Jack MyersJack Myers ThinkTank
Jeff MinskyBut Wait, That's Not All...
Simon ApplebaumTomorrow Will Be Televised
Alli RomanoAudio InSites
Bill HarveyIn Terms of ROI
Brian JacobsThe Cog Blog
Charlene WeislerMedia Insights
Ed MartinEd Martin Report
Jacqueline CutlerShattering the Glass Ceiling
Jim MotavalliAuto Marketing InSites
Juan AyalaMulticultural TV
Justin PauraBudgets & Balls
Kate ByrneWomen Advancing
Kelly KozakevichIn the Loop
Kent M. HarringtonIn the National Interest
Kryss ShaneAdvancing Diversity Hall of Honors
Michael FarmerMadison Avenue Makeover
Peter HubbellThe Age of Aging
Raquelle ZuzarteThe Storytelling Revolution
Steve GidlowBehind the Scenes in Hollywood
Media Ecologist, Founder: MediaVillage and Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors
Jack Myers is a media ecologist and founder of MediaVillage, the media and advertising community’s leading resource for market intelligence, education, business connections and talent development. Over more than forty years Jack has influenced the decisions of hundreds of global, national and regional media, marketing, advertising and entertainment companies and organizations. More than 150 companies, organizations and industry leaders are members of MediaVillage.
Jack has founded three organizations focused on professional advancement: AdvancingDiversity.org, WomenAdvancing.org and 1stFive.org. He’s Chairman-Emeritus of the IRTS Foundation, a trustee of She Runs It (formerly AWNY), founder of Newhouse 44, and longtime board member of John A. Reisenbach Foundation and TD Foundation. He and his wife, Ronda Carnegie, co-founded the Jacaronda Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides college loan relief grants to economically challenged young people in media and advertising professions.
Jack may be the only person in the history of the industry to hold executive roles in local, national and international media; broadcast and cable television; radio; out-of-home; print; digital media; TV producing and direct marketing. After serving in leadership roles at Metromedia Outdoor, ABC-Radio, CBS-TV and UTV Cable, Jack launched The Myers Report, which for more than three decades has been a go-to innovation partner for more than 200 companies across the marketing and media ecosystem and the industry leader in forecasting the impact of technological advances on culture, marketing, media and entertainment. In 2015, after a decade of development, he launched MediaVillage, now the industry’s most influential platform for thought leadership and a global advocate for the role and value of media to society, culture and business. Combining The Myers Report, MediaVillage Knowledge Exchange online education center, TV/Video Download and AdvancingDiversity.org, MediaVillage empowers its network of member companies to confidently implement and amplify go-to-market B2B strategies that respond to changing market needs, engage their teams and clients in collaborative learning, build innovative partnerships, upskill and reskill talent, communicate their value proposition and measurably grow their brands and profits.
Jack has served in advisory board roles with the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and Steinhart School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University. He majored in Communications at Newhouse and has a Masters Degree in Education and Media Ecology from NYU, where he has also served as an adjunct professor of advanced media.
In his spare time, Jack writes and produces, having authored five books on cultural transformation and produced several TV documentaries for which he’s been honored with two International Book Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, and Academy and Emmy Award nominations for Best Documentary Feature. Jack’s ground-breaking research on the first post-Internet generation (Gen Z) led to his two best-selling books on shifting gender norms and to his founding of the Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors.
Jack is recognized as a leading expert on the cultural and economic impact of technology advances on media and marketing. His 1993 book Adbashing: Surviving the Attacks on Advertising was a clarion call to the industry to beware of the headwinds that are now buffeting all of business and culture.
If you didn’t catch the long-form interview with Jack Myers in Episode 11 of our InsiderInSites podcast with E.B. Moss, please listen to this brief bonus episode on Jack’s vision for the future of media and the origins of MediaVillage
Jeff Minsky is editor of and lead industry analyst for The Myers Report at MyersBizNet. He also writes the Village Soapbox and But Wait,That's Not All ...columns for MediaVillage. He is a multi-award-winning advertising and digital media pioneer, innovator, strategist and respected media technologist. Jeff is one of only a handful in the industry with not only a strong mix of traditional and digital knowledge and experience, but also experience on all sides of the business, agency, client and media sales.
