Keith Clinkscales is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of First World Media, a media content and production company. First World Media’s mission is to provide premium products, services, and events to an engaged audience that is passionate about urban culture. This mission is led by the anchor and signature streaming service, REIGN, which is focused on providing content for urban and multicultural audiences.
Clinkscales is also the founder of The Shadow League (www.theshadowleague.com), the original destination for discussions at the intersection of sports, race, and culture. Since its inception in late 2012, The Shadow League has grown to become the premier destination for sports and culture. The Shadow League has also partnered with several influential brands and has produced a number of video features and documentaries for networks and publishers such as BET and The Bleacher Report.
An Emmy Award-Nominated and a two-time Peabody Award Winner, Clinkscales has earned over 60 credits as an Executive Producer of films and documentaries, many of which were earned during his tenure as Senior Vice President at ESPN. Clinkscales was the Executive Producer and one of the creators of ESPN’s critically acclaimed “30 for 30” documentary series, a defining moment on the power of culture and storytelling in sports.
In 2013, REVOLT Founder and Chairman Sean Combs appointed Clinkscales as Chief Executive Officer of REVOLT Media & TV. With Clinkscales at the helm, REVOLT ushered in the third largest, independent network launch in cable television history. Over the course of his impactful three years with the network, Clinkscales conceptualized and executed tentpole events such as the REVOLT Music Conference, where the music industry’s influential come to network, learn, and discover emerging talent.
In the 1990s, Clinkscales worked alongside the legendary Quincy Jones to launch Vibe magazine, the premier publication for hip-hop/R&B music, fashion, and entertainment news. Clinkscales served as CEO of the publication and established Vibe’s successful digital presence, Vibe.com.
Clinkscales’ list of accolades is extensive. He has earned top executive honors from Crain Communications, Advertising Age, Black Enterprise and the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame. He is also a two-time recipient of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Excellence in Journalism Award, has been listed among the 2014 and 2016 CableFAX 100 as an industry power player and is a proud member of the Producers Guild of America.
Clinkscales earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he received the “Professional Achievement Award” from the business school’s African-American Alumni Association. A magna cum laude graduate from Florida A&M University, where he earned a BS in Accounting and Finance, Clinkscales currently serves on the school’s Foundation Board.