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Q&A with Ted Leonsis

Ted Leonsis talked about his book The Business of Happiness: 6 Secrets to Extraordinary Success in Life and Work (Regnery Press; February 9, 2010). In the book, written with John Buckley, he talked about how working to achieve the things that would make his life happy also helped his business success. Mr. Leonsis was at AOL from 1993 to 2006. He is Founder and Chairman of SnagFilms, a website where people can watch and share documentary videos. He has also produced films including "Nanking." Mr. Leonsis is owner of the Washington Capitals (Hockey), the Washington Mystics (WNBA Women's Basketball). He has just signed a purchase agreement for the Washington Wizards (NBA Men's Basketball). In this interview, Mr. Leonsis talked about changes in print and broadcast media since his time at AOL. He spoke about documentary film production and showed clips from his "Nanking" documentary, which was based on the book, "The Rape of Nanking" by Iris Chang. Ted Leonsis also talked about SnagFilms and his philosophy of "filmanthropy." He explains the role of a sports team owner and what it means in a community.

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