Staff
Jane Kagon
Executive Editor
Marion Brown
Managing Editor  
Mike Campbell
Social Media Editor 
Maureen Feldman
Social Enterprise Editor 
Karina Saravia
Science Editor 
Nadia Walker
Entertainment Editor 
Ariel Lapidus
Communication Design Editor 
Bob Lasiewicz
Education Editor 
Kris Slava
Entertainment Editor 
Marty Perlmutter
Journalism Editor
Richard Kroon
Education Editor 
Lisa Mattson
Science Editor 
Corine Ganem
Journalism Editor

 

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Sunday
Feb062011

Executive Editor - Jane Kagon

JANE KAGON is a consultant in international media and communications, focused on the intersection between digital media and education. Jane is a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg School’s Center for the Digital Future, and the Executive Director of RFK-LA Digital Media Lab and Archives, a non-profit learning center at the RFK Community Schools in Los Angeles, which is dedicated to the social justice legacy of Robert F. Kennedy. For almost a decade, Jane was at UCLA as the director of the post-graduate, professional training division for the entertainment industry. Prior to her consulting and academic career, Jane was an entertainment lawyer and long time Hollywood film production executive. She lives in Malibu California with her husband, Ed Greenberg, the executive director of Laughter for a Change.

Tuesday
Feb082011

Managing Editor - Marion Brown

Marion is collaborative leader with a record of building high performance teams in business, education, creative and technology industries. With a balanced awareness of current realities and future trends she is able to see through hype and clutter and arrive at elegant, innovative solutions address complex issues in a collaborative and comprehensive way, always considering the impact on the greater community.

She holds a BFA in industrial design, a graduate certificate from Archeworks in socially responsible architecture and design, and a master's degree in Media & Communications Psychology and has more than 15 years working in various areas of media. She has worked professionally in multidisciplinary design; as a business owner designing web startups for business incubators; as a program director for animation, game design and multimedia; and as an instructor with an outcome focused design process.

Wednesday
Feb092011

Communication Design Editor - Ariel Lapidus

Ariel Lapidus is a designer and educator based in New York City. She holds a BFA in Painting and Photography from Cornish College of the Arts, and a professional degree in Graphic Design from Parsons The New School for Design.

She works as a graphic designer in the areas of visual merchandising, packaging and web design for Fresh cosmetics. Her work as a designer has included design and illustration for jazz album covers, identities and books. She has also provided consultation for web based interface design. In addition to her work as a graphic designer, Ariel teaches Color Theory for Communication at Parsons.

Friday
Feb112011

Education Editor - Bob Lasiewicz

Bob Lasiewicz has been actively supporting the lifelong learning, process and systems needs of individuals and companies for over 35 years. In 1982 he founded Media InfoSystems to provide business, training and computing services to the entertainment industry, then launched ShowBiz Expo, a trade show and educational conference that became the premier U.S. entertainment production industry event.

In 2001 Bob was Brand Manager V.P for the Hollywood business-to-business pioneer, Creative Planet, and it's On-line Production Showcase. In 2006 he founded Crossroads of Learning as a division of Media InfoSystems to supply content, training and technology to tutors and providers that supports personal, professional and corporate development. Crossroads works with over 200 schools and commercial providers. In 2009 Bob designed and implemented the online campus and faculty training and support resources for Touro University Worldwide. 

A graduate of the School of Communications at Northwestern University and Touro University Worldwide, Bob is a doctoral candidate in the School of Educational Leadership and Change, Fielding Graduate University.

Saturday
Feb122011

Entertainment Media Editor- Kris Slava

Kris Slava a television executive and a writer.  His career has focused on the unlikely and occasionally uneasy intersection of art and TV.  He is currently SVP of Programming & Production for Ovation, “the only national TV network devoted to arts culture”. Before moving to L.A. to relaunch Ovation, he worked in New York at Bravo, Trio and A&E.  There he variously oversaw digital content, scheduling, acquisitions, live events, concerts, and international drama.  He has been an Off-off Broadway playwright, theater critic, and technical writer.  He’s an Emmy nominee and founding board member of the New York chapter of The British Academy (BAFTA).

Saturday
Feb122011

Ethics Editor - Marty Perlmutter

Marty Perlmutter has worked in interactive video since 1970. His Ghost Dance Productions “opened” Harvard’s broadband network, participated in wiring MIT and Mass General Hospital’s Telesurgery and filed patents for 3D TV. Marty built interactive exhibits at Boston’s Museum of Science, Lawrence Hall of Science and the New York Hall of Science. He produced the MysteryDiscs, the first interactive movie games, headed program development for TelePrompTer Corp., and produced video for IBM, AT&T and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the 90s, Perlmutter helped launch the San Francisco Multimedia Development Group, a major trade association of over 600 companies. He co-founded Hook-Up! for multimedia recruitment, edited leading multimedia newsletters and produced video intelligence reports on new media. He was a senior producer for broadband and wireless for Looksmart Ltd. Through his nonprofit, Multisensory Interactive Learning, Marty currently runs the STEM academy at a Marin middle school and has returned to recruitment under the trade name M2Search.

