of Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc. Founded in 1999 by Mr. Climan, EMV is active in media investment and strategic advisory work, with a particular focus on innovative technologies and entities currently impacting the traditional boundaries of business, media and entertainment. He is an investor, producer and considered a media visionary.
Mr. Climan also serves as CEO of Oz Media, LLC. In 2013, Mr. Climan partnered with Dr. Mehmet Oz to form Oz Media, which is dedicated to building companies committed to improving health and wellness across cultures and geographies.
Throughout his career, Mr. Climan has held senior management positions in the media and entertainment industry. Mr. Climan served as the first CEO of 3ality Digital, a leading company in the development and commercialization of technologies which enable perfect digital 3D image capture, broadcast and software, and led the company to being recognized as a global leader in 3D technology.
Mr. Climan served as the founding head of CAA’s corporate practice, working with global companies including Sony Corporation on its acquisition of Columbia Pictures, Matsushita Electric on its acquisition of MCA/Universal, Credit Lyonnais on its restructuring of MGM, Coca-Cola, NYNEX, Bell Atlantic and other Fortune 500 Companies. Additionally, while at CAA, Mr. Climan was part of the senior management team for 12 years, representing talent including Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Danny DeVito, and Michael Mann.
Earlier positions included Corporate Executive Vice and President of Worldwide Business Development of Universal Studios, where Mr. Climan oversaw corporate international strategy, strategic marketing and five studio operating divisions with $1.4 billion in sales, President of Lion’s Gate Studios, President of Wescom Productions and executive positions in motion picture production, distribution, and pay-television at MGM.
Notable achievements include: Executive Producer of the first digital live-action 3D motion picture, “U2 3D” and Producer of “The Aviator,” for which Mr. Climan was awarded a British Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
Mr. Climan serves on several charitable boards, including The American Cinematheque, The Fulfillment Fund, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. From 2008-2012, Mr. Climan served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mr. Climan also serves as an advisor on entertainment and media to the World Economic Forum and its Annual Gathering in Davos, Switzerland, as a member of the Reuters Editorial Advisory Board, and as a member of the Advisory Board to the Yale CEO Leadership Institute of the Yale School of Management. Mr. Climan holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College.