Advisory Council

Thomas Russo

Thomas "Tom" Russo has been an influential figure in the entertainment industry for over 20 years.

From 1994-2007, he served as Senior Vice President, Current Programming, for Paramount Network Television, and supervised all aspects of the studio’s primetime network and cable scripted series. During the 2005-2006 television season, he was responsible for more than 27 shows, including, NCIS, Numbers, Medium, Ghost Whisperer, and Criminal Minds, with a cumulative production budget of more than a billion dollars.

In July 2014, Tom joined Kelsey Grammer's production company, Grammnet Productions, which is based at the Lionsgate studio. Just prior to joining Grammnet, Tom served as the Head of Television for Laurence Fishburne's production company, Cinema Gypsy Productions, where he developed, sold, received a pilot order, and, ulitmately, a series order from ABC for the half-hour comedy Black-ish -- a multiple award-winning show now in its third season.

Tom is a native of New York and a Magna Cum Laude Graduate of Brown University.