CURRICULUM VITAE

 

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

 

BILL WEBER STUDIOS

Solo Practice in Graphic, Publication, and Product Design, Los Angeles, New York City, and Tucson

2006-present

  • Create communications solutions for a diverse client list of non-profits, entertainment companies, and professional services companies 

  • Manage websites, direct mail, and social media marketing

  • Teach graphic design and marketing to disabled American veterans and adults on the autism spectrum as an adjunct professor at the Lifton Institute of Media Arts and Sciences

DIRECTOR OF DESIGN

Trophyman.com, Best Buy Trophy.com, DIY.Graphics, and Sign.Graphics, Los Angeles CA

2016-present

  • Design awards and recognition products for this major manufacturer of acrylic engraved giftware.

  • Consult with marketing, website, and manufacturing teams. 

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Temple Beth Hillel, Valley Village, CA

2013-2015

  • Upgraded branding, design, and communications for this growing congregation and day school

completing a $2.5 million renovation of their campus 

 

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

Park Avenue Christian Church, Day School, and Congregation Da’at Elohim, New York, NY

2008-2013

  • Tripled attendance and launched major new programs at a growing multi-faith community 

  • Directed branding, marketing and public relations for two congregations, their 250-student private pre-school, and their public programs

 

DIRECTOR OF MERCHANDISING

Epromos.com, New York, NY

2005-2006

  • Hired and trained new merchandising department to enhance customer experience, improve deals with vendors, and enhance SEO to increase traffic and sales

  • Introduced brand name, boutique, and licensed product categories

 

NORTH AMERICAN GENERAL MANAGER

Luerzer’s International Archive, Inc., New York, NY and Salzburg, Austria

2003-2005

  • Repositioned twelve international titles to open new markets and better serve customer's needs

 

GENERAL MANAGER

Motion Picture TV & Theatre Directory, New York, NY

1998-2003

  • Reversed declining sales by boosting advertiser retention rate to 85% and opening new categories

 

FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

American Academy of Children’s Entertainment, New York, NY

1995-1998

  • Enrolled over 150 companies in a new entertainment trade association and launched national

marketing initiatives

  • Mentored by Shari Lewis and John “Slim Goodbody” Burnstein.

  • Partnered with Gaylord Entertainment and the Nashville Network on a 90-minute prime-time salute to children’s entertainment and a live Opryland USA stage show that tripled weekend theme park attendance.

 

EDITOR, PUBLISHER & DESIGN DIRECTOR

Parents & Kids Directory, New York, NY

1984-1994

  • Published the official membership magazine of the Children's Museum of Manhattan

  • Enjoyed a successful 10-year run as N.Y.C.’s first local parenting magazine

EXHIBITION COORDINATOR

Museum of Broadcasting/Paley Center for Media, New York, NY

1984-85

  • Assisted Letty Aronson, director of exhibitions, and Ron Simon, curator, on the Muppets 25th Anniversary exhibition

 

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Marvin Hamlisch, New York, NY

1982-1985

  • Provided support to the creative team for the Broadway musicals Smile and Jean Seberg.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Parsons School of Design, Communications Design
Pratt Institute, Communications Design
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Architecture

     

Children's Media with Shari Lewis and John "Slim Goodbody" Burstein

Product Development with Stanley Mason and Myron Amer

Theatre Design with Bill Gile and Richard Harper

Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership, a course developed by the Harvard Business School, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Dartmouth Medical College, and others. 2012
Landmark Education, 12 CEUs in leadership development, team management, and communication 2012

 

Writer’s Boot Camp, Screenwriting Course Graduate, 2000

Planet Ocean, Search Engine Optimization Training, 2005
NetConcepts, Search Engine Optimization Training, 2006

CREATIVE CREDITS

 

Design

  • Gratitudes, product line of gift trophies made as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021

  • Light & Love Custom Menorah, a battery-powered menorah with a custom graphic  affixed, 2021

  • Wall of Love and Remembrance, art installation to commemorate the Covid-19 pandemic and the social unrest of the 2020s, Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, California, October 2020-December 2021. Individual birch tiles decorated to remember loved ones, honor those who served, and celebrate relationships that were lost, found, and strengthened, 2020

  • Key Base Acrylic Trophies, product line of value-priced, ship-flat acrylic trophies, 2016

  • The Home Stretch collapsible food and beverage carrier, U.S. Patent 9301594 awarded April 5, 2016. Prize Winner, University of Phoenix Business Plan Competition 2016. Prize Winner, ABCO Sports Marketing Design Competition, 2009

  • TrademarksUSA, Best Design Winner for five trademarks: Park Avenue Christian Church, Northeast Region Christian Church, East Coast Construction Company, The Ladies Room, and Metropolitan Theatre Company, 2010

  • Creativity At Work, Prize Winner, Big Book of Self-Promotion, Harper Collins, 2009

  • Pasta Doctor, Prize Winner, Unilever Ragu Product Development Competition, 2008

  • Ambassador Bird as the 2012 Olympic Mascot?, Top 8 Selection, BBC.com Design Competition, 2008

  • Ambassador Bird Character Tie, Best Product Award Winner, Zazzle, 2007

  • SnackBots, Prize Winner, Welch's Afterschool Snack Competition, 2007

  • Magic Television-Watching Socks, PBS Sprout promotional giveaway, 2006

  • Saatchi Gallery UK, Peace Symbols, on-line exhibition, 2007

  • Man Reaching Up To God, God Reaching Down to Man, World Trade Center Memorial Competition entrant, 2004

