Ariel Horn is a Four-Time Emmy Award winning Global Executive Producer, entrepreneur and father of televised esports. He is credited with building esports from its humble beginnings to its current crossover success, centering initially on Blizzard titles then transitioning to League of Legends where he built a global ecosystem and the LoL World Championships that has elevated esports events to the status of the Super Bowl. Horn has produced major events at world’s most iconic venues including Madison Square Garden, Staples Center, the Bird’s Nest in Beijing and took home the first ever Sports Emmy for esports in 2018.
Horn was also behind a platinum selling collaboration with Imagine Dragons, drove the bleeding edge of technology in production with a live AR Dragon that landed on a field in a stadium, and helped invent a virtual K-Pop group, KDA, that became a breakout internet sensation.
Horn began his career in traditional TV at NBC Sports and Olympics, working with the legends of the industry on four Olympics, Sunday Night Football and other traditional sports. In 2007 he left the network with the idea to bring together the worlds of video games and sports to create new longevity and fandom for video games like never before.
Now Horn is once again aiming to disrupt media by teaming up with partner Ben Kusin to create the MTV of gaming with his new startup, VENN.