Shaping Broadway's Future: TEDxBroadway Gathers Leaders in Entertainment & Community
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TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission: "Ideas Worth Spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.
Organizers of TEDxBroadway
Damian Bazadona founded Situation Interactive in 2001 on the guiding principle that the world is a better place when people are doing things rather than just having things. From their NYC headquarters, Situation powers digital strategy and ideation for brands like Major League Soccer, The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Opera, the 2014 NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, and NBCUniversal. In addition, Damian is an ongoing speaker for graduate programs at Yale University, Columbia University, NYU, and Brooklyn College; and he’s an active contributor and source to business publications like The New York Times, Variety, and Inc.com. Damian strives to stay true to Situation’s mission of doing, not having—and inspiring other to do the same. When he’s not working, you’ll likely find him with his family…or dreaming up his next great DJ set.
Ken Davenport is a Broadway producer whose credits include Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America, Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, and 13, as well as Altar Boyz, My First Time, The Awesome 80s Prom, and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage Off-Broadway. He also recently released These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue, a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country.
Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone and named one of Crain’s “40 Under Forty.” Combined, Ken’s productions have grossed more than $100 million worldwide and are being produced internationally in more than 25 countries including Germany, Mexico, France and Korea. He created and developed the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star, recently seen on The Today Show, and a smartphone app called At The Booth, which gives a listing of available shows at the famed TKTS® booth in Times Square. At The Booth has been featured on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” and called “Ingenious! The best thing to happen to New York theater since, well, the introduction of the TKTS® booth!” He also runs a number of theatrical websites, including DidHeLikeIt.com, YourBroadwayGenius.com, and Broadway’s no. 1 social networking site, BroadwaySpace.com.
Current projects include bringing the first ever revival of A Few Good Men to Broadway and adapting the novel and film Somewhere in Time into a Broadway musical. His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more. He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, iMedia and others.
Jim McCarthy is the CEO of Goldstar, but he is also Customer Service Agent Number 1 for the company. Jim has spent the last decade and a half in e-commerce, starting way back at GeoCities before it was bought by Yahoo in 1999. Even before that, he helped to open about 50 Noah¹s Bagels locations in California, where he learned about delighting customers, developing employees, and managing high growth. He’s written articles and commentary in Fast Company, Business Insider and other well known publications, and has appeared as a speaker at conferences like SXSW, TEDU (part of the main TED conference), INTIX and others. He co-founded TEDxBroadway, which he also hosts and curates. Jim graduated from Harvard College and has an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. He also speaks Japanese, writes ghost stories and is a certified lifeguard.