James J. Ackerman
James Ackerman is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience worldwide in leading advanced media companies. In June 2016, Ackerman was appointed Chairman of the Board for Accedo, a leading provider of user experiences and related technologies for video-based mobile apps. In August 2016 Ackerman became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Prison Fellowship, a non-profit founded by the late Chuck Colson. Ackerman and his wife have served as volunteers with and donors to Prison Fellowship since 2004.
In September 2013, he was named Executive Chairman of Broadway Systems, a leading provider of advertising sales software solutions for cable (e.g. Fox News) and advanced television networks (e.g. WWE Network). In October 2015, Broadway Systems was sold to Israel-based technology company Sintec Media.
Previously, James Ackerman served as the President and CEO of Documentary Channel. During his tenure (May 2009 to October 2012) Ackerman led the company to sustainable profitability that resulted in its sale to Participant Media.
In February 2005, Ackerman founded Spinnaker Media to develop innovative entertainment and digital media companies. In September 2008, he launched Spinnaker Media Fund I, a Delaware LP, for which he serves as General Partner. Fund investments include global media technology company Accedo as well as digital media start-ups Our Stay and CrowdfundX.
From April 2001 to May 2004, Ackerman served as Chief Executive Officer of OpenTV Corp (NASDAQ), having previously served as the company’s President and COO. During his career with OpenTV (August 2000 to December 2004), he led the company through a change in control ownership and the acquisition and integration of two publicly traded competitors and managed the company through a transition from a pure software vendor to one of the world’s leading providers of advanced interactive television technologies, applications, and services.
Prior to OpenTV, from October 1995 to August 2000, Ackerman was with British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB). He served in various capacities including Chief Executive Officer of British Interactive Broadcasting (a venture between BSkyB and BT) where he was responsible for the launch of the world’s first comprehensive interactive television service as a part of Sky Digital. Ackerman also served as Managing Director of Sky Ventures, responsible for managing Sky’s portfolio of joint venture owned channels, including the British versions of Nickelodeon, Paramount Comedy Channel, History Channel, The National Geographic Channel and QVC.
Ackerman’s additional career posts have included positions as Vice President of International Business Development at A&E Television Networks, where he facilitated the launch of the History Channel in the UK and Latin America; Vice President of Program Development for Hearst Entertainment; Director of Original Programming for The Family Channel; and an Account Supervisor at Grey Advertising.
Ackerman is a Board Member of the International Documentary Association (IDA). He is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and lives with his wife Martha in Washington DC.