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Nyhl Henson

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Journalism, 1970

President, Smart Media Ventures

Formerly, Chief Executive Officer of Broadspot World Wide Wireless (BWWD.TV) –IVI Communications, Inc.

Nyhl Henson is a cable television programming pioneer and entertainment industry executive who will serve on the Board of Advisors. An early leader in recognizing the value of cable television programming, Henson was instrumental in the conversion of Warner Communications' Star Channel into a satellite-delivered service known as "The Movie Channel." He served as the first general manager of Nickelodeon TV and was a key contributor to the development of MTV from Nickelodeon's "Pop Clips" program. After leaving Warner, Henson became vice president of programming and production with Oak Media Development, where he pioneered the pay-per-view genre with such events as the Rolling Stones in concert and the Leonard-Hearns and Holmes-Cooney championship fights.

In 1983, he helped to create Music Village Group, a Nashville-based entertainment Company, and Music Village USA, a 40-acre theme park. Henson was named Chairman and CEO of Country Music Television when Music Village acquired the fledgling network. Country Music Television was later sold to Group W Cable as part of a $1.5 billion package. Henson most recently has served as CEO of Craftsman and Scribes Creative Workshop, an award-winning New York City-based children's television production company. He also has been involved in the development of several land-based entertainment complexes including projects in Branson, Missouri and Nashville, Tennessee. He is currently the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of IVI Communications.