Board of Directors
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Jeff Burns, Chair
Jeff is the Chairman of the Board of the International Academy of Web Television, the creator of web series Super Knocked Up, and host of the live geeky pop culture show Super Geeked Up, which has featured over one hundred web series guests. His series have been Official Selections at Raindance Web Fest, Marseille Web Fest, HollyWeb, ITVFest, Miami Web Fest, LA Webfest, and Melbourne WebFest and have won awards at both the IAWTV Awards and The Geekie Awards. He also works for Frostbite Pictures as the Director of Content Acquisition and Marketing and Promotion for New Media and helps the company find high-end, innovative web-based content. You can often find Jeff at Comic Cons and Web Series Festivals where he moderates panels, performs Super Geeked Up LIVE, and just generally geeks out!
April Grant, Vice-Chair
Creator and host for the Indie talk show hit Indie Intertube, a four-time IAWTV Awards Nominee, and producer of docu web series Indie Interstate, April has spoken twice at CES about audience building and integration, and was a moderator for the panel ‘Women of the Web’ at the inaugural Geek Girl Convention in Seattle. As producer of Indie Intertube she took the show from a podcast to a multiplatform live web series and trusted brand with a loyal cult following. Her background in community building and journalism has served her well.
Dan Unger, Treasurer
Dan Unger is an Internet and Digital Media Executive with over fifteen years of experience working in a variety of roles at Yahoo!, Disney and several startups focusing on e-commerce. Most recently, Dan was overseeing the Canadian Media Network for Yahoo!, responsible for driving strategy in the region and overseeing the media operations. In addition to sitting on the board of IAWTV, Dan also sits on the boards of Communities in Schools Los Angeles and The Lavine Family Foundation.
Dan received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA at the Marshall School of Business at USC. A native of Los Angeles, Dan is married to Susan and has two young children. When not working or loafing with his family and dog, Dan enjoys shooting way over par in golf.
Jocelyn Johnson, Secretary
Jocelyn Johnson is the Founder of VideoInk and leads on business strategy and operations. She also regularly contributes to the publication. Johnson built VideoInk in response to the maturing deal mechanics and overall industry she found in working with clients engaged through her Public Relations business, JJPR, launched in 2011. Over the course of her seven years working in digital entertainment as a communications strategist, Johnson has worked with industry leaders including Felicia Day, Shira Lazar, Big Frame, Dailymotion, DanceOn, Indmusic, Machinima, StyleHaul, Tubular Labs, and more. She’s passionate about the growth and future of the online video industry and is excited to tell the stories that shape and move the business at large.
Jason is an award winning writer, director, producer, and editor that has been working behind the scenes since high school. Jason graduated from Missouri State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Media Production and also received the MSU Screenwriters certificate. His diverse background ranges from commercials, training videos and informercials, to feature films, short films, music videos and web series. He is the creator/director/producer/co-writer of the award winning and critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic drama, DrifterSeries.com. He is also a co-owner of American Wasteland Entertainment, a production company he founded with his writing and producing partner, Brittney Greer. Jason and Brittney also created the award winning horror min- series, Stage Fright. Jasonis always creating and looking forward to collaborating even more with the web series community at large on projects. His most recent collaboration was on the second season of Chris and Josh where he co-wrote the first episode. He lives by the motto, "Dare to dream, dream to live."
Frank Chindamo is the Creator and Executive Producer of TV and WebTV show, "Upwardly Mobile: The Pursuit of App-iness" distributed by Revision3 Networks, who have over 1 billion views/month.
Chindamo is also the co-author of the e-book “Internet Stardom: Insider Secrets to Web-Fame and Fortune.”
Frank is also President and Chief Creative Officer of Fun Little Movies (FLM). FLM specializes in the development, production and distribution of original comedy videos for global distribution on mobile phones, the Internet and television. Fun Little Movies was the first U.S. company to produce comedic films for mobile phones worldwide, and launched as a channel on Sprint TV in 2004.
FLM has been a cover story or featured in Forbes Magazine, the L.A. Times, the NY Times, USA Today, The NY Post, the BBC, Washington Post, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, AdAge, Mashable, CBS and Wired Magazine. FLM has won over 30 awards. In Feb. 2009, they took the Grand Prize at Mobile Content World in Barcelona in the MoFilm awards, given by Kevin Spacey. They’ve also won CTIA's "World Smallest Film Festival" and two Golden Eagles at the American Cine’ Awards, as well as The Content Award at Cannes in 2008, over MTV and Orange. FLM was also a finalist at: The Cannes Film Festival for Best Short Film, the 2008 Mobile Content Award in London, the 2008 and 2009 Mobile Excellence Awards, and the 2006, 2007 and 2009 Mobile Entertainment Magazine Awards for Best Video. In 2009, FLM was nominated for the Mobile Entertainment Magazine Award for Best Video Producer, and was a finalist for two Mobile Excellence Awards, including the Company Star Award. In 2010, Chindamo produced a video for TED with Titanic and Avatar producer Jon Landau. Fun Little Movies have aired on numerous TV networks worldwide including HBO, Showtime, CBS, PBS, Fox, MyNetworks, the BBC, CBC, Playboy, MTV and Comedy Central. FLM specializes in Ad-vertainment. They produced Planet Green’s first ever animated comedy seriesBea Wildered, and have produced comedic advertainment series for clients such as Best Buy, Walmart, Petco and People2People.
