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Jack Myers is a media ecologist and chairman of MyersBizNet, a network of more than 200 media and advertising companies. MyersBizNet provides members with economic intelligence, marketing and communications resources, sales development tools and career enhancement programs.
Jack is a technology and economic visionary, award-winning documentary film producer, author and founder of the Women in Media Mentoring Initiative, Media Village and Syracuse University Newhouse Network. His latest book, Hooked Up: A New Generation's Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Saving the World, won the International Book Award for Youth Issues and was finalist for the USA Book Award. Jack also has investments in a portfolio of more than three dozen digital media and entertainment companies.
Jack is the recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award, won the Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival, and has been nominated for both an Academy and Emmy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He has been presented a World Music Award and co-produced the GE Focus Forward Films documentary series with Morgan Spurlock's cinelan group, in which he is a partner.
Jack's career includes sales and management positions at CBS Television, ABC Radio and Metromedia Outdoor. From 1984 to 2008, he consulted on technology, industry trends and shifting revenue-models for more than 250 media companies, marketers and agencies. From 1993 to 1998 he headed Television Production Partners, an LA-based programming studio funded by ten major global marketers including General Motors, Coca-Cola, AT&T, MasterCard, Reebok and Campbell Soup Company. He also advised General Motors, Campbell Soup and TJX Corp on the reorganization of their media buying and planning agencies, represented Aegis Group in the strategy and acquisitions that built Carat North America, managed all TV and radio media planning and buying for Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman-Marcus, and built the largest U.S. sales agency representing Canadian TV.
While in college, he co-founded the Syracuse New Times. Jack is a Board Member of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. He served on the Advisory Board for the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University where he studied Media Ecology with Dr. Neil Postman.
CBS Outdoor Americas Inc. (NYSE: CBSO) has announced it will rebrand as Outfront Media Inc., marking another important step in the Company's transformation.Read More
The AdWeek calendar, a robust syllabus, seemed to offer up a heavy course in Gender Equality 101. As a first-time attendee and a young female in the industry, I was wary of the full frontal feminism that such discussion would surely deliver. Were these female-led panel discussions merely saving face for years of not-so-shy-about-it sexism? I was pleasantly surprised that the dialogue was more nuanced, provocative even. At the very least, Advertising Week XI offered a platform that favored action as opposed to aspiration. As Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg explained, only 3% of creative directors in the industry are women. Call me crazy, but is it not highly contradictory that a gender which accounts for approximately 80% of consumer spending would be so underrepresented at the creative level?Read More