Todd Wagner: The Art and Economy of Indie Film


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Todd Wagner icon-01Todd Wagner: The Art and Economy of Indie Film

Still image from the film Good Night, and Good Luck

Entrepreneur and Indiana University alumnus Todd Wagner made his impact in the technology world when he and business partner Mark Cuban launched, one of the first platforms to stream live events and radio stations over the Internet. Wagner later fused his passion for entertainment with his business portfolio to build the Wagner/Cuban Companies, which spans content creation, distribution, and exhibition: 2929 Entertainment, 2929 Productions, Magnolia Pictures, Landmark Theatres, and AXS TV.

As CEO of 2929 Entertainment, Wagner has provided artistic vision and business acumen critical to such important films as the Oscar®-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck, and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, We Own the Night, and The Road, to name a few. Wagner’s business interests also include a stake in the Dallas Mavericks and The Weinstein Company, and serves on the boards of directors for both the American Film Institute and the Tribeca Film Institute. In his latest entrepreneurial pursuit as founder and chairman of the Charity Network, Wagner assists charities with the transition from analog to digital, a long time theme of his career.

In addition to his business endeavors and social entrepreneurship, Wagner has made a very substantial commitment of time, energy, and resources to giving back through the Todd Wagner Foundation. Since 2000, the foundation has implemented Wagner’s vision of venture philanthropy and invested tens of millions of dollars in cutting-edge programs that empower underserved communities and at-risk youth. His business and philanthropic efforts have earned Wagner numerous honors and awards over the past 15 years.

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