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Isle of Media, the national development agency for the thriving Isle of Man video, television, and media technology cluster is adding three world class media professionals to the Advisory Panel. The Panel drives the direction and strategy of the Isle of Man media hub, and helps to spread the word globally about the advantages of setting up media ventures on the Island.

Michael Wilson, CEO of Isle of Media said,

“Growing the Advisory Panel is important for the Isle of Media as it shows the depth of knowledge and experience the organisation can call on. The Panel reviews our strategy and their global network allows the business to develop contacts and attract businesses from a cross the world.

We appreciate the time all our advisors give, and the benefit this brings to the Isle of Man economy and the media cluster we are building.”

The three new members are:

Bettina Brinkmann

Dr Bettinna Brinkman, Isle of Media AdvisorBettina has a broad expertise in TV and film production, international co-productions, acquisition, event management and business development and was decisive in developing international projects, closing global deals and executing major projects with some of the worlds leading institutions and brands.

She worked in various executive roles in the media and marketing sector both within the private sector (Bertelsmann, RTL, VOX) and the public sector (ZDF, EBU), covering a broad scope of responsibilities. She is experienced in setting up international partnerships, launching new projects and defining market entry strategies. She is shareholder of a Swiss company and co-founder of a new media venture. Parallel to her professional engagement she is on the Steering board of a Swiss animal welfare foundation.

Ms Brinkmann holds a PhD in media and has continued advanced studies at the International Institute for Management Development Lausanne and is currently pursuing further studies.

Bettina is based in Switzerland.

Clark Bunting

Clark Bunting - Isle of Media AdvisorClark is the co-founder and CEO of Digital Circus Media.

He is the former president and general manager of Discovery Channel, developing Shark Week, and overseeing Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and many other brands for Discovery Networks.

He is well known as a strategist and innovator with a reputation for growing businesses with strong branding underpinnings. He is also known in the non-profit world as the former CEO and president of the National Parks Conservation Association and Chairman of the Smithsonian National Zoo Advisory Board.

His programming portfolio has received numerous EMMY, DUPONT and PEABODY Awards, and one OSCAR. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Michigan State University and holds an honorary PHD.

Clark is based in the USA

And

Joan Burney-Keatings MBE

Joan Burney Keatings - Isle of Media AdvisorJoan has been the formidable powerhouse behind the award-winning children’s charity Cinemagic for the last 17 years. She loves the magic of film and television and recognises its power to educate, motivate and inspire young people.

Joan has steered and catapulted the Cinemagic brand from being a Belfast-based film festival for young people to now hosting Cinemagic film festivals across the world including Dublin, London, Castres (France), Los Angeles and New York. The Festivals engage with over 40,000 young people from all backgrounds and abilities.

To date the charity has engaged with over 500,000 young people, screened over 3000 films, and hosted over 500 masterclasses, workshops and special events. Cinemagic film production projects have received international acclaim for their ambition, quality and reach.

She is also a very passionate and successful producer having produced ground-breaking short films and programmes aimed to improve the life chances of young people particularly from areas of deprivation.

In the last four years Joan and her brilliant team at Cinemagic have produced two feature films, A CHRISTMAS STAR and GRACE AND GOLIATH; secured worldwide distribution for both feature films; developed award-winning “behind the scene” documentaries, produced over 45 short films.

Joan is based in Northern Ireland.

Existing Advisory Board Members

Dr Frank Hoffman – Chief Strategy officer, MX1 – based in Germany
Simon Kelly – Managing Director, Dixcart – based in Isle of Man
Catriona Logan – Festival Director, Celtic Media Festival – based in Scotland
Simon Nicholas – Director, KMPG – based in Isle of Man
Mark Rowland – Managing Director, Format Zone – based in UK
Chris Sharp – international media consultant – based in UK

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