Chris leads Business Development & Strategy at Refinery29, with a particular focus on the company’s rapidly growing live events business including 29Rooms, the annual immersive festival of style, culture, and creativity, as well as its video offerings including the upcoming launch of Refinery29’s OTT channel.
Prior to Refinery29, Chris led business development & operations at Live Nation’s award-winning creative agency & production studio, Greenlight. During his tenure, he also oversaw Live Nation’s original content venture with Vice Media, Live Nation TV, and helped to build Live Nation’s film and TV business. Prior to Live Nation, Sumner held a variety of senior corporate and business development roles at Sony Music, EMI Music, and The Chernin Group, starting out his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Chris lives in Venice, CA with his wife and young dog, Churro.