Board of Directors & Advisors
Orgel is Chairman & CEO of 1Degree Media & Entertainment, a global media and distribution company that creates, acquires, markets and distributes programming & content in the ‘Quality of Life’ Sector (‘becoming a better person’, and ‘creating a better World’) on online Broadband, Mobile, Film, Radio, Cable, Satellite, Video On Demand, and Broadcast Television. And, he is Chairman of Global Media Group, which manages a select portfolio of media and entertainment companies. Orgel is an industry leader with over 25 years of experience in the startup, management and growth of successful, industry-dominant, consumer-driven media brands in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Following various positions at CBS, Orgel was part of the start-up executive team at and served as Vice President, Sales & Marketing of MTV, Nickelodeon and The Movie Channel, and was the original Vice President, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, and later the Senior Vice President, Programming & Production of the Arts & Entertainment Network, A&E. Orgel has been labeled by Success Magazine as “an MTV Mastermind” and “the man who made TV interactive.” He co-founded Interactive Enterprises, which joined with U.S. West (now Qwest) to create television services for digital broadband delivery by telephone companies. He served as President, Video Jukebox Network, which was later re-branded “THE BOX: Music Television You Control,” the first interactive television network, later acquired by MTV Networks. He was President and COO of Wisdom Media Group, where he led the company’s Television, Radio, Internet and Print media businesses in the global consciousness, balanced health and personal growth categories. Orgel has been responsible for helping raise in excess of $200 million for these media businesses.
Michael is a Los Angeles-based writer and producer with over ten years of experience. With numerous independent films and other projects to his credit, he is well established in Hollywood. He began working on feature films, music videos, and television commercials early in his career. Over the years, he has worked with award winning directors, cinematographers, and producers. Some of the most notable are: Mark Pellington, Tony Kaye, Peter O’Fallon, Nick Lewin, John Toll, Max Malkin, Eric Schmidt, Steven Poster, and Barry Markowitz. Michael has a wide range of television experience including distribution negotiations and executive production management.