John Stankey (’91)
President and Chief Operating Officer, AT&T Inc.
John Stankey is currently president and chief operating officer of AT&T. AT&T’s Board of Directors elected John in April 2020 as CEO effective July 1, 2020 and a member of the Board of Directors effective June 1, 2020.
As COO since fall 2019, John oversees AT&T Communications and WarnerMedia, which together represented 95% of AT&T’s 2019 consolidated revenues of $181.2 billion.
AT&T Communications is a global leader in communications with nearly 135 million U.S. mobile, broadband and pay-TV customers and nearly 3 million business customers, from the smallest companies to nearly all the Fortune 1000. AT&T Communications is one of the largest wireless and pay-TV providers in the United States and provides high-speed internet connections to 60 million U.S. customer locations.
WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its industry leading consumer brands including HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. WarnerMedia’s brands operate one of the world’s largest TV and film studios, own a deep library of entertainment programming, and own or have a management stake in more than 25 digital properties including CNN.com – the #1 digital news site globally. WarnerMedia also includes Xandr, which is focused on creating a better solution for advertisers and publishers to find and reach specific audiences at scale in trusted, premium content environments.
John joined AT&T in 1985 and has more than 30 years of accomplished leadership spanning nearly every area of AT&T’s business from corporate strategy and technology, to operations and media and entertainment. He has served in a variety of roles including CEO of WarnerMedia; CEO of AT&T Entertainment Group; Chief Strategy Officer; Chief Technology Officer; CEO of AT&T Operations; and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions.
John holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Loyola Marymount University and an M.B.A. from UCLA. He serves on the board of directors of UPS.
Mike Hopkins (’01)
Senior Vice President of Prime Video and Amazon Studios
Mike Hopkins (’01) is senior vice president of Prime Video and Amazon Studios, overseeing all aspects of Amazon’s video entertainment businesses. He joined Amazon in February 2020 and reports directly to Jeff Bezos, Amazon chairman and CEO. Hopkins previously served as chairman of Sony Pictures Television (SPT), where he oversaw all television production, distribution and marketing operations globally for the studio, as well as for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s (SPE) media networks business. Prior to that, he was CEO of Hulu, one of the leading premium streaming destinations in the U.S.
Hopkins has over 30 years of media experience and an extensive track record of developing and producing innovative television content, negotiating landmark distribution agreements and overseeing media businesses. He joined Hulu in 2013 and led the company in nearly quintupling its market valuation, growing its audience to over 47 million total unique users, and building its premium Hulu Originals programming slate, which includes the Emmy-Award winning Handmaid’s Tale, Golden Globe-nominated comedy Casual and fan favorites The Mindy Project, Castle Rock and Marvel’s Runaways.
Under Hopkins’ leadership, Hulu expanded its business into the pay-TV space, launching a groundbreaking live news, entertainment and sports package, in addition to its existing subscription-on-demand service. Once known only as a home for next-day broadcast TV episodes, Hulu’s content now also boasts live programming from over 50 channels, including: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, Fox Sports, CNN, FX, TNT, Bravo and more; thousands of on-demand television and movie titles, including exclusive current series like This Is Us, Designated Survivor, Fear the Walking Dead, Black-ish and Family Guy; entire libraries of hit shows like Seinfeld, Golden Girls, Curious George, South Park, How I Met Your Mother, Futurama and 30 Rock; and popular movies from EPIX and a host of independent distributors.
Prior to Hopkins’ time at Hulu, he was president of distribution for Fox Networks, where he oversaw the distribution strategy, sales and marketing for the company’s 45 linear and non-linear U.S. channels, as well as on-demand and digital extensions. His team also developed many of the television industry’s leading authenticated and digital video products, including BTN2GO and Fox Now. Hopkins also served on the boards of Hulu, National Geographic Channels and the Big Ten Network.
Hopkins resides in Santa Monica with his wife and daughter. He serves on the Board of Advisors at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he also earned his MBA. Hopkins earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach.
Global Head of Original Content, YouTube
Susanne Daniels is an award winning entertainment executive who has developed and produced some of the most iconic and groundbreaking series in entertainment.
As Global Head of Original Content for YouTube, Susanne is responsible for leading the company’s overall efforts and investments in original content, including programming strategy, development, and production of series and feature films from some of YouTube’s most successful creators. While at the platform, Susanne has brought to life critically acclaimed programming such as Cobra Kai, Step Up: High Water, and The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story; and has spearheaded premium livestream events with artists including Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Will Smith, and Paul McCartney.
Susanne brings an extraordinary level of experience to YouTube, spanning her most recent work as President at MTV as well as top posts as the President of Lifetime Television and The WB, Vice President of Comedy for Fox Television and more. In these roles she’s led the development for some of the most memorable shows on TV, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, Gilmore Girls, Army Wives, Charmed, 7th Heaven, Smallville, Project Runway, Drop Dead Diva, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Wayans Bros Show, Are You The One and Scream.
Susanne was inducted into the Variety Hall of Fame in 2019, and she serves on the boards of Common Sense Media, NATPE, UCLA MEMES, Center Theatre Group, among other advisory roles. She is based in Los Angeles where she resides with her husband, writer-producer-director Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation and King of the Hill).