Throughout the course of his 25-plus years in the marketing communications industry, Jeff has driven media strategy, internal digital change management, and media negotiation/project management for brands as diverse as IBM, Intel, McDonalds, The CW, CBS, Showtime, Disney, Visa, Hilton, State Farm, Anheuser Busch, and Pepsi. He has been influential in creating the industry frameworks by which digital media is purchased as the coauthor and lead negotiator for the 4As/IAB Industry Standard Terms and Conditions for the Buying of Digital Media.
Jeff was born in Dallas and developed a deep love of technology, sparked when his beloved grandfather presented him with an Apple II computer for his bar mitzvah. Had he received the moped he wanted; his life could have turned out much differently.
Jeff graduated from Yeshiva University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and an Associate of Arts in Hebrew Language & Literature. He has taught Emerging Media as an Adjunct Professor at NYU's School of Continuing Education.
Janet is the writer of magazine articles, books and several film scripts.
Penned articles for many fine publications over the years about topics that range from the delights of walking through Spanish Harlem to business models for advanced forms of media. Worked as an editor at several publications, and traveled extensively on assignment.
Editor roles have included the creation of a startup publication as well as liaising with a large corp of freelancers -- orchestrating and editing their contributions. Also written research reports about the media industry both as a freelancer as well as on staff at a consultancy.
Winner of the inaugural Writers Lab for Women, sponsored by Meryl Streep and organized by New York Women in Film & Television and Iris.Writer in residence at four artist retreats. Scripts have been optioned and short listed for major international awards.Former board member of NYWIFT and Women in Cable Telecommunications.
Simon Applebaum has covered the TV medium for more than 38 years. Now a regular MediaVillage columnist, he produces and hosts Tomorrow Will Be Televised, a program all about TV, now in its 12th year. Previously, he was a senior editor for various TV-centric trade magazines, including Cablevision and Cable World.
Ainsley Andrade is a freelance writer working primarily as a TV critic and influencer for MediaVillage in the column #AndradeSays. Having "cut the cord" back when cords were still a thing, Ainz, as he likes to be called, brings a fresh and diverse perspective to any conversation about television, its many forms, and how it affects the culture.
Alli Romano is a media pro who has covered digital media, radio, and broadcast and cable TV in her MediaVillage column, "Alli on Audio," as well as for numerous industry publications, including Inside Radio, Broadcasting & Cable, TVNewscheck.com, and Multichannel News. She has also worked as a digital producer and content manager for FoxSports.com and NBA.com, as well as a web design firm and an educational institution. While writing is her preferred medium, Alli has also voiced hundreds of radio commercials for small businesses and nonprofits in her adopted hometown of Ithaca, NY.
Bill Harvey, who has just won an Emmy® Award for his invention of set top box data, has spent over 35 years leading the way in media research with pioneer thinking in New Media, set top box data, optimizers, measurement standards, privacy standards, the ARF Model; and inventions such as ADI/DMA, addressable commercials, passive peoplemeters, media/purchase singlesource by Big Data matching (4 U.S. patents assigned to TRA, Inc.).
Co-Founder of Next Century Media and New Electronic Media Science, third party research companies serving 70+ of the top 100 advertisers, as well as most of the major cable and satellite operators, networks, agencies, and other research companies; first to turn set top data into TV audience data to media research standards; leader of standard setting process in media measurement through ARF, 4As, ANA; former executive of Arbitron, Interpublic, Grey Advertising, and OpenTV. Inventor of addressable commercials and passive peoplemeter concepts, consulted on PPM and ScanAmerica with Arbitron, developed first automated marketing mix modeling system for General Foods.
Initiated and spearheaded the writing of the industry privacy principles for the ANA, 4As, and ARF joint task force CASIE (Coalition for Advertiser Supported Information and Entertainment). Co-Founder of TRA, the first company to merge singlesource and Big Data.
Brandie Feuer is an award-winning global marketing leader who helps dynamic lifestyle brands find success in the digital marketing and emerging media arena.
She is currently chairwoman of the Las Vegas Innovation Marketing Association (LVIMA) and Chief Marketing Strategist at B&E Partners. Through her consultancy, she supports top-tier retail and lifestyle brands and helps global nonprofits redefine how they leverage social media for social and behavioral change.
Her career has crisscrossed both the client and agency sides of the marketing and advertising industry, covering stops at renowned organizations that include MGM Resorts International, Choice Hotels, EILEEN FISHER and L Brands.
