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Preston Padden


Principle, Boulder Thinking, LLC

Preston Padden is the Principle of Boulder Thinking, LLC., a consulting firm. Mr. Padden also serves on the Advisory Board of Grotech Ventures, a private equity investment firm. In 2018 and 2019 Mr. Padden served as Executive VP of the C-Band Alliance. From 2012 to 2015 Mr. Padden served as the Executive Director of the “Expanding Opportunities For Broadcasters Coalition”.  From 2010 to 2013 Mr. Padden served as an Adjunct Professor of Communications Law at the University Of Colorado and as a Senior Fellow at the Law School’s Silicon Flatirons Center. Mr. Padden had a 50 year career in the media business holding the following positions: Assistant General Counsel, Metromedia; President, The Association of Independent Television Stations; President, Network Distribution, Fox Broadcasting Company; Chairman and CEO, American Sky Broadcasting (merged into Dish Network); President, ABC Television Network; and Executive Vice-President, Government Relations, The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Padden worked directly for leading industry CEO’s including Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner and Bob Iger. He also served on the Boards of The National Association of Broadcasters and The Motion Picture Association of America. In his career Mr. Padden helped to launch the Fox Broadcast Network, secured waivers of multiple Federal regulations for News Corporation and secured legislation extending by 20 years the term of U.S. copyrights.

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