Johnny Wow

Johnny Wow


Work History

Work History
Sep 2002 - Present

President / Executive Producer

WowFilms Productions

Brand focused multi-media executive, managing creative and production teams including concept, copywriting, live action film and video production, motion design and post-production.

Responsible for overseeing and delivering high-level marketing and advertising campaigns for TV, film, digital out-of-home, website, mobile and print in the technology, health, food, entertainment and financial industries.

Brands include:

  • Yahoo!
  • YouTube
  • American Express
  • Best Buy
  • Costco
  • Fine Line Features
  • Netflix
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • The Home Depot
  • Sam's Club
  • Walmart
  • Anthropologie
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Hostess, Dryer's
  • Lifescan
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • NFL Network
Sep 2012 - Sep 2014

General Manager

First Person
As of June 2013, WESTERNIZED & Elastic Creative merged to create First Person™. The two companies have worked hand-in-glove over the past three years on hundreds of projects for national brands and clients in the Bay Area. As a combined company we have broader reach, deeper creative and more effective management to better serve all our clients. In addition, we continue to leverage our success in software engineering to support clients in interactive and new media applications. We currently develop a host of interactive software solutions—digital signage content management applications, browser-based presentation engines, and a variety of apps. Going forward, our software capabilities will give our clients a definite competitive edge.
Nov 2010 - May 2012

Executive Producer

L.Inc Design

Executive producer with a primary role in all aspects of creative and production services and general management including:

  • Design and motion graphics
  • Live action production
  • Client relations and business development
  • P&L review and analysis
  • Strategic and tactical planning
  • Marketing and PR
  • Contracts and negotiations
  • Day-to-day operations
1994 - 2002

Head of Production, Television & Film

3 Ring Circus Films, Inc.

Launched Original Long Format Content Division for this integrated digital marketing / branding agency and creative production company.

  • Member of senior management team that grew company from start-up to a nearly $7-million per year business in four years.
  • Managing supervisor to Television and Film division creative, development and production personnel with five direct reports, garnering a reputation for effective communication and respected management style.
  • Created strategic business plan / model and go-to-market strategy with the objective of creating at least three hours of original content over four years, exceeding company owners’ goals and expectations.
  • Executive produced (promoted from producer) and directed a monthly half hour, hosted studio television magazine format ‘infotainment’ show, titled, “Customer News” for DirecTV.
    • Responsible for guiding all aspects of the show’s content including:
      • Researching monthly topics, script development and approval
      • Storyboarding and staging the show segments
      • Working with hosts to emphasize key client messaging
      • Working directly with multiple client contacts, managing the sometimes-conflicting input and direction
    • Supervised creation and implementation of motion graphic marketing and branding elements used in show packaging.
    • Managed $1 million annual show budget consistently delivering show on time and on or under budget.
    • Worked directly with and managed over 20 creative and production staff and free-lancers, creating an ongoing profitable operation.
  • Produced the following full-length motion pictures: “Dream with the Fishes” (distributed by Sony Pictures Classics) and “Cherish” (distributed by Fine Line Features), and Executive Produced “One” (distributed by The Shooting Gallery) all of which were licensed and distributed globally.
    • “Dream with the Fishes” and “Cherish” both premiered and were sold at the Sundance Film Festival, ultimately delivering to investors a 125% ROI.
      • Negotiated and managed legal agreements with key talent, key production personnel and investors.
      • Supervised budgets over $1 million and managed over 50 key creative and production personnel during development, production, post-production, marketing and distribution.
      • Provided creative and strategic guidance for integrated marketing campaigns on both films at the Sundance Film Festival and for subsequent worldwide distribution deals.
      • Worked with business affairs to negotiate and manage global distribution license agreements for both titles.
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining annual departmental budget of over $500K, with a consistent track record of under spending.
  • Raised over $2.5 million in investment capital over four-year period.
  • Produced over 50 high profile motion graphic / live action branding packages and promos for clients such as Showtime, ZDTV, Family Channel, CNN, AMC, TCM, Discovery and others.
Sep 2002 - Oct 2003

Senior Producer, Television Special Projects

Concrete Pictures, Inc.

Hired for long-term contract to oversee creative and production services of complex special projects for this integrated creative marketing agency specializing in media, entertainment, and technology. Clients included Discovery Networks, PBS, Food Network, Charter Communications, American Idol and others.

  • ‘Voom HD Networks’ - Responsible for managing the multi-hosted, studio production of on-air marketing and branding launch campaign of the first all-HD cable network.
    • Worked with creative director to guide all creative aspects of the project including conceptualizing and managing motion graphic elements, design and implementation of studio set, original music composition, post-production.
    • Supervised $350K budget, managed over 25 creative and production personnel, maintained three month production schedule, delivered final product on time and under budget.
    • Campaign success created proof-of-concept needed for company to secure multiple future jobs with client.
  • Sole senior producer consistently selected to spearhead larger, complex script-based, integrated live action projects because of proven ability to work professionally with high level clients, writers, creative and production teams.
  • Managed multiple projects simultaneously, allowing additional $1 million in revenues for company over a 13 month period, while maintaining overall job profit margins averaging over 35%.
Oct 2003 - May 2006

CFO / Motion Picture Producer

Darwin Awards Productions, LP

Raised $8 million in private equity and distribution financing, developed screenplay, assembled key talent, and oversaw all aspects of pre-production, production, post-production, marketing and advertising initiatives, sales and distribution of the motion picture, “The Darwin Awards.”

