Graduate, Cornell University, 1966. Juris Doctor, New York University Law School, 1969.
Lawyer Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, New York City, 1969-1976. Assistant general counsel, deputy general counsel Columbia Pictures Industries, 1976-1985, senior vice president Worldwide Business Affairs, 1979, executive vice president, 1980, president Pay Cable & Home Entertainment Group, 1983—1985. Senior executive vice president Fox Inc., 1985—1988, president Beverly Hills, 1988—1990, chairman Twentieth Century television, 1988—1990.
President Columbia Pictures, 1990-1994. President motion picture group Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1991—1994. Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Viacom Entertainment Group, New York City, 1994—2004.
Principal Wood River Ventures, LLC, since 2004. Senior advisory Viacom, Inc., since 2004. Director Expedia, Inc., Bellevue, Washington, 2005.
Senior consultant ArtistsDirect, Inc., since 2006. Board fellows Claremont University Center and Graduate School. Founder Friends of the Cornell University Theater Arts Center.
Member Alumni Council New York University Law School. Founding member Education First. Advisory California State Summer School for the Arts.
Board directors Sony Pictures, Charter Communications.
Married Susan Dolgen. Children: Tamar, Lauren.