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An Angel in New York: Jack Myers

JACK MYERS

Jack Myers is a media economist and chairman of Media Advisory Group. More than 250 media, advertising, marketing, entertainment and financial services companies subscribe to the weekly Jack Myers Media Business Report. Myers speaks internationally on the impact of emerging media technologies on society, culture and business. He is an award-winning documentary film producer, author of four books and founder of the Women in Media Mentoring Initiative and Syracuse University Newhouse Network. Myers’ new book, Hooked Up: A New Generation’s Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Changing the World, is an Amazon Pop Culture best-seller. He currently has investments in 18 early and mid-stage digital media and research companies and is a member of New York Angels.

While in college, Myers co-founded the Syracuse New Times weekly newspaper. He joined the out-of-home division of Metromedia as a sales executive, moved to ABC-FM Radio as local sales manager and then moved to CBS-Television Stations, where he became Director of Marketing, Business Development and Research. He was an early advocate of investments in cable TV and became EVP Content and Revenue for UTV Cable Network before forming his own business in 1985.

Myers is the recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award, won the Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival, and has been nominated for both an Academy and Emmy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream. His most recent production is the FocusForwardFilms documentary series with Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan Group, underwritten by GE.

His 1998 book, Reconnecting with Customers: Building Brands and Profits in The Relationship Age, is recognized as a leading edge primer that anticipated today’s dramatic industry transformation. His 1993 book, Adbashing: Surviving the Attacks on Advertising, was prescient in its long-term perspective on media and advertising industry challenges and growth opportunities. His third book, Virtual Worlds: Rewiring Your Emotional Future, was published in 2007 and focuses on the growing influence of social networks on young people. His new book focuses on the first generation that has grown up with the Internet. Media Advisory Group also publishes MediaBizBloggers.com, Video Media Business Report and Media Wall St. Report.

A Syracuse University Graduate (BS, Communications-Newhouse) Myers is a Board Member Emeritus of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. He served on the Advisory Board for the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University (where he received his MS in Media Ecoloty), and is a board member of IRTS and John A. Reisenbach Foundation.

Selected Investments:

Rally Marketing
Media Village
Echo Systems
Here’s Your Neighborhood
MediaBizBloggers

Expertise Areas:

Media, Local Commerce, Social gaming, Social TV

Websites & Social Media:

myersbiznet
LinkedIn
Twitter

Memorable Quotes:

On Apple: “Who knew they needed an iPhone or an iPad? The brilliance of Apple is how its innovation has created new ways for people to enjoy their lives. And what is most fascinating is how the products are not designed for teenagers, they simply appeal to them as well as everyone else.

On the Hooked Up Generation” “(They) are confronted in much of their lives by the fundamental conflict between open and closed. They share their lives like an open book on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, yet they value their privacy and are reluctant to share their opinions and beliefs.”

 

About the author: Kasey Shores

Kasey Shores is a sophomore studying Journalism and Political Science at the University of Arizona. She is a columnist for the Arizona Daily Wildcat and in her free time a freelance poet. Along with her writing she enjoys playing the violin and banjo and drinking as much coffee as humanly possible.

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