John Sykes is President of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises, where he oversees strategic business partnerships and platforms across a broad range of media including television, digital video and live events as well as the creation and distribution of iHeartRadio-branded television programming and video content. Sykes is also an executive producer of iHeartMedia’s seven annual nationally televised network specials, including the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Turner Broadcasting, the iHeartRadio Music Festival on The CW Network, the iHeart Country Festival on FOX and iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina on Telemundo. He co-produced “12-12-12” — the Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief and the historic 9/11 benefit event “Concert for New York City.”
Sykes was a core member of the team that created MTV in 1981. He then spent 20 years at Viacom in various senior roles including President of VH1, President of Network Development for MTV Networks and Chairman and CEO of Infinity Broadcasting (now CBS Radio). In 2008, Sykes joined MTV co-founder Bob Pittman at the Pilot Group, a private equity and venture firm in New York City. In 2011, Sykes was named iHeartMedia’s (formerly Clear Channel) President of Entertainment Enterprises. Sykes serves on the board of directors for Madison Square Garden, The Robin Hood Foundation, Critical Content Television, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He holds a BS in Television/Radio from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications and an honorary doctorate from the Berkeley school.