About Ben Karson
Industry DigitalFilmAdvertisingBranded EntertainmentComedyEducationMarketingMediaTelevisionJournalismMusicNon-ProfitPodcastingPublishing
Sector AcquisitionsApp DevelopmentAudience DevelopmentBranded ContentBranded EntertainmentBusiness DevelopmentCastingClient RelationsCorporate ConsultingCreative ServicesDevelopmentIntegrated MarketingMusic MarketingOperationsOriginal ContentPeoplePost ProductionProduct DevelopmentProduct ManagementRevenueSeries DevelopmentSocial ImpactStrategic PartnershipsStrategyTalent DevelopmentTalent Relations
Preferred Job Title AdvisorBrand DirectorBranded Entertainment PartnershipsBoard MemberBrand PartnershipsCCO (Chief Content Officer)CCO (Chief Creative Officer)CDO (Chief Digital Officer)CIO (Chief Innovation Officer)ConsultantEditor in ChiefEntrepreneurExecutive Creative DirectorExecutive ProducerExecutive Vice PresidentFilmmakerGeneral ManagerHead of Original ProgrammingHead of ProductionHead of VideoLine ProducerManaging DirectorProducerSenior ProducerSenior Vice PresidentShowrunnerSupervising ProducerVice President
My experience creating, developing and producing original content and branded entertainment includes lead roles at online/digital video networks, creative agencies, studios and in-house for top companies and brands like Red Bull, American Express, Chiat-Day, Nissan and YouTube.
I have been fortunate to work directly for powerful and visionary leaders like Jeffrey Katzenberg, and within large, IP and revenue stream driven corporate structures like the Walt Disney Company. I’ve also earned the invaluable expertise in the trenches as an founder/entrepreneur in innovative startup projects including successful acquisitions (online comedy and action-sports video networks, social gaming community/virtual currency exchange & marketplace).
In a world where it’s more and more difficult to garner eyeballs, the best deals identify crystal clear chances to create content in a cost effective way and deliver it for existing audiences. Sometimes the most lucrative opportunities are staring you in the face, just awaiting to be connected by someone with the vision to bridge the gap. I know how to blend the talent that’s needed with the right, organic idea, plus produce the product in a collaborative way where everyone (talent, brands, creatives) feel like they are a trusted part of the process.
I’m extremely proud of the premium content I’ve produced with streamlined efficiency in order to maximize value to stakeholders, including projects like the ABC original comedy “This Isn’t Working” (starring Lisa Schwartz) and the Katzenberg led “YouTube Nation” DreamWorks/Google collaboration.
Most of all, I’m a playmaker and I just try to bring all the assists, betterment and leadership I can to the game.
USC School of Cinema-Television