Media and Entertainment

Colleen Aylward

Senior Consulting Editor, Board of Advisors
New York and Los Angeles

Colleen is a strategic business leader, digital veteran, storytelling executive, entrepreneur and humanitarian.

Her main focus has been on building operations and partnerships across media, entertainment, advertising, commerce and technology for 25+ years.

Currently, Colleen runs premium entertainment company to face a rapidly changing entertainment landscape, working with A-list creators, IP and brands. Upon securing capital investment, Colleen also began a journey with investors that has evolved into creative financial vehicles for this new content economy.

Grounded in global strategy and planning – Colleen has spearheaded some of the most inventive industry deals for large-scale media companies.

Colleen gained most of her media experience from her years at Yahoo, where she led a few business units – global programming, publishing and advertising deals and partnerships, centered on entertainment.

She built a foundation in management and finance at Goldman Sachs in London and New York and received much of her classic business training as a management consultant at PwC.

Known as a collaborator, connector and humanitarian, she is a friend to philanthropy and entrepreneurism. In 2013, she produced a PSA, “Let Girls Learn,” with USAID that led to $250M in funding for girls’ education worldwide. She is a Board Member of Whole Child International (WCI) at the invitation of UK Countess + Earl Spencer; on Advisory board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) as well as a fast- growing mobile connecting brands and social impact influencers, WeAre8.

She is an honors graduate of Indiana University, Georgetown Graduate Public Policy Institute and Oxford University Said School of Business in England.

Colleen is an avid reader, an outdoor enthusiast, an Ironman athlete and loves a great Cinderella story.

With so many sources for news, it’s the trusted voices that rise above the clutter. Curating a home for that sensibility in today’s universe of media is truly a solution that is much needed and just makes sense. I’m proud to be a part of this inventive and refreshing way of communicating truth and substance.
Colleen Aylward

CEO and Founder

Zuzu Entertainment Capital

2017 - present

A premium multimedia company built for the new content economy.



2015 - 2017


Head of Programs & Partnerships / Global Agency /  Entertainment Category


2006 - 2012


Managing Director, Business Development & Strategy

The Variety Group

2003 - 2006


Vice  President

Goldman Sachs, Equities Division

2001 - 2003


Indiana University

B.A., with honors

Georgetown University

Masters in Public Policy

Oxford Said Business School

International Summer Program

Volunteer Details

Whole Child International Foundation

Board Director


Advisory Board

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Advisory Board, West Coast


Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance (GEMA)

Let Girls Learn

PSA producer which resulted in the passing of $250M in Peace Corps funding for girl’s education worldwide.

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