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The focus of CFOs has shifted from cost containment to optimizing the organization to support growth--that was a major theme of our recent global media and entertainment CFO study.

Discover the results of our interviews with 50 CFOs of leading M&E companies headquartered in 10 countries and representing combined annual revenues of over $475 billion.

Join CFO’s James “Jimmy” Barge, Lionsgate Entertainment Corp., and Bernard Dvorak, Liberty Global plc, both of whom participated in the study, as they share their views on: 

  • The migration to digital
  • The CFO’s shift in focus from cost containment to supporting growth
  • Improving decision analytics capabilities
  • Priorities and challenges being faced by the CFO and the finance organization



    James W. Barge

    CFO, Lionsgate Entertainment Corp.

    James W. “Jimmy” Barge is the Chief Financial Officer of Lionsgate Entertainment Corp. and has oversight of all financial operations, planning and strategy and is a member of the Company’s senior management team.

    Prior to joining Lionsgate, Mr. Barge served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Viacom Inc. from 2010-2012 and Executive Vice President, Controller, Tax & Treasury, from 2008-2010. Prior to joining Viacom, Mr. Barge had a 13-year tenure at Time Warner, ultimately serving as Time Warner Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer.

    Before joining Time Warner, Mr. Barge was a partner with EY, where he served as the West Area Industry Leader of the Consumer Products Group and also served in the national office of EY, where he was responsible for the resolution of SEC accounting and reporting issues for many of the firm's largest clients. He participated in the Professional Accounting Fellow Program in the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he served a variety of clients in the Atlanta Office of EY.

    In addition to his responsibilities at Lionsgate, Mr. Barge is a Director, Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and Audit Committee member of Scholastic Corporation and is a member of the Advisory Council for The SEC Institute. He is also a Distinguished Practitioner Lecturer for the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and a member of the Alumni Board.


    Bernard Dvorak

    Executive Vice-President and Co- CFO, Liberty Global plc

    Bernard G. Dvorak is Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Financial Officer (Principal Accounting Officer) of Liberty Global plc, a position he has held since the combination of Liberty Media International, Inc. (LMI) and UnitedGlobalCom, Inc. in June 2005. Liberty Global is the largest international cable company with operations in 14 countries. Mr. Dvorak is an executive officer of Liberty Global and sits on the company's Executive Management and Investment Committees.

    Mr. Dvorak served as a Senior Vice President and Controller of LMI from March 2004 until June 2005. From June 2002 until March 2004, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of On Command Corporation, a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (now known as Liberty Interactive Corporation).

    From the early 1980's through 2002, Mr. Dvorak was in the public accounting profession and the cable television industry, holding various senior- and executive-management roles.

    Mr. Dvorak holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ferris State College.


    Ian Eddleston

    EY Global Media & Entertainment Assurance Leader

    Ian Eddleston is the EY Global Media & Entertainment Assurance Leaders. With 25 years of professional experience, he provides audit services to both public and privately held media and entertainment companies in the U.S. and around the world, leading a team of high performing professionals who deliver service to our clients.

    Mr. Eddleston has extensive experience across the breadth of media and entertainment including new media, film, broadcast and music. Through his experiences working with start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, he has developed an in-depth knowledge of existing accounting frameworks and their applications to both traditional and evolving business models, together with and acquisitions, consolidations and VIE matters, as well as other complex accounting issues. Mr. Eddleston works extensively on complex global engagements and has coordinated multiple international teams.



    John Nendick

    EY Global Media & Entertainment Leader

    John Nendick is the EY Global Media & Entertainment Industry Leader, responsible for directing and coordinating EY’s services to clients in the media and entertainment industry. He has over 30 years of experience in film and television production and distribution, music, broadcast, cable and satellite, new media and the convergence of media and entertainment with software and technology. He is a client serving partner, as well as a prominent resource for EY professionals.

    Mr. Nendick has an in-depth background working with large multinational public companies across many industries, advising them during transactions including mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings. He has also led several initiatives to interview the world’s leading media and entertainment industry C-Suite executives resulting in a series of C-Suite publications of thought leadership.

    Mr. Nendick is considered one of the foremost authorities on trends, issues and challenges facing the media and entertainment industry. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and is often quoted in industry and business publications. He is also visible as a key EY representative at the Emmy®, Golden Globe® and American Music Awards shows for many years.

    Mr. Nendick has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Durham University in the UK. He is a CPA in California and a member of the California Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.