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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.
Here's what was wonderful about Monday night's Primetime Emmy Awards, in no particular order: All the awards for “Breaking Bad”; everything Bryan Cranston did (from that smooch with Julia Louis-Dreyfus to an inspiring acceptance speech), “Fargo” being named Outstanding Miniseries, “The Normal Heart” being named Outstanding Movie; the beautiful In Memoriam sequence headlined by Sara Bareilles' rendition of “Smile” and Billy Crystal's thoughts of Robin Williams, and “Billy on the Street.” Here's what was far from wonderful about the same event: “Orange is the New Black” being passed over, “Fargo” and “The Normal Heart” being denied key acting and creative honors, Cicely Tyson losing out for “The Trip to Bountiful” and Weird Al Yankovic's interminable song melody.Read More
Why should humans own all the world’s copyrights? The question is prompted by a photograph that’s made worldwide news. In Indonesia, a female crested black macaque monkey picked up a camera owned by photographer David Slater. I won’t focus much on the story of the monkey and her selfie because that topic has already been well-discussed in the media. Yet the story sets the table for more intriguing and ultimately more important issues. A brief recap of the story of the monkey and the selfie follows. The monkey did what a lot of us would do with a camera. She took selfies.Read More