Disruption in the entertainment business can sometimes come in unlikely forms. Witness , whose earnest name and humble corporate headquarters in Cos Cob, CT, belie its aggressive acquisition drive and canny knack for outmaneuvering larger rivals.

The company’s Brooklyn-born CEO, , is a longtime media industry veteran who founded and ran Winstar Communications in the 1990s after a successful run as an entertainment lawyer specializing in film finance. In 2008, he bought Chicken Soup for the Soul, known for its eponymous, mega-selling line of books. A few years later, he expanded its operations into video-on-demand and TV programming.

Bill Rouhana Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment

As he looked to feed the entertainment pipeline, Rouhana took the company public on the Nasdaq in 2017

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