ORLANDO, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 06/27/13 -- IZEA, Inc. (OTCQB: IZEA), the pioneer of native advertising, announced the addition of Lindsay Gardner to the company's Strategic Advisory Board. Mr. Gardner has 25 years of executive management and leadership experience at companies ranging from technology startups to the world's largest media and entertainment companies.
Currently, he is Senior Advisor to Oaktree Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm with $80 billion under management. Since May 2010, he has focused on global buyout opportunities in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors, as well as providing strategic support to several Oaktree portfolio companies.
Gardner maintains a robust strategic advisory practice focused on media acquisition, distribution and partnerships. During 2011-12 alone, he advanced the business plans of companies such as Miramax, Tribune Broadcasting, AMC Networks, Armstrong Cable, Northwest Broadcasting, multiple NBA teams, and Brazil's and Portugal's Ongoing Media.
Garnder is a co-owner of the Memphis Grizzlies NBA basketball team. Gardner has also co-founded several new media companies, including Porto Media (technology to transfer a movie to a memory card in 18 seconds), China-based multi-platform Reach Media, and Channel Islands, which sells targeted advertising systems to cable operators.
Until mid-2007, Gardner was President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Fox Networks. During his tenure, he built Fox's cable network portfolio from a handful of small channels into one of the industry's largest, launching more than a dozen channels, including three that surpassed 20 million subscribers in their first year of operation.
"Lindsay has an impressive background that spans the technology and media landscape," said Ted Murphy, Founder/CEO of IZEA. "He brings an extensive knowledge base, network of relationships and partnership expertise to the IZEA team. Lindsay will help us better reach our industry's decision-makers."
"I have always had a passion for disruptive media technology, and executives who break the mold capture my attention," said Gardner. "Ted and his team have built something extraordinary, winning the confidence of major brands, agencies and investors. I am eager to lend a hand and participate in IZEA's growth."
Gardner is a graduate of the MBA program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brandeis University.
IZEA is a pioneer in native advertising and marketing, powering sponsorships across platforms like Tumblr, twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest with its family of 750,000+ registered social influencers. These individuals range from A-list celebrities to everyday people who actively seek to partner with brands and promote products. IZEA has completed more than three million sponsorship transactions since 2006 for clients ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 50 organizations. For more information, visit http://www.izea.com
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Statements in this press release that are forward-looking include the company's estimated levels of revenues, gross profit margin and net operating loss for the 2012 fiscal year. These forward-looking statements are based largely on IZEA's expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond IZEA's control. Actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements as a result of, among other factors, competitive conditions in the social media sponsorship segment in which IZEA operates, failure to popularize one or more of the marketplace platforms of IZEA, inability to obtain additional capital, and changing economic conditions that are less favorable than expected. In light of these risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking information contained in this respect will in fact occur. Please read the full statement and disclosures here: http://izea.com/safe-harbor-statement
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