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Todd Wagner is CEO of 2929 Entertainment, former co-founder of Broadcast.com, and founder and CEO of Charity Network, a company that harnesses the power of celebrity, technology and media to raise awareness and funds for causes around the world. With a mission to help nonprofits transition from analog to digital, Charity Network has raised more than $300 million for cause to date. Charity Network is the parent company to leading online charity auction site Charitybuzz, online sweepstakes-for-good platform Prizeo, cause-meets-entertainment content company Chideo, and strategic consulting firm Global Philanthropy Group. 

For Wagner, the transition from analog to digital has been a long-time theme of his career. In 1995, he introduced streaming media to the world when he launched Broadcast.com with business partner Mark Cuban. Broadcast.com was one of the first platforms to stream live sporting events, corporate events and radio stations over the Internet. As CEO, Wagner helped take the company public in 1998, where it set an opening-day record with shares climbing 249% from an offering price of $18 to a closing price of $62.75. In 1999, Wagner and Cuban sold Broadcast.com to Yahoo! for $5.7 billion.

Wagner later fused his passion for entertainment with his business portfolio to build the Wagner/Cuban Companies. This vertically integrated portfolio of companies spans content creation, distribution and exhibition: 2929 Entertainment, 2929 Productions, Magnolia Pictures, Landmark Theatres and AXS TV. As CEO of 2929 Entertainment, Wagner pioneered the practice of releasing films simultaneously in theaters, on DVD and digitally. He has provided artistic vision and business acumen critical to such important films as the Oscar®-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, as well as Akeelah and the Bee, We Own the Night and The Road. Wagner’s business interests also include a stake in the Dallas Mavericks. He also serves on the boards of directors for both the American Film Institute and the Tribeca Film Institute.

In addition to his business endeavors, Wagner has made a substantial commitment of his time, energy and resources to giving back through the Todd Wagner Foundation. Since 2000, the Foundation has implemented Wagner’s vision of venture philanthropy and invested tens of millions of dollars in cutting-edge programs that empower underserved communities and at-risk youth. This includes significant support for such notable charities as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, KIPP (the Knowledge is Power Program), After-School All-Stars, and the First Tee.

In recognition of his business and philanthropic efforts, Wagner has received numerous honors including Town and Country’s Philanthropy 50 (2017), induction into the Texas Business Hall of Fame (2012), the After-School All-Stars Inspire Award (2010); Special Care and Career Services Milton P. Levy Volunteerism Award (2008); Dallas CASA’s “Champion of Kids” (2005); Kappa Sigma’s National Man of the Year (2003); and Dallas’ Center for Nonprofit Management Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2002).

Wagner is a native of Gary, Indiana and received a B.S. from Indiana University, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He holds a J.D. from University of Virginia. 

Todd Wagner