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Bill O’Dowd

Member United Way Worldwide Leadership Council
Founder and CEO Dolphin Entertainment
Coral Gables, Florida

Bill O’Dowd founded Dolphin Entertainment in 1996.  With offices in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Nashville, Chicago and Boston, Dolphin is a publicly-traded independent entertainment company (NASDAQ: DLPN), with divisions dedicated to feature film, television and digital content production, and celebrity, motion picture, television, lifestyle, consumer products, food and hospitality public relations and marketing.

Dolphin Entertainment’s production division specializes in children’s and young adult live-action programming, enjoying a solid reputation as an award-winning producer, international distributor, and financier of quality television, film and digital programming. Dolphin has produced hundreds of hours of original programming, which have been seen in over 125 countries worldwide.

In March of 2017, Dolphin completed the acquisition of 42West, the world’s leading entertainment PR/Marketing firm. 42West combines an impressive roster of A-list celebrities with a market-leading business in the public relations and marketing of feature films and television series.

In July of 2018, Dolphin completed the acquisition of The Door, a best-in-class lifestyle and hospitality public relations and marketing services company, with clients ranging from celebrity chefs and restaurant groups, to live events, leading hotels, resort destinations and consumer products.

In December of 2019, Dolphin completed the acquisition of Shore Fire Media, the music industry’s top-rated PR firm, providing premium marketing services to a large roster of recording artists, songwriters, music publishers, live events and venues.

In December of 2019, the New York Observer ranked all 3 of Dolphin’s PR firms in their prestigious annual Power 50 list of the nation’s most powerful PR firms, with 42West ranked #4, the highest of any entertainment PR firm.  Dolphin was the only company to own more than one PR firm on the list.

Mr. O’Dowd graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, has received a Master’s Degree in Modern European History from Creighton University, and was named 1st-Team Academic All-American by USA Today while an undergraduate at Creighton.  Mr. O’Dowd serves on the Leadership Council of United Way Worldwide, as well as on the Board of Directors of United Way United Kingdom, and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Miami-Dade County Public School System Foundation, among other charities.  Furthermore, Mr. O’Dowd has taught one course a year as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Communication for the past 24 years.