Who We Are

Kin is passionate about helping people on their journey home via engaging, top-quality content. We value creativity, generosity, and integrity in everything we do.

Meet the Leadership

Michael Wayne

Michael Wayne

Co-Founder & CEO

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Wayne founded Kin Community in 2007 and has grown the business into a global digital media company that entertains and inspires women around the world through home-focused content and community. Kin Studios produces world-class original and branded video content in categories that include food, home, and DIY. The Kin Community Network is a multi-platform network that is home to more than 120 of the best lifestyle content creators across all social platforms. Kin Community works with the world’s leading advertisers to deliver high-quality online video and social campaigns.

Wayne is a founding member of GOVA, the trade association for online video, and served as the founding Chairman of the IAWTV. 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.

Before founding Kin Community, Wayne served as Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Sony Pictures. 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 to 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 and Eastern Europe.

Wayne earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from The University of the South, Sewanee, TN. He’s a board member of the Los Angeles chapter of Girls Inc., 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.

Anna Czege

Anna Czege

VP & General Counsel

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As VP & General Counsel, Anna Czege leads the company’s legal affairs, including all financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, corporate governance and employment law. Anna also oversees Kin Community’s litigation and intellectual property protection efforts.

Prior to joining Kin Community in 2010, Anna practiced corporate law for Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she advised domestic and international corporations, private equity firms, boards of directors and financial advisors in the areas of public and private mergers and acquisitions, capital markets (including several large IPOs), finance, corporate governance and general corporate and commercial matters. Prior to that, Anna worked for prominent law firms Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP as a corporate lawyer.

Anna has considerable experience in negotiating complex legal transactions in various industries, including entertainment, media, telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing, insurance and pharmaceutical. Anna received her J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Beth Le Manach

Beth Le Manach

VP, Programming

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As Vice President, Programming & Production at Kin Community, Beth Le Manach is responsible for overseeing the original programming strategy and execution for Kin Community’s owned properties, original series and custom content created in partnership with brand advertisers.

Beth was instrumental in creating the vision for Kin Community, one that would resonate with and engage women around the world. She is also the host of her own channel, “Entertaining with Beth,” which is one of the top growing channels in the Kin Community network.

Prior to joining Kin Community in 2009, Beth was the beauty and fashion producer for HoneyShed.com, an online video website specializing in e-commerce and funded by the Publicis Groupe. Beth also served as the Development Executive and Supervising Producer for Homerun Entertainment where she developed and pitched show ideas to major cable networks and managed several series in production. Beth was also responsible for producing Homerun’s branded entertainment projects for national advertisers.

Beth started her career producing lifestyle content for the Scripps Networks (HGTV, Food Network, Fine Living and DIY). As an on-staff producer, Beth produced how-to and story driven content for the company’s four networks.

Lauren Merriam

Lauren Merriam

VP, Sales

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As Vice President, Sales, Lauren Merriam is responsible for all advertising revenue at Kin Community. She manages a sales and client services organization with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Toronto (Kin Canada). She and her team have worked with dozens of Fortune 500 companies to execute award-winning brand content and digital media campaigns. Lauren has over 12 years of experience in traditional and digital media..

Prior to joining Kin Community in 2011, Lauren worked in sales and marketing for the Wasserman Media Group. During her 5 years there, she executed marketing campaigns for Studio411 (now GrindTV), consulted for the PGA Tour, and sold sponsorships for major sports properties including Tottenham Hotspur, the New York Jets and Giants, the Kansas City Royals and USA Cycling.

Lauren began her career working in PR for ESPN's X Games based in Bristol Connecticut.

She received her Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from both the Isenberg School of Management and Sports Marketing program at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Tejal Ajmera

Tejal Ajmera

VP, Finance

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As VP of Finance at Kin Community, Tejal is responsible for overseeing the company’s financial statements, budgets, forecasts, cash-flow and accounting. In addition she spearheads the company’s annual strategic planning process.

Prior to joining Kin Community in 2014, Tejal was in the TV Finance group at NBC/Universal and managed annual production budgets of over $1 billion. She managed development, scheduling and post-production finance.

Tejal has worked in Finance roles for over 13 years in different industries including electronics manufacturing, board game manufacturing and distribution, music distribution, and women’s lifestyle (Avon).

Tejal received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Steve Bonner

Steve Bonner

VP, Marketing

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As VP of Marketing at Kin Community, Steve is responsible for overseeing Integrated Marketing, Brand Development, Data and Insights as well as PR and Events.

Prior to joining Kin Community in 2015, Steve spent 15 years at Starcom Mediavest Group. He led Strategic Media Planning, Business Development, and most recently co-founded SMG’s creative consultancy – Zero Dot.

At Zero Dot, Steve designed cross-platform and cross-media brand experiences for clients including Electronic Arts, Mattel, Samsung, Kraft, Spotify, US Cellular, AB InBev and Beam Brands.

Steve attended The American University in Washington DC.

Rick Matthews

Rick Matthews

Managing Director, Kin Canada

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As Managing Director, Kin Canada, Rick manages all as aspects of Kin’s Canadian business operations based in Toronto, Canada.
 
He is responsible for leading the strategic growth of Kin Canada by driving new business partnerships, providing high-quality partner management and growing the company's audience in Canada.  He also works closely with Corus Entertainment’s Client Marketing group to develop and facilitate highly-successful multi-platform brand campaigns. 

Prior to joining Kin Community in 2014, Rick was the Executive Producer of Steven and Chris, one of Canada's most popular lifestyle TV shows.

Rick received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary.

Shauna Miller

Shauna Miller

Director, Programming

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As Director of Programming at Kin, Shauna oversees content development and strategic distribution across all of Kin’s owned and operated platforms.

