CEO, Cinema Arts Network
United Kingdom, 2011 – present
Chief executive of Cinema Arts Network, a consortium of sixteen of the UK’s top cultural venues. Responsible for business planning, reporting and strategic vision of company. Backed by the British Film Institute, the company builds digital infrastructure that supports leading edge business ventures in media and the arts.
• Delivered over 2,000 film programmes in 2014.
• Produced “cinecasts” of live performances including London Symphony Orchestra, modernist opera and poetry.
• Conceived new audience engagement platform based on WiFi media channels
• Completed UK-wide broadband network 14 months from tender.
• Grew membership from 5 to 16, including the Barbican and BFI Southbank.
• Expanded geographic scope of company from north of England to entire UK.
• Developed numerous partnerships in cultural and commercial sectors.
• Recruited and mentored staff across a range of disciplines including engineering, programming and business development.
Executive Consultant, Luminaria
San Antonio, Texas, 2012 – present
Developed 5-year strategic plan for City of San Antonio to transform Luminaria arts festival into a globally significant festival of arts and ideas. Festival relaunch in November 2014 attracted 200,000+ attendees.
• Wrote 105 page strategic plan that aligned festival with municipal growth priorities.
• Built stakeholder consensus around complete revision of operational structure.
• Revised commissioning strategy to include national and international artists.
• Created innovative biennial/lab calendar to maintain public engagement.
• Worked directly with Mayor’s Office and other significant public and private authorities.
• Aligned festival mission with broader development goals of San Antonio.
• Developed 2014 satellite “ideas fest” with Western Arts Alliance.
President, Pantar Productions
New York City, 2009 – 2011
Multispectrum consulting and production company. Clients included NHK (Tokyo/New York), High Fidelity HDTV (Canada), The Submarine Channel (Amsterdam), Context TV (Berlin), Indieflix (Seattle), Visionquest Entertainment (Australia), Gedeon Productions (France), Babelgum Networks (London).
• Produced Epitaph, an autobiographical short directed by Dennis Hopper.
• Developed new branding, editorial and design for the Submarine Channel, a leading online destination for documentary and transmedia programming.
• Guided development of NHK’s 3D Cosmomedia’s in North American operations, resulting in 3D productions of performances by Bill T Jones, Robert Wilson, Lang Lang and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
• Produced Times Square launch event for Babelgum Networks featuring Isabella Rossellini and Guy Maddin.
• Created video for live performances commissioned by New York City Opera.
• Created Ouroboros and Baghdad Transcendental art installations that attracted thousands of visitors and press coverage including feature interviews in The New York Times and Cool Hunting.
Director of Programming & Executive Producer, Rainbow Media
New York City, 2002 – 2009
Managed production, licensing and broadcast efforts for television channels Gallery HD, Equator HD and LAB HD. Developed programming proposition. Oversaw scheduling and operations, coordinate programming and marketing initiatives with other Voom HD television channels. As acting head of Digital Media group in 2006, developed websites, podcasts and multiplatform programming for suite of high-definition television channels.
• Launched Gallery HD and LAB HD respectively as first art documentary and video art television channels. Built program libraries, developed original programming strands and managed scheduling, stunts and network promotions.
• Positioned Equator HD as millennial generation television brand that celebrates diversity, ecology and global awareness.
• Attracted top-tier talent, including Brad Pitt, Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp and Robert Downey, Jr. to Robert Wilson Video Portrait series.
• Built coproduction relationships in all major TV markets, including UK, France, Germany, Canada, Japan and Australia.
• Executive producer of 200+ hours of domestic and international documentary television.
• Licensed 2,000+ of HDTV programs from global partners at discounted rates.
• Robert Wilson Video Portrait series featured on cover of Dec, 2006 issue of Vanity Fair.
• Productions exhibited in major film festivals and museums, including the Lincoln Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Montreal Festival of Film on Art, the Whitney, MoMA and the American Museum of the Moving Image.
• Involved in domestic and international launches of three Voom satellite/cable television networks.
