Robert Tercek has supervised the design and launch of pioneering entertainment experiences on every digital platform, including television, game consoles, broadband Internet, interactive TV and mobile networks. His expertise spans television, games, telecommunications and software.
In 2010, Tercek was named one of the “25 Executives to Watch” by Digital Media Wire. Variety named him one of the “Digital Dozen” most influential players in new media. The Industry Standard dubbed him the “TV Anarchist”.
His 22-year career is marked by several milestones:
• the first multichannel television service in Asia
• the first multiplayer Java games on the Web
• the first interactive TV game shows in the USA
• the world’s first streaming video service on mobile phones
• the largest live interactive learning webcasts
Tercek has served in executive leadership roles at movie studios and TV networks, most recently as President of Digital Media at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, and previously as Senior Vice President of Digital Media at Sony Pictures Entertainment and earlier as Creative Director at MTV: Music Television.
He has also been a co-founder of five startup digital media ventures, including game studio 7th Level which had an initial public offering in 1994.
Today Mr Tercek is a strategic advisor to the leaders of technology and media companies. His clients include NBC Universal, Reed Exhibitions, Turner Broadcasting and the North American State and Provincial Lotteries. Throughout his career, he has provided strategic insight to companies seeking to enter the networked entertainment market, including: Nokia, Motorola, AMD, MSN, Sony Computer Entertainment, Taito, Bandai Networks, Siegel and Gale, CMP Media Group, VNU Media Group, and The Anthony Robbins Companies. He has served on the Advisory Board of several successful startups, including BrightCove, Sulake Labs/Habbo Hotel, M.Metrics.
His entertainment credits include some of the most successful interactive titles on digital platforms, including: Oprah Winfrey’s Live Your Best Life live web casts which reached live audiences in the hundreds of thousands and on-demand audiences in the tens of millions; the launch of 22 Internet games such as Jeopardy Online and Wheel of Fortune Online; the design of the bestselling Monty Python CD ROM series; and more than 100 mobile games based on media brands from CBS Sports, World Poker Tour, Marvel Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Hasbro, Activision and many more.
An enthusiastic advocate of the future of media and entertainment, Mr Tercek is a highly in-demand speaker. He has been a featured speaker at NAB, CES, GDC, MIPTV, MILIA, E3 Expo, MIPIM, MAPIC, MGF, Quo Vadis, South By Southwest, X Media Lab, 5D, Tokyo Game Fair, the Austin Game Conference, 3GSM, CTIA, The Future of Television Summit, and many other conferences.
In 2001 he founded the Game Developer Conference’s Mobile Symposium and served as Chairman until 2009.
For ten years, he served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, where he developed an original curriculum for interactive media in 1997, and most recently served on the faculty of the Peter Stark Producers program. He has been a guest lecturer at several universities and colleges in the US and abroad.
In 2008, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in the United Kingdom in recognition of his effort to advance social progress through media.
He is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, where he contributed to the founding of the Interactive Media Peer Group.