» About PMV

Headquartered in Washington, DC, PMV is a joint venture with WPP, a world leader in marketing and advertising services, and works collaboratively with companies across the WPP network.

» Leadership

Ken Stern
Co-founder and President of PMV

As President and CEO of Palisades Media, Ken Stern leads the creative and business teams at PMV. He focuses on creating new and innovative programming for digital platforms and for television.

Stern is the author of “With Charities For All: Why Charities Are Failing and A Better Way to Give” (Doubleday 2013).  He is also a frequent contributor to publications such as The Atlantic, Slate, the Daily Beast, the Washington Post and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Prior to launching Palisades, Stern was the CEO of National Public Radio. During his tenure, NPR’s radio audience more than doubled, from under 13 million weekly listeners to more than 26 million weekly listeners. Revenues during his nine years at NPR grew from $75 million to $210 million. Stern also launched NPR’s world class digital efforts which included two satellite channels, its mobile and podcast services, NPR Music and oversaw the successful expansion of NPR.org. During a period of significant retrenchment and downsizing at major news outlet, Stern led the dramatic expansion of NPR News, both domestically and abroad, and its evolution as a key daily news source to tens of millions of people.

Prior to joining NPR, Stern was a senior executive in American International Broadcasting. Earlier in his career, he held positions in Democratic politics. He began his media career with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich. Stern, a lawyer by training, holds degrees from Haverford College and Yale Law School. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Beth Cooper and their son Nate.

Don Baer
Co-founder and Chairman of PMV

Don Baer’s career has spanned leading roles as a media and communications executive in the private and public sectors. In addition to his role at PMV, Baer is a senior executive in two WPP companies: currently Worldwide Chief Executive Officer of Burson-Marsteller and Chairman of Penn, Schoen & Berland. From 1998 to 2007, Baer helped lead Discovery Communications, home of the Discovery Channel and media properties in over 170 countries. As Senior Executive Vice President for Strategy and Development, he managed the significant growth of Discovery’s online offerings, including acquisitions of digital media businesses, the launch of its mobile video services and upgrade of its online services. He led Discovery’s expansion of public affairs content, including overseeing the Discovery/New York Times joint venture in the Discovery Times Channel and a documentary series with Thomas Friedman of The New York Times. Baer led Discovery’s partnership with the American Film Institute to create Silverdocs, America’s top documentary festival.

Before Discovery, Baer was in public service, journalism and law. From 1994–97, he was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton. His tenure in the White House included roles as Assistant to the President, White House Director of Strategic Planning and Communications and Director of Speechwriting and Research/Chief Speechwriter. From 1985–93, Baer was a journalist with tours at U.S. News and World Report and The American Lawyer.

Baer received a B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law. Baer lives with his wife, Nancy Bard, and two sons in Washington, DC.


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