Name: Nicholas de Wolff

Born: Geneva, Switzerland

Currently in: Burbank, CA

Occupation: Digital Media & Brand Strategy Wonk, Economic & Social Transformation Advisor, Sustainable Business Activist

Languages: English, French, Portuguese, some Spanish.

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.

As Executive Director for the non-profit Oregon Story Board, Nicholas reorganized and refocused the nascent State program. He developed 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 of Oregon more than half a million dollars in the first 5 months of operation. During his tenure, Nicholas also launched 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.

Nicholas is a digital marketing pioneer who developed ground-breaking campaigns for clients including Disney, the Jim Henson Company, Lexus, 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.

Former Chief Marketing Officer at Technicolor, Nicholas has been a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. Co-founder and inaugural Governor of the Producers Guild of America’s New Media Council, Nicholas was inducted in to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2002, where he has served on the Jury for both the Emmy Awards and College Television Awards for several years.


Under Nicholas’ guidance, a small local single day event grew into NFFTY: the world’s largest festival for emerging filmmakers, annually screening more than 250 youth films from around the world.

In addition to his passion for digital communication and creativity, Nicholas has been a sustainability and economic influencer for many years, helping to establish the Sustainability Commission (which he eventually chaired), driving urban policy on issues relating to the environment, human capital, transportation, energy, and more. He has subsequently advised numerous global non-profits and government entities, and has sat on the Boards of a variety of organizations including the American Lung Association and Crisnic.

He currently lives in Burbank, California with his wife and daughter, where everybody wakes up to sunny days, but dreams of a little rain.

Other Interests: literature, innovation, emerging media, theatre, cooking, photography, social media, sustainability, business strategy and creativity.

Organizations that Nicholas supports: 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; co-founder, International Committee; member, PGA Green); Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Interactive Media Peer, Emmy Awards Judge)

Favorite Music: William GalisonLouis PrimaKate BushDianne ReevesGal Costa,Vinicius CantuáriaPaul KellyDinah WashingtonJeremy EnigkThe Polyphonic SpreeLaura FygiGenesisIbrahim FerrerJamiroquaiABBAScissor SistersZero 7James TaylorJulia FordhamMobyNo DoubtPrinceGarbageGlenn MillerBadmarsh & ShriHank JonesRyuichi SakamotoThelonious MonkMadeleine PeyrouxDavid ByrneMadredeusDeacon BlueBeth OrtonBachMozartDirty VegasChopinAntonio Carlos JobimJane SiberryPrefab SproutMilton NascimentoAntónio ChainhoM.I.A.Lisa StansfieldMax De CastroThe Rolling StonesAsian Dub FoundationSadeEtta JamesCaetano VelosoBillie HolidayGeorge MichaelThe CorrsCelso FonsecaJondi & SpeshDebussyDelibesArakatubaDJ Cheb i SabbahGilberto Gil,Peter GabrielIndia.ArieFrank SinatraNitin SawhneyLena HorneAlbitaAmália RodriguesJohn Lee HookerChet BakerElliott SmithUltravoxPhilip BaileySinéad O’ConnorCesária ÉvoraAnnie LennoxBasement JaxxDick HymanTanita TikaramBenny GoodmanMarvin GayeEverything but the GirlLuscious JacksonThe ChieftainsCarl OrffBaaba MaalAftershockEdith PiafTears for FearsStevie WonderMe’Shell NdegéocelloThe CranberriesRufus WainwrightCornershopAlison MoyetFleetwood MacSupertrampAlicia KeysEarth, Wind & FireSuzanne VegaElton JohnSimon & GarfunkelFatboy SlimSimply RedDavid GrayGorillazThe EaglesJill ScottBlondieStyxOK GoImogen HeapNick 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