Filmmaker, Courageous Studio at CNN and Great Big Story

Ryan is a storyteller with more than 15 years of experience running award-winning departments in agency, media, and publishing. Currently, he is the senior filmmaker and director at Turner’s branded content studio Courageous, where he is exploring new opportunities to keep pushing the creative storytelling abilities of brands with network partners like CNN, HLN, and Great Big Story. He also founded and runs a collective of filmmakers and creatives called The Hexagon Initiative, he teaches brand strategy at his alma mater, the School of Visual Arts. Ryan started his career as an editor, working for clients such as BBC, A&E, Food Network, Google, and Fuse, before moving into producing and directing. He built and ran the video department for the experiential agency MKTG for more than six years and built the branded content studio Vantage at Mic, helping to create an award-winning and acclaimed studio within the industry. His passion for bridging the gap between creative and brand is the foundation of his unique point of view.

I am most excited to work on projects that… expands my thinking and knowledge of the world.

I am looking for partners that can help me… craft moving and compelling stories with impact.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… standing on top of a glacier in Peru at 16,000 feet in the middle of the night under a full moon filming a photographer light the glacier using an LED attached to a drone. I was in awe that I get to tell these stories for a living.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… are immersive VR driven documentaries. There is a unique transportive element to VR that can help give additional authenticity to the form.

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