Schmooru Curators

Dan Beckmann

Dan Beckmann

Managing Partner, Business Development
Dan Beckmann is a New Media developer and award-winning journalist with a career spanning over a decade, who founded IB5k where the Obama campaign left off. At the campaign’s Chicago headquarters, as part of the New Media department, in addition to producing supporter-generated and viral initiatives, Dan piloted new video concepts to help voters better understand the candidate’s positions during the critical home stretch of the campaign.

Before leaving to work for Obama, Dan worked as a Creative Executive for the cable network Current TV, where he helped develop a “Collective” model for production through establishing and maintaining a network of filmmakers and journalists from around the world. While there he was also instrumental in developing new initiatives ranging from new show concepts to ways to integrate the web into a traditional television product which help to contribute to Current winning the 2007 Primetime Emmy award for Most Interactive Television Network.

Dan also spent over 4 years at ABC News where helped launch their User-Generated product “Be Seen, Be Heard”, created an internal beat unit to generate original reporting and was credited with coming up with the concept for ABC’s first podcast at ABC News Radio before the word “podcast” existed. He also was part of the production team that won a George Foster Peabody award for the investigation into Congressman Mark Foley. His multi-platform reporting during Hurricane Katrina was featured on Nightline, Good Morning America and ABC News.com, Radio and ABC’s digital television network. During the 2004 election, Dan produced coverage at every major event that cycle from the New Hampshire primary to both conventions — culminating with the Presidential Debate moderated by ABC’s Charles Gibson at his alma mater, Washington University.

Dan holds a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and American Culture from Washington University in St. Louis and is presently “all but dissertation” for his PhD in Media Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. A native of Toledo, OH, he’s now splits his time between Washington, DC and San Francisco where he’s trying to learn how to surf.

Thomas Hallaran

Thomas Hallaran

Managing Partner, Technology
Tom cut his teeth as a bio-informatician at Washington University’s Genome Sequencing Center, writing software to automate the genome sequencing and mapping pipeline. Tom left academic computing to start a software consultancy, creating solutions for local unions, non-profits and small businesses. Along the way he got involved in community organizing, helping to found the Community Arts and Media Project in south St. Louis.

Prior to joining IB5k Tom spent three years as VP of Engineering at Nabbr, a New York based social application platform and video advertising network. At Nabbr, he developed interactive promotional products for record labels, film studios, TV networks and brand advertisers. Tom has expertise in planning, building and supporting large scale, high performance sites, applications and campaigns.

Tom lives in Brooklyn and enjoys biking, growing vegetables in his window boxes and obsessively watching conservative pundits.

John Reed

John Reed

Director, Online Development
John Reed has worked in web development for the larger part of a decade. After graduating from the Evergreen State College (B.A., media theory) in 2003, John worked for the State of Washington designing and building websites for the state’s budget office and Governors Gary Locke and Christine Gregoire.

Shortly thereafter he moved to Chicago and founded a web consultancy with a focus on standards, accessibility and flexibility. His clients include Tribune Company, cre8, and Logica3.

John presently lives in San Francisco. He enjoys gardening and producing a little radio show at radiohour.org.

Jared Tankel

Jared Tankel

Lead Counsel
Jared Tankel is an attorney specializing in intellectual property, entertainment and new media law. Jared’s interest in the creative arts began at an early age with weekly piano lessons. His passion for music was sparked, though, when introduced to the saxophone in the fourth grade. After graduating from Haverford College, where he majored in philosophy and German, Jared moved to New York City and almost immediately fell into the growing funk, soul and afrobeat scene. While pursuing music performance, Jared also expanded his involvement into the business side of entertainment, most notably as a co-founder of Independent Digital Entertainment & Arts (IDEA), a digital aggregator and distributor that worked with independent artists to get their catalogs marketed and placed on digital music services such as iTunes and eMusic.

