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David Levy

David Levy

David Levy is the chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Barclays Center, the president of J Tsai Sports, and a venture partner at Joe Tsai’s family office, a multi-strategy investment firm based in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining the Nets and Barclays Center in September 2019, Levy oversaw Turner’s leading portfolio of domestic entertainment, sports, kids, and young adult networks and businesses, including TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, truTV, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Bleacher Report, and Turner Sports. Additionally, he led Turner’s two domestic (U.S.) revenue divisions: ad sales and distribution.

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Alternate Governor, Brooklyn Nets Chief Executive Officer

David Levy is the chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Barclays Center, the president of J Tsai Sports, and a venture partner at Joe Tsai’s family office, a multi-strategy investment firm based in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining the Nets and Barclays Center in September 2019, Levy oversaw Turner’s leading portfolio of domestic entertainment, sports, kids, and young adult networks and businesses, including TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, truTV, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Bleacher Report, and Turner Sports. Additionally, he led Turner’s two domestic (U.S.) revenue divisions: ad sales and distribution.

Levy, who enjoyed a more than 30-year career at Turner, had executive oversight of the company’s domestic portfolio of brands and businesses. Under his leadership, the Turner networks increased their investment in original premium content across the company’s portfolio of entertainment, kids, and sports divisions. In 2018, Turner was nominated for 33 Emmy Awards.

Both TBS and TNT experienced significant brand evolutions under Levy, with each network launching distinct and buzz-worthy original content. truTV evolved its programming schedule and now ranks as one of the youngest-skewing cable networks in the television industry. Adult Swim continues to be a brand powerhouse behind popular series such as Rick and Morty. In 2017, Turner added to its portfolio of premium sports properties by acquiring rights to UEFA, which includes the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, along with the UEFA Super Cup. In 2018, Turner kicked off its UEFA Champions League coverage by launching it on B/R Live, the company’s new direct-to-consumer channel.

Additionally, Levy led a significant expansion in digital media and new businesses designed to grow Turner’s portfolio. In 2012, he spearheaded Turner’s efforts in the acquisition of Bleacher Report, a leading multi-sport website and video streaming service. In 2015, the company purchased a majority stake in streaming video pioneer iStreamPlanet, a move that expanded Turner’s capabilities to offer live events and cultivate future business opportunities on digital platforms. In May 2016, Turner launched ELEAGUE, a new professional esports league created in partnership with WME | IMG.

Levy was also instrumental in deepening and expanding Turner’s media rights and defining the division by its association with premium sports content, brands, and events, including the NBA, MLB, and the PGA. He negotiated a number of wide-ranging agreements, each representing a significant change that extended well beyond traditional television rights. In 2010, he was instrumental in orchestrating a landmark deal, partnering with CBS for the multi-media rights to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. As part of the agreement, TBS exclusively televised the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in 2014 and the National Championship in 2016, marking the first time in the event’s history the key games were televised by a cable network.

Levy has received numerous awards for his professional achievements during his career at Turner. In 2012, he was elected to the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and in 2018, he was named one of the most influential executives of the past 20 years by Sports Business Journal.

In 2016, the JDRF, the leading research and advocacy organization funding type 1 diabetes, honored Levy, and his wife Niki, with the organization’s annual Humanitarian of the Year award.