About AaronDobbs

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  • Preferred Job Title Event PlannerGeneral ManagerManaging DirectorProducerScreenwriterWriter
  • Companies HBO, Tribeca Film Festival, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York; Other Israel Film Festival); Decider (NY Post Vertical); Gothamist; Susan Smith & Associate Talent & Literary Agency;


Event and festival producer with a proven track record of creating and managing operations and programming for organizations big and small, established and start-up, in both the for- and non-profit sectors. A skilled programmer of film and conversations with a background as a writer, editor, and interviewer, focusing on film, television, theater, and other media. An innovative problem solver, big-picture strategist and thinker, adept at managing large projects while simultaneously focusing on small details.


  • 2017 - 2018
    Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Festival Producer/Assistant Director, The Carole Zabar Center for Film

    Supervised all operations for film department as well as programming and production for three film festivals (ReelAbilities, Other Israel, Israel Film Center), a streaming site, and a weekly screening series. • Producer/Assistant Director, 10th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York. • Overhauled sponsorship tiers and benefits to raise over $300,000 for festival production. • One of three people selecting final feature and short film slates. • Directed accessibility aid production (captioning and audio description) for all films. • Oversaw partnerships with 30+ external venues across NYC and surrounding counties. • Created social media strategy to engage audiences year-round with each product, including improving production and editing of post-screening conversation library on YouTube.

  • 2011 - 2013
    National September 11 Memorial and Museum

    Director of Visitor Services

    Led Visitor Services division to provide a safe, educational, positive experience for visitors to the Memorial Plaza and future Memorial Museum. Supervised recruitment, hiring, training, and daily operations of all Visitor Services staff, and developed volunteer program. Supervised all non-security staff and activities necessary to welcome over 5,000,000 visitors during initial year of operations, averaging approximately 14,000 people per day. Developed and implemented training curriculum, standard operating procedures, and ongoing education programs for as many as 110 employees. Managed multi-million-dollar division budget covering both personnel and operations. Planned attendee logistics for 10th Anniversary ceremony and public opening of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in collaboration with City Hall and NYPD. Served many diverse stakeholders including 9/11 victims family members, 911MM Foundation executives, Mayor\'s Office, NYPD, Port Authority PD, NYC Department of Transportation, and Community Board 1.

  • 2002 - 2009
    Tribeca Film Festival

    Director of Programming Operations, Panels Producer, and Programmer of Feature Film selection committee

    Created and developed standard operational formats and procedures for screenings. Managed budgets, venue leasing, front-of-house operations, staff hiring and management, volunteers and interns, and scheduling for all screenings, panels, and events. Over seven years, promoted six times from a volunteer to a department head. • One of six people creating the annual feature-film programming slate, screening hundreds of films each year. • Created, programmed, and produced panel conversation series including: • \"Behind the Screens\": lured iShares into a two year, $750,000 sponsorship. Films and participants included Lake City with Sissy Spacek, and Bringing Down the House: The Story of CBGB with The Ramones’s Tommy Ramone, Talking Heads’s Chris Frantz, Jesse Malin, and Matt Pinfield. • \"Tribeca Talks: After the Movie\": films and participants included Passing Strange with Spike Lee talking to Stew; The Girlfriend Experience with Steven Soderbergh and Sasha Gray; and Celebrating Berlin with Lou Reed. • \"Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper\": screenwriting and industry-focused series presented in partnership with the WGA/East. Offered opportunity for a valuable marketing and venue relationship with Barnes & Noble. Participants included writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien (The Girlfriend Experience). • Led film slate programming relationship with ESPN for the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. • Wrote and edited variety of content for developing Tribeca Film Festival website as well as program-specific marketing copy for festival brochures and catalogs

  • 1999 - 2005
    HBO: HBO Sports

    Executive Assistant to VP Production, HBO Sports

    Production and talent support for sports programming including both live and edited series and specials.Inside the NFL, Hard Knocks, Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, Costas Now, World Championship Boxing, Boxing After Dark, KO Nation, and multiple documentaries such as Curse of the Bambino. • Productions included: Inside the NFL, Hard Knocks, Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, Costas Now, HBO World Championship Boxing, Boxing After Dark, KO Nation, and multiple documentaries such as Curse of the Bambino. • Talent included: Liev Schreiber, Bob Costas, , Cris Collinsworth, Dan Marino, George Foreman, and Jim Lampley.

  • 1996 - 1999
    HBO: HBO NYC Productions

    Executive Assistant to Colin Callender (EVP, HBO NYC Productions)

    Right hand to HBO’s east coast original film leader. Scouted projects & talent, script coverage, casting assists, and project development. • Projects included: 1997 Emmy winner Miss Evers’ Boys, 1999 Emmy winner A Lesson Before Dying, Subway Stories, Always Outnumbered, and First Time Felon • Talent included: Alfre Woodard, Laurence Fishburne, Rosie Perez, Denis Leary, Jonathan Demme, and Christopher Reeve. • Scouted for projects and talent among New York legit theater and literary scenes. • Wrote script notes aimed at improving drafts of projects in development. • Assisted in compiling casting, writer, and director lists for projects in development.

  • 1994 - 1996
    Susan Smith and Associates, Talent and Literary Agency

    Senior Assistant to Owner/President (Susan Smith)

    Analyzed scripts, created character breakdowns, and developed talent submissions for casting directors. • Clients included Kathy Bates, Brian Dennehy, Noah Emmerich, Melanie Lynskey, Ben Mendelsohn, David Paymer, Jeff Perry, Amy Ryan, Greta Scacchi, and Naomi Watts. • Evaluated talent and scripts for representation.

  • 1993 - 1994
    MJI Broadcasting/E! Entertainment Television


    Our daily entertainment newswire (the E! Daily Fax, renamed as The Inside Word) fueled radio stations nationwide, such as Hot 97 in New York and Power 106 in Los Angeles, with exclusive celebrity content for top-rated morning hosts. Interviewed major talent including Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lily Tomlin, Meg Ryan, Whoopi Goldberg. • Produced audio segments and news briefs voiced by E! News anchors

  • 2004
    Puff307 Productions (Self)

    Freelance Writer/Editor/Script Reader/Festival Programmer/Producer & Primary Caregiver

    Contributed to diverse array of magazines, blogs, and festivals over the past 15 years, focusing on broad range of media topics, most recently while on caregiving break from full-time employment. Examples include: • Gothamist: Contributor, \"Gothamist Interviews,\" film & theater writer. • Hammer-to-Nail: Film reviews, festival coverage. • Indiewire: Contributor of feature stories, festival previews and interviews. • EssayEdge.com: Proofread, edited, and critique admissions essays for college/grad school applicants. • Independent Filmmaker Project: Filmmaker Conference Associate; Project Forum Script Reader. • Nantucket Film Festival: Script reader for Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition. • Out of Focus: Writer/Editor – Authored reviews and Op-Eds for personal film/TV/entertainment blog


  • New York University

    NYU (Bachelor of Arts)

    B.A., Humanities/Literature, Film Studies Emphasis • Honors: Graduated magna cum laude, member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society. • Thesis: Literary-to-film adaptation utilizing multiple versions of Lolita as case-study.

  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

    UCLA (Theater Arts Major; Editor Arts & Entertament Section of UCLA Daily Bruin)

    Theater Arts Major, School of Theater, Film, and Television • UCLA Daily Bruin: Editor Arts & Entertainment Section; Sr. Staff Film Critic, Writer & Entertainment Columnist.