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McNamara, Miller join Global Eagle board

Former Telemundo CEO Jim McNamara and venture capitalist Dennis Miller have joined the board of Global Eagle Acquisition.

Announcement was made Wednesday by Global Eagle, which raised $190 million in May through an initial public offering. Golden Eagle is headed by veteran showbiz execs Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky and is seeking entertainment and media acquisitions.

The appointments bring the board membership to three, including Sloan.

“Jim and Dennis bring a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as long-established relationships with executives in the media, technologies and investment sectors to Global Eagle’s operation,” Sloan said.

McNamara is the founder of indie producer Panamax Films, which focuses on the U.S. Latino and Latin American audience. McNamara also is non-executive chairman of Cine Latino, a Spanish-language premium film channel in the U.S., and non-executive chairman of Pantelion Films, a partnership between Lionsgate Entertainment and Grupo Televisa.

From 1999 to 2005, McNamara was president and CEO at Telemundo Communications Group. He also served as CEO at New World Intl. from 1991 to 1995.

Miller worked for Turner Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lionsgate Entertainment and Constellation Ventures.

He’s a venture partner with Spark Capital, focused on investing at the intersection of technology and media; his investments have included Capital IQ, K-12, CSTV, TVONE, Adap TV, Next New Networks and Widevine Techologies.

Global Eagle said in May that it would be looking to acquire media or entertainment businesses with high growth potential in the U.S. and internationally. It hasn’t yet identified specific target companies.

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