Anthony Wood
Courtesy of Roku
United States
2021

Roku

Anthony
Wood

Founder / Chairman / CEO

Wood helped spark an entertainment revolution when he launched the Roku set-top box in partnership with Netflix’s new streaming service in 2008. The company still produces devices and smart-TV software that carry all the major VOD services, but the heart of its business is its own ad-supported programming, which includes 40,000 free movies and TV and 200 linear channels. In 2021, the company acquired the library of Quibi, the big-spending streaming service that closed shop in October 2020 after six months, rebranding it as Roku Originals. Roku also picked up the U.S. rights to the half-hour Canadian comedy series “Children Ruin Everything,” created by Kurt Smeaton (“Schitt’s Creek”), and launched its own content studio to produce advertiser-commissioned programming.

Career

  • Netflix
  • Roku
  • ReplayTV

Education

  • Texas A&M University (TX, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Roku CEO Anthony Wood Talks IPO, Advertising and the Future of Streaming (Q&A)

Roku CEO Anthony Wood Talks IPO, Advertising and the Future of Streaming (Q&A)

Streaming device maker Roku enjoyed a stellar IPO this week, with stocks trading at around double the initial share price on Friday after closing up 67% on its first day of trading Thursday. However, Roku CEO Anthony Wood preferred to talk about the future of the company in an interview with Variety -- a future that banks on cord cutting and ad-supported streaming.Roku's stock has been performing very well after its debut this week. You must be feeling pretty good...

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