After exiting from IDEA, Jared decided to head to law school to focus on the legal issues of intellectual property and the entertainment industry. Jared received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in May 2008. While at Fordham, Jared interned and clerked at Sony BMG Entertainment, Matador Records as well as two of New York’s most prominent entertainment and intellectual property law firms. Jared spent his first year after graduation working as a clerk and associate in the law offices of David J. Stein where he drafted and negotiated a wide array of contracts fundamental to the entertainment industry. He also conducted legal research and assisted in the litigation of a dispute regarding ownership of software.

An admitted attorney to the New York State Bar, Jared continues to work with artists and producers to protect their legal interests, as well as continuing his own creative pursuits recording and touring as member and bandleader of Daptone Records recording artist The Budos Band.

Tori Taylor

Tori Taylor

Director, Operations & Client Relationships
Tori Taylor has worked in media for nearly a decade, and has handled responsibilities spanning nearly every aspect of production, both on and off air.

She began her career as an on-air reporter for KQED, the NPR affiliate in San Francisco, and then moved to serve as a reporter and live solo morning news anchor (and board operator) at KPFA, the Bay Area Pacifica public radio affiliate, where her ongoing coverage of several events (gay marriage, the San Francisco mayoral race, the California gubernatorial recall election) aired nationally.

She left KPFA to join Current TV, where she worked for four years in various roles, including video editor, online content manager, and line producer. As a line producer at a start up, Tori designed, built, and implemented intra- and inter-departmental policy and procedure for three teams at Current — two of the station’s keynote franchise shows and the website content department.

Tori was a Public Policy Studies and Spanish major at Duke University, grew up in Hawaii, and now calls San Francisco home.

Adam Vine

Adam Vine

Director, Video Production
Adam Vine is video producer with a strange and multifaceted career that stretches from LA to DC. After creating a music-comedy show for Crackle.com, he moved into politics — producing videos for Obama for America, Deeds for Virginia, and Dixon Davis Media Group. He has blogged for both How I Met Your Mother and Peace One Day.

Adam combines a keen political mind with a grassroots sensibility. He can write, direct, edit, and produce — for web and TV.

A graduate of Amherst College (B.A. in English - Concentrations in Film and Writing) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (M.F.A. in Creative Writing), Adam also plays keyboards for Merge recording artists Apex Manor.

Saskia Wilson-Brown

Saskia Wilson-Brown

Consultant, Talent Development & Outreach
After obtaining her Master’s Degree in Fine Art at London’s Central Saint Martin College of Art & Design, Saskia started her media career as a freelance music video and commercial production designer. She went on to serve as the festival director for Los Angeles’s fiercely independent Silver Lake Film Festival, launching the festival’s new media arm in addition to directing programming and music events.

Moving on to work at Al Gore’s Emmy-Award winning Current TV as the head of filmmaker outreach and development, Saskia oversaw projects designed to gain new short format documentary content for the TV network, while overseeing cross-media initiatives and spearheading content partnerships and filmmaker relationships on a global scale.

Saskia currently works as a producer, writer, programmer and advocate, furthering independent film by supporting visionary initiatives such as From Here to Awesome, DIY Days & Slamdance Film Festival, among others. With this in mind, she produces events and educational initiatives around new models in filmmaking — including the annual Filmmaker Summit at Slamdance (with WorkBook Project and Open Video Alliance), the TEDActive Innovation Lab (for Pink Cloud Events), and three of WorkBook Project’s DIY Days series, to date (co-produced with Lance Weiler). She also frequently contributes to the WorkBook Project’s New Breed as a guest writer.

In 2009 Saskia left Current and founded Cinema Speakeasy, a film screening series in Los Angeles, which she runs with her colleague Georgi Goldman. Designed as a replicable model, CS aims to gather new audiences for independent film through personal, community-based engagement and creative programming. The series has recently expanded to San Francisco, with other cities in the works.

Her current favorite side project is co-producing and co-directing a series of short story-based documentaries under the nom de plume (and creative partnership) Mr. and Mrs. Hahn.