Robert Nederlander, Sr.


Robert E. Nederlander, a successful entrepreneur, business leader and philanthropist for over 50 years, is Chairman & CEO of Nederlander Company LLC, owner and/or operator of Nederlander theatres outside New York City; a director of the Nederlander Organization, Inc., the owner and/or operator of nine Broadway theatres in New York City; and the President of Nederlander Television and Film Productions, Inc., the producer of award-winning programs for cable and network television.

In addition to his vast activities in entertainment, he served as the Managing General Partner of the New York Yankees Baseball Club from 1990-1991 and is currently a limited partner in the New York Yankees Partnership. He has been a friend and colleague to America's most distinguished political and business leaders including Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the Yankees' George Steinbrenner and countless others. As a civic leader, he has dedicated his life to raising millions of dollars for social, health and educational organizations including the University of Michigan, Gateway American Committee, the American Health Foundation and the National Council on Educational Research. His alma mater, The University of Michigan, has honored his service to the school with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1985, the Presidential Society Service Citation in 1988 and an Honorary Degree, Doctorate of Law, in 1990.

After the historic visit over 30 years ago of China's Ping Pong team to the University of Michigan, Robert Nederlander headed a delegation of University professors and scholars to the People's Republic of China to meet senior governmental representatives and leading administrators. The trip was a great success and many new friendships were formed. The Nederlanders are very proud of the small role they played in opening the channels of communication between the United States and China and in helping to foster better relations at that time. Three decades later, he is working with his son Robert and Madame Chen on the introduction of a new venture that will become a leader in the growth of the entertainment industry in China.

Robert Nederlander, Jr.

President / CEO

ROBERT NEDERLANDER, JR. is a third generation member of the Nederlander family, one of the great dynasties of the American theatre.  He is the founder and President of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, which manages theatres and presents Broadway productions in emerging international markets, as well as produces international productions for Broadway and elsewhere in the United States.

In 2005 Mr. Nederlander established the first foreign joint venture in the Chinese performance industry. Since then he has cooperated with numerous Chinese entertainment organizations in theatre management, show production and education initiatives.   In 2007, Mr. Nederlander presented 42nd Street, the first Broadway show to tour in cities across China.  Other shows presented in China by Mr. Nederlander include West Side Story, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, LUMA, Fame-The Musical and Broadway Rox.

In 2009 Mr. Nederlander established the 'China on Broadway' initiative to bring the best of Chinese culture to Broadway audiences in New York City and across North America. Mr. Nederlander presented Soul of Shaolin, the first Chinese production to appear on Broadway, at the Marquis Theater. In celebration of the opening of Soul of Shaolin, both the Mayor of New York City and the Governor of New York State proclaimed January 15 as 'China On Broadway Day'. Prior to Soul of Shaolin, Mr. Nederlander presented The Dream of the Red Chamber, a "cultural exchange gift" from the city of Shanghai to the city of New York, at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall.

In 2010, in partnership with China's Ministry of Culture, Mr. Nederlander created the The Cultural Trade & Industry Exchange Program, an annual 6-day program in New York City.  Now in its fourth year, the program is designed to introduce Chinese cultural officials and cultural industry professionals to all facets of the Broadway industry.  Nederlander is in the process of establishing an Arts Management degree program with a prominent American University, designed for Chinese and other international students, scheduled to debut in the spring 2015.

In 2013, Mr. Nederlander entered into an agreement to manage the 2,000 seats Qinhuang Grand Theatre and executive produce the Legend of Emperor Qin, located adjacent to the Terra Cotta Warriors site in Xi'an, China.

Other international initiatives include a partnership with Zorlu Property Group, one of the most widely established conglomerates in Turkey and Europe, to manage and operate Turkey's largest performing arts center.  Located in the heart of Istanbul the Zorlu Center Performing Arts Center consists of two theatres (one seating 2,300, the other 770) on 50,000 square meters construction area.

