Today on Business Rockstars, Ken Rutkowski talks with Chris Adams, an internationally recognized new media pioneer, media, entertainment and technology executive with twenty-plus years of experience in creating partnerships, programs and revenue-generating initiatives between and to the benefit of brands, their customers and users around the world.
In 2013, Chris Adams was appointed as Global CEO and Executive Director to online video streaming syndication company, Spondo (www.spondo.com). The company’s technology platform enables anyone with a website, anywhere in the world to become a broadcaster. Spondo aggregates content from publishers and offers that content, with our platform, to affiliate distributors, disinter-mediating and disrupting traditional broadcasting models. The company launched in 2012 with the live-streamed the one-day, head-to-head golf match between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy from China (with News Digital and http://www.golf.com.au) as distribution partners and launched it’s first content channel, http://www.123tv.com.au, for children, in partnership with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia. Chris will lead the company to international expansion and further deals on a global scale.
In 2011, he co-founded Beachball Media (www.beachballmedia.com), to offer highly curated, global, digital media services that leverage best-of-breed partners to create and execute on best-of-breed ideas. The company’s work includes a multi-million dollar, global campaign with one of Australia’s leading energy companies, http://www.LincEnergy.com. In 2013, the company merged with http://www.digitaljungle.com.cn, Asia Pacific’s leading social and digital media marketing company with clients in: Lexus, Bentley, Mont Blanc, Ferragamo, Bali and many others.
His long-time consulting company, Orbit Media Group (www.orbitmediagroup.com) offers clients global business acceleration, idea and strategy plus revenue generation and execution through its team of top professionals across technology, business development, marketing and management. Orbit specializes in helping companies achieve greater market-share, revenues and traction through speed, experience and access to decision makers and influencers.
Through Orbit, Chris held senior management and consultative roles with: http://www.Facebook.com, for which he helped to create and Produced “Facebook Diaries,” the first-ever hybrid user-generated video/reality TV show distributed on Facebook.com, Ziddio.com, Comcast VOD and the IFC Channel. He has also worked for http://www.amazon.com, http://www.lycos.com, HBO; Comcast Cable and Interactive; http://www.Glam.com where he built GlamTV.
In 2003, Chris joined with eBay’s Jeff Skoll to help build http://www.ParticipantMedia.com, serving as the company’s Chief Vision Officer through its first slate of movies: Syriana, North Country, Good Night and Good Luck, Charlie Wilson’s War and the documentary Murderball – which were nominated for 11 Academy Awards in 2005. Chris is also proud to have identified and help develop An Inconvenient Truth for former Vice President, Al Gore that, in addition to winning an Academy Award for Best Documentary, contributed to Gore being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2009 he formed Adams/Kearney (www.adamskearney.com) a film development company with producing partner Steve Kearney dedicated to celebrating Australian ideas and filmmakers at the global level. Adams and Kearney Executive Produced “Jucy,” (www.jucythemovie.com) which premiered at the 2010 Toronto FIlm Festivals and is available on Netflix, Blockbuster and Amazon.
Early in his career, Chris was already laying the groundwork for his multi-disciplinary career by achieving success as a filmmaker and writer. At the age of 25, Chris wrote and Produced the short film, The Middle Passage, which went onto win 9 Best Picture Awards at various film festivals. As a writer, Chris has been published in The Washington Post, The Denver Post, Triathlete Magazine, SPORT Magazine and wrote on Columbia TriStar’s/USA Network’s hour-drama “The Net.”
He is a frequent Key Note and corporate speaker with engagements at: The V21/AIMIA Conference, AIMIA Connect, The TV 3.0 Conference, Digital Hollywood (both LA and NYC), CTIA, The Opportunity Green Conference, ideaCity, X-Media Labs (Wellington, NZ and Melbourne, AUS), The Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) and the Screen Production and Development Conference (SPADA) in Auckland, NZ and OnHollywood Conference. His corporate speaking includes: The ABC (Australia), Universal Pictures, Intel and many others.
Chris serves on the Global Advisory Board of The Global Poverty Project (www.globalpovertyproject.com), which is dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty. He is an Advisory Board member of http://www.Spondo.com and serves as on the Expert Panel at http://www.MediaWave.tv.! Chris is a resident guest lecturer at Queensland University of Technology in their Creative Industries School where he is working on his second PhD.
Chris is also a published childrenʼs book author. His first story: “Sam The Biggest Fire Truck” is available as fully interactive iPad application in the iTunes App Store. His latest project is: “Cowboys & Aliens: The Kids,” an original story from the creator of the NY Times Best Selling Graphic Novel, “Cowboys & Aliens.” Each App sold benefits The Starlight Children’s Foundation. The book/App was nominated for two 2011 AIMIA (Australian Interactive Media Industry Association) awards in the “Best Children’s” and “Best Use of a Tablet or Mobile Device” categories.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Chris graduated from the University of Denver with a double-major in English Literature and Mass Communications. He received his MFA from USC’s School of Film and TV and his MFA/PhD with honors from USC’s School of Professional Writing, pursuing both degrees concurrently.