Stephen J. Davis serves as president of Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based TV development and production division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS). There, he leads a team responsible for reimagining, reinventing and reigniting the world-class brands of Hasbro, where he oversees the development, production and distribution of more than 400 half-hours of original kids and family programming, ranging from animation to live action to game shows.
Most recently, Davis was CEO of Family Entertainment Group LLC, which, under his direction, was engaged in the development, production, revitalization and distribution of family entertainment content for the traditional and digital space. Previously, he served as President of Mobile and Online Media at NASDAQ-listed digital media company InfoSpace and as President of Granada America, a unit of one of Europe's leading producers and broadcasters of quality television programming.
Earlier, Davis led Carlton America, a leading worldwide producer and distributor of television programming and formats that later merged with Granada, as President and CEO. There, he also served as a director and member of the senior management team of Carlton International Media Ltd., a program distribution, DVD and book publishing company. He came to Carlton from Hamdon Entertainment, a joint venture between Carlton and Studio Hamburg (NDR, as President and CEO, leading the company's global TV movie production and distribution businesses. At the Griffin Group, the entertainment and investment company of entertainer and entrepreneur Griffin, Davis was VP of Entertainment and Media Development.
Davis serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) and held two terms as its co-chairman. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of PCI: Media Impact, a leading NGO addressing social and health issues through media; is a member of the Board of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS), the Los Angeles Board of Governors of The Paley Center for Media; the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; serves on the Advisory Council of the School of Communications/Radio, Film and Television at University of Texas at Austin; and is a trustee of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Additionally, he is an active member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), as well as a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS).
Veteran children's programming executive Finn Arnesen joined Hasbro Studios as senior VP, international distribution and development, in April 2010. In his role, Arnesen manages Hasbro Studios' global content sales, distribution, channel and program development activities outside of North America, extending across television, online and other emerging media. Previously, Arnesen served as senior vice president of original series and international development at TBS International, where his duties included leading multi-platform programming, production and development; joint venture strategic acquisitions; distribution; and deal-making partnerships.
During his 17-year tenure at TBS, Arnesen generated higher ratings and revenues while overseeing programming and development for the Turner-owned networks, the start up and management of Cartoon Network Studios London and program management of Cartoon Network Europe as part of his broad portfolio. At Cartoon Network Europe, Arnesen commissioned and executive produced its first wholly owned U.K.-produced series Skatoony, an unprecedented animated game show with real-life kid contestants. The show reflected his global efforts to expand the kids' genre and audience with new live-action formats produced through Turner alone and European co-production partners.
Prior to Turner, Arnesen held posts at ScreenSport, the European Sports Network and Sky Sports. He has a Bachelor of Arts honors degree in French and drama from the University of Warwick.