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Global Media Research & Consulting Partners specializes in providing high-quality and innovative market research and programming services to the entertainment industry. We pride ourselves on creating value for our clients by helping to improve ratings and generate additional revenue.

Our team

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Stuart Saunders

Managing Partner

  • Strategy consultant with over 20 years of expertise in market research for traditional broadcasters and new media firms.
  • A proven track record in sound data-driven decision making and in creating successful go-to-market strategies for media groups in over 30 countries.
  • Oversees market segmentation/strategic research for Global Media as well as all managerial, financial, and legal responsibilities for the company.
  • Holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Columbia Business School with a specialty in market research, marketing, and emerging media. 
  • Lives in Manhattan with his family and loves when he can find the time to enjoy the vibrant culture of NYC as well as some time to run in Central Park.
  • Stuart speaks French, Spanish, and English.
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Harold Austin


  • Award winning radio programmer & consultant with 25 years of expertise in multiple formats, including Top 40, Hip-Hop & R&B, Spanish, Oldies, Hot AC, AC, and N/T, among many others.
  • Successful track record in dispensing and implementing programming advice & ideas for top radio operators and media groups in the US, Latin America, and Europe.
  • Oversees all aspects of Global Media’s portfolio of Hispanic-based clients, with special emphasis on music testing, callout, and focus groups.
  • Harold is fluent in Spanish and English.
  • Born in San Francisco, raised in Guatemala, and now lives with his wife in Los Angeles, where he enjoys finding great sushi bars, drinking some wine, and seeing art house & foreign films.
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Tim Schiavelli


  • Research Analyst with over 10 years of experience designing & implementing programming strategies based on interpretation of media research data. 
  • Programming consultant for radio stations with a wide variety of formats in over a dozen countries around the world.
  • Served as a major market Radio Program Director for 8 years, overseeing the on-air product, training talent, organizing concert events, and doubling ratings.   
  • Manages development of Global Media’s new data collection methodologies, from online survey software to in-person touchscreen focus group hardware.
  • Lives in Los Angeles and enjoys biking at the beach, hiking Runyon Canyon, watching 3D movies, photographing snakes, and curating alt-rock playlists on Spotify.
  • Tim speaks German, Thai, and English.

Advisory board members

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Kirsten Becker

Director, RAND Survey Research Group

- Field research expert specializing in survey/questionnaire design
- Lead Author of Finding the Hard to Reach and Keeping Them Engaged in Research

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Lisa Hsia

Executive Vice President, Digital, Bravo, Oxygen and Universal Kids

- Television executive specializing in digital media
- Recipient of a 2013 Prime Time Emmy for achievement in Multiplatform Storytelling

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Thomas Plessis

Chief Digital Officer / Head of Digital Business at Lagardère Studios

- Founder of Screenso (www.screenso.com) and Shingumi Production (www.shingumi.com)
- Specializes in Radio, TV, Internet & Apps
- Head of Radio Programs & Digital Development, Lagardère (2008-2012)

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Jack Cyphers

Managing Director, Global Music, Exactuals LLC

- COO Cézame Music Publishing Agency (Paris, London, Los Angeles)
- Director Digital Marketing & Sales Warner Music Group/ADA
- VP Strategic Planning Itochu/SSD (Fortune Global 20)