John Sykes is President of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises, where he oversees strategic business partnerships and platforms across a broad range of media including television, digital video and live events as well as the creation and distribution of iHeartRadio-branded television programming and video content. iHeartMedia now has seven annual nationally televised network specials, including the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Turner Broadcasting and the iHeartRadio Music Festival on The CW Network.
Sykes is also co-producer of iHeartMedia’s seven annual “tentpole” events, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival and the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and co-produced, along with James Dolan and Harvey Weinstein, the special concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief – “12-12-12” — and the historic 9/11 benefit event “Concert for New York City.”
Sykes was a core member of the team that created MTV in 1981. He then spent 20 years at Viacom in various senior roles including President of VH1, President of Network Development for MTV Networks and Chairman and CEO of Infinity Broadcasting (now CBS Radio). In 2008, Sykes joined MTV co-founder Bob Pittman at the Pilot Group, a private equity and venture firm in New York City. In 2011, Sykes was named iHeartMedia’s (formerly Clear Channel) President of Entertainment Enterprises.
Sykes serves on the boards of Madison Square Garden, Robin Hood Foundation, Critical Content, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.