Prior to joining Kin, Shauna served as the CEO and face of Penny Chic, a multichannel content, entertainment, and licensing brand for young women seeking solutions for affordable style. During this time, Shauna partnered with media companies such as ABC digital, NBC studios, and Conde Nast to create accessible lifestyle formats geared for Millennials. Her expertise as both a content creator and entrepreneur led to a published book deal with Little Brown & Co in 2014 (Penny Chic: How to Be Stylish on a Real Girl’s Budget), a licensed apparel line with Walmart, and recognition in Forbes’ 2014 “30 Under 30” list.

Shauna graduated magna cum laude from New York University in 2008 with a BA in the History of Storytelling.

Liz Duffíe

Liz Duffíe

Director, People & Culture

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As the Director of People & Culture at Kin, Liz is responsible for creating and executing global people strategies to support and drive Kin’s success. Her team is tasked with delivering best-in-class programs, initiatives, and experiences that keep the team motivated, happy, and performing at a high level. The People team oversees every phase of the employee lifecycle, including: recruiting, human resources, office & IT management, training and development, and culture programs that drive an inspiring and results driven culture.

 

Liz is passionate about creating a culture and environment at Kin that keeps employees excited, engaged, and always on an endless path of learning and growth.

 

Liz studied Organizational Communications at the University of St. Louis and resides in Venice, CA.

Meet the Board

Allan Morgan

Allan Morgan

Venture Advisor, Mayfield Fund

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Allen was a Managing Director at Mayfield from 1999 until 2010, focusing on investments in Consumer Internet that included notable investments in Jotspot (acquired by Google), PlanetOut (acquired by HereMedia), Pluck (acquired by Demand Media), Slide (acquired by Google) and Varsity Group (acquired by Follett Corporation).

He currently represents Mayfield on the boards of BlackArrow, DECA and Tagged. He is also on the board of Idealab.

Read more at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/allenlmorgan

Neil Sequeira

Neil Sequeira

Managing Director, General Catalyst

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Neil Sequeira invests in both new and existing technology businesses. Areas of special interest include: Internet and new media, software, consumer services, and network infrastructure. He is currently a board member of DECA, Eons, Highwinds Network Group, Visible Measures, ViTrue, and ScanScout, a board observer for BrightCove, rPath and Qumas and is actively involved with BlackDuck, ITA Software, and Maven.

Neil holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Lawrence F. Probst III

Lawrence F. Probst III

Executive Chairman, Electronic Arts

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Lawrence F. Probst III is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors at Electronic Arts, the world’s leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Under Probst, EA navigated multiple technology transitions and made strategic investments in new platforms such as mobile and online, and emerging markets. During his tenure as CEO, the company grew its annual revenue from $175 million in 1992 to roughly $3 billion in 2006, and expanded international operations to over 75 countries.

Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.

Nate Redmond

Nate Redmond

Managing Partner, Rustic Canyon

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Nate Redmond’s style as a venture investor is shaped by experience as a repeat entrepreneur and strategic consultant. Before joining Rustic Canyon, Nate managed investments and advisory work for Professor Clayton Christensen at the Harvard Business School. Previously, Nate co-founded an Internet infrastructure company and helped launch two other early web companies. Nate began his career with the Boston Consulting Group as a consultant to technology firms on new product development and business strategy.

Nate received his MBA from the Harvard Business School and holds two degrees (MSE and BSE) from The University of Michigan College of Engineering, where he was an Entrepreneurial Fellow in the Engineering Global Leadership Honors Program.

Michael Wayne

Michael Wayne

Co-Founder & CEO

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Wayne founded Kin Community in 2007 and has grown the business into a global digital media company that entertains and inspires women around the world through home-focused content and community. Kin Studios produces world-class original and branded video content in categories that include food, home, and DIY. The Kin Community Network is a multi-platform network that is home to more than 120 of the best lifestyle content creators across all social platforms. Kin Community works with the world’s leading advertisers to deliver high-quality online video and social campaigns.

Wayne is a founding member of GOVA, the trade association for online video, and served as the founding Chairman of the IAWTV. 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.

Before founding Kin Community, Wayne served as Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Sony Pictures. 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 to 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 and Eastern Europe.

Wayne earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from The University of the South, Sewanee, TN. He’s a board member of the Los Angeles chapter of Girls Inc., 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.

John MacDonald

John MacDonald

V.P., Corus Entertainment

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John MacDonald joined Corus Entertainment as Vice President, Television, Head of Programming and Production in October 2012, and is currently Vice President, Head of Womens and Family Networks. In this position, MacDonald oversees the general management for Corus television's seven specialty cable networks which target women and family audiences, including W Network, CMT (Canada),, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), and ABC Spark. Macdonald is responsible for growing revenues, directing programming decisions including content production, acquisitions and scheduling strategies, establishing and implementing digital strategies, and overall network management.

Prior to Corus, MacDonald's successful 25-year career in the U.S. included, most recently, his role as chief operating officer, EVP programming and digital for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (U.S.), where he was responsible for program planning, digital strategy, business development and the day to day operations of the network.

Before joining OWN, MacDonald was Senior Vice President, Content Programming and Strategy, responsible for the development and implementation of overall programming strategy for MTV Networks' four music networks: MTV, MTV2, MTV Tr3s and mtvU.

MacDonald was part of the launch team and served as General Manager for Scripps Networks Fine Living network, and before that, was Executive Vice President, Programming Enterprises & Cable Services at Twentieth Century Fox.

MacDonald holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Boston, MA. He also a faculty member at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business Administration where he teaches a course on content creation in the digital age.