WWES growing with Gutkowski

New prez/CEO ups Koppelman to chair

Worldwide Entertainment & Sports (WWES), the New York-based sports management and marketing company, has hired Bob Gutkowski as its president and CEO.

Gutkowski’s first move as president was to elevate Charles Koppelman from a board member of WWES to chairman of the board. Marc Roberts has resigned as chairman, president and CEO of WWES.

Stretching domain

At WWES, Gutkowski, 52, says one of his goals is to push the company into production, not only of sports programming but of music and entertainment programming.

Gutkowski says he took the lead in getting the company he founded in 1995, the Marquee Group, to expand beyond sports into movies, TV shows and records by purchasing such companies as Tollin-Robbins Entertainment (the movie “Varsity Blues” and the HBO series “Arli$$”) and Alphabet City Records. Gutkowski sold Marquee to SFX Entertainment in 1999 for more than $100 million.

Hockey plan iced

Before Marquee, Gutkowski was president of Madison Square Garden from 1991 to 1995. In the last year or so, Gutkowski and Koppelman tried — and failed — to put together financing to buy the New York Islanders hockey team.

Koppelman has spent most of his career in the music business, serving in such posts as chairman and CEO of EMI Music Publishing and SBK Records (1989-92) and chairman and CEO of EMI Records Group, North America (1993-97).

Gutkowski says he’s high on the two Web sites that WWES owns: Houseofboxing.com and Sportscut.com. He also plans to oversee creation of a new name and logo for WWES and to look for acquisitions to expand the company’s base.

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