James L. Dolan is Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (MSG Entertainment), where he is responsible for setting the Company’s overall vision and growth strategy, as well as overseeing its operations.
Throughout his tenure, Mr. Dolan has ensured the continued prominence of the Company’s venues. He spearheaded the restorations of Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre, as well as the acquisition and renovation of the Forum arena in Inglewood, California, which the Company sold in May 2020. The Company’s current venues also include the fully-renovated Madison Square Garden arena, as well as the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden and The Chicago Theatre.
Mr. Dolan is now guiding MSG Entertainment’s next chapter – the Company’s construction of state-of-the-art MSG Sphere venues that will pioneer the next generation of immersive experiences. The Company is building its first MSG Sphere in Las Vegas and has announced plans for a second MSG Sphere in London, pending necessary approvals.
MSG Entertainment’s portfolio also includes entertainment brands such as the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes; Boston Calling Events, which produces the Boston Calling Music Festival; and Tao Group Hospitality, which features popular entertainment dining and nightlife brands. In addition, the Company has two regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network and MSG+, that telecast a wide range of live sports content and other programming.
Mr. Dolan has led MSG Entertainment’s response to local and national tragedies. He played a principal role in organizing several benefit concerts, including “12-12-12,” which raised more than $50 million for the victims of Hurricane Sandy; “From The Big Apple to The Big Easy,” which raised nearly $9 million for Hurricane Katrina relief; and “The Concert for New York City,” which generated more than $35 million in aid for 9/11 victims and heroes. Mr. Dolan also supports MSG Entertainment’s ongoing commitment to the community, particularly through the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the non-profit organization that works closely with the Company to assist young people in need.
Along with his role at MSG Entertainment, Mr. Dolan serves as Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (MSG Sports) which became a standalone company in April 2020, when The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) separated its sports and entertainment businesses. MSG Sports’ collection of properties includes the New York Knicks (NBA) and New York Rangers (NHL) franchises. Mr. Dolan is also Chairman of AMC Networks Inc., which owns and operates several award-winning brands in television and film.
Mr. Dolan was CEO of Cablevision Systems Corporation from 1995 until June 2016, when the media and telecommunications company, which served as MSG’s parent company until 2010, was sold to Altice. Prior to his role as Cablevision CEO, Mr. Dolan was CEO of Rainbow Media Holdings, the former Cablevision programming subsidiary now known as AMC Networks. Mr. Dolan began his career with Cablevision in the 1970s and held a variety of executive positions before overseeing Rainbow Media.
Mr. Dolan is also Vice Chairman of the board of the Lustgarten Foundation, an organization he helped found in 1998, which today is the nation’s largest private supporter of pancreatic cancer research.
Mr. Dolan has six children and is an avid musician.