She has garnered top awards, like USA Today’s Top 40 Brands that Twitter, L2’s Top Social Media Presence in Retail and YouTube’s #1 Video for her efforts in social media. Moreover, she’s written excerpts for several social media books and is an Internationally recognized speaker, having given numerous talks in four countries on emerging media.
When not leading organizations through the ever-evolving digital landscape, Brandie is an Adjunct Professor at UNLV teaching “Managing the Consumer Experience in the Digital World” and helping to cultivate young, local talent.
Outside of the office, Brandie is an avid lover of Broadway shows and participates in dog sport competitions, with her award-winning chihuahua, Emma (@emmadoesvegas).
Brian Jacobs spent more than 35 years in advertising, media, and research agencies, including spells at Leo Burnett (UK, EMEA, International media director), Carat International (managing director), Universal McCann (EMEA director) and Millward Brown (executive vice president, Global Media). Currently, he writes "The Cog Blog" on MediaVillage. He has worked in the UK, EMEA, and globally out of the USA. His experience spans shifts from full-service ad agencies to media agencies; from traditional single-commercial-channel TV to multifaceted digital channels; and from media planning to multidisciplinary communication planning.
In 2006, Brian started Brian Jacobs and Associates, a consultancy business whose clients include advertisers, media agencies, and trade bodies.
Active investor in several startup businesses, Brian is a founding director of Enreach, a supplier of advanced audience analytics to premium publishers; and Optisca, a UK consultancy focused on measuring, monitoring and quantifying reputation for company boards.
Brian has served on numerous UK and international media industry committees, including the BARB Management Committee. He is a past chairman of the UK Media Research Group and has spoken at many conferences and festivals in the UK, Europe, Asia, and the USA.
Brian has coauthored two books on the media industry: Spending Advertising Money, with the late Dr. Simon Broadbent, published in 1984; and Social Media Marketing, with Jouko Ahvenainen, Alan Moore and Ajit Jaokar, released in 2009.
Charlene Weisler is a media research executive and MediaVillage columnist with experience that spans broadcast, cable, off-platform, non-linear, and broadband. She shares her expertise in set-top box data, SEO, metrics creation, and behavioral psychography in her "Media Insights" column. In addition, she writes about the media for several industry publications and hosts a blog at www.WeislerMedia.blogspot.com.
Ed Martin is the chief television and content critic for MediaVillage. He has written about television and internet programming for several Myers publications since 2000, including The Myers Report, The Myers Programming Report, MediaBizBloggers and TV/Video Download on MediaVillage. He is also the current president of the Critics Choice Association's TV branch and has been a member of the Television Critics Association since 1990.
Ed is among the media's best-known and most respected commentators on television programming. His access to industry leaders assures MediaVillage readers unique insights into the behind-the-scenes influences that impact network programming. His "voice" is among the most influential in the television programming community.
Previously, Ed was a television critic and reporter for USA Today and was senior editor and television critic at the award-winning television and advertising trade magazine Inside Media. He has written features for Variety, TV Line, Advertising Age, Television Week, Broadcasting & Cable and TV Guide. Earlier in his career, Ed was publicity director for the independent feature film production and distribution company Vestron Pictures, where he orchestrated publicity campaigns and produced electronic press kits for dozens of movies, including the Academy Award-winning classic Dirty Dancing.
Ese Ofurhie is the owner/editor/publisher of ENSPIRE Magazine (Enlightening Newsworthy Subjects Providing Inspiration & Real Entertainment), a publication created to show the world that borders and limited opportunities in developing a better world no longer exist. She is a Bronx, NY native of Nigerian descent who has made a name for herself in this competitive world of media. She is self-taught in media but has her B.S. in Management Information Systems from Alabama A&M University and her Master in Business Administration (Business Technology Management) from the University of Phoenix.
In 2012 ENSPIRE was started with partners but later in 2018 rebranded as a sole owner. Over the past 10 years, Ese has grown as a media mogul working diligently to keep her brand on everyone’s radar. Interviewing celebrities at red carpet premieres, album listenings, concerts, fashion shows and more is a weekly occurrence for the self-made woman who has made a name for herself in such a short time in this competitive field, but what sets her apart is that she continues to push the narrative about inspiring our community.
If you ever read or watched an interview of Ese's is clear that no matter whom she speaks to her focus is always to find a way for them to inspire others which is clearly her life’s mission.
