Kay Koplovitz Biography (1945-)

Born April 11, 1945, in Milwaukee, WI; daughter of William E. and Jane T. Smith; married William C. Koplovitz, Jr. (an attorney and corporate executive),April 17, 1971. Avocational Interests: Tennis, baseball, skiing, travel. Career: Television executive. WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, WI, radio and television producer and director, 1967; Communications Satellite Corp., Washington, DC, public information officer, 1968-72; United Artists-Columbia Cablevision, Oakland, NJ, director of community services, 1973-75; Koplovitz and Co.(communications management and public relations firm), founder and chief executive officer, 1975-77; United Artists-Columbia Satellite Services, Inc., vice president, executive director, and head of Madison Square Garden Sports Network, 1977-80; USA Network and Sci-Fi Channel, New York City, president and chief executive officer, 1980-98; founded USA Networks International, 1994. Federal Communications Commission, broadcast analyst, c. 1967. Corporate boardmember, Nabisco Holdings Corp.; corporate board member, Liz Clairborne, Inc.;corporate board member, General Re Corporation. Director and member of executive committee, Cable Advertising Bureau, 1980-87; member of board of directors, New York World Television Festival, 1983-85; member of advisory board, Gannett Foundation, 1985; member of board of directors, Museum of Broadcasting,1988-. New York University, member of board of overseers at Graduate Schoolof Business Administration, 1984-87. National Junior Achievement, member of board of directors, 1986-; launched Ease the Hate campaign, 1994; board member, Tennis Hall of Fame; member, Women's Sports Foundation; launched industry-wide anti-drug initiative with Partnership for a Drug Free America. Member: Women in Cable (member of founding board of directors; chair, 1979-80; member of executive committee, 1979-; president, 1982-83), National Cable Television Association (chair of advertising committee, 1979-81), Cable Advertising Bureau, (member of board of directors, executive committee, treasurer, 1981-87), International Radio and Television Society (member of board of directors, 1984-85), National Academy of Cable Programming (member of board of directors, 1984-87), National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (member of board of directors, 1984-93; chair, 1994-95), Advertising Council, Inc. (member of board of directors, 1985-; chair, 1992-93), Advertising Council of America (member of board of directors, 1985-87), New York City Partnership (memberof board of directors, 1987-), National Women's Council (chair, 1998-), board member, INSPAC, Women's Forum, Cable Television Marketing and Administration Society, International Council, Committee of 200. Awards, Honors: Action for Children's Television award, 1979; National Cable Television Association, Idell Katz Award, 1979, Jerry Greene Memorial Award, 1982; Twin Award,Ridgewood Young Women's Christian Association, 1980; named one of Advertising Age's top ten Newsmakers, 1981; named by New York Daily News as one of ten businesswomen to watch, 1982; Matrix Award, Women in Communications, 1983; Entrepreneurial Women award, 1984; Distinguished Service Award, Young Adult Institute, 1985; Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Award,City University of New York, 1986; Women Who Run the World Award, Sara Lee Corp., 1987; Chairman's Award for Leadership, Cable Advertising Bureau, 1987;Muse Award, New York Women in Film and TV, 1992; Inductee, Broadcaster's Hallof Fame, 1992; Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 1993; Crystal Award, Women in Film, 1993; Champion of liberty award, Anti-Defamation League, 1998.

Birth Details
April 11, 1945
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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