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David Craig is a media professor, producer and activist.
As a Senior Lecturer at USC, Craig specializes in media industry studies and, more specifically, the principles, practices, history, theories and research about the entertainment industry. He has developed courses on entertainment media management, television programming in the Digital Age, media convergence and the future of Hollywood, media ethics and regulation, global Hollywood and film producing and production culture. He has his Masters in Cinema Studies from NYU is pursuing his PhD in Education with an emphasis on Media and Culture from UCLA.
As a media producer, Craig is a veteran film and television producer and programming executive responsible for over 100 hours of television and has worked on over a half-dozen feature films. Since 2007, he has been a producer-partner with Linda Berman in Media Nation, a cross-media production company. This summer, they shot Girl Fight and One of their Own, two television movies for Lifetime inspired by true stories. In addition, they have sold, developed and/or produced scripted and non-scripted series to HBO, ABC Network, CBS Television Studios and History, graphic novels to Hill & Wang Publishers and web pilots to Sony Digital. They are also developing educational software based on a format called “documation” that uniquely combines documentary source material with various forms of animation and digital effects to produce narratives for use by both teachers and students.
Prior to launching Media Nation, David was an executive at A&E where he developed and supervised production of over 20 movies, mini-series and drama series. He was nominated for an Emmy for Napoleon and Ike: Countdown to D-Day and produced Flight 93, the most watched program in the history of the A&E Network. In addition, he was a Lifetime programming executive, a feature development executive at Haft-Nasatir Productions, a theatre producer and a consulting editor in publishing. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television and the Society for Cinema Studies.
As a media activist, Craig has primarily focused on issues affecting the LGBTQ community as well as those dealing with HIV and AIDS. He served on the Board of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) where he launched the first-ever Freedom to Marry March. As a producer, he has produced both stage and television productions that deal with LGBTQ issues. In addition, he is working on a project called “Drop 50” that is trying to raise awareness about the rise in school drop out rates nationally and garner commitments from citizens and elected officials to lower the rate over the next five years.