Mr. Nederlander holds a degree in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Five Towns College.  Mr. Nederlander is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Michigan Alumni Association, a member of the League of American Theatres and Producers, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees of the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and is a guest lecturer for Harvard University's China Public Policy Program.

 

NEW YORK

Miranda Xu

Director of Operations

Miranda Xu is the Marketing and PR Manager for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment.  Since she joined the company in 2008, Miranda has been part of several large projects in the US, China and other international markets. From 2008 to 2009, she was involved in three Broadway Musicals touring in twelve cities in China including AIDA (2008), LUMA (2009) and FAME: The Musical (2009/10). Her work includes contracting, marketing and sponsorship seeking.

In 2009, she participated in the presentation of the first Chinese production on Broadway, Soul of Shaolin, which was nominated for a Tony and Drama Desk that year. Miranda also took part in the marketing effort of several off-Broadway productions, including Viagra Falls (2010), Chix 6 (2011) and Broadway Rox (2012).

Miranda also works closely with the CEO and CFO on the theater acquisition and development in several international markets. She contributed to the creation and realization of Nederlander Worldwide's recent educational initiative The Cultural Trade and Industry Exchange Program which is a New York based Broadway training program for Chinese theater professionals.

Previously, Miranda worked on various film and television productions both in China and United States. For the award-winning CCTV television series Outsiders, Miranda served as associate executive producer. Miranda was the production associate for film The Exploding Girl which won a nomination to the Berlin Film Festival. Other working experience includes: Hairun Online Culture Film & Television Investment Ltd. (Marketing and Advertising associate), CCTV (production assistant), and Jiangsu TV (reporting intern). Miranda Xu holds a Master's Degree in Theater Arts Management from Miami University, a Master's Degree on Film Studies from Communication University of China, and Bachelor's degree in management from Beijing Broadcasting Institute.

 

Thom Schilling

General Manager


Thom Schillling is the General Manager for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment.  Thom has been associated with the world of Broadway and Off-Broadway as General Manager, Stage Manager, Production Supervisor and Producer for over twenty-five years. His Broadway associations Include Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Alan Rickman, Tango Argentino, Tommy Tune's production of Stepping Out, Doubles, The American Dance Machine, Orpheus Descending with Vanessa Redgrave, Shakespeare For My Father with Lynn Redgrave, Les Miserables, Fosse, Five Guys Named Moe, Miss Saigon and Sheri Lewis' Lambchop On Broadway. Off-Broadway includes Groovaloo, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, The Propert Known as Garland, How to Save the World..., Gorey Details, Bat Boy The Musical, The Prince And The Pauper, Silent Laughter, Viagara Falls, Groucho and Lea DeLaria's Virgin Mary, and Make Mine A Double. International and touring management includes Ain't Misbehavin' starring Ruben Studdard and Frenchy Davis, Savion Glover, Grease (Brazil), Miss Saigon (Manila) and 42nd Street (China), The St. Petersburg Russian Ice Ballet, Peter Pan, 100 Years of Broadway, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and The American Dance Machine.

 

ISTANBUL

Ray Cullom

Executive Director

Ray Cullom is the Executive Director of the Zorlu Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Cullom oversees the programming and operation of this new state-of-the-art mixed-use development, consisting of a 2300-seat main stage, and an 800-seat Drama theatre, and will be among the largest (50,000 sq. meters) and most technologically advanced performance venues in the world.  The Zorlu Center for the Performing Arts is part of the 3 billion dollar Zorlu Center complex consisting of high-end retail and signature restaurants by the world's best-known chefs, luxury residences, and a Raffles Hotel.  Mr. Cullom brings over 30 years experience in the worlds of Theatrical producing, venue management, and programming across all genres, and most recently served as Executive Director of the Queens Theatre, where he was awarded2013 Business Person of the Yearby the Queens Chamber of Commerce, and the Queens Theatre recognized as the 2012 Top Cultural Institution of the Yearin New York City, Prior to his work with Queens Theatre, Mr. Cullom served as Managing Director of the Tony Award-winning Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, and during his tenure oversaw a fiscal and organizational turnaround from a structural annual deficit and steadily decreasing patron base to consecutive years of operational surpluses and stable growth of the Theatre's audience. Prior to Long Wharf, Mr. Cullom worked as an Executive Director and Producer with Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment at the Bethesda Theatre in the Washington DC-Area, and in General Management, and as Director of Sales & Marketing with NETworks Presentations, where he worked on the national touring productions of Broadway hits such as Rent, Ragtime, Fosse, Kiss Me Kate, and Oklahoma!. Mr. Cullom began his arts management career as General Manager and later Managing Director of the historic Theatre Row complex of five Off-Broadway Theatres on 42nd Street in New York City, a project of the 42nd Street Development Corporation. He holds an AB in Anthropology from The University of Chicago and pursued his MFA in Directing with The City University of New York.

