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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 2003 to 2008 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.
Social TV turns the industry’s deep-seated idea of information overload on its head. Rather than shun additional media interfaces and opportunities, today’s consumer actively embraces them. She grabs her smartphone or tablet, and she creates her own media cornucopia: While watching TV via social media, she directly interrelates with millions of others watching the same TV show she adores. I recently asked young women who are social TV users of female-oriented drama shows such as Scandal and Pretty Little Liars how they interact with social media while watching the show. For these consumers, using Twitter while watching these shows doesn’t detract, it actually heightens their total experience. Rather than shirk multi-screen and multi-tasking, they revel in it.Read More
Comedies Married and You're the Worst debut on FX in June, likely as a back-to-back hour, followed in late summer by The Partnership, the sitcom teaming Kelsey Grammer with Martin Lawrence. At FXX, season 10 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will debut next January, paired with the launch of Tracy Morgan's new comedy, now titled Do or Die. Series in development for both channels include Hoke, The Bastard Executioner from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, How & Why from Charlie Kaufman, Man Seeking Woman and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. At least two more drama pilots will be filmed for 2015 consideration. There are no original series/miniseries heading to FXM in the near future.Read More