Todd R. Wagner (born August 2, 1960 in Gary, Indiana) co-founded Broadcast.com and now co-owns 2929 Entertainment with Mark Cuban, along with other entertainment properties and has also founded the Todd Wagner Foundation. Events 338 BC - A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Broadcastcom was a Web radio company founded as "AudioNet" in 1992 by Chris Jaeb. 2929 Entertainment is a vertically integrated media company with holdings in film and television production film distribution theatrical exhibition home entertainment television Mark Cuban (born July 31, 1958 in Pittsburgh). He is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, an NBA Basketball team,
Wagner attended Indiana University joining Kappa Sigma Fraternity Beta Theta Chapter. Indiana University is the flagship campus of the Indiana University system. He later graduated in 1983. He earned a law degree from University Of Virginia and then moved to Dallas, Texas where he became a licensed CPA in the State of Texas, and began a legal career with the national firms Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and Hopkins & Sutter. The University of Virginia (also called UVa, UVA, Mr Jefferson's University, or The University) is a highly selective public research Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP was founded in Dallas in 1945 by Robert Strauss and Richard Gump.
In 1995 he joined up with fellow Indiana alum Mark Cuban and the two launched AudioNet, broadcasting live sporting events and radio stations over the Internet, at first with only a Packard Bell 486 PC and a single ISDN line. Mark Cuban (born July 31, 1958 in Pittsburgh). He is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, an NBA Basketball team, As CEO, Wagner grew the company and expanded its services to include corporate events and business services. In 1998 Wagner and Cuban changed the name to Broadcast.com and took the company public in the midst of the dot-com boom. Broadcastcom was a Web radio company founded as "AudioNet" in 1992 by Chris Jaeb. The Broadcast. com IPO set an opening-day record, with shares climbing 249% from an offering price of $18 to a closing price of $62. 75. In 1999, Wagner and Cuban sold Broadcast. com to Yahoo! for $5. 7 billion, making 300 employees millionaires and Wagner and Cuban instant billionaires. Wagner continued to lead the division as Yahoo! Broadcast until May 2000, when he declined an offer to become Yahoo!’s Chief Operating Officer to focus on other interests.
In 2000, Wagner created the Todd Wagner Foundation, and through this Foundation he has developed several programs that are dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and inner-city entrepreneurs by increasing access to technology, education and capital.
After meeting with now-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wagner in 2001 launched his Foundation’s first children’s program, the Dallas chapter of the After-School All-Stars (then called Inner-City Games), a national program championed by Schwarzenegger that provides year-round technology, academic, sports and cultural programs for children in the nation's inner cities. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger ( German ˌaɐnɔlt aloʏs ˈʃvaɐtsənɛɡɐ born July 30 1947 is an Austrian American Bodybuilder, Actor The Dallas After-School All-Stars now reaches more than 4,000 children with programs ranging from chess and art classes to golf, running clubs and math competitions.
Wagner also created a Minority Technology Fund that provides funding and resources to minority-owned, technology-focused businesses based in Dallas and has made investments in numerous companies including: Imaginuity Interactive, a Web site development firm; Abstract Concepts, developer of African-American communities Ebonymate. com and Dallasblack. com; and rocKnot, a software development firm.
Wagner has also developed the MIRACLES technology, education and life skills program, a groundbreaking initiative that provides a comprehensive after-school program for inner-city children. Structured, instructor-led and outcome-based, this unique program, built from the ground up and managed by Wagner and his team, is currently in its fifth year and is operating in nine cities across the country in conjunction with the national After-School All-Stars. The intense multi-year program begins in sixth grade and continues through high-school graduation.
The Wagner Foundation has also provided funding to bring a KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) charter school to Dallas. In Fall 2003, KIPP Truth Academy opened, where students develop the knowledge, skills and character needed to succeed in top-quality high schools, colleges and the competitive world beyond.
Wagner’s philanthropic achievements have earned him several honors including the national First Star “Visionary Award” (2006), the Dallas CASA “Champion of Children” award (2005), the national “Kappa Sigma Man of the Year” award (2003), an honor from the Urban League of Greater Dallas (2003), “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” from Dallas’ Center for Nonprofit Management (2002), and After-School All Stars’ “Man of the Year” (2000).
After getting his Foundation up and running, Wagner headed west to learn the movie business, and in just a few short years has become a recognized major player in Hollywood. He has been a driving force behind several important social and issue-oriented films in 2005, including two that received seven total Oscar nominations (Good Night and Good Luck and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), and has impacted Hollywood through an innovative day-and-date film distribution strategy. Good Night and Good Luck  is a 2005 film directed by George Clooney and written by Clooney and Grant Heslov that portrays the conflict between Enron The Smartest Guys in the Room is a 2005 Documentary film based on the best-selling 2003 book of the same name by Fortune
With a goal of bringing meaningful and inspirational stories to movie fans through 2929 Productions (the production division of 2929 Entertainment), Wagner has been instrumental in bringing films like Good Night, and Good Luck and Akeelah and the Bee to the big screen. Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 Film written and directed by Doug Atchison. Good Night, directed by and co-starring George Clooney, struck an important chord in the national debate over freedom of speech and was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture. "The Oscar" redirects here for the film see The Oscar (film. Akeelah, starring Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett and rising star Keke Palmer, is inspiring a generation of urban youth to dream big. Laurence John Fishburne III (born July 30, 1961) is an American award-winning Actor of screen and stage, as well as Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16 1958 is an Emmy - and Academy Award -nominated and Golden Globe -winning African- American Actress Lauren Keyana Palmer (born August 26 1993 in Harvey Illinois) is an American SAG Award -nominated NAACP Image Award -winning Actress
In addition to 2929 Entertainment, Wagner, with business partner Mark Cuban, also owns a group of vertically integrated entertainment properties that includes high-definition production company HDNet Films (produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room); distributor Magnolia Pictures (released Enron and Oscar-nominated Capturing the Friedmans); home video division Magnolia Home Entertainment; the Landmark Theatres art-house chain; and high-definition cable channels HDNet and HDNet Movies. Magnolia Pictures is an American Film Distributor, and is a holding of 2929 Entertainment, owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban Capturing the Friedmans is a Documentary film directed by Andrew Jarecki. Landmark Theatres is the largest art house Movie theater chain in the United States. HDNet is a general interest Television channel in the United States, broadcasting exclusively in high-definition format and available via cable
Wagner also owns minority stakes in Lions Gate Entertainment and The Weinstein Company, and most recently invested in Canadian film and television company Peace Arch Entertainment. Lionsgate redirects here For other meanings see Lions' Gate (disambiguation. The Weinstein Company is an independent American Film studio founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein in 2005 after the pair left He is a founder and co-chairman of Content Partners LLC, a company that invests in the back-end profit participations of Hollywood talent.