Former Columbia TriStar Interactive prexy and founder Richard M. Glosser has joined teen Web site Bolt as executive veep.
New York-based Bolt, which bowed in 1996, provides the 15- to 20-year-old youth-angst crowd with content, e-commerce offerings and tools such as e-mail, instant messaging, diaries and calendars. Site, whose partners include America Online, Yahoo!, MSN Hotmail and Lycos, has 1.5 million members.
Glosser will work with Dan Pelson, prexy-CEO of the e-venture, to manage daily operations, overseeing advertising, business development, commerce and research.
Glosser most recently was executive veep of Sony Online Entertainment, responsible for the business operations of gaming Web site the Station, with 4.2 million registered users. He also spearheaded the development of interactive versions of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune for play on the Station.
Before that, Glosser was prexy-founder of Columbia TriStar Interactive since 1994, the core new-media division of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
CTI divided into two groups in 1998, with Lisa Simpson as prexy of SOE and Glosser executive veep. Lynda Keeler is VP-general manager of CTI.
“We are very excited by the depth of experience Richard will contribute to Bolt as we continue to develop and expand our offerings in content, community and commerce,” Pelson said. “Richard will serve in a key role managing our operations, allowing us to best manage possible growth and new business opportunities.”
Glosser ankled his high-level Internet post at Sony in November. His contract was up for renewal at the time, but he said it was time for a change and that he wanted to move to a smaller, more entrepreneurial and flexible Web company.
Greener Web pastures
Glosser’s departure heralded a growing trend of high-level execs leaving online divisions of the major studios for upstarts.
Robert Tercek left Sony as senior veep of digital media at Columbia TriStar Television in December to join PacketVideo Corp. as prexy of programming to focus on the distribution of content to wireless devices.
Last year, Disney’s online divisions, including the Go Network, saw a slew of its executives, including Buena Vista Internet Group chairman Jake Winebaum, ankle for ‘Net upstarts or to create e-ventures.