 

CHINA

Toby Simkin

Vice President & Executive Producer

Toby Simkin is a prolific theatrical producer with extensive theatre operations experience worldwide - For over 20 years, having worked in 38 of the 40 Broadway theatres, a large number of West End theatres, and theaters in Canada, Australia, Europe and throughout Asia.
As Vice President & Executive Producer for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment (since 1999), his production credits include the national tours of 42nd Street (China); Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA (China), LUMA (China), FAME (Chinese language production and English language tour), BATIRSpotlight BroadwayAn American Canteen in Paris and A Hot Minute (European tour with Celebrity); Matt & Ben (Atlanta); Savion Glover's Improvography I & II (Atlanta, New York and US tour)  and Classical Savion (New York) in addition to various theatre operations activities with many Off-Broadway and Broadway theatres in USA, China and Turkey.
Independent experiences include co-producing The Female of the Species (West End); Tony® Award winning I Am My Own Wife (West End, Broadway  and USA tour); Tony® Award winning Death of a Salesman (West End and Broadway); Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Dennehy in Tony® Award winning Long Day's Journey into Night (Broadway); Liam Neeson and Laura Linney in Tony® Award nominated The Crucible (Broadway) and Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria (Broadway).   As Vice President for Asia of TML Enterprises, Jekyll & Hyde (Taiwan tour) and The Rocky Horror Show (Korea, New Zealand, Singapore).   Other major production credits worldwide include Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti in The 3 Tenors;  Blood Brothers (UK, Canada and Broadway); Jerry Lewis in Damn Yankees (West End); The Shanghai Ballet's White Haired Girl; An award-winning internet pioneer, Toby is credited with leading the Broadway theatre industry into cyberspace in the early 1990s, plus marketing over 120 Broadway/Off-Broadway/West End shows and tours from Annie to West Side Story.

Mark Ma

Vice President & Shanghai Office General Manager

When Mark was on the post of the Vice General Manager of Shanghai Intersection of Time Culture Development Company, Mark was in charge of the promotion, sales and the company management of ERA- Intersection of Time - One of Shang Hai's most popular and successful circus performances. . It made the record of first Chinese show that performed on a daily basis, and 1,300 performances later, became the cultural image of Shanghai, and a miracle in Chinese live performance industry.

From 2003 to 2005, Mark was involved in the planning, production, promotion and marketing of over 70 shows from China and in other international markets. Mark has worked on such productions as: Mariah Carey's concert in Beijing and Shanghai, Whitney Huston's concert in Shanghai, Chicago Symphony Concert in Shanghai, Israel Symphony Concert in Shanghai, F4 Concert in Shanghai, Andy Lou Concert in Shanghai and Jacky Cheung Concert in Shanghai.  Mark also established the Vienna New Year Concert Season in Shanghai and Beijing, that went on to tour around China every year. As a senior performing arts planning and promotion professional, the marketing model he developed been set an example for presenters all over China.

After Mark joined the Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment team he aided in the future development and execution of the tour of AIDA in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo. In January of 2009, he helped to bring the first Chinese Broadway production of "Soul of Shaolin" to New York City.

 

 

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