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Bill O’Dowd

Member United Way Worldwide Leadership Council
Chief Executive Officer Dolphin Entertainment
Coral Gables, Florida

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Dolphin Entertainment, Dolphin Digital Media and Dolphin Films, Bill O’Dowd has over two decades of experience in the television, digital media and film industries.

Bill founded Dolphin Entertainment in 1996, and it has since become one of the world’s leading production companies specializing in children’s and young adult live-action programming. He enjoys a solid reputation as an Emmy-nominated producer, international distributor, and financier of quality entertainment content.

Some of Bill’s notable credits include: Executive Producer of Nickelodeon’s worldwide top-rated television series Zoey 101 (Primetime Emmy-Award nominated); Producer of the feature film Max Steel, based on the popular Mattel toy franchise of the same name; and in the digital arena, Executive Producer of H+, which premiered on Youtube and won multiple Streamy Awards in 2013.

Bill is an original member of United Way’s Worldwide Leadership Council, and led an international delegation to China in September, 2013. His desire to produce quality entertainment the whole family can enjoy led to his goal of increasing educational opportunities for children all around the world. He is a frequent speaker on education topics and creates philanthropic partnerships based on fostering early reading skills and encouraging a passion for philanthropy in young people.

He graduated from Harvard Law School with honors and earned his Master’s degree in Modern European History from Creighton University.

Bill Joined the Million Dollar Roundtable in 2009 when he made a $2 million gift to the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education for the newly named Dolphin Digital Media Demonstration School, Educare of Miami-Dade.