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Tom Ryan

Chief Executive, Pluto TV

THE LATEST: Free television streaming service Pluto TV, which was co-founded by Ryan in 2013, was acquired in March 2019 by Viacom for $340 million. The deal followed a year in which Pluto TV doubled its total content partners to 150 and launched 45 new channels.

BACKGROUND: Ryan began his career as co-founder of digital music service Cductive before moving on to roles with Virgin Mobile and eventually a position as senior vice president of digital strategy development at EMI. A series of adviser roles and board seats — including e-commerce firm Threadless and men’s clothing-subscription site Trunk Club — followed before he helped launch Pluto TV. At Pluto TV, Ryan is responsible for managing Pluto’s 100-plus live channels and thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

WORTH NOTING: Ryan is a founding board member of Smule, a social music site with more than 50 million monthly users.

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