About kabiub

Greg Babiuk 917-370-2305 gregbabiuk@gmail.com September 11, 2020   Dear Condé Nast Entertainment, The moment my boss said “…Sports Illustrated should have been ESPN” it all came together for me. I had left the TV commercial world and was working at an agency specializing in entertainment and branded content. When I heard those words I realized there was a great opportunity in leveraging brand, platform, and content – in unison – not merely to sell to a consumer but to build a loyal audience. Nowhere is this opportunity more applicable than in media companies, especially those with roots in publishing. Publishing is where ideas and communities first begin to take shape. That’s where I wanted to be. I am thrilled to be submitting my credentials for the position as Executive Producer, Bon Appetit and Epicurious at Condé Nast Entertainment. For the past 20 years I’ve served as an Executive Producer on many successful engagements. I launched ESPN Deportes for ESPN, ran a design agency that rebranded Comedy Central, BET, and Cartoon Network and developed and produced an animated series for SpikeTV. In addition to television projects, I served as the Executive Producer for the launch of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington DC, developed a brand film for Chipotle, and ran NBCUniversal’s marketing campaign and event media for their 2014 Upfront. I’ve had a varied and deep experience in the industry and have been lucky to have had extraordinary mentors. I’ve also made a variety of mistakes along the way. I’ve learned a lot from each one of those mistakes. I’ve learned to recognize great creative and how best to bring it to any screen or device. I’ve learned that building a creative team is simply about casting the right people in the right roles and giving them what they need to do an excellent job. I’ve learned to manage a creative team – at times having to handle difficult individuals and interpersonal friction with both superiors and subordinates. And I’ve learned to listen, build trust, and work collaboratively to create the best solutions because the best Producers always have to find the best solution. I’ve learned that in the end it’s not the individual activities that matter but how those individual activities work together for something greater. Through my varied experiences I’ve developed a deep understanding of the multiple concurrent processes involved in creating media, which allows me to supervise production more effectively and fine-tune the process to greater efficiency. Personally, I’m a fan of both the Bon Appetit and Epicurious brands. I search Epicurious several times a week for menu inspirations and recipes. They are premium brands with quality talent and content. Although there is a lot of competition in this category, Bon Appetit and Epicurious are both well respected. Still, there is substantial room for them to grow, especially in film and video. Growing your audience through creating an honest dialogue and providing value to your community through your content is ultimately the goal. Where food and culture meet – there is a lot of opportunity in that idea. I realize the Executive Producer opportunity encompasses a certain set of activities and not necessarily everything I touched on in this letter. I have always felt that understanding the whole business helps to inform the individual activities that make up that business. It also aligns with my interest in the Executive Producer opportunity itself. Professionally, I’ve been in service to brands and businesses for many years. Although in my capacity as an Executive Producer, I’ll always be in service to someone or some thing, I’m looking to become part of a larger organization, to be part of the brand that I serve. I see that opportunity in this position – the opportunity to leverage my expertise and experience for the benefit of Bon Appetit and Epicurious and be a part of that greater whole. I hope you consider me for this position, I know I would be a great asset to Condé Nast Entertainment. Thanks for taking the time to review my application. Greg Babiuk  
  • Industry AdvertisingBranded EntertainmentDigitalFilmMarketingMediaPublishingTelevision
  • Sector Branded ContentBranded EntertainmentCreative ServicesDevelopmentOriginal ContentPost Production
  • Preferred Job Title CCO (Chief Content Officer)Creative DirectorDirectorExecutive ProducerFilmmakerHead of Original ProgrammingHead of ProductionHead of VideoPost Production SupervisorProducerSenior ProducerShowrunnerSupervising ProducerVice PresidentWriter
  • Companies VH1, PIttard Sullivan, Bemis Balkind, Passion Pictures, Leroy & Clarkson, Brand New School, INTERspectacular

Summary

Media development and production executive with extensive experience in executive and creative development roles spanning integrated media and campaign development, design, and production for global brands, media companies, and advertising agencies. Seasoned and decisive leader with strategic vision. Creatively driven, focused, accountable, and known for strong client and team relationships.

