Name: Nicholas de Wolff
Born: Geneva, Switzerland
Currently in: Burbank, CA
Occupation: Startup Advisor, Executive Leader, Business Strategy & Marketing Speaker.
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, some Spanish.
Professional Background: Theatre then M&E then Tech. Directing, producing, writing. Teaching, coaching, film production, business strategy, marketing, publicity, interactive production, creative strategy, brand management, social media. Technicolor, Thomson, RCA, SAG-AFTRA, NFFTY, USFS, Greenview Arts Center, Goodman Theater, KCRW, NPR, Los Angeles Performing Arts Festival, McKinsey & Company, Warner Bros, Walt Disney Company, Universal, Grass Valley, Oregon Story Board, MPC, Activision, Aramis, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Calvin Klein, Columbia Tristar, Dep, Disney Channel, FashionActs, FX Networks, Intel, Jim Henson Company, Elbowfish, Johnson & Johnson, Kirin, Lexus.
Professional Summary: A passionate advocate for long-term business growth driven by innovation, marketing, and IP development, Nicholas de Wolff has served as an advisor and mentor to individuals, corporations, non-profits, and governments around the world.
Recruited by the State of Oregon to serve as Executive Director for the non-profit Oregon Story Board, Nicholas reorganized and refocused the nascent program, including developing a business plan built on public-private partnerships that resulted in 10 corporate partnerships and sponsorship agreements in a matter of a few months, saving the State more than $500,000.00 in the process. During his tenure, Nicholas also launched innovative business incubation and acceleration programs for startups throughout the Northwest, doubling the State’s 2-year job creation and business establishment goals, all within less than a year.
As Senior Advisor to the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), Nicholas helped to grow the organization in to the world’s largest youth film festival and expo. Under his guidance, the organization grew from a single day event (screening just 15 amateur films), to a 4-day international festival and film expo, annually screening more than 200 award-winning youth films from around the world. For the City of Burbank, Nicholas chaired the city’s Sustainability Commission, driving policy on issues relating to the environment, human capital, transportation, energy, and more. Other non-profits and government entities that Nicholas has advised include: London Transport, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, The American Lung Association, The Los Angeles Charter High School for the Arts, Fashion Acts, The CMO Institute, The Lycée International de Los Angeles, and The Business Marketing Association, among many others.
An award winning creative, Nicholas is a digital marketing pioneer who developed ground-breaking online games and web-based properties for clients including Disney, the Jim Henson Company, Lexus, FX Networks, LucasArts, and Sony. The founder of City Arts Project, the world’s first 3D online arts community, Nicholas ran the Los Angeles Performing Arts Festival for several years, in addition to directing several Ovation Award winning theatrical productions.
A former Chief Marketing Officer at Technicolor (formerly Thomson), Nicholas has been a keynote speaker at industry conferences worldwide. His insights and ideas have been published in numerous publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Networker Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times.
Nicholas is a co-founder and inaugural Governor of the Producers Guild of America’s New Media Council, and was inducted in to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2002, where he has served on the Jury for the Emmy Awards for several years.
Other Interests: literature, innovation, emerging media, theatre, cooking, photography, social media, sustainability, business strategy and creativity.
Organizations that I support: The Talented Youth (Founding Chair, Advisory Board); American Lung Association (member, Board of Directors’ Revenue Generation Committee, California); City of Burbank Sustainability Commission (Chair, Mobility and Urban Design Committee); Producers Guild of America (co-founder, New Media Council); Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Interactive Media Peer)
Random facts: I spent the first 5 years of my life living in Portugal. I learned to speak English, French and Portuguese at roughly the same time, and continue to mix words from all 3 languages whenever I speak with my parents. I’ve written and been quoted in a diverse array of articles and reviews on business strategy, media topics and marketing trends (with particular focus on social media), in a variety of publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Produced By Magazine, CNN Radio, Screen Actor Magazine, and The Networker, among others. I have little patience for people who are more interested in keeping their jobs, than doing their jobs. I’ve been hosting a monthly literary salon for nearly 25 years now, and find the experience recharges my creative batteries (and the fact that it’s always accompanied by a pot-luck dinner feast sure helps!). I watch way too much television and am addicted to the Internet. I love meeting people who can change my mind. My family is owned by a Schnauzer/Havanese mix that we rescued from the local shelter.