Interviewing public figures and celebrities like Morris Chestnut, Common, Monifah, Slick Rick, and being in rooms with the likes of Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Ashanti, Debbie Allen, Swizz Beatz, Naturi Naughton; covering red carpets at The Urbanworld Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Soul Train Awards, and more is the norm for ENSPIRE but what means more to her is being a mentor to kids and young adults. Ese has made it clear that she will always give back to the youth in any shape, way, or form she can as she has spoken on panels at schools and talks one on one with kids in the classroom.
If that wasn’t enough, she also gives college students a chance to work in the field as interns for the publication but not just only there. Prior to the pandemic at any given moment, her interns were seen on the red carpet with her helping her put together an event for her.
From the beginning, Ese envisioned ENSPIRE’s impact growing beyond just a magazine, and made it happen. In 2016, she partnered with her local small business association programs. This led her to a program first in Queens and then in the Bronx, mentoring 18-21 year-olds who weren’t in school and looking for job skills. The young adults that Ese mentored even encouraged her to become a substitute teacher in New York, which she did from 2019-2021.
Through her work with New York City mentorship programs in 2018. Ese has been able to expand her “Experienceship,” as she calls it, to college students across the country, helping them bolster their resumes by developing digital skills like social media management, editorial, marketing, and website development. This program took off during the pandemic as she conducted this program virtually and continues to do so. There has been mention of the impact of the mentorship program she created in a Google Adsense case study.
Ese continues to share her positivity and encouragement one interview at a time!
Jacqueline Cutler is a longtime journalist covering television on a national and international level, after many hard news beats. She serves on the executive board of the Television Critics Association and currently writes the "Shattering the Glass Ceiling" column for MediaVillage.
Jacqueline has won national awards for writing; she has edited books and mentored burgeoning journalists. She began her career as a police reporter in Manhattan, and over the years has been a staff writer for the Hartford Courant, The Oakland Tribune, the (New York) Daily Newsand Tribune Media Services. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Post. She currently freelances for MediaVillage, Variety, and TV Weekly, among other outlets writing about television. She also has a book review column in the (New Jersey) Star-Ledger and the Daily News.
Auto-industry expert Jim Motavalli is a highly regarded writer for MediaVillage ("Motavalli on Marketing"), The New York Times, Barron's, Autoblog.com, National Public Radio's Car Talk, and others. He is author or editor of eight books, including Forward Drive: The Race to Build Clean Cars for the Future, High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug in the Auto Industry, Green Living and Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Climate Change and Naked in the Woods: Joseph Knowles and the History of Frontier Fakery. With Brad Berman, he is working on a new book about the future of transportation. He is also a contributor to the Environmental Defense Fund publications and to the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Motavalli hosts a radio program on WPKN-FM in Connecticut, and lectures widely.
Joanne Tombrakos has been calling herself a Storyteller before it was the trendy thing to do. A Digital-First Marketing and Business Strategist, Assistant Professor of Marketing at NYU and above all a writer she is considered a SME in content marketing, social media, pitch-perfecting and personal branding. She is the author of three books, including the workbook,Getting Your Personal Brand Story Straight and the host of a weekly podcast - Marketing, Mindfulness and Martinis.
In a previous life Joanne held senior management positions in media advertising and marketing at CBS Radio, Time Warner Cable and NY1 News. While she currently resides on the other side of the Hudson working on her next book, she is and always will consider herself a New Yorker. You can visit her website, >joannetombrakos.com.
Juan Ayala is a Brooklyn-based writer, podcaster and columnist at MediaVillage. He covers programming aimed toward diverse, multicultural and LGBTQ+ audiences under his Multicultural TV column. His love for TV and film ranges from workplace comedies and political dramas to horror classics and comic book movies.
Justin Paura is the host of the "View from the Grandstand" podcast and head of Audio Content at MediaVillage.com. The Long Island-based podcaster provides insights into rights, production, distribution and advertising strategies wielded by top media companies and executives as they look to score with existing audiences and connect with new ones in the ever-evolving world of sports media. In his role as Director of Content Management, Justin is the liaison between MediaVillage journalists and its members, who are thought leaders in the marketing, media, advertising, and entertainment industries. He graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. School of Public Communications with a degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism. Justin joined the MediaVillage team as a producer in 2020.
