John Terenzio is widely recognized in the media industry as an accomplished television and digital media executive and producer. In his 30 years of experience, he has developed, created, produced and managed virtually every type of news and reality programming for ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, as well as for cable channels, syndication, and digital platforms.
Mr. Terenzio is currently the owner and President of TAP INc. which creates and develops content and management strategies for media companies. Its clients regularly include major media entities, such as CBS, Fox, The Cisneros Group of Latin America, McGuire Media of Australia, and CCTV (China Central Television.)
Mr. Terenzio began his career as a journalist. After graduating from journalism school, he joined KYW-TV in Philadelphia, where he produced the station’s local newscasts and became an on-air reporter. He was also assigned to the station’s investigative reporting unit, which won numerous national awards.
Mr. Terenzio also held a senior management position in local television as the News Director at WPLG-TV, the Washington Post-Newsweek owned station in Miami. While there, WPLG-TV was the recipient of the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow award for the nation’s outstanding local newscasts, and numerous awards for WPLG’s investigative reporting team.
Mr. Terenzio was hired by ABC News in the 1980s as a field producer. He covered hundreds of stories worldwide, including three presidential elections, and four wars.
At ABC News he went on to produce various programs, including prime-time news magazines. He was also in charge of national news coverage for ABC News.
Mr. Terenzio then joined NBC News as the Executive Producer of the weekend editions of NBC Nightly News, and as Executive Producer of “News Specials.” While at NBC News, he created and produced hundreds of hours of original news programming, including election coverage, and coverage of the first Gulf War.
In the 1990s Mr. Terenzio transitioned from “news” content to entertainment offerings, and established his own company. Mr. Terenzio was the Executive Producer of widely viewed syndicated programming in the United States, including the Twentieth Century Fox program, A Current Affair and the critically acclaimed Disney syndicated series, The Crusaders. From 2003 to 2013, he was also the executive producer of three popular syndicated “tv court” shows including Judge Joe Brown, which was the #2 rated court show in America for more than 500 consecutive weeks, and Swift Justice with Nancy Grace, which was the #3 rated court show in its first season.
When Fox launched a sports cable channel (Fox Sports Net) in 1996, Mr. Terenzio became Executive Producer and Executive Vice President, and created more than 50 hours of original weekly sports programming for the new network.
Mr. Terenzio began his experiences in digital media in 2000 when he served as the President of Programming and Publishing at Broadband Sports, a digital media company that specialized in sports content for both conventional and digital media platforms. Comprised of various B2B and B2C businesses, Broadband Sports had an aggregated viewership that ranked third in its sector behind ESPN.com and CBS Sportsline.com. Broadband Sports business assets included the exclusive websites for more than 300 superstar athletes, a network of more than 200 sports writers, an e-commerce business, and two television programs, which aired on Fox Sports Net and DirecTV.
In his capacity as an executive, Mr. Terenzio has vast experience in the infrastructure workings of media companies. He has managed hundreds of employees and multi-million dollar budgets. He is well versed not only in content creation and applications, but in distribution, sales and revenue strategies and tactics.
Mr. Terenzio has been widely quoted on subjects related to world media in books, magazines, and newspaper articles, including those written by noted media chroniclers Ken Auletta and Jeffrey Toobin. He has spoken and lectured on media topics at various symposiums and universities. Mr. Terenzio has been a visiting lecturer at the journalism school of Tsinghua University in Beijing, and often speaks at the Los Angeles campus of the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Mr. Terenzio is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.