Kate McCallum, Producer, Writer and Transmedia Consultant
Kate McCallum brings diverse professional experience to her roles as a producer, writer and transmedia consultant. 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 long-form movies to Showtime and UPN and optioned series concepts.
In 2005/06 Kate was 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.”
Kate founded her own production and development company, 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. Her clients have included; Simplynew Productions on “VidBlogger Nation,” a Social Media TV Channel for Comcast On Demand, where she oversaw production of 240 episodes, website design and social media. Other consulting clients include; Vortex Immersion Media, ReelFX, 3D.com, Orb Media Group, and 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 and DAM 101 Workshop and two Post Production Master Classes in NYC and LA. 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 and she currently serves as the Managing Editor of Camera Operator magazine for the SOC: Society of Camera Operators.
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.
Since 2010, Kate has been a creative consultant with Vortex Immersion Media and worked with Ed Lantz to launch the Vortex Innovation Lab and AIR: Artist In Residence program in The Vortex Dome, located at LA Center Studios. Since then she has been involved in the development and production of 360 fulldome immersive/VR and interactive content and also is in development on a number of other media properties including; Migrations, an immersive arts+music concert, Deep, Deeper and Deepest art+music concert series with musician Steve Roach, Melting Rainbows arts+music performance art piece with artist Aaron Axelrod to name a few.
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 since 2010 called “State of the Arts” which addresses trends in the arts and media industries.
Kate was elected to Board Delegate of the PGA New Media Council in 2013 and has also serves on the PGA National Board. She is a member of the Television Academy Television Executive Peer Group and the Interactive Group. Kate is 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. She holds a BA in Communications from Western Michigan University and an MA in Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research.
Kate speaks internationally on the topic of future trends in media and transmedia storytelling. She’s presented talks or masterclasses at events such as; The Asian Children’s Content Conference in Singapore, Singapore’s MediaCorp, XMediaLab in Perth Australia, The Hong Kong Design Institute, the CICSEP Conference in Shenzhen, China, The Global Leaders Forum in Seoul, Korea, and she has also designed and presented Transmedia Seminars for the PGA and the TV Academy. Kate was honored as an Alumni Academy Inductee and she received Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, Western Michigan University where she presented a speech on “Transmedia, Transformation and the Future of Content.”