To start with Appear Media has appointed Ian Stratford as its new main authorized officer and head of business affairs.

Prior to signing up for First Appear Media, Stratford served as SVP, associate standard counsel at Endeavor where by he helped located Endeavor Written content, the agency’s output, funding and sales arm. In this position, he constructed and led Endeavor Content’s expansive enterprise and authorized affairs crew, working throughout its movement image, scripted television, non-scripted/documentary, and podcast studios, as very well as the company’s partnerships, investments, and joint ventures.  Prior to Endeavor, Stratford was husband or wife at Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP, the place he served as a strategic advisor to different media providers, and led the firm’s finance exercise. 

In his new job at Initially Seem, Stratford will lead the company’s total company and legal affairs workforce and system throughout all divisions of the enterprise. These consist of Topic Studios, the enjoyment studio which develops, produces and finances aspect films, documentaries, tv and podcasts its Subject matter streaming provider the investigative journalism outlet The Intercept the documentary movie device Discipline of Vision and the Push Independence Protection Fund, which supplies lawful help for journalists, news companies, and whistleblowers. Stratford will report to To start with Appear Media Main Functioning and Chief Finance Officer Drew Wilson.

“Ian’s observe record of constructing and guiding the legal and company affairs techniques at several media corporations, enabling them to get to their fullest prospective, is undeniably extraordinary,” mentioned Wilson. “His groundbreaking frame of mind and track record as a artistic challenge solver will be extraordinary assets to our team as we enter an fascinating phase of development.”

To start with Seem Media was introduced in 2013 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The firm has developed this kind of movies as “Spotlight” and “Leave No Trace,” podcasts like “Politically Re-Active” and “Intercepted,” and documentaries like “American Factory.”

“The Initial Glimpse Media team has crafted a dynamic enterprise structured to thrive in the quickly transforming media, information and leisure landscapes,” stated Stratford. “I am energized to be a part of the group and assist guide the company’s continued evolution.”

Stratford acquired his regulation diploma from Fordham College School of Law and his bachelor’s diploma in biology from Fordham University. He will be based mostly in New York.