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    About Charlie Fink

    As a producer and executive who specializes in media, technology and the intersection between the two, Charlie Fink has been fortunate to have spent his career working at the forefront of the media and entertainment industries.

     

    Through his extensive years of experience, Charlie has honed his skills to pursue his passions across a wide range of mediums and channels. From working in these diverse industries, Charlie Fink has had the exciting opportunity to explore how technology is changing our world.

     

    Be it working with Disney to plan the Lion King, developing some of AOL’s earliest web products, building popular social media brands like "the other 98%," or creating successful Broadway plays, Charlie has been a leader in the entertainment, media, and technology space for three decades.

     

    While Charlie has many, varied interests, it is his particular fascination with Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), and the implications these new technologies will have across industries, that has been the driving force behind his prolific writing and speaking engagements -- including a recent speaking appearance at CES 2017.

     

    Currently, Charlie Fink’s focus include:

     

    Writing: a wide range of topics, spanning media, technology, entertainment and theater:

     

    Publications:

    Forbes

    Huffington Post

    Medium

    VRVoice.co (online and print),

    CinematicVR

    Virtual Reality Pop

    Haptic.al

     

    Popular Articles:

     

    Consulting: Mr. Fink helps companies big and small with three main items:

     

    • How to incorporate technology into their strategies and organization

    • How to craft their message and tell their story;

    • And how to use the web to connect with more customers.

     

    If you’re a startup, an incubator, or a large media organization, please contact Charlie Fink here.

  • CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    Founder/CEO, Charlie Company, LLC: A digital marketing agency specializing in integrated lifestyle marketing campaigns for global brands, startups, and non-profits leveraging SEM, SEO, social, apps, content creation, viral, guerrilla and experiential channels; created & launched "The Other 98%" which now has 3MM Facebook followers (for client Moveon.org).

     

    President, American Greetings Interactive: drove transformation of e-card category from free to paid through aggressive consolidation strategy, scaling the first successful freemium model on the web to 4M+ paying monthly subscribers

     

    Founder/CEO, eAgents: Founded venture-backed e news publisher, subsequently sold to American Greetings Interactive

     

    SVP, Chief Creative Officer, AOL Studios: Created some of the most successful web brands of the early Internet, including Motley Fool, Love@AOL (sold to Match.com), Real Fans Sports Network (sold to ESPN), Electra (sold to Oxygen Media), and others

     

    Chief Operating Officer, Virtual World Entertainment (Disney-owned VR pioneer): Developed Battletech Universe, the first VR cockpit simulator, opening and operating 12+ gaming venues, subsequently sold to Microsoft

     

    VP, Creative Development and Production, Walt Disney Pictures: Originated concept and supervised development of “Lion King” as well as many other major motion pictures from Disney Animation’s second “Golden Age” including “Aladdin” & “Beauty and the Beast”

     

    Producer of over 30 award-winning off-Broadway shows, festival productions, and documentary features

     

    Chairman, New York Musical Festival: Best known as incubator of Broadway hits “Next to Normal” & “Title of Show”

  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Contributor, Forbes.com​

    2017 - present

    Covering AR, AR, AI and New Media

     

    Speaker: Augmented World Expo, VR Toronto

    Contributing Editor/Industry Analyst, VRVoice.co

    2017

    Contributing Editor/Industry Analyst, VRVoice.co

     

    Syndicated Columnist whose work appears on multiple publications like Huffington Post and CinematicVR

     

    Consultant, helping hedge funds and companies evalute opportunities in new media and technology

     

    Speaker at events and conferences, such as CES and Digital Hollywood

    Founder/CEO, Charlie Company Internet Marketing

    2005 -2016

    Founded and operated digital marketing agency specializing in integrated lifestyle marketing campaigns for global brands, startups, and non-profits leveraging SEM, SEO, social, content creation, viral, guerilla and experiential channels; clients included Sprint, eBay, Phoenix Education, Capital One, Moveon.org and others

     

    Developed and executed go-to-market strategy for Erodr, a venture backed geo social app for college campuses, driving 300,000 trials, 2012 - 2014

     

    Created “The Other 98%” for Moveon.org, which today has 4 MM followers on Facebook

     

    Created & Produced YouTube series “The Two McCains”, 1 MM views, 2008

     

