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Key Player: Armyan Bernstein/Charlie Lyons

Bernstein is Chairman, and Lyons is CEO of Beacon Communications

Exec Trivia: Lyons started as a political speechwriter in Washington D.C. Bernstein was a broadcast journalist in Cleveland.

The Basics: Bernstein is an award-winning movie producer, and Lyons is former chairman and founder of Ascent Entertainment, Beacon’s former parent. Last year, they sold Ascent to Liberty Media, but kept the Beacon shingle and brought it into a five-year deal with Disney. Company has produced major films like “Air Force One,” “Thirteen Days,” and most recently, Kevin Costner’s “Open Range.”

Rep: Bernstein is considered a savvy industry player with a solid-track record. He’s close to studio chairman Dick Cook, who engineered the Beacon deal for Disney. He and Lyons call themselves “true partners,” although Bernstein is ostensibly the “creative guy” and Lyons the “business guy.”

POV: Lyons says: “The wonderful thing about Disney, and the reason our partnership works, is they appreciate the magic of storytelling as much as they understand how to run a first-rate business.”

Bernstein says: “Charlie and I have wonderful working relationships with Disney, and Dick Cook and Michael Eisner that date back over a decade. So Disney was a perfect cultural match for us when we established our venture about a year ago. It’s a partnership in the purest sense, where we are able to combine what we do best with what one of the greatest brands in the world does best.”

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