c3′s Executive Director and Founder
Over 30 years of professional experience in the the arts and the entertainment industries together with a deep interest and study of human potential, consciousness research and future studies has been my inspiration for the creation of c3 and the mission we seek to accomplish. I hold an MA in Consciousness Studies and have been a student and practitioner of creativity, trends in the arts and media, the perennial wisdom and meditation for over 30 years. As an artist, I work as a producer and content creator in a variety of mediums, am a writer, musician and photographer.
Kate McCallum is a transmedia producer, writer and artist who has had the good fortune of a diverse career in the creative arts and entertainment industries for over thirty years. After graduating with a degree in Communications and Music from Western Michigan University, she began her career in the business as a page at ABC where she worked on such shows as MORK AND MINDY, TAXI, GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE ACADEMY AWARDS, THE EMMY AWARDS and THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS. She trained as a script supervisor then spent five years gaining experience in hands on production while freelancing on several music videos, independent films and a variety of TV projects as Script Supervisor, AD, Sound and Production Coordinator. Kate landed a job with the Executive Producers of the primetime comedy GIMME A BREAK then started working at Universal Studios with various Executive Producer/Writers on such hour long dramatic series as THE EQUALIZER, CRIME STORY, MIAMI VICE, THE HUMAN FACTOR, and half hour sit-coms such as CHARLES IN CHARGE and TOGETHER WE STAND gaining extensive experience in the process of comedy and dramatic series production.
In ’92 Kate began a long-term affiliation with WESTERN SANDBLAST at Paramount Television where she worked as a Development Assistant to primaries/writers Dan Pyne (MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE 2004, SUM OF ALL FEARS, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, DOC HOLLYWOOD, PACIFIC HEIGHTS, MIAMI VICE, etc.), John Mankiewicz (THE DIVISION, THIEVES, THE MARSHAL, MIAMI VICE, etc.) and director/producer, Aaron Lipstadt (THE DIVISION, THE MARSHAL, MIAMI VICE, ANDROID, etc.). At Western, Kate was involved with the ABC dramatic series THE MARSHAL and several hour-long network pilots. In ’96 Kate’s first made-for-television movie, WHAT KIND OF MOTHER ARE YOU? aired on NBC, which she optioned as a life rights story and produced with Alexander/Enright and Associates (credited as Producer, Kate Rubin). Promoted to V.P. Creative Affairs/Producer at Western, Kate created their long-form division and went on to set up movies at UPN (MARS-TV) and Showtime (THE BIG LIE and SECRET SOCIETY in co-production with Diane Keaton which became THE EMMETT TILL story with The Tom Lynch Co., and the late Gregory Hines who was attached as director), in addition to optioning a one hour series to Paramount which she co-created (GODDESSES). Kate then returned to Universal and worked as with Writer/Producer/ Showrunner, Michael Chernuchin in development at NBC Universal Television. Prior to that she worked as his development/research assistant on the NBC television series LAW & ORDER.
She left the studios in 2006 to join the core staff of the HARMONY CHANNEL, where she served as their VP Programming and was instrumental in the launch of this innovative music visual VoD channel on Comcast to over 9 million homes. Her responsibilities included artist relations, acquisitions, licensing and programming of hundreds of hours of content, assisting in channel branding development and producing interstial and promotional content, as well as business development and research.
Kate then returned to her roots in classical music when she was hired by the Los Angeles Opera to serve as Executive Administrator to Placido Domingo and the COO of the opera and also held the title and responsibilities of Board Liaison.
As an independent producer/writer/consultant and manger, under her own banner, BRIDGE ARTS MEDIA, LLC, Kate has worked as a media, script and story consultant to clients with a specialty in transmedia development and rights acquisitions and has sold and develops transmedia content including; websites, books, TV series and long-form, documentary, feature projects — including three screenplays, as well as music visual content and audio and music content. Kate launched an innovative arts and music label, THE ART OF SOUND with client and composer No’a Winter Lazerus and also a publishing line in partnership with Unlimited Publishing, LLC.
As a journalist with an avid interest in innovation and the creative process, Kate served as a staff writer for scr(i)pt magazine on the bi-monthly column she created called THE GREAT IDEA. This column featured Q&A interviews with feature film and television writers and examines the creative and the business development process of media; specifically feature films or television content from concept to screen.
Kate created the and co-founded the c3: Center for Conscious Creativity with Philip Horvath in 2004 an effort to create an LA-based think-tank and creative collective of artists, media-makers, futurists and consciousness experts to examine and explore the power of art and media to transform society and culture.
Kate has been invited to serve as a guest speaker, workshop teacher and panelist at several prominent screenwriting conferences and has presented such workshops as NAVIGATING TELEVISION: OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS ON THE SMALL SCREEN at the Sante Fe Writer’s Conference in 2003 as well at the 2004 Great American Pitch Fest, CREATING CROSS MARKET CONTENT for the Southern California Writers Conference 2004, as a panelist at the conference, Consciousness and Media, sponsored by The Institute of Noetic Sciences in May 2004, and in September 2005 she was one of ten presenters at The Institute For Global Transformation: The Future of Consciousness where she presented on behalf of The Center for Conscious Creativity, c3. She presented THE TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF ART AND MEDIA, and HOLOGRAPHIC CREATIVITY: TRANSMEDIA DEVELOPMENT for The Reel Inspiration Conference, Tucson, AZ, October 2005.
In an effort to examine the future of media and storytelling, c3 partnered with THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS CONFERENCE, and produced a conference in Los Angeles; NEW STORY PARADIGM AND THE FUTURE OF CONTENT, October 2005. Kate served as the Associate Director for this conference which investigated and promoted information and ideas about; emergent technology and new media, convergence think, and consciousness, as well as the business and craft of writing and selling media content creation. In November 2009, Kate Executive Produced an event presented by the c3, IMMERSE IN THE FUTURE: Arts, Media and Entertainment in the 21st Century, featuring keynote speaker futurist and author Jerome Glenn. In June 2010, the c3 participated as an official partner in RING FEST LA, a citywide arts festival, by presenting c3: VisionLAB’s STATE OF THE ARTS, a day long symposium addressing future trends in the arts and media and their potential to create a positive future society. Kate served as the Executive Producer of this event and moderated a panel.
Kate currently serves on the Board of Advisors to Vortex Immersive Media, Inc. and the House of the Children, a non-profit agency based in Peru. She is a member of the ASSC: Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, the World Future Studies Foundation, is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Television Executive peer group and has served as a judge for the Emmy Awards, the ATAS College Television awards and for the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center ‘s Hollywood, Health and Society Sentinel for Health Awards. She was recently appointed as a Fellow for the Society of New Communications Research and was asked to found and Chair a Global Arts and Media Node for the Millennium Project was founded in 1996 after a three-year feasibility study with the United Nations University, Smithsonian Institution, Futures Group International, and the American Council for the UNU. It is now an independent non-profit global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities. The Millennium Project manages a coherent and cumulative process that collects and assesses judgments from over 2,500 people since the beginning of the project selected by its 35 Nodes around the world. The work is distilled in its annual “State of the Future”, “Futures Research Methodology” series, and special studies.
Kate was invited to become a contributing blogger on the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ website. You will find her first contribution here http://www.noetic.org/blog/the-power-of-media-to-transform.
Kate also expresses herself creatively as a writer, musician and professional photographer who specializes in hand-painted portraiture and has had her work shown and published in various publications. She makes her home and studio in Los Angeles California at the Brewery Artists Colony and maintains an office at LA Center Studios with partner Ed Lantz.