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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 and Chicago, 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 Emmy-nominated producer, international distributor, and financier of quality television, film and digital programming.

In television alone, Dolphin has produced over 300 hours of original programming, which have been seen in over 100 countries worldwide. Past television series credits for Mr. O’Dowd and Dolphin Entertainment include serving as Executive Producer of Nickelodeon’s worldwide top-rated series Zoey 101 (Primetime Emmy-Award nominated) and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, as well as Nickelodeon’s first ever musical, Spectacular!, Most recently, Mr. O’Dowd and Dolphin produced Raising Expectations, a 26-episode family sitcom starring Molly Ringwald and Jason Priestley, for Family Channel Canada.  Raising Expectations won the 2017 KidScreen Award for Best New Tween/Teen Series, the global children’s television industry’s highest honor.

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 hotel groups and consumer products.

In December of 2017, the New York Observer ranked The Door and 42West, respectively, as the third and fourth most powerful PR firms of any kind in the United States.

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 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 23 years.