Chief Executive Officer, Director, and Co-founder of fuboTV
Mr. Gandler was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer and Director in April 2020. Mr. Gandler is the Co-founder of fuboTV, the live TV streaming platform that is transforming how people watch sports, news and entertainment, and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since January 2015. Under Mr. Gandler’s leadership, fuboTV has quickly evolved into a leading virtual MVPD with a focus on innovation.
fuboTV launched in 2015 as a streaming soccer service and today is a sports-focused cable TV replacement for the entire family. In April 2020, fuboTV closed a merger with FaceBank Group, Inc. to create a leading digital entertainment company, combining fuboTV’s direct-to-consumer live TV streaming platform for cord-cutters with FaceBank’s technology-driven IP in sports, movies and live performances. Through the merger, fuboTV began trading on the OTCQB and intends to uplist to a major stock exchange in the coming months.
Popular with cord-cutters, fuboTV is consistently first to market across a number of areas including product and technology (first and still only vMVPD to stream in 4K), advertising (launched dynamic ad insertion in January 2018 ahead of most competitors) and content (distribution agreements with 100+ channels and 770+ local network stations in 99% of the U.S.; its own fubo Sports Network with original programming). Forbes named fuboTV to its Next Billion Dollar Startups list in 2019.
Prior to founding fuboTV, Mr. Gandler had a prolific advertising career with more than 15 years of video sales in local broadcast and cable TV within both the general and Hispanic market, including at Scripps Networks Interactive, Time Warner Cable Media Sales and NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Media.
Mr. Gandler was recognized as a leading exec in Variety’s 2020 and 2019 Dealmakers List and named to the 2017 Broadcasting & Cable Power 100. He is frequently quoted in major publications and has been a featured speaker at leading industry and banking conferences.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Nardi was appointed as our Chief Financial Officer in June 2020. As CFO, Mr. Nardi leads all financial operations and strategy for fuboTV. He joined fuboTV at a pivotal moment as it merged with FaceBank Group, Inc. to build a leading digital entertainment company. FaceBank was traded on the OTCQB, making fuboTV a public company upon closure of the merger in April 2020. Mr. Nardi is currently leading the combined company through an uplisting to a major stock exchange, which is anticipated for summer 2020.
Prior to fuboTV, Mr. Nardi served as SVP and CFO, international for Scripps Networks Interactive, the number one producer of lifestyle content around the world. In this role, Mr. Nardi was responsible for all finance and strategic planning for the company’s international business across Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. He played a key role in the transformational $2 billion acquisition and integration of TVN S.A., the leading media company in Poland, including its delisting from the Warsaw Stock Exchange and the refinancing of its $1 billion debt. In this role, Mr. Nardi was also responsible for leading the Company’s international program licensing business and coordinating branding, marketing, technical operations and digital outside of the U.S. He was also a member of the board of directors of Scripps’ joint ventures with the BBC in the UK and with Corus Entertainment in Canada.
Previously, Mr. Nardi served as SVP and CFO for NBC Universal’s international channels and television production businesses where he helped build and grow the international TV production operation for NBC Universal, green-lighting and monetizing key franchises like Downton Abbey. Previously, he served as CFO of NBC Universal’s business development division in New York, where he assumed a lead role in launching Hulu.
Mr. Nardi joined General Electric in Italy in 1998 as part of GE Industrial Systems. He then relocated to the United States, where he completed the GE Financial Management Program. In 2001, he joined the GE Corporate Audit Staff Executive Leadership Program, where he progressed over four years to the rank of senior audit manager and led several projects across multiple teams in all GE divisions in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia, including the $2 billion spin-off and IPO of Genworth Financial Inc.
Mr. Nardi earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, where he graduated summa cum laude. He currently resides in New York City with his wife and their two sons.
Head of Studio and Director
Mr. Textor was appointed as our Head of Studio in April 2020, and has served as a Director since August 2018. Mr. Textor is globally recognized as a media and technology innovator and producer of feature films and live entertainment. He is a developer of technologies and applications, and a co-founder of development stage companies, which combined to create Facebank Group, a character-based virtual entertainment company, and a leading developer of digital human likeness for celebrities and consumers, focused on applications in traditional entertainment, sports entertainment, live events, social networking, mixed reality (AR/VR) and artificial intelligence.
