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Ray is an experienced lawyer and executive with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, with a background that includes both private practice and senior-level positions at Warner Bros., ABC TV Group, and Disney where he spent a combined 15 years. Ray’s TV experience includes work on serial, unscripted, animated and long form shows. Ray’s experience also includes merchandising and consumer products, and he was the lead attorney for those areas at Disney Theatricals.

At Warner Bros., Ray was Executive Vice President and co-head of the live entertainment group, serving as head of operations and business & legal affairs, and as divisional General Counsel. Ray co-led the group to its most profitable year since inception and tripled output within 24 months. At Warner Bros., Ray also worked in TV and managed the studio’s library of stage rights, and oversaw licensing those brands around the world, including such productions as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Color Purple and The Wizard of Oz.

Prior to Warner Bros., Ray was a business & legal affairs executive with Disney Theatricals where he was part of the team on hit properties such as The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, and ABC TV Group where he worked on The Suite Life, Kim Possible, and That’s So Raven, as well as other scripted and unscripted shows.

Ray ran his own production and consulting company, working with partners such as NBCUniversal, Legend Cultural & Media Co. (China), Castle Rock, MWM, The Mark Gordon Company, Warner Horizon and Warner Bros. Television developing projects, negotiating deals and managing budgets of over US$50M. Projects included a 150+ actor local language production in China, TV shows aimed at the premium cable and digital streaming market, the distribution of intellectual property in the US, Europe, and Asia, and franchise management planning of a show related to the Grateful Dead.

Ray has produced multiple shows in the US, Europe, and Asia, including Sam Mendes’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the West End of London, which ran for 4 years, broke multiple box office records and was nominated for the most Olivier Awards (seven) in its category in 2013-14; a musical adaptation of Elf (Broadway, 2012-13 and 2010-11) directed by Casey Nicholaw (Book of Mormon) which broke several box office records; other productions with music legends Elton John and the Shirelles, as well as Bruce Willis’ Broadway debut in Misery in 2015-16.

Internationally, Ray has been involved with productions in China, Japan, Korea, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, and Australia.