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Joseph F. D'Angelo - Chairman of King Features Syndicate Unit of the Hearst Corporation
Board of Advisors of St. John's University College of Business Administration; Trustee of the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation; President and Chairman o/t Cowles Syndicate and News America Syndicate
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JOSEPH F. D'ANGELO
Joseph F. D'Angelo is Chairman of King Features Syndicate Unit of the Hearst Corporation.
King Features Syndicate creates, develops, and distributes comics and other features for newspapers. The syndicate services more than 5,000 newspapers published in more than 30 languages in some 100 countries with the world's best-loved comic strips, including BLONDIE, HAGAR THE HORRIBLE, and BEETLE BAILEY. Its text features offer information and commentary covering a broad range of subjects from politics, advice to the lovelorn, and household hints to financial investment, the arts and crossword puzzles.
King features has long been a leader in the field of character merchandising, licensing the rights to its cartoon characters to manufacturers around the world. The likenesses of POPEYE, BETTY BOOP, and about 75 other characters appear on apparel, greeting cards and stationery, food and ceramic products, and other merchandise. King characters also serve as spokespersons for a wide variety of advertising and public service campaigns.
A native of New York City, Mr. D'Angelo was born on July 4, 1930. He was graduated from St. John's University and began his career with King Features in 1965 as Assistant Treasurer and Controller after nine years in the international and domestic fields with the firm of Haskins and Sells.
In 1968, D'Angelo was named Business Manager of King and was appointed General Manager of the Syndicate and a Vice President of The Hearst Corporation, King Features Division, in 1973. He was architect of an elaborate expansion program which, through the next decade, established King Features as a leading force in such diversified areas as licensing, book publishing, and television and feature films.
D'Angelo was named President of King Features in 1976 and became only the second person in the history of the syndicate to hold the title. He was then appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of King Features Entertainment, formed in 1980 as a subsidiary of The Hearst Corporation. During this time D'Angelo expanded the company's long-time ventures in television and film production and distribution and launched the company into the new home video market.
Under D'Angelo's leadership as President, King Features continued its efforts to create a universal medium for entertainment and information. By acquiring Cowles Syndicate in 1986 and News America Syndicate in 1987, King added an impressive roster of beloved characters to its formidable family, including THE FAMILY CIRCUS, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, and DENNIS THE MENACE, as well as popular columnists, such as Carl Rowan and Dr. Joyce Brothers. D'Angelo was named President of both syndicates. In 1997, he was appointed Chairman of both syndicates.
Mr. D'Angelo is a civic leader and devotes considerable time to fundraising for community and national groups. He is on the Board of Trustees of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, and Chairman of the Hospital's Community Relations Committee. Because of his devotion to charitable works for the Roman Catholic Church, he was made Knight in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Mr. D'Angelo is a Trustee of Emerson College, Boston, as well as a member of Emerson's Development Committee. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of St. John's Uni.versity College of Business Administration and is a Trustee of the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation.
In 1991, he was named to the International Museum of Cartoon Art's Board of Trustees as the institution began preparing a major national and regional fundraising campaign for construction of its new permanent home in Boca Raton, Florida. D'Angelo is President of the Museum and has been one of its major supporters since it opened in Rye Brook in 1974.
In 1989, The National Cartoonists Society named him "Member of the Year" honoring his "25 years of solid support" to the organization. It was the first time NCS had given the award. He is on the Board of Directors of the Newspaper Features Council, and was President of that trade organization for four years.
In 1994, Mr. D'Angelo was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is a member of the New York Newspaper Publishers Association and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. He is President of the New York City Baseball Federation, Inc. His club memberships include the Artists and Writers Association, Museum of Television & Radio, National Cartoonists Society, Friars Club, Dutch Treat, the New York Athletic Club, National Press Club and Overseas Press Club.
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