Kate McCallum

Kate McCallum

School of Communication

Kate McCallum

 

2013 Alumni Academy Inductee


Kate McCallum brings unique and diverse professional experience to her work as a producer, writer, transmedia consultant, events producer, and entertainment and arts professional.  Her studio experience includes 10 years at Universal Studios in television and feature production apprenticing with some of the top content creators in the business working in development and production on such primetime series as “Equalizer”, “Miami Vice”, “Law & Order” and sitcoms such as “Charles In Charge” and “Gimme A Break.”  Kate optioned a life rights story and produced the subsequent NBC TV Movie of the Week “What Kind of Mother Are You?” She was promoted to VP of Creative for Western Sandblast Productions during their deal at Paramount Television and developed long form, series and off-net series television for 8 years.  Kate sold movies to Showtime and UPN, and optioned series concepts to Paramount.  The same year that Kate started working at Universal she discovered the Philosophical Research Society and spent her nights and weekends studying comparative religion, metapysics, philosophy, meditation and many other topics offered by some of the world’s leading teachers of spirituality.  She studied an indepth meditation and perennial wisdom course called “Nature of the Soul,” Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training with Georgia Lambert for 7 years and was initiated into Freemasonry where she holds a 4th degree.

In 2005, Kate was hired as VP of Programming to launch The Harmony Channel, an innovative visual music channel for Comcast On Demand designed to invoke a variety of moods.  Kate’s next stint took her back to her early roots in classical music when she was hired to serve as Board Liaison and Executive Administrator to Placido Domingo and the LA Opera.

Kate’s life long passion for the study of human potential, spirituality and consciousness inspired her to return to school where she achieved a MA in Consciousness Studies in 2004 from the University of Philosophical Research.  Upon graduating she created the c3: Center for Conscious Creativity, a 501(c)(3) arts and education organization through which she and an evolving creative collective have produced several events dedicated to “creating a better future through arts and media” including; workshops, screenings, classes, concerts, a writers conference called “The Future Of Story,” and an annual symposium called “State of the Arts.”

Kate’s commitment to bridging the worlds of corporate media and entertainment with transformational projects was the impetus for her to also create her own transmedia company, Bridge Arts Media LLC, through which she has created and developed several IP properties including a boutique music+arts label, The Art of Sound, which specializes in 360 immersive dome experiences.  Kate has provided transmedia consultlng services for Vortex Immersion Media, ReelFX, 3D.com, and Orb Media Group for whom she created a transmedia strategy bible for an animation property.  Most recently, she was hired by Createasphere to Chair and co-develop The TransVergence Summit which addresses trends in entertainment technology, transmedia and cross platform storytelling and branded content.  Prior to that she was contracted by Simplynew Productions to produce content for VidBlogger Nation, a Social Media Television Channel featured on Comcast On Demand.  Kate was responsible for producing 240 episodes, website design and updates, and all social media promotion. 

She is a Senior Fellow for SNCR: Society for New Communications Research, Chair of the Global Arts and Media Node for The Millennium Project, a global futurist think tank, a member of the ATAS: Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a Board Delegate for the Producers Guild of America New Media Council.  Kate has practiced meditation for over 25 years, is studying Mindfulness at UCLA and often speaks on the transformational power of media and the arts.  She recently presented a Keynote and daylong workshop on “Transmedia, Transformation and the Future of Content” at the Asian Childrens Content Conference in Singapore.  In her spare time she sings opera in the shower and keeps up on findings in emerging technologies, brain science and creativity.

 

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