Meet the Team
The folks behind Syndicaster.
Ion PuspuricaEVP, GM
Ion leads Media Services Group’s business strategy, execution and development. With a proven track record driving rapid market expansion through new product development, sales, and strategic partnerships, he manages the group currently delivering online video solutions to more than 25% of U.S. TV network affiliates, and to the newspaper groups using the Syndicaster platform.
With a relentless focus on customer satisfaction and end user experience, Ion is helping broadcasters, newspapers and other content owners leverage their video assets and deploy digital strategies and advertising programs generating significant online revenues from targeted, highly desirable audiences.
Prior to joining Critical Media, Ion was a founding member of a start-up that built the largest online network of local news and information sites, developing online video and content management solutions, and managing interactive ad sales for over 250 NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX affiliates. He also conducted investment activities in Europe and Asia, focusing on opportunities in media and entertainment. Ion serves on several industry associations committees, including the IAB Digital Video Committee, Local Committee and Mobile Advertising Committee.
Jim PavoldiSVP, Business Development & Distribution
Jim’s love of news-video clips and the syndication economy started in 1990 with a hand-delivered VHS tape of a climbing rescue to a local news station that quickly led to appearances on RealTV and other pioneering reality and clip-based TV shows. Soon after, Jim was on the ground-floor of the text-news syndication platform “Screaming Media” where as VP of Global Accounts he thrived through launch, hypergrowth, IPO, and acquisition. The path of Jim’s professional focus on content and syndication brought him to Critical Media for the launch of ClipSyndicate and Syndicaster. He’s responsible for content distribution, content acquisition and management, analytics, revenue sharing and usage reporting for partners, ad operations and support for all media clients, as well as the monetization and editorial of the website and its vertical channels and widgets.
Michael BermannSenior Vice President & General Counsel
Mr. Bermann rejoined the team as General Counsel of Critical Media in 2008. Mr. Bermann had previously worked with Critical Mention crafting our first user agreements and diligently negotiating our first content partner relationships. Prior to joining Critical Mention in 2002, Mr. Bermann started out his legal career in private practice with the national law firm of Mintzer, Sarowitz, Zeris, Ledva and Meyers, P.A in Miami, Florida. Upon returning to Florida in 2004, Michael was a senior associate and head of the litigation team at Silver, Levy, Feldman & Bass, P.A. in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Bermann received his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University Law School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and received a dual degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Syracuse University in New York.