Panelist

John Hartig, Daily Racing Form


John Hartig

John Hartig is a 32-year media industry veteran with a successful track record building, leading and re-engineering profitable business across multiple platforms.

As Chairman & CEO of Sports Information Group / Daily Racing Form LLC since December 2008, Hartig has transformed the 120-year old iconic newspaper business into a premiere multi-channel information company comprised of complementary digital and print assets that serves the horse racing industry and the fast-growing online wagering and gaming sector. DRF’s multi-platform model, referred to as “Bloomberg for Horse racing”, has successfully driven double digit earnings and margin CAGR since 2010. DRF.com’s mobile-optimized experience combines the brand’s premium content, analytical tools, and proprietary handicapping functionality with DRFBets, the Company’s third-party, pari-mutuel wagering platform operated by XpressBet. Daily Racing Form newspaper, considered “the horseplayer’s bible,” has been published continuously since 1894 and serves as a key financial and strategic driver of DRF’s multi-channel strategy. SIG also publishes 75+ unique daily and weekly print titles that serve its racetrack and horse racing customers. Supplementing its core horse racing products, SIG also owns two premium digital properties, Head2Head and StatFox, which deliver and syndicate in-depth fantasy sports and sports odds content to third party partners and to fans who actively engage in the burgeoning online fantasy gaming sector.

Hartig was formerly CEO of BrandPort Inc., an early stage video business aggregating targeted audiences for leading brand marketers using proprietary gaming technology. Prior to BrandPort, Hartig was Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing and Development at Hearst Magazines and served as a member of Hearst’s executive management team from 2002 to 2007.

From 1985 to 2001, Hartig played a number of key management roles at Time Inc. Most recently he was President and CEO of The Parenting Group. Hartig also co-led the successful launch and rapid growth of InStyle magazine and oversaw People magazine’s single copy franchise, Time Inc’s largest profit center, and the division’s business development activities.

Hartig began his career in Los Angeles at the public relations agency Rogers & Cowan and spent five years collectively at the advertising agencies Needham, Harper and Steers and at Dailey and Associates.

Hartig is a graduate of California State University in Communications and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California.