After over two years working on amazing, forward thinking projects, across all brands and levels of Viacom, its time for me to move on. I don’t yet know what the next full-time adventure in my career will be, but I couldn’t be more excited for what 2013 has in store.
Its been an amazing time, working at the nexus of such fast-moving trends in Social TV, social media and digital strategy overall. Within Viacom I served as a thought-leader on ever-changing trends and a facilitator, working across silos and levels to connect lots of dots, launch lots of pilots, arrange enterprise-wide deals and whatever else I could to insure we maximized our potential.
My famous wall of case studies in my office at Viacom about Social TV
Among external highlights, I’ve been a regular speaker and panelist at conferences about the future of TV, a guest blogger for LostRemote (the leading blog on Social TV), a subject for the book on Social TV, a member of the ‘top ten social media mavens in the media industry,’ and a resource for bleeding edge startups as they tried making the right connections across the complex landscape of such a large media company. I’ve built amazing friendships and professional relationships with so many people. No doubt these will continue and come into play wherever I end up next.
As far as what’s next, in my immediate future, the wife and I are embarking tomorrow on an amazing journey through America’s south. You can follow along as we #ShwirtzTheSouth (www.ShwirtzTheSouth.com)! The road trip spans from Savannah, Georgia to Las Vegas, Nevada, where I’ll be organizing an event I’m really excited about right before CES. Just to be clear, this event is not affiliated with Viacom.
An all-expense-paid, closed-door gathering that will span 2.5 days, The St0ry () brings together 30 of the brightest, most innovative minds, to discuss and strategize the future of storytelling and digital strategy. From C-level executives of hot startups to PhDs, Emmy-winners, published authors, film makers, artists, activists and managers of really successful YouTube content, this will be a one-of-a-kind event. I’ve also recruited Kevin Smith and Eliza Dushku to join the group as “guest catalysts.” This recent blog post best describes my inspiration for the event: The Great Storytelling Revolution.
That’s about all for now. Big life changes! Lots of excitement, lots of opportunities and I’m going to take my time deciding on next steps. If you have something interesting to share, don’t hesitate!