We’re thrilled to introduce Umar Hussain as our Head of Media!

In this new position, Umar will oversee Navigate’s media consulting, with a focus on advising clients on domestic — local and national — and international media strategies and negotiations.

With over 10 years of experience in media and distribution, Umar’s career first began with Disney and ESPN Media Networks, where he worked in Business & Legal Strategy and Sales representing the Disney, ABC and ESPN suite of television networks on affiliate distribution negotiations with large pay-TV providers. He played a pivotal role in launching ESPN+, as well as executing new media and connected device deals with Facebook and Oculus. His journey continued with a stop at the NBA, where he led the distribution for NBA TV and NBA League Pass. Umar was a key member of the team that took NBA TV direct-to-consumer, a first for a cable network. During his time with the league, he also represented the NBA’s media assets in key league sponsorship and sports betting partnerships, and developed alternate distribution strategies for national and local games.

In Los Angeles, Umar went on to lead distribution for the G4 Network at Comcast, expanding its reach to over 150 million users across various platforms. He was the lead business development executive for gaming assets working in partnership with key stakeholders across Comcast, NBCU, Sky, and Peacock. Already well acquainted with the Navigate team, Umar has worked collaboratively with us, advising on media rights for the new Pro Volleyball Federation during its distribution negotiations, helping secure CBS Sports as a partner for its inaugural season in 2024.

A Los Angeles native, Umar currently resides in the city with his wife and daughter where you can find him cheering on all LA sports teams (Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, LAFC, Angel City FC). He’s also a passionate supporter of the Green Bay Packers, Arsenal, UC Irvine, and cricket. Umar holds a B.A. in Literary Journalism from UC Irvine and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and is a licensed attorney in California. It’s clear that Umar’s unique blend of legal expertise, media strategy, and sports passion will undoubtedly take our team to a new level.

Umar and his wife, Hafsa, traveling in Japan. 

Learn more about Umar or connect with him via email – Umar@NVGT.com.