Chris Adams is an Idea guy, entrepreneur, media/entertainment/technology Exec (Facebook, Glam, Amazon), Film Exec (Participant Media, Adams/Kearney), children's book author, dad
Chris Adams is an internationally recognized new media pioneer, entertainment executive and media, entertainment and technology executive with twenty years of experience in creating partnerships, programs and revenue-generating initiatives between and to the benefit of brands, their customers and users around the world.
In 2011, he co-founded Beachball Media (www.beachballmedia.com), a joint-venture partnership with boutique agency Me+Bond (www.meandbond.com) to build a global, digital practice that leverages best-of-breed partners to create and execute on best-of-breed ideas. The company won a multi-million dollar global campaign with one of Australia’s leading energy companies, Linc Energy; led all marketing behind ‘Cowboys & Aliens: The Kids” children’s Application storybook and is pitching brands across the globe and has just won a lucrative contract for a leading real estate development company.
His consulting company, Orbit Media Group (OMg: www.orbitmediagroup.com) offers global clients business acceleration, idea and strategy generation plus product execution through its team of top media professionals across sales, business development, marketing and management. Orbit specializes in helping companies achieve greater market-share, revenues and traction through speed, experience and access to decision makers and influencers.
OMg’s clients list includes:: www.Facebook.com, for which he helped to create and Produced “Facebook Diaries,” the first-ever hybrid user- generated video/reality TV show distributed on Facebook.com, Ziddio.com, Comcast VOD and the IFC Channel; HBO; Comcast Cable and Interactive; www.Glam.comwhere he built GlamTV; www.Amazon.com, www.Lycos.com and many others.
Orbit’s latest project is an interactive children’s storybook Application for Apple iOS and Android devices called “Cowboys & Aliens: The Kids” which is an original story from the creator of the NY Times Best Selling Graphic Novel, “Cowboys & Aliens” which was released July 29, 2011 as a major motion picture starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, Directed by Jon Favreau, Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg and Produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer). Each App sold will benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation. For information on the App, the story and the team behind it at: www.cowboysandaliensthekids.com. Orbit is proud to announce that the App has been nominated for two AIMIA (Australian Interactive Media Industry Association) awards in the “Best Children’s” and “Best Use of a Tablet or Mobile Device” categories
In 2003, Chris joined with eBay’s Jeff Skoll as Chief Vision Officer to help build www.ParticipantMedia.com, serving as the company’s Chief Vision Officer through its first slate of movies: Syriana, North Country, Good Night and Good Luck and the documentary Murderball – were nominated for an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards in 2005. Chris is also proud to have identified and help develop An Inconvenient Truth for former Vice President, Al Gore that, in addition to winning an Academy Award for Best Documentary, contributed to Gore being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2009 he formed Adams/Kearney (www.adamskearney.com) a film development company with producing partner Steve Kearney which has offices in Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia dedicated to celebrating Australian ideas and filmmakers at the global level. Adams and Kearney Executive Produced “Jucy,” which premiered at the 2010 Toronto FIlm Festivals and is currently in theaters across Australia and available on Netflix, Blockbuster and Amazon.com. The company has several other projects in development, including the “Evo Gun” documentary with Beyond Entertainment (with whom Adams/Kearney has an overall deal) and several feature film and TV concepts.
Early in his career, Chris was already laying the groundwork for his multi-disciplinary career by achieving success as a filmmaker, writer and business/ strategic development executive. At the age of 25, Chris wrote and Produced the short film, The Middle Passage, which went onto win 9 Best Picture Awards at various film festivals and was in competition for the 1995 Academy Award nomination. As a writer, Chris has been published in The Washington Post, The Denver Post, Triathlete Magazine, SPORT Magazine and wrote on Columbia TriStar’s/USA Network’s hour-drama “The Net.”
He is a frequent Key Note speaker with engagements at the V21/AIMIA Conference, AIMIA Connect, The TV 3.0 Conference, Digital Hollywood (both LA and NYC), CTIA, The Opportunity Green Conference, ideaCity, X-Media Labs (Wellington, NZ and Melbourne, AUS), The Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) and the Screen Production and Development Conference (SPADA) in Auckland, NZ and OnHollywood Conference. He is an Advisory Board member of www.Splashlife.comand www.Edgevertise.com, and serves as on the Expert Panel at www.MediaWave.tv.! He is also a resident guest lecturer at Queensland University of Technology in their Creative Industries School where he is working on his second PhD.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Chris graduated from the University of Denver with a double-major in English Literature and Mass Communications. He received his MFA from USC’s School of Film and TV and his MFA/PhD with honors from USC’s School of Professional Writing, pursuing both degrees concurrently.
Chris is also a published childrenʼs book author with the release of his first story: “Sam The Biggest Fire Truck” available as fully interactive iPad application in the iTunes App Store at: http://itunes.apple.com/app/sam-the-biggest-fire-truck/id398932156?mt=8 and serves on the Global Advisory Board of The Global Poverty Project (www.globalpovertyproject.com), which is dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty.
Chris lives in Brisbane, Australia with his wife Sharon and their son, Cooper and is an avid surfer, writer and reader.
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