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2019 U.S. Media Spencer Stuart Board Index

The boards of media companies — from online giants to book publishers to TV networks — continue to evolve in the face of headwinds impacting business.

The fourth annual U.S. Media Spencer Stuart Board Index examines emerging trends and issues in board composition, board practices and director compensation for 49 publicly held U.S media companies.

 

2019 Snapshot

 9.6

Average media board size

 43%

Media boards that added new directors — down from 52% in 2018

 71%

Media board directors who are independent

 61.6

Average age of media board directors

 92%

Media boards with at least one female director

 27%

Media boards that report a mandatory retirement age

 60%

Average percentage of director compensation that comes as stock awards or option grants

 $249,877

Average per-director compensation