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Producer/Writer/Consultant

Kate McCallum brings diverse professional experience to her roles as a producer, writer and transmedia consultant and events producer.  She spent 10 years at Universal Studios in television and feature production apprenticing with some of the top content creators in the business in development and production on series such as; “Equalizer,” “Miami Vice,” “Law & Order” and the sitcoms “Charles In Charge” and “Gimme A Break.”  Kate produced the NBC TV MOW “What Kind of Mother Are You?” then for 8 years served as VP of Creative Development at Western Sandblast Productions under their deal at Paramount Television where she developed, pitched and sold longform movies to Showtime and UPN and optioned series concepts.

 

In 2005/06 Kate served as VP of Programming for The Harmony Channel, an innovative VoD visual music channel launched on Comcast.  In this role she was responsible for acquisions and programming content, artist relations and business development.  Kate’s next stint took her back to her roots in classical music as Board Liaison and Executive Administrator to Placido Domingo and LA Opera during which time the opera produced Wagner’s RING cycle and adapted a version of “The Fly” and “Il Positino.”

 

In 2005 she founded Bridge Arts Media LLC through which she’s created several IP properties including The Art of Sound, a label specializing in 360 immersive fullddome arts and music experiences.  Kate was a producer with Simplynew Productions on “VidBlogger Nation,” a Social Media TV Channel for Comcast On Demand, overseeing production of 240 episodes, website design and social media and her consulting clients include; Vortex Immersion Media, ReelFX, 3D.com, Orb Media Group and recently, Createasphere, where she served as Chair, co-created and programmed the “TransVergence Summit,” a transmedia/cross platform conference, programmed and co-produced a DAM:  Digital Asset Management conference, DAM 101 Workshop and two Post Production Master Classes, one in NYC and one in LA.  Kate was also contracted by Createasphere and is currently serving as conference chair for the launch of Storyworld Quest for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Canada.

 

In the role of Managing Editor, Kate was also responsible for developing, curating and co-launching an editorial site for Createasphere called The Transmedia Coalition, www.transmediacoalition.com.  As a journalist and staff writer Kate created and wrote a column for scr(i)pt magazine called “The Great Idea” interviewing writers on their process from content to screen.  She’s written white papers on transmedia storytelling, contributed to a recent article written by Chris Thomes addressing transmedia in the PGA magazing, “Produced By” and also contributed a chapter on Arts, Entertainment and Media 2020 for the STATE OF THE FUTURE 2011 report published by The Millennium Project.

 

In 2004 Kate founded c3: Center for Conscious Creativity, a 501(c)(3), whose mission is to create a better future through arts and media.  c3 has presented workshops, screenings, classes, concerts, a writers’ conference “The Future Of Story,” and an annual event addressing emerging trends in media and the arts since 2010 called “State of the Arts”

 

Kate was recently elected to the National Board of the Producers Guild of America, serves as a Board Delegate to the PGA New Media Council and is also a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Television Executive Peer Group.  She’s a member of the WFS: World Futures Studies Federation, Chairs the Global Arts and Media Node of The Millennium Project, a Global Futurist Think Tank and is a Sr. Fellow of SNCR:  Society for New Communications Research.  She holds a BA in Communications from Western Michigan University and an MA in Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research.

 

Kate currently works as a creative consultant to Vortex Immersion Media in the development and production of 360 fulldome immersive and interactive content and also is in development on a number of other media properties.

 

Kate’s recent speaking and teaching experiences include:  Guest speaker and instructor for a 3.5 day workshop in “Transmedia Narrative Design” at the Hong Kong Institute of Design, panelist at the IX: Immersive Experience Design Symposium at SAT, Montreal, May 2014, instructor for a 2 day Master Class on the “Business of Transmedia Storytelling” for Mediacorp’s Singapore Media Academy, May 2014, a keynote speaker at the Asian Children’s Content Conference in Singapore in May 2013 and a daylong course in Transmedia Storytelling 101.  In October 2013 Kate was honored with an Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, Western Michigan University.  She was also invited to deliver a talk through WMU’s Communication Department’s “Distinguished Speaker Series” on “Transmedia, Transformation and the Future of Content. 

www.vorteximmersion.com

www.bridgeartsmedia.com