THE TEAM

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JASON SEIKEN

CEO

Jason's teams have transformed iconic brands, ranging from The Washington Post to PBS.

 

The Guardian says Jason "reinvented PBS's fortunes ... transforming it from a conventional broadcaster."

 

Jason also was the founding editor of washingtonpost.com, a senior executive at AOL during its heyday, and the first American to run a British newsroom, as editor-in-chief of the Daily Telegraph.

Jason specializes in leading premier brands to identify and execute on innovative growth strategies, as described in his Harvard Business Review web piece ​How I Got My Team to Fail More and his TEDx talk Making PBS Cool Again.

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JON BRENDSEL

CTO

Jon is an engineer/MBA who has built and led world-class product organizations at companies ranging from startups to AOL and PBS.

 

Jon's PBS product development organization built multiple award-winning platforms and products, including an iPad app CNET called “a true gift from TV heaven” and a video platform hailed by Variety as “arguably the most innovative and well designed on the market.”

 

Jon specializes in the creation of high-functioning and Agile product organizations that build brand-defining products. The products his team built helped PBS accomplish its goal of engaging a younger demographic, with AP declaring "PBS may be cooler than you think."

 Jon also led the Mail Products group for AOL, which served more than 80 million users of AOL mail. Most recently he was CIO of London’s Daily Telegraph, where he led the digital transformation of the Technology organization, including the introduction of OKRs.

ALEXIS RAPO

Senior Partner

Alexis is an Emmy-winning digital executive who has led digital at ABC Television and WGBH.  Most recently Alexis was the VP of Digital for WGBH, where she led digital strategy and worked with the producing teams of their national series such as Nova and American Experience, as well as local producers to grow their digital audiences.

 

Before that, she was the Vice President, Digital Media at Disney-ABC Television where she and her team collaborated with marketing and programming executives, show creators and showrunners to develop digital content strategies designed to connect audiences to new and long-running iconic series such as LOST and Grey’s Anatomy. She was responsible for defining and driving the overall strategy and P&L for ABC.com, Oscar.com, and other properties.

 

During her time leading ABC.com, ABC was a pioneer in the video streaming space as the first network to launch video on the iPhone and iPad. It also was also the first network to launch an ad-supported digital streaming player.

PAUL OPREA

Director of Engineering

Paul has built and led engineering teams for more than 15 years. In his former roles as Technical Lead, Engineering Manager and Client Partner in 3Pillar Global, he led initiatives and programs that enabled successes at Sky, PBS, Telegraph Media Group, and other companies. 

Paul is a keen advocate of teamwork culture, agility and pragmatic programming.

ANDREEA COSTIN

Technical Manager

Andreea brings a wealth of engineering management experience spanning more than 15 years at companies ranging from startups (Faculte, Mobispine) to large services companies such as Softvision. Passionate about technology and agile practices, Andreea excels at building and leading high-performing engineering teams for clients large and small.

MATT MCMANUS

Senior Product Consultant

Matt has shipped products for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Twitter, PBS, Capital One, Thomson Reuters, PBS KIDS, and S&P Capital IQ. For Matt, the customer comes first. He prides himself in his ability to deeply understand customer needs, project where technology is headed in the next 3-5 years, and then deliver winning product strategies that result in positive business outcomes.

MARKHAM EVANS

Senior Product Consultant

Markham brings more than a decade of newsroom experience to his product management philosophy. He has since developed product, strategy, and technical solutions for brands such as PBS, FiscalNote, and National Geographic Society. His industry experience spans APIs, broadcast and digital media, advertising, and authentication and authorization systems.

CINDY HALIM

Senior Product Consultant

Cindy brings both product management and UX expertise and has worked with organizations of all sizes and stages from startups to enterprises, and in various industries such as EdTech, FinTech, Media, Music, and many more.

 

Cindy takes the Design Thinking approach to building products. She has helped many organizations shape their product and design practices. She puts emphasis on validation at every level to avoid building the wrong product or solving the wrong problems. Her ultimate goal is to build products with awesome user experiences that solve user problems and help the business grow. 

 

Cindy prides herself in her ability to break down complex problems. A creative problem solver, she loves turning complexity into simplicity, and fuzziness into clarity. She is an expert in visualization. She believes that if you cannot visualize it, you cannot build it.

