ABOUT TODD WAGNER
Entrepreneur Todd Wagner made his impact in the technology world when he launched Broadcast.com with his business partner Mark Cuban. Broadcast.com was one of the first platforms to stream live sporting events, corporate events and radio stations over the Internet. As CEO of the company, Wagner helped take the company public in 1998, where it set an opening-day record with shares climbing 249% from an offering price of $18 to a closing price of $62.75. In 1999, Broadcast.com was sold to Yahoo! for $5.7 billion. Wagner continued to lead the business as a division of Yahoo! until May 2000, when he declined an offer to become Yahoo!’s Chief Operating Officer to focus on other interests.
Wagner later fused his passion for entertainment with his business portfolio to build the Wagner/Cuban Companies. This vertically integrated portfolio of companies spans content creation, distribution and exhibition: 2929 Entertainment, 2929 Productions, Magnolia Pictures, Landmark Theatres and AXS TV. As CEO of 2929 Entertainment, Wagner has provided artistic vision and business acumen critical to such important films as the Oscar®-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, as well as Akeelah and the Bee, We Own the Night and The Road. Wagner’s business interests also include a stake in the Dallas Mavericks, as well as the Weinstein Company. He also serves on the boards of directors for both the American Film Institute and the Tribeca Film Institute.
In 2014, Wagner founded Chideo, a content-driven fundraising platform that offers celebrities, nonprofits and brands an easy way to quickly drive awareness and raise funds for important causes through the creation of unique and entertaining video content. Chideo’s growing list of distribution partners – Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Tribune Company, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Delta and Virgin America Airlines, Twitter, Facebook and more – offer the opportunity to reach audiences across TV, Online, and In-flight—all to benefit the world’s leading charities.
To expand Chideo’s reach and further disrupt today’s online philanthropic space, Wagner acquired fundraising giants Prizeo— a groundbreaking digital sweepstakes platform that enables influencers to use technology to mobilize their fan base to raise maximum amounts of funding and awareness for their chosen causes; and CharityBuzz – the premier online charity auction platform that has raised over $150 million to date for its nonprofit clients. In unifying three of the top digital fundraising platforms, Wagner has solidified his position as the owner of the largest coalition of charity-based fundraising platforms. Through these partnerships, Wagner created the Charity Network, harnessing the power of celebrity, technology and media to raise awareness and funds for some of the world’s toughest challenges.
In addition to his business endeavors, Wagner has made a very substantial commitment of his time, energy and resources to giving back through the Todd Wagner Foundation. Since 2000, the Foundation has implemented Wagner’s vision of venture philanthropy and invested tens of millions of dollars in cutting-edge programs that empower underserved communities and at-risk youth. This includes significant support for such notable charities as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), After-School All-Stars, and the First Tee.
In recognition of his business and philanthropic efforts, Wagner has received numerous honors including induction into the Texas Business Hall of Fame (2012); After-School All-Stars Inspire Award (2010); Special Care and Career Services Milton P. Levy Volunteerism Award (2008); Dallas CASA’s “Champion of Kids” (2005); Kappa Sigma’s National Man of the Year (2003); and Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2002) by Dallas’ Center for Nonprofit Management.
Wagner is a native of Gary, Indiana and received a B.S. from Indiana University, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He holds a J.D. from University of Virginia.