Carson Center Advisory Board Page
These international leaders and innovators in new media will offer their advice and expertise to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s new Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts.
Ashley Baccus-Clark (b. Pasadena, CA) is a Brooklyn-based Molecular and Cellular Biologist and multidisciplinary artist who uses new media and storytelling to explore themes of deep learning, cognition, memory, trauma, and systems of belief. She is the Director of Research at Hyphen-Labs.
Preeta Bansal is a senior global executive and lawyer whose career has been at the intersection of law, public policy, government, academia and global business. She is Co-Founder and President of Social Emergence Corporation, a not-for-profit, social-benefit organization focused on empowering human networks and community relationships at the base of global socio-economic pyramid.
Barker has worked in the U.K., Australia and Canada as an educator, researcher, consultant, strategist, designer, serial entrepreneur and maverick in architecture, art, technology and design for 25 years.
Susan Bonds is a pioneer in experiential storytelling—the art of crafting immersive narratives that spill off the screen and allow the audience to participate across platforms—and the force behind 42 Entertainment’s critically acclaimed interactive experiences.
Tim Chang is an experienced investor and global executive. He has twice been named to the Forbes Midas list of Top Tech Investors and received the Gamification Summit award for Special Achievement. Chang’s venture capital experience includes leading investments at Norwest Venture Partners and Gabriel Venture Partners.
Madeline Di Nonno
Madeline Di Nonnois the Chief Executive Officer of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Di Nonno leads the Institute's strategic direction, research, education, advocacy, financial and operational activities.
Noah Falstein, who works at the intersections of neurogaming, VR and fun, was formerly chief game designer at Google and has experience at developers such as LucasArts, 3DO and Dreamworks Interactive.
Maureen Fan is CEO and co-founder of Baobab Studios, the industry's leading VR animation studio. The company's Emmy-award winning VR animation, “Invasion!” starring Ethan Hawke, launched to substantial critical acclaim, with Roth Kirschenbaum Films (Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman, Alice in Wonderland) signed on to adapt it into a feature film.
Behnaz Farahi is a creative designer and technologist working at the intersection of fashion, architecture and interaction design. Trained as an architect, she explores the potential of interactive environments and their relationship to the human body.
Brendan Harkin is the founder and director of X-Media Lab. X Media Lab brings outstanding international mentors to work with local companies on their own creative digital media ideas across entertainment, education, information, communications and the arts.
Norman Hollyn has been described as a “media expert,” a reference to his experience in both the old and new media worlds. He is a long-time film, television and music editor (Heathers, The Cotton Club, and Oliver Stone’s Wild Palms) who is an Associate Professor and Head of the Editing Track in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Shekhar Kapur is a visionary filmmaker and storyteller who works at the intersection of art, myth and activism.
Erica Larsen-Dockray grew up near Scottsbluff, Nebraska. In her undergraduate studies, she majored in graphic design at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. After two years at Lincoln, she transferred to The Art Institute of Phoenix and graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in Media Arts and Animation. In 2010 she received a B.F.A.
Alex McDowell, RDI
Alex McDowell is an award-winning designer and storyteller working at the intersection of emergent technologies and experiential media. He is founder and creative director at Experimental.Design, where he and his team design immersive story worlds for industries and institutions.
Jeff Nicholas is an award winning creative producer and director with a passion for creating compelling and engaging VR content. Since 2014, Nicholas’s focus has been primarily on creating high-quality VR/360° experiences, pushing the boundaries of cinematic VR/360° production through original and branded content experiences.
Clint! Runge is co-founder and Managing Director of Archrival, a fun-loving creative agency that goes against the grain to makes brands relevant with youth culture. Clint! and team light the fires for clients such as Red Bull, Adidas, Hollister, YETI and a starting squad of athletes and entertainers.
Ted Schilowitz is the first-ever Futurist-in-Residence for Paramount Pictures. In his new role, Schilowitz, who was previously a consulting futurist at Fox, will work closely with the Paramount and Viacom technology teams to explore all forms of new and emerging technologies, with an emphasis on virtual reality and augmented reality.
Kamal Sinclair serves as the Director of the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Program, which supports artists working at the convergence of film, art, media and technology; as a Consultant to the Ford Foundation's JustFilms program; and as artist and producer on the Question Bridge: Black Males transmedia art project.
Emmy Award-winner and New York Times best-selling novelist Sean Stewart is one of the most influential digital storytellers in the world.
Roy Taylor is Corporate Vice President and Head of Alliances at Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. He is responsible for a global team managing all aspects of the AMD ecosystem and external relations. In his current role, Taylor manages AMD relations with Microsoft, Google, major games publishers and developers.
Lynette Wallworth is an acclaimed Australian artist and director whose immersive installations and films reflect connections between people and the natural world, as well as explore fragile human states of grace.
Charles Wang is the Deputy Director of the newly established Advanced Innovation Center for Future Visual Entertainment at the Beijing Film Academy (BFA) where he also serves as the Deputy Director of Research and Information Management, as well as Associate Professor of Film and TV Technology.
Martyn Ware was born in 1956 in Sheffield, U.K. After leaving school he worked in computers for 3 years, and in 1978 formed The Human League. He formed the production company/label British Electric Foundation in 1980 and formed Heaven 17 the same year.
James Waugh is the Vice President, Development of the Lucasfilm Story Group. His professional passions lie in franchise building through the tapestry of compelling and interlocking narrative content.