Wayne founded Kin in 2007 and has grown the business into a global lifestyle entertainment company. Kin develops, creates and distributes lifestyle entertainment in all forms and across all platforms for women in the “Builder” stage of their lives (25-49). Kin Studios produces award-winning original and branded video content in categories that include food, home, DIY, style and beauty. Kin Community is a multi-platform network that is home to the best lifestyle content creators across social platforms.
Before founding Kin, Wayne served as Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Sony Pictures Digital and Television. Prior to joining Sony, Wayne served as Vice President, Business Development for Launch Media where he was part of the core team that grew the online music media company from start-up through IPO and ultimately through its acquisition by Yahoo! Prior to Launch Media, Wayne was a Marketing Manager for The ABC Television Network. He began his career as an entrepreneur in Prague, Czech Republic, where he founded Velvet Magazine, the first English-language city magazine in Central & Eastern Europe.
He has lectured at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. He has been featured in numerous publications, including Business Week, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Wayne earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from The University of the South, Sewanee, TN. He is board chair of Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles, a non-profit organization that provides more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face.
Gwen Miller is the VP of Content Strategy for Kin. She runs the social media, distribution, marketing, data, business development and talent relations teams and is
tasked with creating a culture where every team member is empowered to use data-driven strategy to create digital video content that audiences love.
Previously, Gwen was Director of Audience Development for ICON, a lifestyle digital joint venture between production company Endemol Shine and digital video entrepreneur Michelle Phan. At ICON, Gwen was responsible for developing content strategies that created the most satisfying experiences for existing audiences, while also increasing reach with new audiences. Other past roles include Discovery Networks, Cesar Millan, Inc., and a variety of other entertainment companies in the Los Angeles area.
Gwen’s areas of strategic interest include management of digital video teams, content strategy, audience growth, best-practice development, data-driven analysis, and seeing how many books it's feasible to read in one year (at last count: 240).
Tejal Ajmera is the Vice President of Finance and Operations for Kin. Tejal is responsible for overseeing the company's Finance and HR departments which include the company’s financial statements, budgets, forecasts, cash-flow, and company policies. In addition, she spearheads the company's strategic planning process. Prior to joining Kin in 2014, Tejal was in the TV Finance group at NBC/Universal and managed scheduling and post-production finance for annual budgets of over $1 billion. Tejal has held senior finance roles in different industries including electronics manufacturing, board game manufacturing and distribution, music distribution, and women's lifestyle (Avon).
As Chief Revenue Officer, George is responsible for all revenue at Kin including media, brand content, e-commerce and licensing. In addition, he is developing and creating new revenue streams for the company. He comes to Kin with over 20 years of experience in building and leading highly-successful sales and marketing teams responsible for driving revenue for both start-ups and Fortune 500 organizations. Stewart began his career on the brand side as a marketing manager at ConAgra Foods.
He later extended his consumer marketing skills into digital media at the online music startup LAUNCH.com where he was VP of Advertising Sales and helped build the company into a leading music property that was acquired by Yahoo!. Stewart then tapped his online video expertise as SVP of Advertising Sales at Next New Networks where he helped develop and sell some of the first online video series distributed across numerous social media and video sites including YouTube, Yahoo! and more.
Next New Networks was ultimately acquired by Google. Additionally, Stewart comes to Kin with deep roots in data analytics and consumer insights from both his product marketing experience and his work leading sales teams at Resonate Networks, a consumer intelligence and media activation platform.
Rina Yano is Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Kin. Rina handles legal and business affairs for Kin which includes drafting and negotiating production agreements, distribution agreements, talent agreements, marketing and advertising agreements, overseeing clearance and FTC compliance, and handling employment and board related matters. Prior to joining Kin in 2017, Rina worked at The Wonderful Company (TWC) and primarily handled marketing, advertising and television commercial production matters. Rina was the main attorney to handle the legal aspects of POM Wonderful's strategic partnership with American Ninja Warrior and she drafted and negotiated talent and production agreements for Wonderful Pistachios' "Get Crackin'" campaign. Prior to working at TWC, Rina served as in house counsel for Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures.