Honest writing for a
I am a writer at heart -- bitter, insecure, unwilling to trade all this for a novelist's fortune. And I've got marketing moxie coursing through my veins -- fresh, energized and results-driven.
With a writer's heart
pumping marketer's blood...
well, you get the idea.
Scripts of all kinds
Concepts, themes & campaigns
Ad & Web Copy
diatribes, manifestos & recipes
Video is the greatest invention since the advent of currency (c. 2000 BC), the rise of storytelling (c. 3500 BC) and the grasp of common sense (not long after the discovery of fire).
In fact, video is all of the best inventions rolled into one. So it takes experience and common sense to tell a good story on a tight budget. We can help.
Image & PR pieces
Abstract & Eye candy
demo & instruction
conspiracy theories proven
(e.g., "HELLO YETI!")
don't be so corporate.
Corporate events sometimes get a bum rap for being stale and boring, full of trite warblings and awkward rah-rah moments led by in-the-bubble managers clicking through lame, clip-art studded visuals that starve the products and brands of their rightful brilliance.
I don't have anything else to add, other than, let's not do events like that.
B2B & B2C
media & promo tours
celebrity births and arraignments
Joined InVision Communications
San Francisco Bay Area
A great team of creative and production professionals who rarely run around with their hair on fire...though when that is warranted, you can find the extinguisher under the sink. Clients include Cisco, Citrix, Genentech, Onyx and others.APR2013
NRDC Growing Green Awards
Various San Francisco venues
Production and Creative consultant (since 2010) for this annual fundraising celebration of sustainable agriculture and cuisine hosted in the cradle of the crusade, with appearances by luminaries and innovators, as well as tastings for an audience of well-heeled proponents, benefactors and gourmands.FEB2013
VMware Worldwide Kick-off
Palazzo and Venetian, Las Vegas
Creative Direction and Writing for a company proud of its astronomical growth and unconventional culture. Worked closely with COO and staff to ensure thematic impact and cohesion. Same roles played at 2011 WWKO. For Encore Productions.SEP2012
Microsoft Company Meeting
Key Arena, Seattle
Creative Direction for a 6+ hour arena show for 16,000 and pre-event campaign, coming at a most exciting time in the company's history. Also authored proposal that edged out four-year incumbent and others. Produced, with aplomb, by Zed Ink.FEB2012
Intel Perceptual Computing Video
Writer, Director and Producer of this fantastical piece about some real technology percolating in Intel's labs. For Clarity Creative.JAN2012
HP Sales Kick-off
Venetian, Las Vegas
Creative Direction for key executives in the enterprise space at a time of great upheaval and opportunity. We took some very bold approaches. A reprise from 2010 and 2011. For the Kenwood Group.MAR2010
PepsiCo Senior Management Meeting
Grand Cypress, Orlando
Creative Direction, Writing and Design of an interactive experience to immerse senior executives in the new reputational campaign for PepsiCo's many brands worldwide. For Campos Creative Works.
Campos Creative Works (LA)
InVision Communications (SF)
The Kenwood Group (SF)
Zed Ink (LA)
Video: WiMAX Satire
As with so many new tech splashes, WiMAX demos and usage models had become commonplace years before its public rollout. So Intel challenged me to conceive the inconceivable -- using WiMAX to herd cattle, micromanage kids and carry on sordid affairs with others' home appliances. And already, these scenarios have become nearly achievable.'08
CES Keynote: Michael Dell
For Campos Creative Works
Creative direction of Michael Dell's first foray onto the CES mainstage, at a time when the CE community was growing leery of PC intervention. The trend hasn't slowed. Also wrote and co-directed opening video.'07
Station Casinos Goes Private
For R&R Live at Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas
Produced, designed and creative directed this high-stakes investors' event for the renown Fertitta Brothers of Las Vegas, now owners of the Station Casino empire, as well as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). This is one of those rare events you can honestly say was only the best.'06
Motorola in China
There was a time when Motorola led the industry in innovation. This was that time and China was the place to be. Wrote, directed and produced this piece, using local crews.'06
Intel Capital CEO Summits (2001-2006)
Beijing, Mumbai, California
Hundreds of CXOs meet up with start-ups from Intel Capital's portfolio in emerging powerhouses of China and India. Executive produced and creative directed these multi-day events that included keynotes, plenty of kinetic networking ops and days spent touring labs, fabs and campuses around Beijing and Mumbai.'05
Keynote Creative for Intel Chairman Andy Grove (2002-2005)
From on-stage chats with Steve Jobs to insider videos spoofing Andy's reputation as a stern taskmaster and business visionary, I worked closely with his staff to celebrate Andy's legacy in his final years as Chairman of the Board.'05
International CxO Keynote Tours for Intel (2000-2005)
For Encore Productions
Executive produced and creative directed fast-paced tours of Asia, Europe and South American for Craig Barrett, Paul Otellini, Sean Maloney and others. Managed global teams and local crews and united shareholders in both production and messaging.
DOUG: THE INFOGRAPHIC
nice words from smart people
" He's got that rare combination of creative genius and strong execution that makes him a partner to trust."
-- Wendy White, Intel and Motorola
"Creator, writer, collaborator, cartoonist, producer, communications strategist, wit, problem solver, and unfailingly good company."
-- Steven Phillips, MC2
"Doug is THE most creative, effective, articulate, professional, clever writer, director, producer for any event, video or keynote."
-- Julie Coppernoll, Intel
"That's Doug: smart, creative, fun, honest, good people."
-- Robert Laney, Works, Inc.
"He continues to set the bar higher every time we work together."
-- Annie Weis, NRDC
"He is a calming and confidence building collaborator."
-- Kim Davis, Encore Productions
"Doug is passionate about clear communication and creative results."
-- Julie Gilday-Shaffer, JGS Group
"Doug is one of the most creative individuals I have ever met."
-- Eileen Harrell, Universal Orlando
On staff with
located in sunnyvale, ca
available to travel worldwide.
FAQ & FICTION
Q: We need a writer but not a video or event guy. Can you help?
A: Certainly! The video and event guys will wait in the car though, just in case your needs change.
Q: What's your favorite project ever?
A: No offense to so many great clients, but being a lowly (yet up-and-coming) coordinator at Walt Disney World for Mickey Mouse's 60th Birthday takes the cake. 10,000 challenged and underprivileged children flown in from around the US and the world, partying at WDW for three days and nights. Doesn't get much more fulfilling than that.
Q: How do you bill?
A: As conservatively as possible. Depending on your needs and resources, we can agree on a project rate or billing by the day or even by the hour.
Q: Are you available for longer-term projects?
A: Oh yes, yes and hella yes. Here is my private line: 310.467.4782. Our operator is standing by.
Q: Are you willing to travel?
A: Just try and stop me. As you'll see here, I've produced throughout the US, Europe, Asia and South America.
Q: Who designs hotel ballrooms with the garish decor and chandeliers and frou frou wallpaper?
A: People who don't have to stage events there.
themes we couldn't sell
Maybe Next Year
Hurts, Donít It?
The Internet Can Wait.
Success Festival (SuckFest for short)
You Canít Put a Price on Good Products
Failure is Still an Option.
A Real Morale Buster
What Goes UpÖ
Pink Slip Poker Party
The Power of Ow!
Streamline. Decline. Flatline.
Shorter, Slower, Later
Itís Cold, so so cold.
Do as I Say, Not as I Do.
Fetid and Festering
You Have the Right to Remain Silent.