  • Responsible for all financial operations of the company including budgeting, cash flow management, cost control, quarterly reporting to fellow board managers, annual reporting to investors.
  • Managed all facets of $8 million budget and supervised 100+ persons through entire production process. Project completed on time and on budget.
  • Developed and implemented successful communication initiatives with key company personnel allowing complicated, fast-paced daily operations to function smoothly and efficiently.
  • Wrote and developed business and marketing plan for potential investors which ultimately led to capital investments totaling over $8 million. 
  • Revised key legal agreements with investor group to successfully retain full long-term copyright ownership and increased future revenue stream for company managers.
  • Intervened in stalled negotiations with trademark holder of the name ‘Darwin Awards’ and successfully closed the cornerstone deal for the company, resulting in the ability to use the essential ‘Darwin Awards’ name for all creative, marketing, advertising and sales initiatives.
  • Negotiated and managed legal contracts for key talent, key creative crew and production department heads.
  • Assisted in negotiations for, and managed, successful worldwide global distribution license agreements with Icon Entertainment, Bauer Martinez Studios, Fox Home Video, Netflix and Showtime Networks among others.   
  • Responsible for working with entertainment marketing personnel and film distributors to initiate and implement strategic targeted marketing campaigns for the motion picture, resulting in actual sales exceeding projected sales by over 18%.
Jun 2008 - Sep 2008

Field Producer

Tim Fink Events & Media

Contracted to supervise all aspects of character based non-fiction high profile videos for presentation during the annual Cisco Systems General Sales Meeting conference, including story development, production, editorial and delivery to client. Project based in San Francisco with location shooting in Miami and Rome.

  • Worked directly with writers and director to finalize shooting script, including incorporating complex technical and sales information, and implemented strategy to most effectively capture and communicate key Cisco messaging.
  • Key participant of weekly conference calls with production company executives as well as Cisco Systems personnel.
  • Oversaw creation and management of $200K+ production budget resulting in over a 10% cost savings to production company.
  • Responsible for maintaining the ongoing and long-term scheduling for production team, allowing the core group to work efficiently without overextended work days.
  • Managed, and effectively delegated to, office-based associate producer, while overseeing all logistics of the location production shooting team with emphasis on regular, proactive communication to crew members, production company and Cisco, creating increased productivity and group cohesion.
May 2006 - Sep 2008

Executive Producer / Head of Production

TAG Media

Hands-on leadership role in all aspects of creative and production services, live action production, strategic planning, marketing and publicity, P&L oversight, account management, business development, and day-to-day operations in all departments:  creative / production, marketing services, interactive services, sales, and operations / IT.

  • Launched the Retail Network Content division, responsible for scripting, producing and delivering over 150 spots, animations and hosted live action segments for retail clients including Walmart, Best Buy, Costco, and Sam’s Club.
  • Work directly with brand manager and creative director to supervise multiple branding, live action and animated promotional and marketing campaigns for worldwide network television, entertainment and corporate clients, including NDTV - India, FOX Network, Times Group - India, Allarco Entertainment - Canada, Premier Retail Networks among others.
  • Member of senior management team, responsible for supervising all creative / production services, training and managing company producers, guiding marketing and advertising directives, monitoring job profit margins and analyzing and maximizing company efficiencies.
  • Developed business model and creative / production strategy, resulting in over 15% increase in profit margins within the first two years.
  • Developed and maintaind direct relationships with film and video production vendors including writers, directors, cinematographers, production crew, San Francisco and Oakland film offices, video and audio post-production facilities, equipment rental houses, translation services, VO artists, actors, SAG, AFTRA. 




CREATIVE TELEVISION, FILM, VIDEO AND MOTION GRAPHICS EXECUTIVE PRODUCEREntrepreneurial executive, creative producer, talent director and project manager with successful, 17-year track record developing, managing and delivering, on time and on budget, complex, motion media projects, including both short and long form content for television and film, seeks creative production position within media or tech company, branding / advertising agency or creative production services organization.

Awards / Engagements / Other

  • Promax/BDA Silver Award, Network Branding Campaign (for Showtime Networks)
  • Producers Guild of America featured speaker and panel moderator, 2001 and 2004
  • Four time Sundance Film Festival feature film entrant
  • Manager and Member:  Board of Directors, Darwin Awards Management Corporation.
  • Manager and Member:  Board of Directors, Cherish Productions, LLC
  • Member:  Independent Feature Project
  • Member: National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
  • Adobe InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop
  • QuickBooks Accounting Software
  • Microsoft Office Suite Software
  • Movie Magic Budgeting / Scheduling