Robert Riesenberg Named President and CEO of New Omnicom Entertainment Enterprise

NEW YORK, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Robert Riesenberg has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of a new entertainment-based business unit within Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC), effective February 1. The announcement was made by Daryl Simm, CEO of Omnicom Media Group, the media services division of Omnicom that includes global media networks OMD and PHD, among other media related businesses. In his new role, Mr. Riesenberg will report to Mr. Simm.

Mr. Riesenberg, formerly Executive Vice President of Interpublic's Magna Global Entertainment, will head a new business unit that will produce and co-develop programming with talent, leading producers, clients and distribution networks.

At Magna Global, Mr. Riesenberg produced over 50 hours of prime-time television programming including such current successes as NBC's "The Restaurant," TBS' "House Rules" and the Emmy Award-winning Johnson & Johnson "Spotlight Presentation" on TNT. He has been responsible either as producer or executive for the production of numerous television movies and prime-time specials. Mr. Riesenberg sits on the boards of NATPE and Young Audiences.

"Omnicom agencies aggregate an extraordinary number of clients with major lifestyle brands," said Mr. Riesenberg. "As the marketing, media and entertainment areas evolve, major brands need compelling ideas to enhance their marketing and media strategies. I'm excited about the opportunity to build a focused entity to help propel the delivery of those ideas."

"The area of branded programming is of increasing interest to our clients," said Mr. Simm. "Robert is the top executive in the field. In this ever more demanding environment, he brings the expertise and relationships we need to offer clients the best and most relevant programming solutions for their brands. Robert will also be a key link with other Omnicom entertainment resources to create better and more integrated solutions."

In recent years, OMD and PHD have coordinated some of the more innovative product integration deals in media services, including the original "Survivor" product integration with CBS and Mark Burnett, numerous network TV music specials, branded entertainment programming such as "Pepsi Smash" on WB and current integration deals such as "The Apprentice" on NBC.

Omnicom Group is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded agency networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, direct an promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

SOURCE Omnicom Group