Rich Affannato is the Chairman, CEO, and Co-founder of The STAGE Network. He is responsible for development of new and existing Network content, implementing and maintaining its creative vision and direction, as well as management and oversight of production and operating budgets, executives, and STAGE staff. He also manages content acquisition, subscription oversight, licensing, sponsorships, investments, and corporate alliances. He has previously served in a similar capacity managing, developing, and overseeing commercial Broadway, Off-Broadway, Film, and Television productions, as well as International concert event management. He manages and operates Affannato Productions, LLC, a full service Production Company in New York City. Rich is a Tony® and Drama Desk Award-nominated producer whose producing credits include the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit on Broadway starring Chita Rivera, Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway (9 Tony nominations, including Best Play, winning 5) and the First National Tour, ANN on Broadway (written by and starring Holland Taylor) at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre, and the critically acclaimed New York production of SILENCE! The Musical (Winner-Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Musical, TIME Magazine's Top 10). He also produced the show's Original Cast Album (available on Sh-K-Boom/ Ghostlight Records), which debuted at # 12 on the Billboard Top Broadway Chart. Rich’s opinions and perspectives as an influencer in the field of Broadway producing and investing have been featured in Crain's Wealth Magazine and Bloomberg News.