Brian Newman is the founder of sub-genre consulting, focusing on business development projects in the entertainment and cultural industries as well as helping filmmakers, artists and organizations to distribute content and connect with audiences through innovative uses of new technology.
Brian was most recently CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), where he conceived and launched the Reframe project, a unique initiative to digitize and make available thousands of films for DVD, streaming and video on demand. He speaks regularly on new media, audience development and the future of the industry, and contributes irregularly to a blog on these subjects at Springboardmedia.
Brian has managed nonprofit institutions in the independent film arena for ten years. In addition to managing these organizations, Brian advised filmmakers on fundraising, distribution strategy and the use of new media and cross media tools. He previously served as executive director of Renew Media, which he merged with TFI in 2008. Renew Media was founded by the Rockefeller Foundation to build new systems for the distribution of independent film and also awarded the Media Arts Fellowships, granting $1 million annually to filmmakers and new media artists. He was executive director of IMAGE Film & Video Center, producer of the Atlanta Film Festival and Out on Film, and has held positions at the IFP and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Brian serves on the board of Muse Film & Television and also serves on the editorial advisory board for Art Papers magazine, the advisory boards for the International Film Festival Summit and VoDo, and was an officer of the board of Grantmakers in Film & Electronic Media (GFEM) for five years. He was born in North Carolina and has an MA in Film Studies from Emory University.
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