Favorite Music: William Galison, Louis Prima, Kate Bush, Dianne Reeves, Gal Costa,Vinicius Cantuária, Paul Kelly, Dinah Washington, Jeremy Enigk, The Polyphonic Spree, Laura Fygi, Genesis, Ibrahim Ferrer, Jamiroquai,ABBA, Scissor Sisters, Zero 7, James Taylor, Julia Fordham, Moby, No Doubt, Prince, Garbage, Glenn Miller, Badmarsh & Shri, Hank Jones,Ryuichi Sakamoto, Thelonious Monk, Madeleine Peyroux, David Byrne,Madredeus, Deacon Blue, Beth Orton, Bach, Mozart, Dirty Vegas,Chopin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jane Siberry, Prefab Sprout, Milton Nascimento, António Chainho, M.I.A., Lisa Stansfield, Max De Castro,The Rolling Stones, Asian Dub Foundation, Sade, Etta James, Caetano Veloso, Billie Holiday, George Michael, The Corrs, Celso Fonseca, Jondi & Spesh, Debussy, Delibes, Arakatuba, DJ Cheb i Sabbah, Gilberto Gil,Peter Gabriel, India.Arie, Frank Sinatra, Nitin Sawhney, Lena Horne,Albita, Amália Rodrigues, John Lee Hooker, Chet Baker, Elliott Smith,Ultravox, Philip Bailey, Sinéad O’Connor, Cesária Évora, Annie Lennox,Basement Jaxx, Dick Hyman, Tanita Tikaram, Benny Goodman, Marvin Gaye, Everything but the Girl, Luscious Jackson, The Chieftains, Carl Orff, Baaba Maal, Aftershock, Edith Piaf, Tears for Fears, Stevie Wonder, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, The Cranberries, Rufus Wainwright,Cornershop, Alison Moyet, Fleetwood Mac, Supertramp, Alicia Keys,Earth, Wind & Fire, Suzanne Vega, Elton John, Simon & Garfunkel,Fatboy Slim, Simply Red, David Gray, Gorillaz, The Eagles, Jill Scott,Blondie, Styx, OK Go, Imogen Heap, Nick Mancini
Favorite Reading: Stieg Larsson, Allegra Goodman, Umberto Eco, Frank Herbert, Richard Adams, Maurice Sendak, Paulo Coelho, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Grisham, Christopher Paolini, Dr. Seuss, Jose Saramago, Hunter S. Thompson, Saul Bellow, Raymond Queneau, William Shakespeare, Jules Verne, Ursula K. Le Guin, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Daniel Defoe, Philip Pullman, A.A. Milne, Amy Tan, Herman Melville, Stephen King, Kenneth Grahame, Aldous Huxley, James Clavell, George Orwell, Jean M. Auel, William Golding, Toni Morrison, Evelyn Waugh, Stephen King, John Steinbeck, William Makepeace Thackeray, Pamela L. Travers, Joseph Heller, Robert Louis Stevenson, E.B. White, Homer, Miguel de Cervantes , John Irving, Douglas Adams, Mary Shelley, J.K. Rowling, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Jane Austen, Frank Baum, Anne Rice, Victor Hugo, C.S. Lewis, Alexandre Dumas, E.B. White, Mark Twain, Emily Bronte, Roald Dahl, Charlotte Bronte, Margaret Atwood, Randy Pausch, Kazuo Ishiguro, A.S. Byatt, Julian Barnes, Gustave Flaubert, Umberto Eco, Vikram Seth, John Updike, Michael Ondaatje, J.M. Barrie, Salman Rushdie, Alexandre Dumas, Sun Tzu, Don Marquis, Rainer Maria Rilke, Anne Frank, Raymond Khoury, Shel Silverstein, John Lucht, George Orwell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harper Lee, J.D. Salinger