Michael Wise is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Universal Pictures since December, 2014. Wise leads the development and execution of a comprehensive technology strategy for Universal Pictures and is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of all technology initiatives and operations in support of the studio.
Wise was formerly with Turner Broadcasting System since 2007, most recently serving as Vice President, multiplatform distribution. As such, Wise oversaw the development of TBS, Inc.’s online video players and associated video delivery systems as well as TV everywhere authentication platforms. He was also broadly responsible for developing, promoting and enabling technical architectures and functionalities for digital media products across TBS, Inc.’s portfolio of brands, as well as building collaborative relationships with leading industry partners. Wise also lead the technical architecture and industry outreach work for Turner’s TV Everywhere and CNNgo strategic initiatives.
Prior to TBS, Inc., Wise held various technical and managerial roles at AOL leading digital media strategy, planning and execution. His team built one of the first at-scale CDNs and supported some of the earliest digital media stores and subscription music services. He also held roles at Time Warner leading antipiracy technical strategy – spanning music, pay TV and filmed entertainment.
Wise received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and son.