With over 20 years of entertainment programming and producing experience, Daniel Tibbets serves as president and general manager for El Rey Network, a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy. Overseeing operations and leading the network’s growth strategy, Tibbets manages new carriage agreements, content development, program planning/scheduling, productions, acquisitions, talent relations, advertising sales, business affairs and other areas.
Tibbets most recently served as chief content officer at Machinima, responsible for content strategy and development, program planning and scheduling, production, acquisitions, and business affairs. Under his leadership, he developed and put into production over 600 hours of original content for go90, Sony Vue, Youtube and other platforms including the hit series Street Fighter and Transformers: Combiner Wars. He segued there from Bunim/Murray Productions where he led its digital department as an SVP, Digital Media, developing short-form programming for web, mobile and other platforms including branded original series Best Year Ever (Target) and The Controller (EA). Previously he co-founded and led the e-publishing company Premier Digital Publishing (acquired in 2014) and spent six years as studio chief at the innovative, first mover VOD mobile content company GoTV Networks, building it into the largest mobile media network and original content syndicator, launching over 20 original VOD channels before it was acquired in June 2011.
From 2002-2005 Tibbets was vice president, production at Twentieth Television and oversaw the FoxLab, where he was responsible for overseeing over 2500 episodes of television production, and developed and executive produced the first two original content mobisodes™ Love and Hate and Sunset Hotel which launched on Verizon’s early mobile platform, VCAST. This followed four-years as VP, Entertainment for Fireworks Television and VP, Papazian-Hirsch, where he sold and developed projects for syndication, cable and broadcast networks, most notable the HBO series Rome.
Earlier in his career Tibbets served as a writer and producer on a number of notable television programs and specials including the Emmy®-Award winning, Streetwise, and the BBC/PBS mini-series Signs and Wonders starring James Earl Jones. He produced and/or contributed to the production and development of other award-winning, made-for-television series, including Martha Stewart Living, Home Again with Bob Vila, America’s Most Wanted, Good Day Live, Judge Alex, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, and many others. Daniel Tibbets earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing with an emphasis in international marketing and business from Arizona State University.