    Sold SEM assets in private transaction to Wildfire Marketing, 2010

    President, Chief Creative Officer, American Greetings Interactive

    2000 - 2004

    Drove the transformation of some of the web’s highest trafficked seasonal destinations from a cash-burning cost center to American Greetings Corporation’s most profitable division

     

    Created and executed strategy to take the ecard category from “free to fee”; Grew paid subscriber base from 0 to 5M members, generating 65M in annual revenue

     

    Built national ad sales team from scratch, generating 15MM in annual revenue;

    oversaw acquisition and integration of competitors Blue Mountain Arts and eGreetings

     

    Managed diverse teams of over 200 producers, artists, programmers, sales and marketing specialists

    Founder/CEO, eAgents

    1999 - 2000

    Raised 3M Series A round from venture capital firms New Atlantic Ventures, Lazard Technology Partners, and Shamrock, to create platform for personalized delivery of e news, headlines, photos and cartoons through email opt –in system

     

    Signed content syndication agreements with major media partners including The New York Times, People, ESPN, Disney, E!, CBS and The New Yorker

     

    Led thirty-person team to acquire 5M subscribers in less than 6 weeks after launch via deal with Yahoo

     

    Acquired by American Greetings Interactive three months later

    Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, AOL Studios

    1996 - 1999

    Creative Director of AOL’s original content production arm. Supervised the development and launch of some of the formative Internet’s leading brands, including The Motley Fool, Love@AOL Personals (sold to Match.com), Real Fans Sports Network (sold to ESPN), Electra (sold to Oxygen Media), and Entertainment Asylum (AOL Entertainment LA)

     

    Executive Producer, “Santa’s Home Page”, ABC TV Network Special, Christmas 1997

     

    Managed Entertainment, Music, Lifestyles & Kids Channels with staff of over 100 including programmers, designers, and ad sales personnel

     

    Executive Vice President, Director & Chief Operating Officer, Virtual World Entertainment

    1992 - 1996

    Created the first commercially-available immersive VR gaming experience at dedicated gaming centers in malls and other retail venues across the country; created LAN-based computing solution allowing for real-time, competitive head-to-head play at high bandwidths in a pre-broadband environment; produced theatrical-quality pre-shows using A-list talent and screenwriting; software side of the company sold to Microsoft and became the core Xbox software team; public gaming centers sold to Dave & Busters

     

    Producer, VirtualWorld.com, Cool Site of the Year, Games Category, 1994

     

    Producer, “The World’s First Virtual Sport” SyFy Channel, 1995

     

    Producer, 13 episode “Battletech” animated TV series, Fox Network, 1995

    Vice-President, Creative Development & Production, Walt Disney Studios

    1986 - 1992

    Supervised the development and production of animated and live action feature films and theme park productions

     

    Created the concept for “Lion King” (Bambi in Africa) and supervised its development. Supervised development of “Aladdin”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Rescuers Down Under”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Oliver and Company”, “Roger Rabbit”, “Prince and the Pauper”, and “Cranium Command” at Epcot, as well as live action features “The Incredible Journey”, “Dinosaur” and “Bi-Centennial Man”

     

    Managed creative development process for animated features, supervising multiple teams of writers, artists and composers assigned to develop concepts and art for future pictures

    Producing Artistic Director, New Musical Foundation

    2006 - Present

    Produced over 30 off-Broadway shows, festival productions, workshops, and readings; winner of 10+ professional awards including Best Show, Best Composer, Best Performer

     

    Opening Spring, 2017: NY Times' Critic's Pick Who's Your Baghdaddy? At St. Luke's Theater, NYC

    Chairman, New York Musical Festival ​

    2007 - Present

    NYMF is best known as incubator of Broadway hits “Next to Normal” & “Title of Show”

     

    Special 2012 Drama Desk Award for outstanding contribution to theater

     

    Responsible for 1.3 million dollar budget, fund raising, board recruitment and management, and strategic planning

     

    Managed creative development process for animated features, supervising multiple teams of writers, artists and composers assigned to develop concepts and art for future pictures

  • EDUCATION

    Sarah Lawrence College

    Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Film Production 1978 – 1981

    School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    Master of Fine Arts, Film Making, Teaching Fellow 1981 – 1983

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