STEVEN H. KRAM
March 1, 2015
STEVEN H. KRAM is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Content Partners, LLC, a first-of-its kind entity that provides liquidity to owners of royalties and other passive profit participations in film, television, music, and other entertainment industry projects. Both an investment fund and asset management company, Content Partners has created a unique market that offers maximum, immediate financial security to clients—including individuals, partnerships, estates, and corporations—while Content Partners assumes the future risks and rewards of their cash flows in an uncertain economic environment.
Mr. Kram brings decades of entertainment industry experience to his clients. For nearly 17 years, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the William Morris Agency (now William Morris Endeavor). As a key player on the WMA Executive Management team, Mr. Kram directly supervised the agency's motion picture, television, commercials, consulting, and sports marketing departments. He also oversaw all business affairs, human resources, and litigation activities.
During Mr. Kram's tenure, WMA added hundreds of talented names to its worldwide client roster and refined its distinctive approach to packaging and financing for the large and small screens. On his watch, the agency achieved significant growth through a redefinition of its departmental structure that allowed agents and clients to cross over into related fields, enhancing their careers. The approach enabled WMA clients to frequently evolve from performers, to stars, to heading production of their own film and television projects.
Mr. Kram also assumed a number of additional leadership positions during his tenure at WMA. For ten years he served as a Managing Director of William Morris UK, guiding the agency's operations throughout Europe. He also played a key role in identifying and executing mergers and acquisitions for the agency. In addition, Mr. Kram helped create the William Morris Consulting Group, a consortium of WMA executives who provided targeted entertainment-based corporate consulting services for some of the world's most recognizable brands, enabling them to extend their reach in all media.
After graduating from law school in 1981, Mr. Kram served a clerkship with Justice Theodore R. Kupferman in the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division. In 1982, he joined the American Broadcasting Company as a Staff Attorney in New York. He was promoted in 1984 to Assistant General Attorney, and in 1986, to General Attorney, with comprehensive business and legal affairs responsibilities for the Capital Cities/ABC-owned television and radio stations nationwide. In this capacity, Mr. Kram gained extensive experience in the acquisition of feature films for broadcast, and in the negotiation of talent contracts.
Mr. Kram is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, is on the Advisory Board of Directors of the International Television Academy, and is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Outside the entertainment industry, he is a State of California Coastal Commissioner, and is a former Board Member of the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS). Mr. Kram is a member of the New York State Bar and is admitted to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. Exposure to new audiences and bragging rights in your help with a essay author bio are just a few of the perks of winning any legitimate writing contest