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Ann Kirschner
President and CEO

Ann Kirschner has been a media and marketing pioneer in broadcast television, cable, satellite, and interactive media. Her start-ups include the first full-channel cable teletext service, REQUEST; the first home satellite broadcast networks, PRIMETIME 24; the first sports league on satellite television and the Internet, NFL SUNDAY TICKET and NFL.COM; and now FATHOM, the first interactive knowledge network associated with leading universities, libraries, museums, and research institutions.

Co-founded by Columbia University and Kirschner, Fathom was named the Top Education Portal and one of the Top 100 Sites for 2001 by Yahoo! Internet Life.

Kirschner previously headed up new media for the National Football League (NFL), overseeing the introduction of new programming ventures in emerging technologies such as interactive television and the Internet. She is the founder of NFL.COM, and Team NFL on America Online.

Kirschner served as president of Comma Communications, a telecommunications and interactive consulting firm. She also co-founded Satellite Broadcast Networks and PrimeTime 24, where she became the first executive vice president of sales and marketing of both companies. Earlier, she was the director of new business development for Westinghouse/Group W Cable, where she won an ACE award in marketing.

Kirschner began her career as a lecturer in Victorian literature at Princeton University and has also been a freelance writer and editor at CBS, the New York Times, and several publishing companies. She was the assistant director for English programs at the Modern Language Association, and worked as an assistant to the director of the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library. She has received grants from the Texas Committee for the Humanities for a study on PhDs in business and from the Littauer Foundation for a book on the Holocaust.

Kirschner was named one of New York Magazine's "Millennium New Yorkers" and was also honored as a distinguished graduate of Princeton University. She serves on the board of directors of New York Media Association, Theatreworks USA, the Topps Company, the Princeton Alumni Council and the Princeton University English Department Advisory Council. She was the founder and first chair of the Satellite Marketing Council.

A Whiting Fellow in the Humanities, she received her PhD in English literature from Princeton University, an MA from the University of Virginia and a BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. adventure gamesdownloadable pc gameskids gamespc gamesplatform gamesmarble popper gamespuzzle gamesmahjong

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  • New Times, New Rules: An Interview with Fathom's Ann Kirschner
    // Commentary, November/December 2001