Terry Semel

Executive, Accountant
This top Warner Brothers executive began professional life as an accountant, but his enthusiasm for films (and the film community) has made certain that he has not been thought of as simply a bean counter. After ... Read more »
Born: 02/24/1943 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (4)

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

His Way 2010 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Jim Carrey: The Joker's Wild 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This top Warner Brothers executive began professional life as an accountant, but his enthusiasm for films (and the film community) has made certain that he has not been thought of as simply a bean counter. After pursuing studies in accounting and market research, the Brooklyn-born Semel entered the entertainment industry as a branch manager for Warner Brothers in 1966. In the early 70s, he acquired additional experience (and executive status) at CBS and Buena Vista in sales and distribution.

Relationships

Lily Bovington Semel

Daughter

Eric Scott Semel

Son

Jane Semel

Wife
married on August 24, 1977

Ben Semel

Father

Courtenay Semel Actor

Child

Mildred Semel

Mother

Courtenay Semel

Daughter
born c. 1978

EDUCATION

City College of New York

New York , New York 1967
did work in market research

Long Island University

Brooklyn , New York 1964

Milestones

2001

Appointed chair and CEO of the Internet portal Yahoo! (April); assumed position as of May 1

1999

With Daly, announced plans to step down as co-chairs and co-CEOs of Warner Bros. by the end of the year (July)

1996

Time Warner merged with Turner Broadcasting

1994

Promoted by Daly to co-chair and co-CEO of Warner Brothers

1993

Robert A Daly announced formation of The WB television network

1989

Warner Communications purchased by Time Inc. to create Time Warner

1982

president and chief operating officer of Warner Brothers

1979

Named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Warner Brothers

1975

Moved to Warner Brothers as vice president and general sales manager

1973

Joined Buena Vista as vice president and general sales manager

1966

Employed by Warner Brothers as a branch manager; worked in New York, Cleveland and Los Angeles

1965

Worked at an accounting firm

Served as domestic sales manager for CBS-Cinema Center Films

Bonus Trivia

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He was named Pioneer of the Year by the Foundation of Motion Picture Pioneers (1990)

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In 1996, Semel donated more than $100,000 to the Democratic Party.

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