Michael J. Newman

Los Angeles, California

RESIDENCE

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Pomp Productions

VP Technology/Creative, January 2009 — Present

AT&T

Executive Producer, April 2008 — December 2008
Develop new brand identity, original programming lineup, and destination website for the AT&T Tech Channel. Evaluate existing content, website, staff, and facilities in an effort to create a viable technology themed entertainment offering. Work with internal business units to coordinate online and brand efforts. Additional projects include working in a Creative Director capacity to oversee design and production of content and motion graphics projects for AT&T Entertainment division. Projects include Coachella Music Festival, Outside Lands Music Festival, Olympics Soundtrack, and various broadband and VOD pilots.

VoxPop Networks

Creative Director, December 2006 — March 2008
Oversee creative direction and technical development for VoxPop’s interactive online gaming experience. Create and develop brand identity materials, architect and design user experience, and shape the creative voice of the company. Lead development team to produce a scalable and modular Flash gaming platform utilizing Web Services and Flash Remoting. Research and manage the outsourcing of website production work. Projects include game development for WIRED Magazine and Entertainment Weekly’s online “Oscar Challenge” which included real-time online scoring during the Academy Awards presentation.

Control Room (Formerly Network LIVE)

Creative Director, June 2005 — November 2006
Developed brand identity including logos, stationery, web presence (as part of the AOL Music channel), and broadcast graphics for an AOL partnered broadband entertainment company specializing in live concerts. Worked with Business Development group to develop graphics and multimedia materials for new business pitches and content acquisition. Collaborated with industry professionals to brainstorm and architect forthcoming website, live television shows, interactive concert experiences and broadband entertainment initiatives. Hired and managed freelance designers, worked with outside vendors on promotional materials, and collaborated with event planners to plan and design VIP concert after-party experiences.

Butch Harmon Right Grip

Creative Director, January 2004 — May 2005
Developed and managed all creative decisions and concepts including brand identity, art production and online initiatives for company specializing in golf training equipment. Translated identity to print, web, and marketing materials including television commercials, radio advertisements, trade show booths, celebrity promotional events, DVD production, direct mail programs, and print materials for a million dollar ad campaign. Hired and managed vendors to build E-Commerce websites, PR initiatives and media buying for print, web and television. Worked with manufacturers to prototype new product concepts.

Independent Film Channel / IFC Digital Media

Director of Design & Production, July 2002 — December 2003
Oversaw creative direction of the Independent Film Channel’s online and multimedia initiatives including IFCTV.com, IFCFilms.com and UncensoredOnDemand.com. Responsible for creative concepts and development, project management, managing design and production teams, hiring full-time and freelance staff, hiring and supervising vendors, and developing budgets. Conducted employee performance evaluations for salary recommendations. Key projects included IFCTV.com redesign, IFCFilms.com site design, Dinner for Five Broadband Experience and IFC E-Newsletter revamp that successfully increased and retained subscribers.

Pomp Studios

Art Director / Director of Interactive, November 2000 — June 2002
Designed, developed and managed multimedia projects for entertainment and corporate clients such as Sundance Channel, Nickelodeon, Viacom, Gartner Research, the University of Illinois and Three Design. Developed client relationships, estimated project budgets, wrote project proposals, recruited and supervised design and production teams, and produced independent short films Lifelike Companion, 4 Hours and Evolution.

Heavy.com / Heavy Industry

Director of Interactive, May 2000 — November 2000
Conceptualized and established the creation of various broadband multimedia projects for Heavy.com and clients via Heavy Industry, including GetMusic.com, Transparent records, Nothing Records, Britney Spears and Much Music. Developed technical concepts and plans for implementation, managed multimedia production team, hired full-time and freelance developers, and performed new technology research.

D’Arcy

Senior Multimedia Designer / Developer, March 1999 — April 2000
D’Arcy, formerly DMB&B, was the world’s 14th largest ad agency with over nine billion dollars in billings. Designed, structured and produced interactive projects for client pitches and internal company use. Managed, designed and developed the D’Arcy website and Extranet with a team of database programmers and Java developers.

Viacom Interactive Services

Multimedia Designer / Developer, January 1997 — February 1999
Developed design compositions and technical programming to produce numerous multimedia projects for MTV, VH1, Sundance Channel, Paramount Stations Group, Nickelodeon, and Showtime. Researched and implemented new technologies to advance production in web design, multimedia applications, online video games and unique user experiences. Major projects included multimedia programming for the MTV “Future of Television” demo which was displayed as part of the keynote address at NAB, a multi-user “NSA War Room Simulator” for the Department of Defense in collaboration with VIS and Paramount Digital, and site design for the Paramount Stations Group website.

Simon & Schuster Online

Media Integrator, September 1996 — January 1997
Graphically designed and implemented web pages and multimedia content for SimonSays.com, the online presence of world-wide publishing company Simon and Schuster. Technologies used included streaming audio, Shockwave multimedia and OCR scanning.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

UCLA Extension

Instructor – HTML5, Spring 2012
Instructor – iPad Design & Development, Fall 2011
Instructor – WordPress Design & Development, Summer 2011
Instructor – iPad Design & Development, Fall 2010
Instructor – WordPress Design & Development, Winter 2010

Pratt Institute

Digital Video Professor, January 2001 — December 2003
Instructed Senior level college students on all aspects of Digital Video pre-production, production, and post-production techniques. Topics covered included creative development, video editing, audio editing and motion graphics production utilizing software such as Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Pro Tools and DVD Studio Pro.

EMPLOYMENT SKILLS

Strong management skills, excellent strategic planning and execution of tactics for both design and technical projects. Able to estimate time and budgets for complex projects. Superior understanding of interactive technologies and the ability to convey concepts to others. Robust knowledge of HD and SD video production. Ability to work independently or cooperatively with both large and small teams.

COMPUTER SKILLS

Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Motion, DVD Studio Pro, SoundTrack Pro, Compressor, Pro Tools, HTML, CSS, AJAX Techniques, DHTML, JavaScript, JQuery, ActionScript 2 & 3, PHP, MySQL, Web Services, WordPress, Microsoft Word, Excel, Mac OS, Windows and UNIX.

EDUCATION

School of Visual Arts, New York City

B.F.A. Graphic Design & Illustration