Janet Janjigian is the Executive Managing Director of Carmen Group West. She brings a unique skill set to the table with a professional background that intersects Washington DC, Hollywood and Wall Street. She is an Emmy award winning television news and documentary journalist, former Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at MGM Studios and former President of DC Media Group LA Inc.
Janet specializes in corporate communications, government relations, crisis management and litigation support in a variety of industry sectors. Recognizing the rapid growth in the healthcare sector in Southern California, she has represented healthcare leaders as they continue to work through the Affordable Care Act. In 2011, Janet led global media for her client Heritage Provider Network launching the $3 million Heritage Health Prize Challenge for predictive modeling, the largest in the world. The data mining contest created an online global community of problem solvers charged with developing algorithms to save the country over $40 billion in avoidable hospitalizations. Outside healthcare, she has represented Byron Allen, CEO of Entertainment Studios, Herring Networks, The Weinstein Company, Accenture, Arts+Labs and The Marshall School of Business at USC.
As Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications, Janet developed and managed MGM Studios media strategy. Supporting the messaging for its four core businesses, including the 4,000 title, world’s largest film library, she raised MGM’s profile in the nation’s leading business media outlets. She structured the media campaigns for MGM’s major M&A transactions, including the $5 billion acquisition of the company in 2005. Janet’s high-level Congressional and Administration expertise enabled the company to pursue and obtain ART ACT, the successful legislative campaign to protect content. She also directed the media campaign supporting the company’s position in the landmark MGM vs. Grokster case heard in the U.S. Supreme Court. She created a new marketing niche for MGM’s feature film division for such films as “Hotel Rwanda,” “Osama” and “Legally Blonde 2,” generating political and business coverage, bringing added value to the box office and the stock price.
Janet’s career began in Washington DC, with NBC News and ABC News “Nightline.” Subsequently she worked with CNN in Los Angeles. In addition to her Emmy Awards, her work as a journalist has also been honored with the Champion Tuck Award for outstanding business and economic reporting from the Dartmouth School of Business and a Gracie Award.
Janet has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Southern California and a M.A. in Communications from American University, Washington D.C. She graduated from the Global Business Leadership and Management Certification Program, Center for International Business Education and Research, Georgetown University Graduate School of Business, Washington, D.C.
She is a member of The Pacific Council on International Policy, the Board of Lupus LA, the Alliance for Women in Media and contributes to “The Huffington Post” and “The Wrap.”