Jason Powell of ProWrestling.net is reporting that although WWE will downplay the amount of attention it pays to TNA, there were many backstage in the company who were watching TNA’s live Impact broadcast last week. The report indicates that one of every five production monitors backstage in WWE were tuned into TNA Impact.
WWE issued the following press release today:
March 15, 2010
STAMFORD, Conn., March 15, 2010 – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. has named Tandy O’Donoghue Vice President, Operations & New Business Development. Beginning April 5, O’Donoghue will be responsible for business development domestically and internationally, maintaining key business partner relationships and maximizing growth across WWE’s various platforms. She will report directly to Chief Operating Officer Donna Goldsmith.
O’Donoghue brings more than 12 years of experience as a business executive and attorney within the sports and entertainment industries. Most recently, O’Donoghue was Managing Director, Business Affairs at the United States Tennis Association (USTA), where she worked on the US Open, the Olympus US Open Series, Davis Cup and Fed Cup and handled business affairs for the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Prior to her tenure at USTA, O’Donoghue served as the Chief Legal Officer, Head of TV & Business Affairs at the Women’s Tennis Association. She began her career as an attorney with the law firm Proskauer Rose in theirSports Practice Group.
“Tandy’s combination of strong business contacts, operational experience and legal expertise suits her well for the challenges of this position. We are confident that she can simultaneously streamline our internal operations, and expand the breadth and depth of our external business opportunities,” said Donna Goldsmith.
O’Donoghue holds a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law and a B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family-friendly, PG content across all of its platforms including television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 500 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto.
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