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OUR TEAM

Jack Myers

Media Ecologist and Founder of MediaVillage

Philip McKenzie

Executive Director of AdvancingDiversity.org

Ed Martin

Television Editor and Chief Content Critic

Mark Altschuler

General Manager

Ali Farhat

Content Manager

Diane Stefani

MediaVillage + AdvancingDiversity.org PR Consultant

Jeff Minsky

Editor and Lead Industry Analyst

Justin Paura

Audio Content Manager

Kirsty Moir

Director Content Managememt

Maryann Teller

Head of Operations

Robin Wallace

Member Services Manager

Steff Sanchez-Gates

Director of Video and Audio Production

Jack Myers

Media Ecologist and Founder of MediaVillage

Jack Myers

Media Ecologist and Founder of MediaVillage

Jack Myers is a media ecologist and founder of MediaVillage and AdvancingDiversity.org. He is recognized as a leading expert on the cultural and economic impact of technology advances on media and marketing and he 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, media buying and selling, and direct marketing. Jack has 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 in 2017. 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. He majored in Communications at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and has a Masters Degree in Education and Media Ecology from NYU.

FUN FACT

Jack is an Eagle Scout. Jack was invited to represent the advertising community at the 1995 White House Summit on Educational TV hosted by President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore.

Philip McKenzie

Executive Director of AdvancingDiversity.org

Philip McKenzie

Executive Director of AdvancingDiversity.org

Philip L. McKenzie is Executive Director of AdvancingDiversity.org, leading the media community’s investments in advancing diversity, equality and inclusion programs from advocacy to activism. Philip is an anthropologist who uses his expertise in culture to advise organizations on how best to thrive in an increasingly challenging and uncertain environment. Philip uses his quantitative background and Wall Street experience in combination with a qualitative understanding of social, economic and cultural movements to unmask complex opportunities and identify significant trends that drive our future.

 

Philip’s work has placed him at the center of understanding the significance of culture as a reflection of shared values. As a result he is a sought after strategist working with a myriad of global organizations. He is a content creator and writer. He is currently publishes a weekly column via MediaVillage and is the host of The Deep Dive, a podcast in partnership with Pod Co Media. In the past, he has manifested his creative vision as co-host/co-creator of 2 Dope Boys & a Podcast.

 

Philip is a global speaker, having provided keynotes and workshops in London, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Amsterdam and more.

FUN FACT

Phil is a lover of comic books and music. He has over 30K comics and graphic novels and over 80K individual songs in his music library.

Ed Martin

Television Editor and Chief Content Critic

Ed Martin

Television Editor and Chief Content Critic

Ed Martin is editorial advisor of MyersBizNet and its Watch, Listen & Learn platform. He's also the chief television and content critic for MediaVillage.  He is also President (TV Branch) of the Critics Choice Association and has been a member of the Television Critics Association since 1990.

Before aligning in 1998 with Jack Myers, Ed was a television critic and reporter for USA Today and was senior editor of Inside Media magazine. Earlier in his career, he was publicity director for the independent feature film production and distribution company Vestron Pictures, where he orchestrated publicity campaigns for dozens of movies, including the classic Dirty Dancing.

People always ask Ed to name his favorite TV series of all time. The first five positions on his list haven’t changed since 1977. They are, in order: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family,I Love Lucy, The Twilight Zone and Green Acres.

FUN FACT

Ed was the official publicity escort for Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey at the 1988 Academy Awards. During the ceremony, at his post behind the curtain, he was the first person whom Cher spoke to when she left the stage after accepting her Oscar for “Moonstruck.” She wouldn’t remember, but he will never forget.

Mark Altschuler

General Manager

Mark Altschuler

General Manager

Mark is responsible for general business management and operations at MediaVillage. He is focused on memberships and our service center. Mark has always been committed to teams and constantly improving organizations. He’s been in media sales, management and executive leadership roles for 40 years and does his best work with organizations committed to growth, education and change. Mark was Vice President, National Advertising Sales at Comcast Spotlight (now Effectv) for 17 years. Here he was part of the start-up team contributing revenue growth of more than 300%.

 

Earlier in his career, Mark was recruited by several successful start-ups including Group W Sports Marketing, New World Sales & Marketing, audio-internet pioneer, ClickRadio and the Antonelli Media Training Center.

 

When not working, Mark enjoys family, friends, good health, sports and books. He cooks and specializes in great dinners in 30 minutes.

FUN FACT

Mark can still shoot a 15-footer off the dribble.

Ali Farhat

Content Manager

Ali Farhat

Content Manager

Ali is the Content Manager at MediaVillage, working with Kirsty and Ed to facilitate the content workflow between MediaVillage's clients, team members, and network of journalists. His detail-oriented and organization skills extend to his daily life, and he stays in the loop about the latest methods and technologies to streamline operations.

Getting the opportunity to join MediaVillage was a way for Ali to enjoy three things he loves: Account management, advertising, and entertainment media. Not to mention, it allows him to be in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment. Prior to this role, his experience was nothing short of versatile. After spending almost three years in social media management for clients in Lebanon, Dubai, and New York City, he pursued a full-time graduate program in Marketing at Baruch College. Once he completed his degree, he immersed himself in event planning, digital marketing, and eventually, talent services for two years. Therefore, you could say he enjoys 'wearing many hats.' His previous clients included banks, telecommunication companies, photographers, automotive companies, real estate properties, hotels, rooftop lounges, and restaurants.