Kate Byrne is the Chief Growth Officer for Community and Partnership at Goodlight Capital, creating the future of Venture Capital to be more equitable, scalable, and impactful by providing capital and more for under represented Founders and Advisor to PlusMedia Solutions and Emerge, as well as the podcast host for MediaVillage's WomenAdvancing.org, Rebels with a Purpose and African Tech Conversations. A leader in digital media and social impact for over 25 years, Kate has married her interest in technology and its ability to advance social good and has been recognized as one of the 40 Most Influential People in Media. She has held executive positions at SOCAP Global, Katapult X, Fast Company, BusinessWeek, INC., The Tides Foundation, The George Lucas Education Foundation, and Watermark. Kate is a contributor for Authority Magazine, MarketWatch, Conscious Company Magazine, and frequent speaker (SOCAP, The WellBeing Summit, Sustainable Brands, Future Fest, Rotary Club, Watermark Innovation, Leadership Summit, Shift Summit). Areas of expertise include Trust, Social Impact, Women and Power, Stakeholder Capitalism, Leadership Development. She is the Co-Founder of the Economy Next Stewardship Circle; former President of the Board for the UN Women USA SF Chapter; and Former Board member of CORO of Northern California. Kate is a Coro Women’ Leadership Cohort alum, a member of the International Women’s Forum, and Former Commissioner on the Marin Commission for Women and Girls. She graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in Psychology. Kate lives in Charlottesville, VA with her wonderful husband and is the proud mom of two amazing young women.
Kelly Kozakevich is host of MediaVillage.com’s #Ask-GenZ and In the Loop. #Ask-GenZ is a video interview series focused on the talent, leadership, and voices within the media industry that influence the demographic born into the Internet and Mobile age. For In the Loop, Kelly provides news, views, and commentary about social media, and more on MediaVillage.com’s TV/Video Download channel. Some of the topics she has explored include the wealth of innovative creators on TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube; top social branding partnerships; superstar female gamers; LGBTQ topics, SNAP Original Series, and how mental health issues are covered by social media. Kelly currently resides in Los Angeles, where she spends her time acting, producing, writing, and creating content for various social media outlets. Follow @KellyKozakevich on Instagram.
Kent Harrington is the writer of the In the National Interest column at MediaVillage.com. In the National Interest takes a critical look into the world of media, politics, and journalism. This column combines expert commentary on today’s political landscape with pushing for accountability from today’s media outlets. Kent was a former Senior Central Intelligence Agency analyst who served as director of public affairs, National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, and chief of station in Asia for over two decades.
With over 25 years of experience guiding the world’s top leaders in business, education and community via individual, small group and full-staff trainings, Dr. Kryss Shane, LSW, LMSW (she/her) has been featured as America’s go-to Leading LGBT+ Expert in The New York Times, ABC News, Yahoo!, and CNN. Her writing has also appeared in the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, Huffington Post, International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership, The New Social Worker Magazine, and many more.
Dr. Kryss is known for helping businesses address their unique Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion needs in an approachable, manageable and actionable way. This includes alterations to physical spaces, updating hiring practices, re-drafting policies and procedures and more. Shane holds two master’s degrees, two licenses to practice mental healthcare, and a PhD in Leadership while serving as a Lecturer at Columbia University and an Adjunct Professor at University of Massachusetts Global, Fordham University, and National Louis University.
She is the author of Creating an LGBT+ Inclusive Workplace: The Practical Resource Guide for Business Leaders, which provides best practices and professional guidance for creating LGBT+ inclusive workplaces, including creating safer working environments, updating company policies, enhancing continuing education and training, and better supporting LGBT+ people in the workplace training and other tangible ways to support LGBT+ people in the workplace. Dr. Kryss is also the author of The Educator's Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion, the first book of its kind to guide educators, administrators, and school staff to become able and empowered to make their schools more LGBT+ inclusive.
Michael Farmer is the author of Madison Avenue Makeover: The Transformation of Huge and the Redefinition of the Ad Agency Business,to be released in June 2023. He also wrote the award-winning Madison Avenue Manslaughter, an inside view of fee-cutting clients, profit-hungry owners and declining ad agencies (Third Edition, 2019).
Farmer is Chairman and CEO of Farmer & Company LLC, a strategy consulting firm for advertisers and agencies. He also serves as Professor of Branding and Integrated Communications at The City College of New York (CCNY). He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and was previously a Director of Bain & Company.
Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for global entertainment marketing association Promax and reports and writes for TVNewscheck. She also has written for such publications as the New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B&C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from Sept. 2002-04, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-Sept. 2002.