Mr. Textor was appointed FaceBank Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Director in August 2018, ultimately becoming Executive Chairman (interim) in connection with the Company’s merger with fuboTV, Inc. He resigned his interim post as Executive Chairman upon the appointment of Mr. Bronfman, in April 2020, and currently serves as director and Head of Studio of fuboTV, focused on the continued development of large-scale, technology-driven content initiatives.
Featured as "Hollywood's Virtual Reality Guru" by Forbes Magazine in 2016, Mr. Textor is widely credited as a pioneer of the new industry of Virtual Entertainment, responsible for the 2012 appearance of Virtual Tupac at the Coachella in 2012, Virtual Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards and the development of Virtual ABBA (2019).
He was previously Chairman of Digital Domain, a multiple Academy Award winning visual effects company responsible for the visual effects of more than 80 large scale feature films, such as Transformers, The Curios Case of Benjamin Button, Tron:Legacy, Real Steel, Pirates of the Caribbean, Iron Man III and Thor. Mr. Textor was also Producer and Executive Producer of Ender’s Game, a science fiction fantasy film.
As an early technology investor, and managing partner of Wyndcrest Holdings, Mr. Textor was best known for his financial support of Art Technology Group, an internet personalization technology pioneer that would achieve a $10.5 billion valuation as one of the top IPOs of 1999. He was also founder and largest shareholder of Virtual Bank, an early Internet banking pioneer that became a multi-billion dollar diversified financial services company, responsible for MicrosoftVirtualBank, EMCVirtualBank and WorldcomVirtualBank. Separately, he served as Chairman of BabyUniverse.com, which was sold to eToys, of which he also became Chairman. He also served as Chairman and principal owner of Sims Snowboards, the world’s 2nd leading snowboard brand, through which he created the World Snowboarding Championship.
Mr. Textor is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.
Mr. Fiksenbaum was appointed as President on February 1, 2019, and has served as Chief Executive Officer of Pulse Evolution Corporation since June 2017. Prior to joining Pulse Evolution, Mr. Fiksenbaum was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pop Experience from January 2015 until May 2017. From January 2014 until September 2014, Mr. Fiksenbaum served as Vice President of Marketing/PR-Resident 7Show Division of Cirque du Soleil. Mr. Fiksenbaum has been working professionally in the live entertainment industry for over 30 years, now bringing to the Company his impressive and relevant experience in senior management including strategic planning, operations, sales, marketing, promotions, event programming, and ticketing. While at Cirque du Soleil, he was responsible for the marketing, sales and public relations initiatives of nine resident shows, including launching Michael Jackson One in Las Vegas, which features an appearance of the holographic likeness of Michael Jackson. Within the theatre industry, Mr. Fiksenbaum worked on numerous award-winning productions, including The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Disney’s the Lion King, Wicked, Les Misérables and Spamalot. His extensive experience and background also include his role as former Vice President of Theatrical Productions for Kimmel Center, Inc. in Philadelphia, and serving as a senior consultant to a diverse group of companies including Feld Entertainment, Celine Dion, DuPont, the Kodak Theatre and Theatre Dreams.
Senior Vice President, Advertising Sales
Prior to joining fuboTV in 2020, Horowitz was vice president, sales for Telestream’s full range of advanced media technologies in the eastern United States. Previously, Horowitz was executive director, sales for IBM Watson Media, also holding positions at Comcast Technology Solutions as global client director and director, VOD sales. Horowitz joined Comcast from Scripps Networks Interactive (now Discovery, Inc.), where she led the digital advertising sales team, northeast region for Food Network and Cooking Channel.
Horowitz started her career at The New York Times Company, where she held numerous leadership roles in both New York and Paris for The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.
Named to Multichannel News’ 2020 Women to Watch list, Horowitz is a sought-after thought leader at industry conferences and events.