FUN FACT

Ali is very passionate about the arts. Prior to COVID-19, you could find Ali at a Broadway show almost every weekend. On a slow weekend, he would be at a concert or movie theater.

Diane Stefani

MediaVillage + AdvancingDiversity.org PR Consultant

Diane Stefani

MediaVillage + AdvancingDiversity.org PR Consultant

Diane Stefani is a results-driven public relations specialist with over two decades of experience garnering top-tier press placements and providing brand strategy for a broad range of innovative organizations, mission-based startups and legacy media companies.

Diane was brought on board to bring awareness to MediaVillage’s AdvancingDiversity.org and annual Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors. The relationship has grown to include publicizing the growing number of content marketing channels, subject matter columnists, and multiplatform journalists.

Prior to launching Diane Stefani Public Relations, the born and bred New Yorker was Executive Vice President at the Rosen Group, managing clients as diverse as the James Beard Foundation, B. Smith Enterprises, One Club for Art & Copy, Barnes & Noble, National Magazine Awards, Etsy, and Fast Company. Stefani credits her earlier career as an entertainment reporter at The New York Post and Director of Communications at Playboy Enterprises for a passion for journalism.

Photo credit: Matt Sutton.

FUN FACT

Diane is currently obsessed with the audio-based social network Clubhouse, swimming, spinning, and her husband Terry Peikin’s @TheSteampunkIlluminist artwork.

Jeff Minsky

Editor and Lead Industry Analyst

Jeff Minsky

Editor and Lead Industry Analyst

Jeff is an award-winning advertising and digital media pioneer, strategist, and media technologist. He 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.

FUN FACT

Jeff 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.

Justin Paura

Audio Content Manager

Justin Paura

Audio Content Manager

Justin joined the MediaVillage team in June 2020 after graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications in May with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast & Digital Journalism. Justin works as a producer, putting together podcasts from archived content, as well as fresh content weekly. Justin is also a part of the social media team and works closely with Amanada and Christian to ensure content is regularly being socialized.

 

During his time in college, Justin interned at SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports, SNY and ESPN Radio Syracuse while also contributing to the on-campus radio stations and television station.

FUN FACT

Justin has two English bulldogs: Rousey and Bentley.

Kirsty Moir

Director Content Managememt

Kirsty Moir

Director Content Managememt

As Director of Content Management at MediaVillage, Kirsty is responsible for the editorial content flow. From managing the content pipeline, to strategizing editorial calendars and coordinating interview scheduling, she works directly with our member companies and journalists to develop and publish insightful thought leadership for MediaVillage. Her keen sense of detail and organization ensures a streamlined article process from start to finish, and she’s always looking for new creative ways to optimize our messaging.

 

Before joining MediaVillage, Kirsty worked as a project manager in advertising sales where she produced top-selling print & digital campaigns, appearing within national publications such as USA TODAY and The San Francisco Chronicle. As someone who enjoys combining work with travel, she also lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a summer, working marketing and business development for a tech start-up. In her free time, she’s either exploring new Connecticut trails to hike, looking up the next concert ticket to buy, or channeling her inner chef in the kitchen.

FUN FACT

Kirsty loves to write poetry and has been running her own poetry blog since 2013.

Maryann Teller

Head of Operations

Maryann Teller

Head of Operations

Maryann has been an integral part of the Myers team for over 30 years. She serves as the hub of MediaVillage, ensuring that members, readers, and staff are best served. On a daily basis she manages internal operations, including human resources and accounting; and she oversees such customer-facing operations as content distribution and web management. In her brief moments of "spare time" she dabbles with the company's research, supporting and working alongside the research team to deliver top-notch insights to the industry.

 

As the person with the most institutional knowledge (besides Jack, of course), she serves as a key mentor and supporter for all new team members. She thoroughly enjoys working with every member of the team to help them succeed individually, and to help them come together to ensure the success of MediaVillage and its members and readers.

FUN FACT

A total TV nerd, Maryann is a major Star Trek and Star Wars fan, and has been watching Days of our Lives since its inception. She also enjoys a great motorcycle trip on a crisp fall day.

Robin Wallace

Member Services Manager

Robin Wallace

Member Services Manager

As MediaVillage’s member services manager, Robin leads the business relationship with our member companies. She also works to help foster a sense of community for our members by managing events such as the 3rd Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors Induction Experience, the leading diversity & inclusion event at CES.

 

Robin started her career in movie advertising, working on behalf of New Line Cinema and Dreamworks. She moved to the nonprofit sector, where she worked in partnerships and fundraising for organizations including UJA-Federation of New York, Women in Need, and Urban Dove. Most recently, Robin was able to merge her love of media and entertainment with her passion for bringing people together while at The Paley Center for Media, where she ran membership and events for their industry executive group.

 

When she’s not working, Robin can be found hanging out with her husband Paul and her kids Quinn and Noah.

FUN FACT

Robin moonlighted as a waterski instructor in college.

Steff Sanchez-Gates

Director of Video and Audio Production

Steff Sanchez-Gates

Director of Video and Audio Production

Steff joined the MediaVillage team in June 2021. As Director of Video and Audio Production, Steff leads and coordinates MediaVillage’s video and podcast content. Steff began her career in digital post production and graphic design in New York City. Over the past decade, she has put her love of documentary and new media storytelling to use in previous roles with VICE Media, Discovery, Science Channel and Animal Planet. Steff is also a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

FUN FACT

Steff’s first camera was a Hi-8 camcorder, which she acquired at age 14. She’s been obsessed with digital media making ever since!

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