Peter is founder and chief executive officer of BoomAgers, the world's leading ad agency dedicated to understanding aging consumers, as well as a columnist for MediaVillage ("The Age of Aging"). In these roles, Peter has become one of the pre-eminent experts on marketing to age; his clients include prominent global brands such as Procter & Gamble.
He is also the author of two award-winning books in his Age of Aging series — The Old Rush: Marketing for Gold in the Age of Aging and Getting Better with Age: Improving Marketing in the Age of Aging.
A frequent speaker, Peter has presented at influential forums including The Internationalist, The Association of National Advertiser forums, the Luxury Daily Retail Summit, Trail Blazers: Initiatives in Art and Culture's New York Fashion and Gold Conferences, Advertising Week, and AARP and the Senior Care Marketing Summit.
Raquelle M. Zuzarte is an award-winning global marketing leader, who has led brand campaigns at Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, Charter, Time Warner Cable and CBS. She also recently launched Equity Project For All, a social impact venture focused on maximizing growth through building great brands and empowering human capital. She is a global citizen and passionate storyteller, having lived in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. Zuzarte has spearheaded Leadership initiatives throughout her career, including as Board Member of the P&G Alumni Global Women’s Forum, as a member of the Innovation & Inclusion Taskforce at J&J Global Marketing, as President of Time Warner Cable’s Women’s Collective and as Chair, “Do Digital Summits for Women Leaders” at She Runs It. She has been recognized with multiple awards including the Ad Age Business Advertising Award and leadership awards from Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, McKinsey & Co and KPMG. She has spoken at global venues including SXSW, Sydney Opera House and the Davos Congress Center. Raquelle earned her Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management UNSW and Kellogg Business School. Read her latest article on CMOs as Persuasive Leaders.
Rob is the Founder and President of Iron Horse Marketing, a boutique sports marketing consultancy focused on launching new ventures, partnership marketing and strategic development. A veteran sports, leisure and experiential marketing executive, Rob has created new profit centers, distribution channels and branding platforms for a variety of organizations including start-ups, pro-sports leagues and multi-billion dollar corporations. Examples include the founding of the first National Basketball Association online store and a nationally televised PGA TOUR tournament and experiential marketing platform. In addition to Iron Horse Marketing, Rob is a lecturer at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where he teaches undergraduate and MBA-level sports management classes and oversees student consulting projects in this area of expertise.
Prior to reigniting Iron Horse Marketing in 2017, Rob's pedigree includes experience at the NBA, IMG, Bank One, Dale & Thomas Popcorn and Diamond Resorts International. He is a graduate of Boston College and earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Northern NJ with his wife and two sons.
Roger Catlin is a longtime arts and entertainment writer and critic who lives in Washington, D.C. A former rock critic and TV critic at The Hartford Courant for many years, he has written for Smithsonian Magazine.com, The Washington Post, AARP the Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide and Salon, among other outlets. He is a member of the TV Critics Association, Critics Choice Association and the American Theatre Critics Association and writes a daily blog, mostly about TV, at rogercatlin.com.
Steve Gidlow, a long-time columnist for MediaVillage ("Behind the Scenes in Hollywood"), has written about television and pop culture since 1994, beginning in Australia. Since moving to Hollywood in 1997, Steve has focused on celebrity interviews for the weekly market. He has been a contributing editor to In Touch Weekly, Life & Style Weekly and Closer Weekly, as well as covering reality TV for numerous outlets.
Steve made the transition from Australia to Hollywood in 1997 as bureau chief of Pacific Publications in Australia and Europe, where his contributions to TV Hits saw the title awarded the prestigious Magazine of the Year by the Editor's Association of Australia in 2001. Later he would join Bauer Publications' In Touch Weekly, coordinating its Reality Update section and reporting for At Home With features, eventually becoming the title's West Coast TV editor.
A member of the Television Critics Association since 1998, Steve became a permanent fixture on the TV beat, reporting on and covering American Idol, The Amazing Race, The Biggest Loser, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, The X Factor and The Voice — covering many of those TV stalwarts from their debuts. His in-depth knowledge of American Idol led to his becoming a regular guest on American Idol Extra and Idol Tonight for the Fox Reality Channel and TV Guide Channel, respectively, offering his expert opinion on the show.
Most recently, Steve was a regular contributor to HNGN.com, providing lively features and introductory review articles for myriad debuting and returning TV shows, along with regular coverage of The Voice and American Idol.
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