Experience

  • 2002
    Passarola Pictures LLC

    Executive Producer

    - Passarola Pictures is the professional practice of Greg Babiuk, an experienced and award-winning advertising and media production executive. Greg works with agencies, television networks, production companies, brands, and content creators to develop, design and produce television commercials, network promotions, interactive and digital media, experiential and branded content. His collective expertise in video production, design, and advertising gives him the ability to bring the right solutions to every project. - Recognized for building and leading multidisciplinary creative teams, Greg’s depth of resources includes Strategists, Writers, Directors, Illustrators, Animators, Designers, Editors, and Composers. His clientele have included; MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Discovery Networks, ESPN, VH1, Comedy Central, MTV, Cartoon Network, NBC Universal, Campbell Ewald, Prove, R/GA, Brand Asset Group, A Different Kind of Animal, Brand New School, CurtDoty.co, Spears & Arrows, Leroy & Clarkson, and Passion Pictures.

  • 2017
    Vertuoso

    Executive Producer

    Vertuoso is a Creative and Production agency focused on Vertical Storytelling. Whether it is campaign origination or conversion, branded or original content, we are ready to start your revolution in Vertical Storytelling. Vertuoso produces marketing, promotional and original content repurposed or shot vertically, with graphic and production techniques exclusively designed for mobile viewing.

  • 2013 - 2014
    Leroy & Clarkson

    Supervising Producer

    - Led the creative development, design, and production for the NBCUniversal 2014 Upfront marketing campaign and media event.

  • 2012 - 2013
    Bemis Balkind

    Executive Producer

    - Expanded the digital media practice of the company on the East Coast by developing relationships with and managing marketing engagements for media companies including; HBO, MTV, Bravo and TMRW Corp.

  • 2011 - 2012
    Angry Villagers

    Managing Partner / Creative Director

    - Launched and led an investor funded creative studio to develop, design and produce mobile applications and media in partnership with publishers and original intellectual property owners including; PBS, Meadowbrook Press, Downtown Bookworks, Canteen Magazine, New York TAB and Stash. - Developed promotional and marketing opportunities for publishers in the mobile space. - Originated ideas and oversaw production of all mobile products. Created and released VONX, the first interactive children’s book platform allowing for customizable voice over recording and playback.

  • 2009 - 2011
    Brand New School

    Account Director / Supervising Producer

    - Managed the strategy and launch of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health interactive installation and conference center in Washington D.C. inclusive of content development, media design and production. Grew engagement to include interactive and print components. - Led the Cartoon Network redesign.

  • 2008 - 2009
    Spontaneous

    Account Director / Executive Producer

    - Working directly with the Foxwoods CMO to define on-site messaging strategy and oversee the execution and launch of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s brand identity. - Expanded the initial engagement from environmental design to include interactive and print. - Managed the creative team in the design, production and post-production of all media assets.

  • 2003 - 2008
    INTERspectacular

    Executive Producer

    - Defined and implemented production and operational processes during the formation of the broadcast and commercial design studio. - Supervised all studio engagements from award to delivery. Responsible for defining and drafting scope of work documents, contract negotiations, budgeting and financial tracking, production scheduling, talent recruitment and management, and reporting. - Served as the studio’s point of contact for all client interaction and grew client relationships to drive studio growth. Clientele included; Comedy Central, MotherNY, BBH, Nickelodeon, Universal Music Group, HBO, Arnold Worldwide, PBS, Saatchi & Saatchi, Discovery Networks, Target, V2 Records and EuroRSCG.

  • 2002 - 2002
    VH1 Classic

    Creative Director

    - Directed on-air identity, show packaging, and network promotions in collaboration with the programming, print and online departments. - Developed cross-promotional opportunities with other MTV owned properties and managed the on-air, creative and production department as the network grew from a fledgling digital property to commercial success achieving distribution in over 19 million homes.

  • 2001 - 2002
    VH1

    Producer

    - Supervision of the on-air creative department responsible for on-air design and show packaging. Improved operational production processes to streamline coordination of the on-air creative department with programming, promotions, news, show production, print, and online departments.

  • 1999 - 2001
    Pittard Sullivan

    Producer

    - Supervision of production and post production of design, VFX and live action for broadcast, commercial, and convergent media projects. Client facing role responsible for defining and drafting scope of work documents, contract negotiations, budgeting and financial tracking, production scheduling, and talent management. Clientele included; PBS, Watchpoint iTV, Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A., HBO, Discovery Networks, A&E and AT&T.

  • 1996 - 1998
    Filmworkers Club

    Director of Visual Effects

    - Design and on-set supervision of visual effects and supervision of the post production process. Clientele included; Crest Films, R/Greenberg Associates, Electric Avenue Films, J.J. Sedelmaier Productions and Peter Elliot Productions.

  • 1989 - 1995
    Tape House

    Colorist

    - Specializing in visual effects, animation and long form projects. Clientele included; R/Greenberg Associates, Miramax Films, and J.J. Sedelmaier Productions.

Education