Darren Campo is a television producer and executive. Author. New media pioneer. And university professor. Darren Campo’s savvy creative instinct has led him to run one of the most popular programming divisions in cable network television. His philosophical ingenuity and storytelling ability has fostered one of the most intriguing literary series written in the best-selling Alex Detail’s Revolution and Alex Detail’s Rebellion.
As a television producer and executive, Darren is versed in developing all genres of content. Currently, Darren oversees one of the industry’s largest original production operations at truTV. Just prior to the launch of truTV, Multichannel News named Darren Campo one of “40 Under 40” to watch.
But Darren’s fare for content can ride the wave of reality trends to drawing on inspirations for his own creative writing from Schopenhauer, Schrödinger and Joseph Campbell to create the epic adventure and story of intrigue that Alex Detail takes. Early critique of Darren’s first bestseller, Alex Detail’s Revolution has been cited as a work of ‘activation’, not unlike thematic nerve struck by Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.
Darren also spent four years working at CBS where he was involved in the production of the station group’s syndicated programming and news. Campo graduated from the Stern School of Business at N.Y.U. with degrees in marketing and industrial relations. Darren is as an Adjunct Professor in the Entertainment, Media and Technology program at NYU Stern School of Business, where he teaches “The Business of Producing.”
Whitney Hamilton – Filmmaker
As a writer/director and producer: Whitney’s films include A Rogue in Londinum, which went on the festival circuit after premiering at the Lucerne International Film Festival in October 2011. My Brother’s War premiered at the Methodfest Film Festival 2005. It has North American distribution. Recently she completed two shorts: co-directing Jeremy with David Macke and directing and co-producing TuLips. Her short Sci-Fi film Circle premiered at the NYSummer Shorts Festival 2002. Circle won second place as best sci-fi short at the Dragon Con Sci-Fi Film Festival in Atlanta 2003. It was nominated as best sci-fi short at the Shockerfest film festival in California. The Bellwatcher, a short horror film, premiered at the Film Fleadh in New York in March (2001) and Cinema 16 The New Orleans Film Festival. The Delivery, another horror short, went on to the Seattle Underground Film Festival (2000). As a writer Whitney has penned nine Screenplays: The Immaculate Misconception, (optioned and produced by Other Side of the River Productions), Chasing DeKooning (commissioned), UNION – placed third in the Newfest Screenplay Competition 2010, In Search of the Monkey Girl – Honorable Mention Slamdance Screenplay Competition, Elvis is Dead, Mapping the In Between, The Watchers and Palisade (commissioned).
Shaunna Harry — Marketing/PR
Growing up in Texas, Shaunna spent most of her time dancing, training with the Houston Ballet and graduating from the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts. She moved to Oklahoma where she continued her dance training at Oklahoma City University (OCU), and before long moved to New York City, where she has been for the past nine years. Continuing her education at FIT with a dual degree in Fashion Merchandising and Advertising, Marketing and Communication, she began to focus more on the business side of the arts.
Her experience includes working with public relations, event and promotional companies as well as working with a number of advertising firms. After testing the waters as a creative manager, brand strategist and trend analyst, she realized her true calling was working in the not-for-profit art sector. She is currently freelancing, doing PR and marketing for dance, film, theater and art collective companies and is thrilled to a part of the DecadesOut team.
Joana Ricou – BioArtist
Joana moved from Portugal to America to study art and biology at Carnegie Mellon University, which allowed her to work in the lab and in the studio. Today, her process begins with a survey of research articles and news. She then contacts researchers directly to discuss their motivation and gather artifacts of their work. In the studio, she builds on these ideas to form questions about concepts of self and our place in the world, usually in the form of oil paintings. A painting based on her work with Dr. Alison Barth was published as the cover of the Journal of Neuroscience (2005), supporting what has become her core motivation: that art can both support and contribute to science, and vice-versa. This has driven her work in science art and science education work and has led to collaborations with galleries, schools and museums in Portugal and the USA. These include the Andy Warhol Museum (2007), the Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and the National Aviary (2010).