Biography: Steven M. Saferin,
President, Scientific Games Properties, Senior Vice President, Scientific Games
International; President, MDI Entertainment, LLC
In September, 2003, Steve Saferin was appointed
President of Scientific Games Properties, a newly formed business unit of
Scientific Games, Inc. Saferin continues as President of MDI Entertainment,
LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SGI.
Scientific Games Properties serves
as the SGI incubator to ensure emphasis on emerging growth opportunities and
for new products and marketing initiatives including Account Play, hand-held
electronic games, promotional games and on-line game development. Saferin also
oversees Scientific Games International's marketing communications
In January of 2003 MDI was acquired by SG and MDI's corporate
headquarters are now located with SGI's in Alpharetta, Georgia.
founding MDI, Saferin was Director of Program Acquisitions at ESPN from 1982 to
1986. He supervised a 16-person department in the areas of product acquisition
and scheduling. From 1978 to 1982, he was active in cable television
franchising as a vice president with both Viacom Communications and Warner Amex
Cable. In those capacities he supervised cable television franchising
activities in dozens of major markets.
Prior to entering business, Saferin
was an Attorney-Advisor to the Cable Television Bureau of the Federal
Communications Commission, as well as a member of the law department of Viacom
International, Inc. Saferin received a B.A. in Journalism from American
University and received his J.D. after attending Georgetown University and the
University of Maryland Schools of Law.
Mr. Saferin is a member of the
Dean's Advisory Council of the School of Communications at The American
July 2012 - Ten questions for ....
Saferin, President, Scientific Games Properties, Senior Vice President,
Scientific Games International; President, MDI Entertainment, LLC.
Q: What was your first job?
A: Stock boy in my father's drugstore.
Name a business leader you admire.
Katherine Graham--former Chairwomen and CEO of The Washington Post
Q: Whats the secret to business
A: Perseverance, laser
like focus and enjoying what you do.
Q: Whats the best
piece of advice you have ever received?
A: Don't get too high when things are going well or
too low when they are going bad.
Q: What is your greatest
regret in business?
A: I really
don't believe in regrets.
Q: What skills or qualities do you
wish you had?
A: Being able to
speak multiple foreign languages.
Q: What are you
Q: What are the highs of your current job?
Developing a new product, putting together a marketing plan for it, selling
it and seeing multiple customers implement it.
Q: And the
A: Human resource
Q: How do you achieve work life balance?
A: I am a little in to escapism thru
sports, exercise, travel, movies and family.