Theodore (Ted) Kim, Commissioner
Ted is a veteran of building global businesses in technology, entertainment, media and lifestyle, leveraging and monetizing brands, platforms and IP with deep experience as an international corporate executive and entrepreneur.
Ted most recently served on the Board of Directors at KAPE Technologies (LON: KAPE) and was Head of North America for Private Internet Access (PIA) where he served as Chief Executive Officer when PIA was acquired by KAPE. Ted was concurrently the CEO of PIA’s parent company, London Trust Media (LTM) whose portfolio of media and entertainment companies grew to include Character Media, the leading Asian American lifestyle publication and events company and the Legacy Fighting Alliance, the largest MMA developmental league for the UFC with a broadcast and streaming deal at UFC’s Fight Pass.
Previously, Ted started and led the US efforts for CJ E&M, a Korea based conglomerate and its globalization efforts for over a decade overseeing theatrical exhibition, distribution, film production, television, music, and live events. Ted spearheaded CJ’s efforts to distribute Korean films, television shows and music in the US as well as leading cross-border transactions with media companies, lifestyle brands and celebrities primarily between Korea and the US.
Ted last served CJ as the CEO and President of MNET America, setting vision, mission and strategy as well as overseeing all aspects of the operations. As primarily a Korean music and lifestyle channel, MNET America identified and aggregated the then nascent KPOP audience which culminated in the inaugural launch of KCON, the world’s leading KPOP music festival and K-lifestyle convection. KCON ushered in and planted the flag for CJ, cementing its position as the global leader in KPOP and all Korean content.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Ted received his JD from the University of Arizona College of Law. An active member of the community, Ted currently serves as the President of the Board of the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (www.KYCC.org) which services the Los Angeles community. Ted has previously served as a board member of numerous non-profit organizations including the Lodestone Theater Ensemble and the Korean American Coalition (www.kacla.org).