Todd Wagner is founder and CEO of Charity Network, a company that harnesses the power of celebrity, technology and media to raise awareness and funds for some of the world’s toughest challenges. With a mission to help charities transition from analog to digital, Charity Network has raised hundreds of millions for causes across the globe through three digital platforms - Charitybuzz, Prizeo and Chideo.
Each platform is a leader in its own field -- Charitybuzz in online charity auctions, Prizeo in online sweepstakes and experiences, and Chideo in cause and entertainment content – and together they reach a broad and diverse group of donors from millennials to baby boomers. Through a network of syndicated partners including Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Company, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Twitter, Delta Airlines, and more, Charity Network can amplify a cause message to reach more than 80 percent of U.S. TV households and more than 100 million unique visitors each month. In addition, the company’s CN Solutions group, created from the acquisition of LA-based Global Philanthropy Group in 2017, develops and implements comprehensive philanthropic strategies to maximize the impact of the cause work of celebrities, charities and brands through research, strategy, partnerships and advocacy work.
For Wagner, the transition from analog to digital has been a long-time theme of his career. In 1995, he introduced streaming media to the world when he launched Broadcast.com with business partner Mark Cuban. Wagner served as CEO and later sold the company to Yahoo! for $5.7 billion. He then co-founded 2929 Entertainment, a portfolio of companies spanning content creation, distribution and exhibition, including Landmark Theaters, 2929 Productions, Magnolia Pictures and AXS-TV. At 2929, he pioneered the practice of releasing films simultaneously in theaters, on DVD and digitally. Wagner has also committed millions of dollars and his own time and energy to helping improve the lives of at-risk children through the Todd Wagner Foundation.