1First, tell us about yourself, your company, job profile, etc.
I launched Redbird with my business partner, Amy Rappeport, in 1996 as a custom publishing company, making magazines for big brands. Amy and I came out of the magazine business in New York – Esquire, Newsweek, National Geographic – and were set on helping brands bring national quality editorial to their marketing efforts in order to touch customers in more meaningful ways.
In 2005, with the digital landscape opening wide, we brought in two more partners, Miriam Bookey and Jenna Briand, both from AOL Time Warner, and both experts in digital content, to expand our content offerings across all platforms, from print to websites, mobile apps, social media, to the full range of video services.
2Tell us a bit about your business and what you do.
Our name, Redbird, is a from a favorite Wallace Stevens poem describing the appearance of a red bird, boldly standing out against a tangled forest. In today’s crowded marketing landscape, it is a reflection of the clarity and quality we value. We help brands stand out, connect deeply with their customers, and deliver value at every turn.
Our team consists of 18 full-time employees, together with a network of over 150 independent contractors including filmmakers, magazine editors, strategists, designers, and writers. This networked model allows us to customize teams and pull in best-of-breed talent to each project. For example, we brought in colleague and friend Carrie Tuhy, founding editor of Real Simple, to steer the development of Muse winner Ideas of Order, the magazine we created for our client California Closets,
3Where do you see the evolution of creative industry going over the next 5-10 years?
In a recent study, marketing intelligence SaaS Beckon found that only 5% of branded content garners 90% of all engagement. There is simply too much noise out there as brands push to fill social streams with layers of daily messaging. We’ve got to slow down, and I believe we will. I believe that top-tier creative leadership knows that the only way to reach customers in meaningful ways is to develop best-of-breed, editorially-driven content. We’re talking about investment pieces that actually break through the noise, forge a meaningful connection and make a difference in peoples’ lives – bringing wisdom, or laughter, or a resonate reminder of what it means to be human together.
4What makes your country specifically, unique in the creative industry?
Magazine-making is in our DNA. Redbird’s best-of-breed print publishing talent includes the brightest leadership from brands like Conde Nast, Time, Inc., Wenner Media, Livingly Media, Vice, and the Los Angeles Times.
5If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering a career in creative industry, what would it be?
Push the boundaries. Celebrate mistakes. That’s where breakthrough happens.