Dick Askin is president and CEO of Askin & Company, Inc., an entertainment consulting firm specializing in television programming, marketing and distribution rights management. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Tribune Entertainment, where he oversaw all development, production and global distribution. He was also responsible for the conversion of historic Tribune Studios in Hollywood into the first all-digital studio lot in the U.S.
Formerly president of Samuel Goldwyn Television, Askin has also held executive positions at Fries Entertainment and NBC. In the nonprofit sector, Askin served as chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. During his two-term tenure, he spearheaded a Primetime Emmys telecast overhaul, which resulted in a more diverse slate of nominees and increased ratings. He also secured the strategic acquisition of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Askin sits on the board of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society and serves as a trustee of the Entertainment Industries Council, which honored him with its Larry Stewart Leadership and Inspiration Award.
A native of Massapequa, NY, Askin holds a B.A. in economics from Rutgers College, and was inducted into the Rutgers University Alumni Federation’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni. He also earned an M.A. in Communications from the University of Texas, where he was awarded the Alcoa Graduate Fellowship, and an M.B.A. from Fordham University.