OREN LEVINE

Senior Product Consultant

Oren has over 15 years of product management and marketing experience, delivering products and services at PBS, Nokia, and several startups and nonprofits. His approach to product development draws on his experience as a software engineer and as a jazz musician and composer, emphasizing listening, creativity and improvisation backed by careful understanding of the problems clients want to solve.

DENISE SIMPSON

Senior Consultant, Subscriptions and Marketing

Denise has 25 years of proven success in growth marketing across all media types and platforms. She views business through the lens of the consumer and customer lifetime value.

 

Denise has experience across subscription, eCommerce, non-profit and publishing. She is data-driven and results-oriented, adept at both setting and directing strategy as well as running a P&L.

 

Denise’s marketing experience includes executive level roles at The Washington Post, Ancestry.com and AOL. Her consulting experience includes clients such as PBS, Backcountry.com and Mind In Motion.

BRYAN JEFFERSON

Marketing Manager

Bryan is a dynamic marketing professional who most recently was a Marketing Specialist at the National Association for Broadcasters. At NAB, he leveraged social media marketing, web content creation, and marketing analytics to support the organization's transformation of its physical tradeshows into a virtual platform, NABShow Express. 

Bryan is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he double majored in Marketing and Business Administration while playing football for the Hoyas. Bryan enjoys exercise, cooking and podcasting. He is the host and producer of the YouTube series, “The Common Ground show.”

MIKE JENKINS

Senior Partner

Mike is a digital executive with 20+ years of digital experience building products, optimizing revenue and managing lines of business. His recent consulting engagements include digital strategy work for AARP, Sling TV, National Geographic, and independent media producers.  Prior to consulting, Mike held leadership roles as Managing Director of Revenue Strategy for PBS and led the product teams for the AOL e-commerce verticals.

JUYOUNG SEO

Director of Operations

Juyoung is responsible for all back-office departments. A native of Seoul, she has lived and worked in South Korea, Bueno Aires, London, and Washington, DC. She received her post-graduate degree in art history from London’s renowned Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She also is a regular contributor to Forbes, focusing on articles about family travel.

NATHAN TOBEY

Senior Consultant, Podcasting & Content Development

Nate is a duPont award-winning executive producer and digital innovator with particular expertise in podcast development and digital content strategy. He led the podcast and national cultural programming division at American Public Media, launched the hit Downton Abbey/Masterpiece podcast for WGBH, built the award-winning social media strategy for FRONTLINE, and led the digital transformation of Penn State Public Broadcasting.

ANDREA SPIEGEL

Senior Partner

Andrea spent the first part of her career in television and the past 20 years in digital media, including senior executive positions at AOL across editorial, social products and mobile.

As SVP Products and Video at Forbes, Andrea helped transform the magazine into an entrepreneurial and profitable digital company, with  Harvard University's Nieman Labs calling Forbes "a poster child for how to digitize a legacy company." She also served as Chief Product Officer of True/Slant, a news startup acquired by Forbes in 2010.

COLETTE RHONEY

Senior Partner, Content Strategy and Operations

Colette is a programming strategist, audience development expert and journalist with over 20 years of experience in digital.  She has led the growth of pioneering products including AOL.com and AOL Video and has worked on social media strategy for the U.S. Department of State across Europe. 

 

Beyond her work in digital, she produced NBC’s Meet the Press with Tim Russert, was a research assistant to legendary Washington Post columnist David S. Broder, and worked with award-winning PBS NewsHour journalist Gwen Ifill on her best-selling book about politics and race.

SUSAN POULTON

Senior Consultant

Susan has twenty years of digital media strategy experience, working with organizations in for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her passion is inspiring and awakening curiosity in any audience and moving them to action through digital experiences and storytelling. 

 

Most recently Susan served as the Chief Digital Officer at The Franklin Institute science museum where she implemented one of the most comprehensive virtual reality strategies in the museum space and pursued creative content solutions for museums to broaden their audience reach. 

 

Previously, Susan spent seven years as Vice President of Digital Media for the National Geographic Society and nine years at AOL specializing in large-scale digital live event and content production.

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