Chairman of the Board
Mark Shapiro has served as Chairman of the Board for Captivate since September 2013.
Mr. Shapiro is the President of Endeavor, where he previously held roles as co-president of the company’s IMG and WME subsidiaries and as Chief Content Officer. Prior to joining IMG in 2014, Mr. Shapiro was CEO of Dick Clark Productions (dcp), managing its day-to-day operations while developing and producing high-quality entertainment programming for traditional and digital media. He oversaw several of the company’s most prodigious television series and specials. Mr. Shapiro left this role when he executed a sale of dcp to Guggenheim Partners for over $375 million, a sum more than double what the ownership team had paid for the company just five years prior.
From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Shapiro served as Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation where he energized and re-invented the Six Flags brand as the world’s largest regional theme park company. Before joining Six Flags, Mr. Shapiro spent 12 years at ESPN, where he oversaw both production and programming as an influential leader in the sports television industry. His vision lead to the creation of sports and entertainment properties that helped build ESPN into one of the world’s strongest multi-media brands. During his tenure, he garnered 16 Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards.
In addition to being Chairman of the Board for Captivate, Mr. Shapiro serves on the boards of four public companies: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV), Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR), Papa John’s International (NASDAQ: PZZA), and Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR).
Mr. Shapiro was named one of the “Rising Stars” in Entertainment Weekly’s annual listing of the “101 Most Powerful People in Show Business.” In 2004, Shapiro ranked among the Top Ten in Sporting News’ “Power 100” for the second consecutive year. In 2005, Mr. Shapiro was named to Sports Business Daily’s annual “Top 40 under 40” for the third consecutive time. In 2016, Variety named him to its “New York Power List” and Broadcasting & Cable awarded him “Sports Executive of the Year.”