  • The Denta-Rhythmic Toothbrush, Krups Design Contest entrant, 1988

 

Television & Digital Media - Completed and In Development

  • Avery's World, Creator, Writer, and Character Designer, Anti-bias preschool series about inter-cultural communication and contribution, in development

  • RoleModel.TV, an educational internet portal for families, in development

  • The Nashville Network’s Salute to Children’s Entertainment, Consulting Producer, June 1996

  • The Children’s Entertainment Hall of Fame, Concept creator, annual awards special for families

  • Ingenuity, Concept creator, science game show for families

  • Rheostat’s Restaurant, Concept creator, variety show for pre-schoolers

  • Toy Team, Concept creator, animated action-adventure series for ages 7-12

  • Home Made Horror, Concept creator, sci-fi "how-to" show for ages 7-12

  • Freight, Concept creator, adult sitcom format

 

Theatre

  • Theatre reviewer for Discover Hollywood magazine, 2015-2020

  • A Christmas Carol with Gerald Charles Dickens (great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens), Marketing Design. New York premiere (2009).

  • Waiting For The Show, Marketing Design. Philadelphia Fringe Festival (2007) and New York City Off-Off-Broadway debut (2008).

  • Figment Festival at Governor's Island, personal appearance of Ambassador Bird, July 8, 2007

  • All-Star Family Festival at Opryland USA, Consulting Producer, June 1996

  • Smile, the Broadway Musical, personal assistant to Marvin Hamlisch, 1984

  • Jean Seberg, the West End Musical, personal assistant to Marvin Hamlisch, 1983

 

Print and Digital Publishing

  • Performance Animation, Publisher, interactive professional directory for the L.A. Guild of Puppetry, 2018

  • Creativity At Work, 2009 - Prize Winner, Selected for The Big Book of Self-Promotion, Harper Collins, 2009. Prize Winner, Selected to be sold worldwide by Amazon.com.

  • Through Tiger's Eyes, story and book design, Cyber-Tiger Press, 2007

  • Lurzer's International Archive and American Showcase, General Manager, international advertising trade magazines, 2003-2005

  • Motion Picture, TV & Theatre Directory, General Manager, trade magazine for the production industries, 1998-2003

  • Children's Entertainment Business, editor, newsletter of the American Academy of Children's Entertainment, 1995-1998

  • Who’s Who In Children’s Entertainment, Publisher, American Academy of Children’s Entertainment, 1996

  • The Dinosaur Times, 1993 - Circulation Consultant, graphic magazine

  • Parentage, 1993 - Circulation Consultant, newsletter for late-life parents

  • The Native New Yorker, co-author and co-illustrator, HWH Publishing, 1987

  • Parents & Kids Directory, Editor, Publisher & Design Director, New York's first magazine for families, 1984-1994

  • Computer Advertising News, 1982 - Art & Production Director, first trade magazine for the computer advertising industry

  • Mover's News, 1981- Promotion Manager, newsletter of the New York State Movers and Warehousemen's Association

  • Hero's House, writer and illustrator, NJSOA Press, 1977

 

Op-Ed Articles

PRESS

Peace Is Sexy. April 2013.The World of Ambassador Bird is promoted by this international website devoted to empowering news of peace.

Bank of America Small Business Community. April 2013. Bill Weber and Susan Scior's product, The Home Stretch Food Carrier, is story #7 in "No foolin’! 10 crazy small business stories of inspiration"

RescueCEO.com. March 2013. Bill Weber writes "5 Qualities of a Powerful Logo" for this corporate expert blog.

Sign Industry.com. April 2009. Bill Weber contributes to an article about designing effective banners.

Advantages Magazine, December 1, 2007. Direct Mail campaign for Archive magazine receives glowing review.

BlogTalkRadio, October 22, 2007.
 John C. Havens interview with Bill Weber about RoleModel.TV at Sun Microsystems Conference New York.

ZDNet Video Interview, October 23, 2007. David Berlind, Executive Editor, interview with Bill Weber about Ambassador Bird and RoleModel.TV.

SERVICE

  • Los Angeles Animation Festival - jury member, 2021

  • Bug.Cafe/Lifton Institute of Media Arts & Sciences, a not-for-profit program for disabled American veterans and adults on the autism spectrum. Instructor of Web Design and Marketing, 2020-2021

  • ASIFA, The International Animated Film Society - member, 2020-present

  • Children’s Media Association - Los Angeles Steering Committee member, 2016-present

  • LA Guild of Puppetry - member, communications consultant, 2014-present

  • Screenwriters and Actors of Hollywood - Lead Organizer, 2014-2019

  • International Family Film Institute, jury member, 2015-17

  • Religion Communicators Council, a national, interfaith association of professionals in design, marketing, and public relations. Member, 2010-2014. Los Angeles chapter president, 2013

  • A.R.T.S., an international artists' support organization. Onsite Conference Director, 2009-11. Events committee, 2004-2011. Member, 2004-present

  • 11th Street Community Garden, a project of the Trust for Public Land. Chair, 2002-2004. Led nightly prayer circles after the attacks of September 11, 2001

  • Broadway Community Housing, supportive housing for previously homeless families. Tutor for Dorothy Day Houses summer program, 2003.

  • Men's Division International, men's civic organization. Reunion Chair, 2003

  • American Mensa, Ltd., member, 1980-present