Nicole Bernard is Executive Vice President of Audience Strategy for The Fox Group. She oversees the company’s new Audience Strategy department, which identifies programming content and services that are compelling and relevant to increasingly broad audiences.
Bernard’s cross-divisional role expands upon the company’s diversity initiatives to more closely align them with business goals and results. She and her team provide strategic guidance to and collaborate with senior leaders across the company’s Los Angeles-based entertainment business units (filmed entertainment, broadcast television, cable television and digital media) to ensure that the company’s policies, content and operations reflect broadening audiences. Prior to leading Audience Strategy, Bernard served as Senior Vice President of Broadcast Standards and Practices for the network.
Before joining FOX in 2005, Bernard was Senior Vice President, New Business Development for New York’s Apollo Theater Foundation, where she was responsible for all new business development opportunities for one of the nation’s most historic and recognizable African-American brands. She was also an attorney of counsel at Davis, Shapiro & Lewit in New York, where she specialized in assisting musical artists, industry executives and recording companies to expand their brands into other entertainment platforms.
Prior to entering private practice, Bernard worked with MCA Records in New York, where she scouted, identified and developed new artists. She began her entertainment career at Uptown/MCA Records as Director of Business Affairs, negotiating new artist, publishing, production, joint venture and label agreements, as well as coordinating soundtrack and compilation acquisitions and licenses.
Born in Washington, DC to Jamaican immigrants, Bernard earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism/Communications from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and eight-year-old twins.