Monday
Feb142011

Media and Culture Editor - Richard Kroon

Richard W. Kroon shot his first film more than 30 years ago. Since then, he has worked on numerous independent film and video projects in front of and behind the camera, with the last 15 years focused on the business side of the media and entertainment (M&E) industry, including senior positions with the Entertainment Identifier Registry Association (EIDR), MovieLabs, Technicolor, and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). In addition to being an award-winning videographer and published lexicographer, Mr. Kroon is a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner. Mr. Kroon holds a BS from the University of Southern California (USC), an MBA from Auburn University, an MA from Touro University Worldwide, and post-graduate certificates in Film, Television, Video, and Multimedia from UCLA Extension’s Entertainment Studies program. 

Tuesday
Feb152011

Science Editor - Lisa Mattson

Lisa Mattson has over 20 years' experience in managing, developing, and implementing successful online services and business operations for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in History and a Masters of Library and Information Science.

Tuesday
Mar272012

European Correspondent - Corine Ganem

Born and raised in Paris, Corine R. Ganem received her Master's degree in "English and American Literatures and Civilizations" from Paris-Sorbonne University.  As a literary translator for more than 25 years, she has had about 80 books published, including works of Dickens, L. P. Hartley, Somerset Maugham, D. H. Lawrence, Anna Freud, Bob Woodward, Anne Tyler, and Ruth Rendell.

Executive assistant to the Vice President and professor of American History at Touro College France, Corine thoroughly enjoys every opportunity to interact with the students.  She is also in charge of communication with the media.

Thursday
Jul182013

Mike Campbell - Social Media

Mike has 24 years of professional experience in the entertainment industry and performed on stages from coast to coast. A few of his film and television credits include "Major League II", "Immaculate Springs", "Washington Square", "Homicide: Life on the Street", "Port Charles", "Days of our Lives", and many commercials. Mike won a directing award for the socially relevant film "A Pornographer" and has directed two seasons of the web series "Napoleon Bon Appetit".

Mike co-wrote, co-produced, co-directed, and starred in the feature film "4 Dead Girls: The Soul Taker" which can currently be seen on VOD throughout the U.S. and Canada. It will be available in the U.K. by the end of the summer and has a pending DVD deal.

Mike has a leadership certificate from Cornell, a Bachelor of Arts in Acting, and has trained with world-renowned acting coaches Lenard Petit, Stephen Book, and the Upright Citizens Brigade.

Tuesday
Jul232013

Karina Saravia - Science

Karina Saravia is highly interested in how people learn and perceive the world around them and how these perceptions influence human behavior and culture at large.

She acquired a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida International University and has a strong research background in biopsychology, primarily focusing on the interplay between organisms and their sensory ecology.

In the 21st century, tools, technologies, and the media landscape are integral parts to the human experience, fundamentally shaping society. What we see, what we hear, what we feel, informs what we know and what we do. She is interested in exploring how literacy about scientific advances and new technologies can be applied to stimulate social change.

Tuesday
Jul232013

Nadia Walker - Entertainment

Nadia Natasha Walker graduated from Argosy University in 2012, with a degree in Psychology.  She is an entrepreneur who is an advocate of using entertainment as a tool to influence social change.

Wednesday
Jul242013

Maureen Feldman

As a communications and relationship development professional with a passion for advocacy and social change, Maureen has over 15 years experience providing innovative marketing initiatives for businesses dedicated to making a social impact with a focus on community outreach and public/private partnerships.

Maureen is currently the Director of Community Engagement for Lift-Levantate, a non-profit dedicated to improving health and wellness in underserved communities.  She is also an adjunct professor at Los Angeles Pierce College where she works with the Older Adult population. She recently completed a short documentary “The Encore Project,” which she wrote, directed, and produced to highlight the importance of funding Older Adult Education programs, currently in jeopardy due to budget cuts.  

Maureen holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a certificate in Wellness from California State University Northridge, and a Masters degree in Media Communications at Touro University Worldwide.
Saturday
Nov162013

Jenasi Magpantay - Entertainment

Jenasi got her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego and has held positions as a CT Tech Assistant, Wellness Reseach Assistant and the Chair of a Stress Management Committee. Her research interests include motivation, interpersonal relationships, personality and cross-cultural studies. She is currently working on projects that will create awareness on the gender inequality and discrimination women face in the film/entertainment industry.

Jenasi is a visual storyteller and philosophical athlete. She works as a Freelance Fine Art & Wedding Photographer at jenasi.com and as a Wedding Cinematographer for Omnistories Event Cinematography. She has filmed and edited event recap videos for the San Diego Asian Festival and filmed and edited episodes for ArtPulse TV.