From Music to Movies to Multimedia Corporations:

Stu Snyder’s Wild Ride in the Entertainment Business

Chances are, you’re already familiar with Stu Snyder’s work. Maybe you watched Cartoon Network or Adult Swim during his long tenure leading Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media, for Turner Broadcasting System. Perhaps you’ve seen a film he helped bring to screens. (Terminator 2: Judgement Day or Reservoir Dogs ring a bell?) Or you attended Disney on Ice or a Ringling Bros. show? Or, maybe you’ve eaten at Beal’s Lobster Pier in Maine, which Stu co-owns? The one thing each of his projects has in common is that they offer people meaningful and memorable entertainment experiences following successful business models that Stu spearheaded and grew.

How It All Began

The entertainment business has been Stu’s core focus throughout his life. When he was 13, his family moved from Queens, New York, to Monticello, New York, a small town in the Catskill Mountains where his father, a skilled artisan who repaired woodwind instruments, opened a music center selling and repairing instruments.

The store was in the middle of a thriving tourist region that included many hotels and outlets where entertainers and musicians performed; they regularly stopped into the store. Being the new kid in town, Stu threw himself into all of the operations of the shop, an experience he says was “the foundation of my entire career; I learned sales, marketing, promotion, bookkeeping, business management, and, most of all, how to engage with people.”

As a teenager, Stu began organizing concerts and promotions, a passion he continued as a business major at Binghamton University. There, he spent so much of his time involved in leading his fraternity and running film and music concerts that he was appointed to take on the role of Student Activities Coordinator, planning and organizing events for over 150 student organizations.

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