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Chairman, Media Ecologist
For more than 30-years, Jack Myers has been the go-to visionary in the media business. He serves as Chairman and Media Ecologist at MyersBizNet, which ‘future proofs’ the business of more than 200 member companies through exclusive market intelligence, economic data and strategic insights for decision-making. Jack’s new book focuses on The Future of Men: Masculinity in the Twenty-First Century. It will be published in Fall 2015 in association with a series of short documentary films produced by Morgan Spurlock’s cinelan productions. Jack is also launching FutureMen.org focusing on advancing new definitions of masculinity to support men as society, culture and business become increasingly female-dominant. Jack is founder of WomenAdvancing, an all-women’s dual-mentoring support group serving the media, advertising and marketing community. He is an advocate of empowering young people as mentors and founded First5.org, a diversity outreach program. He also founded Media Legends and MyersBizNet Media All-Stars. MyersBizNet’s MediaVillage.com is home to MediaBizBloggers, Wall St. Speaks Out on Media, Planet Ed and Lunch at Michael’s.
Jack is a cultural, economic and technology visionary, award-winning documentary film producer and author. His last book, Hooked Up: A New Generation’s Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Saving the World, won the International Book Award for Youth Issues. 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, ABC and Metromedia. He is Chairman of the Board of International Radio and Television Society (IRTS), a Board Member of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, and 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. He is also a board member of the TD Foundation, serving the veteran families impacted by the conflicts in Afghanistan and the Mideast, and of the John A. Reisenbach Foundation, which supports safety in New York City.
The Winter 2015 Television Critics Association tour ended several weeks ago, but I find that out of the dozens of series and specials previewed by critics that two programs have remained top of mind. They both concern matters of life and death, and they are both on PBS. The first is “Being Mortal,” an edition of “Frontline” directed and produced by Tom Jennings that will make its debut on Tuesday February 10. It explores the ways in which the medical profession helps sick people and their loved ones deal with terminal illness. The second has a much longer title, one with an instantly recognizable name in it that commands immediate attention: “Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.” This six-hour, three-part film will be telecast on March 30 and 31 and April 1.Read More
ARF CEO Gayle Fuguitt set out to change the world and now she has done it. Three days in Manhattan last week at ARF’s annual RE:THINK event set the media-advertising complex into a whole new direction. Job fear. That was the secret to so much leverage. Archimedes is beaming down. The cream of the research cadre responsible for the intelligence gathering of the media-advertising complex (much more powerful than the military-industrial complex) heard that $100B was coming in over the next three years to either push them down under new people or be terminated.Read More