Tom WernerApr 12, 1950, New Jersey, USA
Thomas Charles Werner (born April 12, 1950) is a highly successful television executive enshrined in the Television Academy Hall of Fame (1996), and a sports team owner who partnered with John W. Henry to deliver the unprecedented feat of winning baseball’s World Series and soccer’s UEFA Champions League final in a span of seven months. Werner has served as chairman of the Boston Red Sox since the sale of the team was finalized on Feb. 27, 2002. During the first 18 seasons of the Henry/Werner ownership, the team has won four World Series—the 2004 title ending an 86-year championship drought—and qualified for the postseason 10 times. In 2018, the Red Sox won a franchise-record 108 games and then defeated the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers en route to the ninth World Series title in team history. Werner became chairman of the Liverpool Football Club in 2010 after New England Sports Ventures completed its takeover of the iconic soccer franchise. On June 1, 2019, Liverpool emphatically demonstrated its return to global prominence by defeating Premier League rival Tottenham, 2-0, in the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid. Liverpool also was a Champions League finalist in 2018, but lost, 3-1, to Real Madrid. Werner’s success in sports parallels his achievements in television, where he has been called a “Comedy Kingmaker” by the Hollywood Reporter. Werner’s partnership with fellow producer Marcy Carsey is widely regarded as one of the most successful independent television production companies in the history of the medium. The Werner-Carsey tandem helped create over 1,600 half-hours of quality prime-time comedies, including the ground-breaking “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” “3rd Rock From The Sun” and “That ‘70s Show.” Werner recently served as executive producer for the reboot of “Roseanne” and is currently executive producer of “The Conners,” which ranked No. 1 in total viewers for new comedies in 2018-19.