About rizenclyde

Over the last twenty years I have developed, produced, and distributed ground-breaking content franchises across every channel of our ever-changing media landscape. My career highlights include:
  • Launched preeminent multi-culture brand Mass Appeal’s first original podcast slate including Executive Producing Freaknik: A Discourse On A Paradise Lost, one of The Atlantic’s Best Podcasts of 2019
  • Created The Album Project, a FIRST for Sony Music Entertainment, using catalog albums to inspire all new scripted series and feature films with iconic artists including Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, and Cypress Hill
  • Produced pop/EDM music sensation The Chainsmokers FIRST tour doc The Chainsmokers Memories for Apple Music
  • Designed and executed a multi-million-dollar original programming and partnership strategy for The Players’ Tribune, Derek Jeter’s revolutionary sports media platform
  • Co-Created and Executive Produced, Culinary Beats, an award-winning docu-series with Citibank and Columbia Records which received 6M views on Yahoo! in 7 weeks
  • Built Hungry Man TV, one of the first Internet “web channels” winning W3, Creativity and Davey Awards for Best Website Entertainment and two Honorable Mentions at the 2008 Webby Awards
  • Drove development for Howard Stern’s film and television production company including turning Howardstern.com into a daily content destination of over 500k unique monthly visitors
I thrive in fast paced-environments and am equally adept at navigating (and building) internal corporate infrastructures as I am at rolling up my sleeves and driving innovative, entrepreneurial growth. You will not find a more passionate, dedicated, or well-liked content executive. I just love this stuff!
  • Industry Branded EntertainmentComedyDigitalFilmMarketingMusicPodcastingTelevisionAdvertising
  • Sector Branded ContentBranded EntertainmentDevelopmentIntegrated MarketingMusic MarketingOriginal ContentSeries DevelopmentStrategic PartnershipsStrategyTalent RelationsWeb DevelopmentFilm Production
  • Preferred Job Title Branded Entertainment PartnershipsCCO (Chief Content Officer)CCO (Chief Creative Officer)CMO (Chief Marketing Officer)Executive ProducerExecutive Vice PresidentHead of Original ProgrammingHead of VideoProducerSenior Vice PresidentVice President

Summary

I’m a dynamic content executive with extensive experience working across the content ecosystem, building original and branded series, films, and content platforms that drive millions in revenue and billions of views. Whether in the C-Suite building strategy and/or presenting new ideas or rolling up my sleeves and working in the trenches producing content and running operations, I’m always ready to lead, collaborate, and get it done.

Experience

  • 2020 - 2020
    Mass Appeal

    VP, Content

    Promoted to oversee 10+ member original content practice across ALL verticals including television, film, digital, social, and podcast • Executive Producer, Origins: Hip Hop (wt), an original documentary series for A&E (in-dev) • Executive Producer, Parker Looks Up, an animated series inspired by the New York Times bestseller (in-dev) • Designed and implemented a new corporate infrastructure to create stronger company efficiencies

  • 2019 - 2019
    Mass Appeal

    VP, Community & Ventures

    Led digital, social, podcasts, and new business teams/operations for hip-hop icon Nas’ premier urban media company • Managed programming and strategy for a daily digital network of over 1.5M subscribers across platforms • Executive Producer, Freaknik: A Discourse On A Paradise Lost, one of The Atlantic’s Best Podcasts of 2019 • Executive in Charge, Drink Champs, featuring N.O.R.E & DJ EFN, a Top Ten Music Podcast on iTunes • Drove the creation of Mass Appeal’s children’s business, MAJR, resulting in 5 apparel skus, the company’s first original toys, the Boomblox™ and Fresh Dressed™, and its first picture book, \"I Know I Can\" (Q12021)

  • 2016 - 2019
    Rumble Yard, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

    Senior Director, Content

    Led original programming, production, and operations for Sony Music’s original content studio • Created The Album Project, a FIRST for Sony Music, using catalog albums to inspire all new scripted series and feature films with iconic artists including Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, and Cypress Hill • Identified and developed premium original doc series with A-list talent including Ava Duvernay (Wrinkle in Time), Antoine Fuqua (Equalizer), John Legend, and Al Roker (Today) • Produced The Chainsmokers Memories, an epic tour documentary that sold to Apple Music • Executive Produced Hype Up, a half-hour music and sports series for Complex/Rated Red • Executive Produced three 10 x 10 music series for go90: To The Beat w/ Kurt Hugo Schneider, Crashed (w/ Executive Producer Joel McHale), and Car Star feat top influencer talent like Lindsey Stirling & Pentatonix • Produced Lost Art of Liner Notes, Sony Music’s FIRST podcast featuring ground-breaking artists like LP, Rachel Platten, St. Lucia, and Walker Hayes

  • 2016 - 2016
    The Players\' Tribune

    Vice President, Content & Partnerships

    As employee #6, designed and executed the revenue generating original programming and partnership strategy for the revolutionary new media platform founded by Derek Jeter • Executive Producer, From Somewhere, TPT’s FIRST original film series with Diana Taurasi and David Ortiz generating over 90M social impressions • Executive Producer, TPT’s FIRST seven figure production and distribution partnership with AOL, generating series Real Fan Life w/ Ben Lyons feat. Michael Strahan and Dwight Howard • Executive Producer, TPT’s FIRST multi-million dollar corporate partnership with AFI featuring articles, photo galleries, events and two original series including Scouting Myself feat. Larry Fitzgerald • Created TPT Studio, and made a seven-figure deal with Budweiser for the naming rights

  • 2013 - 2014
    MEC Content

    Senior Director, Content

    Promoted from Mediacom (below), helped lead MEC’s original content practice • Executive Producer, Culinary Beats, an award-winning docu-series with Citibank and Columbia Records which received 6M views in 7 weeks • Executive Producer, Dave & Buster’s Next Big Game Search, a UGC platform with over 6500 submissions which ran across Comedy Central, VH1, and MTV • Identified and executed a content partnership with Energizer and Yahoo’s Tiny Commando featuring Zachary Levi (Shazaam) and Ed Helms (The Hangover) gaining 9M views online

  • 2010 - 2013
    Mediacom Beyond Advertising

    Director of Programming & Integrations

    Created and executed long-form original programming opportunities and integrations for blue-chip brands • Executive Producer, Backyard Games, a sports competition series for Husqvarna with over 40% earned viewership online • Negotiated and executed a ground-breaking Healthy Choice and Bravo’s Top Chef partnership resulting in an 18% increase in entrée sales • Developed and sold the Creative Media Award-winning Untitled Jersey City Project series for Audi and FX, driving over 62M PR impressions

  • 2007 - 2009
    Hungry Man, Inc.

    Executive Producer / Head of Entertainment

    Built commercial production powerhouse’s original content practice and digital studio from the ground up • Created Hungry Man TV, winner of W3, Creativity and Davey Awards for Best Website Entertainment and two Honorable Mentions at the 2008 Webby Awards • Producer, Undercover Cheerleaders, from Emmy Award-winning director Bryan Buckley, sold to G4 • Producer, The Biggs, from Director and Executive Producer Marcos Siega (God Friended Me, You)

  • 2002 - 2006
    The Howard Stern Production Company

    Director of Development

    Drove development for Howard Stern’s film and television production company • Developed remakes of feature films Porky’s and Rock & Roll High School, and TV series Howard Stern: The High School Years (Spike), Etiquette for Outlaws (Showtime) and Schimmel and Schimmel (The WB) • Developed a slate of original programs featuring progressive content creators including Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada (The Gifted), Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man), and Craig Piligian (Survivor)

Education