Bio / Press / Speaking
The New York Times has said I "speak to the web the way Doolittle does to animals"
VP of Creative Development at Conde Nast Entertainment, overseeing the conception, development and execution of franchises and formats across the portfolio of brands. Interviewer and creator of Vogue’s 73 Questions. And guy who asked Elizabeth Holmes if she can tell me a secret in Gibney documentary.
Before this, 8 years of independent video projects from concept to execution, for self, direct-to-client, ad agencies, and non-profits. Clients over the years include YouTube, BBC America, HLN, Interscope Records, Nokia, Google, Toms Shoes, BBDO, Mother, CFDA Fashion Awards, and Comcast.
Keynote speaker on topic of personal experiences with digital, for all types of audiences. Gave a TED Talk on the topic of storytelling.
Co-curated and co-hosted Boing Boing TV on Virgin America (Channel 10) with Xeni Jardin for four years from 2010 to 2014.
Co-founder, lead concept guy and video director of popular YouTube music collective CDZA, which received one of the first ever Content Innovation Program grants from YouTube and performed at the first ever YouTube Music Awards.
In 2015, became a MasterClass Advisor and joined The Moth's Programming board.
Active Pro-Bono Consulting: UNICEF, James Beard Foundation, WQXR/WNYC, Cooper Union, Mama Hope, From the Top, 9/11 Memorial Foundation
You can email me here.
LIFE OF A FREELANCER (Marketplace on NPR)
HOBBIES TURN INTO CAREER(Dan Feld's Prologue Profiles)
EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT 73 QUESTIONS(HuffingtonPost Live)
Q&A: HARNESSING THE POWER OF VIRAL VIDEOS (CBS Smart Planet)
ON IDEAS, VIRAL VIDEOS (The Atlantic)
GOING VIRAL: THE ART OF THE VIDEO REMIX (Dos Equis "Most Interesting Academy")
ON TED, STORY OF SUSHI, CREATIVE PROCESS (Skona Ad Agency)
CDZA: THE ROAD TO BUILDING A BRAND AND GOING VIRAL WITH MUSICAL VIDEO EXPERIMENTS (National Arts Marketing)
ON LIFE, IDEAS (Adverve)
DIGITAL MEDIA EAST PANEL (Washington DC, June 2011)
GOOGLE WAVE CINEMA/PULP WAVE FICTION (Viral Blog)
VOGUE 73 QUESTION SERIES (Daily Dot)
CONDE NAST EMULATES YOUTUBE WITH 73 QUESTIONS (Wall Street Journal)
THIS AMAZING SUPERCUT OF CULTURAL REFERENCES ON THE OFFICE (FAST COMPANY)
THE SPOT: FISH OUT OF WATER (Adweek Print Edition)
GOTTA MINUTE? SO THERE'S THIS GUY TONY... (New York Times Print Edition)
SOAP AND THE CAMPUS: A WEB-SITE SPOOF SUCCEEDS (New York Times Print Edition)
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH CDZA, THE YOUTUBE MUSICAL-COMEDY STARS (Mother Jones Magazine)
2015 CLIO IMAGE WINNER (73 Questions)
2015 WEBBY NOMINEE, VARIETY (Improv Imagination)
2015 WEBBY HONOREE, VARIETY (73 Questions)
2015 WEBBY HONOREE, WEIRD (Office Stare Machine)
CDZA PRESENTS: AN ABRIDGED HISTORY OF MUSIC ON YOUTUBE (YOUTUBE MUSIC AWARDS)
VIMEO STAFF PICK (Ruth Finley's Fashion Calendar)
VIMEO STAFF PICK (The Story of Sushi)
2013 WEBBY NOMINEE, EXPERIMENTAL AND WEIRD (Fresh Prince, Google Translated)
2012 WEBBY HONOREE, PUBLIC SERVICE & ACTIVISM (Alex Presents Commando)
#4 ON TRAILER SPY'S BEST TRAILER REMIXES OF ALL TIME (Good Will Hunted)
TOP TEN INTERACTIVE GAMES ON YOUTUBE (Super Mario Slots & Interactive Spelling Bee)
Skills / Hobbies
I've been playing piano since 14, always trying to tackle really difficult compositions.
I never learned how to type with more than two fingers. As a result, I type 110 WPM with two fingers.
I once serenaded Kim Kardashian with an acoustic guitar on Telemundo
I ran the Boston Marathon without training back in college, and I enjoy cheek whistling and solving rubik's cubes to the theme of "Perfect Stranger"s.
And I currently live in NYC in a buzzerless building, where I lower the key down to visitors from a fishing pole attached to a hat from Uzbekistsan.