• Relaunched Voom websites with newly developed video features in three months.
Director of Programming, MetroTV, Rainbow Media
New York City, 2001 – 2002
Developed two Emmy-nominated iTV channels, Metro Traffic Interactive and Metro Weather Interactive. Managed development of software and studio production centers. Built channels into ad-selling businesses by leading a staff of producers to develop marketing leading programs.
• Channels continue to be among most popular in Cablevision’s offer.
• Integrated hundreds of traffic cameras in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut into fiber loop.
• Integrated live and software-generated content into seamless on-demand service.
Consultant, Network of the World / Pacific Century Cyberworks
Developed plans for CommSuite, a package of communication and media services for broadband providers. Requirements included IP-telephony and video, news ticker and streaming media services, chat and support for multiple languages including Chinese.
Vice President, Oxygen Media
New York City, 1999 – 2001
Contributed to launch strategy of woman’s television network. Managed eighty staff and seven hundred social network volunteers for a cable network founded by Geraldine Laybourne and Oprah Winfrey. Developed interactive television programming and online content including a live webcast of Al Gore. Participated in business development and network marketing. Coordinated major projects, including user registration and affinity marketing.
• Negotiated a partnership affecting 900,000 subscribers with Time Warner.
• Merged staff from five companies into a single reporting and budget structure.
• Reduced annual expenses by $200,000 through volunteer management program.
• Specified social networking infrastructure that reduced operational costs by 25%.
• Created innovative dual registration strategy for major partners.
• Developed interactive television elements for key programs.
Consultant, Charles Schwab
San Francisco, 1999
Media production studio: Developed a production and webcasting studio for the consumer marketing group. Wrote specifications and support documentation. Directed program development, studio management, and staff training through launch.
Community Initiative: Specified message board and registration software. Represented marketing department in interdepartmental meetings, managed vendor relations, and guided final selection for a software and community services provider.
Consultant, LinkTV, San Francisco, 1999
Planned website and developed interactive programming modules for humanitarian satellite television network. Advised on business plan, development opportunities, and expense forecasting for community and convergence efforts.
Los Angeles, 1999
Participated in founding of a database-oriented website. Developed community and personalization elements of technology and business plans. Strong focus on developing new business and crafting value propositions in an evolving market.
Director of Programming, TechTV / ZDTV
San Francisco, 1997 – 1999
Produced interactive and community programs that integrated online elements into television broadcasts. Managed the Netcam Network, a system of videophones for viewers to appear on live television. Supervised web and television production, including TV marketing spots and special promotions. Developed and managed a webcasting studio for streaming media production. Oversaw production of COMDEX News video reports.
• Built one of the first interactive television production teams.
• Launched the Television Palace, an application that merges chat and television.
• Developed several business partnerships, including ZDNet and Electric Communities.
• Launched Chat Day, the first broadcast chat marathon, with 4,500 participants.
• Built social network of 20,000 members around videophones and webcams.
• Garnered national coverage, including Time Magazine, for “Bill Gates dancing” video.
Producer, The Site, MSNBC
San Francisco, 1996 – 1997
Oversaw studio production for online edition of The Site, a daily television newsmagazine co-produced by ZDTV and NBC. Managed freelance writers and wrote for website. Produced in-house promotional spots and coordinated television promotions with web marketing team.
• Raised online traffic by 25% with television promotions.
• Introduced Eview feature that let audience members interview studio guests.
• Created management system to coordinate online marketing and distribution.
Sponsoring Editor, University of Texas Press
Austin, Texas, 1994 – 1996
Acquired academic manuscripts in the humanities, including classics, media studies, and women’s studies. Produced company website, directed online publishing program and participated in “virtual classroom” initiative.
• Published one of the first electronic books, an online edition of Istanbul Boy.
• Solicited a $100,000 private endowment for book series on Texas history.
• Co-author of a successful NEH grant that drew $350,000 in matching funds.
• Developed Surrealist Women, an anthology of previously unknown female artists.