Frank Chindamo received his Film B.F.A. from N.Y.U. and his Screenwriting & Producing M.F.A. from Columbia University. In 2007 year he was nominated by Ernst & Young for Entrepreneur of the Year. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at USC and Chapman Universities. His students have included: Freddie Wong, aka FreddieW, one of YouTube’s biggest stars with over 2 million fans; Brian Firenzi and Michael Rousselet, Creators of the smash hit 5 Second Films, and Bernie Su, winner of 2 Streamy Awards for Compulsions.
J. Sibley Law, Chairman Emeritus
J. Sibley Law "Sib", Founder and CEO of Saxon Mills, is the creator of twenty online television series ranging from cooking shows and animation series to political spoofs and scripted narratives and everything in between. One of the first YouTube Partners (ever), he is an Official Honoree of the Webby Awards and he regularly creates commercials for broadcast. Additionally, he co-founded the NYC Writers Group for the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV), where he also serves as Chairman of the Board. His book, Streaming Media Delivery in Higher Education is available on IGI Global. His articles about the online video industry can be read in various industry publications. Additionally, he is a co-founder of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (now called Festival Stratford) in Connecticut and was its executive producer from 2005-2010. In addition to all this, he has been a management consultant for Fortune 500 companies since 2000. In this role he has worked with top-level executive management and line producers in every major industry segment for hundreds of the world’s most profitable companies.
Kent Nichols works with independent creators to get their work distributed across the web and help them build audiences. As the director of content and talent relations at Maker Studios, Nichols bridges the gap between the creative production community and the business end of things by shepherding promising and established talent and projects through the process.
Nichols is widely known in both the online video and entertainment communities as an online video pioneer. In 2005, he co-created the web series Ask A Ninja, one of the first breakout success stories on YouTube. The series has been viewed over 160 million times, quoted on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, featured in the New York Times, Wired, and numerous other publications and blogs. The series resulted in a number of wins for Nichols - the YouTube Award for Best Series, a Webby and a Streamy.
John Orlando is currently Head of Digital Development for Crackle and Sony Pictures Television where he is developing and overseeing production on the next generation of digital television series such as CLEANERS (launched October 2013), CHOSEN (launched January ‘13), THE UNKNOWN (launched on Crackle July ‘12),FROM THE BASEMENT (launched on Crackle August ‘12), and the first Sony Pictures feature developed and shot for digital distribution, EXTRACTION (launched September 2013). Crackle hopes these new full length, premium, shows will help usher in the convergence of television and digital content and build a successful next-generation network.
John began his career in entertainment writing and editing a magazine for Disney Channel where he caught the film bug. He went on to the William Morris Agency where he worked for over 2 years in the feature and television literary departments. John left WMA to get into development, working in features development at John Wells Productions and subsequently at United Artists until the studio's restructuring in 2005. After UA, John worked as a talent/literary manager at Circle of Confusion where he managed such writers as Matt Sand, Gary Whitta, John Pogue, and many others. John saw the completion of the first feature he brought in to the company, SENSELESS, which shot independently in Scotland. In 2007, John went on to run production and development for Contradiction Films, an independent producer/financier based in Canada. At Contradiction, John produced the independent film THE CHATEAU MEROUX which was released by Starz domestically and worldwide, and was a producer on one of the most successful worldwide digital projects to date, MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY, which he helped oversee for Warner Bros.
Jonathan Robbins has worked on both sides of the camera for 20 years. Currently, he stars in the titular role of the hit web series Out With Dad and will be seen as Uncle Bruce in the upcoming Haphead. On the production side, he has directed dance films and narrative shorts including the awardwinning Your ExLover is Dead, and the 60's conspiracy thriller Sleep Clinic. He has been cinematographer, editor and producer on several notable short films such as the TIFF presented Family First and the Bravo!FACT What You Eat which was acquired by the en Route Network. Jonathan's first web series, Clutch, has garnered much critical acclaim including being named an Honoree of the Webby Awards, a Streamy nominee, IAWTV nominee, an LA WebFest Grand Prize Winner, and for which he won Best Director at the 2014 Indie Series Awards. He is the story editor for the Italian produced series Wakefield Variations. He Exec Produced, co-
directed, cowrote and edited the spy thriller web series Asset, currently in release. Next up is a feature film continuation of Clutch, for Frostbite Pictures.