DAVID CHANNING STUART

917-673-6762

New York

Producer / Writer / Project Manager

Reflective, process-oriented producer with more than a decade of experience developing award-winning independent productions.

Project Types

Motion pictures, television, digital and online media, live events, social media and interactive software implementations.

Verifiable year-after-year success delivering complex, multi-platform media productions within start-up, turn around and rapid change environments. Extensive experience developing original content, with a deep understanding of both the creative process and critical business drivers across multiple markets and industries. Highly successful in building collaborative relationships with stakeholders and leading diverse business, technical and artistic teams from 100+ motion pictures to 3-person field teams on budgets exceeding $6M.

Creative and Business Development

- Concept Development
- Writing and Editorial Evaluation
- Strategic Planning and Analysis
- Marketing and Distribution

Project Management

- Scope Definition and Workflow
- Scheduling and Logistics
- Contracts and Negotiations
- Budget Forecasting and Control

Production and Operations

- Film and Digital Workflows
- Vendor, Crew and Talent Management
- Field, Studio and Multi-Camera
- Performance and Quality Standards

Producer / Director of Development
Flatplanet Films, NYC - Independent production company / 2006 - present

Flatplanet Films was started to leverage new technologies, new distribution platforms and efficiencies in production to create high-quality, original media. Identified new opportunities, developing comprehensive production and outreach strategies and driving projects into the marketplace. Developed projects from concept/script phase coordinating all aspects of production and distribution, managing scarce resources while upholding outstanding quality and production values. 100% of projects delivered on budget.

  • Produced $7M motion picture Welcome to Academia. Quickly established forward momentum streamlining scope, negotiating favorable contracts and slashing $1M from the budget. Recouped $700K in tax incentives
  • Produced award-winning motion picture Calling it Quits. Developed $500K budget, production and distribution strategy, leading team of 40+ delivering complex production within strict time and cost restraints. Recouped $65K in tax incentives
  • Delivered bottom line savings of more than 20% managing all phases of live, high-profile media events for international corporations. Designed comprehensive project plans, building consensus among multiple stakeholders
  • Designed innovative online marketing and distribution rollout — selling DVDs in more than 30 international markets. Developed affiliate, mobile and social media strategy, pricing, web site, ecommerce back end, packaging and fulfillment
  • Reduced line costs by more than $200K. Achieved by adapting solutions to specific requirements and environment — negotiated cross-marketing agreement with ARRI digital cameras / recruited outstanding local production talent
  • Supervised 100s of hours of post-production (film to 4K) from editorial, sound design, color grading, FX through delivery
Producer / Director of Production
Paradox Smoke (FCM) Productions, NYC - Independent production company / 2002 - 2006

Handpicked to lead the development, production and delivery of new projects for start-up production company. Built business case focused on developing high-quality, story-driven projects for large, niche audiences. Managed day-to-day operations overseeing all stages of development, production and marketing, distributing properties in a competitive marketplace.

  • Produced award-winning motion picture Screen Door Jesus. Designed $3M budget overseeing 80-person cast and crew. Introduced cutting-edge production techniques creating digital HD workflow saving more than $100K
  • Developed festival and distribution strategy resulting in film receiving 3 of the 4 top awards — including best feature — at the Hamptons International Film Festival
  • Negotiated domestic theatrical distribution agreement overseeing rollout to 15 top U.S. markets. Toured theaters nationwide building strong, collaborative relationships with exhibitors and monitoring progress on critical openings
Production Manager
A&E Television network, NYC / 2001, 2002

Managed award-winning nationally broadcast television specials, collaborating with network executives and project sponsors to define goals and deliverables. Built comprehensive project plans and show flows, choreographing internal teams from multiple departments, sourcing and hiring external logistic providers and managing celebrity performers.

  • Developed and executed $350K budgets and project schedules. Delivered series of live, multi-camera productions Holiday in New York, and Richard Rodgers, Falling in Love on budget within the critical two-hour broadcast window
  • Led project teams across 6 internal departments, managing 11 external suppliers, 60-person live VIP audience, 13 celebrity musical guests and 35-person production crew
  • Reduced production logistics and cycle time by 15%. Introduced best practices component to project bibles, streamlining internal workflow and developing project check lists — adopted company-wide
Producer / Production Manager / Editor / Videographer / AD
Multiple Independent production companies, NYC - Freelance / 1998-2002

Introduced cost, time and quality improvements (gained from previous "in-the-trenches" experience on dozens film and event productions in roles including gaffer (lighting), sound mixer, videographer, locations manager, editor and AD). Managed all day-to-day operations creating budgets and schedules, negotiating vendor and talent agreements, and preparing deliverables.

  • Produced award-winning, $250K motion picture Washington Heights — negotiating significant cost savings and good-will. When risk analysis revealed neighborhood opposition to project, liased with community leaders to identify concerns and find solutions. Led to community-wide involvement including use of cost-free locations/office space/vehicles and more
  • Managed $200K film From A High Place, overseeing all day-to-day operations, negotiating contracts and vendor agreements, and coordinating travel, lodging and logistics in remote areas of NY and NJ
  • Produced corporate media, product launch and live event productions for clients including Microsoft, SAP Software and Goldman Sachs, overseeing 5 and 6-figure budgets and ensuring delivery within time, cost and quality constraints
Project Manager / Marketing Manager
Prodigy Services Company, NY - Pioneering online service founded by IBM / 1990-1995

Managed up to 14 concurrent projects for key clients — including Fortune 500 companies — in extremely fast paced, creative environment. Developed more than 40 full life-cycle media applications collaborating with C-level clients and internal teams of programmers, writers, artists and marketing. Twice awarded for outstanding achievement in client development.

  • Created the first consumer focused, online banking and brokerage services in history. Teamed with 10 internal departments, senior internal and external executives, delivering major company milestones weeks ahead of schedule
  • Increased adoption and retention of banking / brokerage applications more than 200%. Identified post-launch weakness among customers through market research, conceiving and developing an interactive "game" incorporating elements from both the banking and brokerage services into play
  • Introduced direct quality control procedures significantly reducing live service errors and average project build times
Writer
Flatplanet Films Blog, NYC / 2008-present

Blog topics cover development, scripting, editorial, production, marketing, audience engagement and distribution.

Producer / Writer
Pro Bono Projects / 2002-present
  • Wrote regional telethon script for Children's Miracle Network helping raise more than $2M in pledge donations
  • Wrote and Produced video profile / PSA of ALS patient and national advocate Claire Collier, helping raise more than $50,000 in donations. Prepared for distribution online (with targeted metadata and analytics), and on DVD.
  • Designed and built web sites and social media strategy for coalition of community organizations. Increased presence and reach across a variety of channels and platforms (web sites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook). Developed best practices checklist with easy to follow guidelines for staying connected to members and sister organizations.

Skilled with ARRI D20 – Sony CineAlta HD 24p – RED – Canon 5D MkIII – HD, HDV and DV – Flame – DaVinci – Quantel iQ – AVID – Final Cut Pro – Motion – DVD Studio Pro – MM (EP) Budgeting / Scheduling – Final Draft – Mac and Windows – MS Office – Video Compression, Analytics and Metadata – Adobe Creative Suite – HTML / CSS – Web 2.0 – Social Media – FTP

Columbia University
MFA Program –– Producing / Writing
University of Florida
BS –– Psychology