CHIEF ADMINISTRATION OFFICER & CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
John Ruzich, Chief Administration Officer and Chief Legal Officer, joined Legends in 2012, where he currently oversees all legal, business affairs, human resources, risk management and administrative matters for the company. John advises ownership on all corporate governance matters, joint ventures, acquisitions, organization structuring, strategic planning and litigation. He is also responsible for all labor issues (union/non-union) and collective bargaining agreements.
Prior to joining Legends, John served as the Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs/General Counsel for Classic Media, LLC, one of the world’s largest independent entertainment companies (before it was purchased by DreamWorks Animation, SKG in August of 2012). Classic Media owned and managed a globally-recognized portfolio of well-known family and pop-culture entertainment brands, including Where’s Waldo?, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Lassie, and The Lone Ranger. More than 3,600 hours of Classic Media programming was distributed in more than 170 territories worldwide and showcased in multiple formats, including TV, film, home video, consumer products, publishing, digital, and music.
Prior to his employment at Classic Media in 2004, John worked as Associate Counsel for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), which is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. Before joining WWE, John began his legal career as Staff Attorney for the New Jersey Devils.