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Dirk van de Bunt
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Dirk van de Bunt is an entertainment executive and adviser with strategic and business experience spanning all aspects of media development, production, licensing, financing, and multi-channel distribution. At Guthy-Renker, he is Executive Vice President/Chief Operating officer, and part of the direct response company’s four person management team. Guthy-Renker has over 1000 employee and generates in excess of $1.5 Billion annually. Dirk is directly responsible for the company’s business & legal affairs, human resources, facilities and quality assurance functions. He created and built out G|R’s credit, customer analytics, market research, and marketing planning & analytics functions. Before to joining Guthy-Renker in 2007, Dirk spent 25 years as an television industry executive and entertainment lawyer, most recently as Co-President of The Carsey-Werner Company, a global television production and distribution organization who’s properties included The Cosby Show, That ‘70s Show, Roseanne, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Grounded for Life, Cybill, A Different World, and many others. At Carsey-Werner he was the company’s chief legal and chief HR officer, had business and legal oversight of television negotiations with an emphasis on overall writer/producer deals and license fee negotiations with the major television networks, and direct management of an annual production budget of about $75 Million. Previously, Dirk was an executive at Paramount Pictures and before that practiced law with the Los Angeles based entertainment firm Loeb & Loeb. Dirk received BA, MA and JD degrees from UCLA, is married, and has three children.