Media & Film

  • Mr Marcus Chidgey
    Mr Marcus Chidgey
    Captive Minds, UK
  • Professor Richard Roth
    Professor Richard Roth
    Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, USA
  • Dr Celia Lam**
    Dr Celia Lam**
    University of Nottingham Ningbo, China
  • Dr James Rowlins
    Dr James Rowlins
    Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
  • Professor Gary E. Swanson
    Professor Gary E. Swanson
    University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)

* attached to more than one section
** journal editor

Mr Marcus Chidgey
Captive Minds, UK

Biography

Marcus Chidgey is Chief Executive and Founder of Captive Minds, an international public relations and marketing agency.

After graduating from the University of Exeter, Marcus lived and taught English in Japan for a year, before returning to work for Apple in 2001, where he helped to launch the iPod and Mac OSX. Inspired by his time at Apple, Marcus sought other creative opportunities which saw him founding Captive Minds in 2003.

Today the company has offices in London and New York and works with brands as diverse as Glenfiddich, Helly Hansen, Virgin Money, Willis Group and Massey Ferguson. It also represents rights-holders including Cirque du Soleil, Walking with the Wounded and F1 Fanzone. The agency possesses an influential board and invests in its own rights portfolio that includes talent, event and media properties.

In the last year, Captive Minds' campaigns have spoken to over a billion people in more than 120 countries worldwide; delivered in excess of 5000 pieces of separate media coverage; had primetime coverage on most major UK and US TV news networks; delivered live broadcasts from Antarctica; broken two world records; have been featured in several books and TV programmes; have won several prestigious international awards; and have even been honoured by The White House and discussed at the United Nations.

Marcus is the strategic force behind Captive Minds, shaping the agency’s client offering and development of rights. He also directs the agency’s digital ventures that include real-time client media analytics and a mobile app CRM platform. In the past, he has led consultancy projects for the UK’s Department for Education, local government and several well known eBusinesses.

Alongside his role as CEO at Captive Minds, Marcus is a director of the Global Partnerships Forum, a founder and director of Captive Health and Chair of Trustees for a Royal Marines charity called Commando 999. He sits on the advisory board of the International Academic Forum. Marcus is married and lives in London.

Professor Richard Roth
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, USA

Biography

Richard Roth has been at Northwestern University in Qatar from its beginning in 2008. Before that, he was Associate Dean, then Senior Associate Dean, of the Medill School of Journalism on the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Illinois for 10 years. Roth has been an educator since 1990, except for a brief stint as a guest editor at The Wall Street Journal in New York at the time that publication launched its online edition, then called wsjie.com, now wsj.com. Before going to The Journal, Roth was tenured on the English faculty at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where he also served as the adviser to the student newspaper, The DePauw. Before academe, Roth was a newspaperman, having been Editor-in-Chief of the Tribune-Star in Terre Haute, Ind., and a reporter at the late and lamented Buffalo (N.Y.) Courier-Express. He has won dozens of awards for his reporting and writing. Roth has served on the national board of directors of the Society of Professional Journalists, was an international vice president of The Newspaper Guild, president of the Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors association, and academic adviser to the US Project for Excellence in Journalism. He currently serves on the Dean’s Council for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Indiana State University, is a member of the National Security Journalism Initiative advisory board at the Medill School of Journalism and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Mass Communication Program at Qatar University.

Dr Celia Lam**
University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

Biography

Celia Lam is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. She received a BMedia from the Macquarie University, Sydney and subsequently a PhD from the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on the cultural and aesthetic impact of digital technologies on media production and consumption, audience reception and fan studies. She also has an interest in mediated self-presentation. In 2012 she was awarded an Endeavour Award Post Doctoral Fellowship from the Australian Government to undertake research in Hong Kong. She is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Centre of Media and Celebrity Studies.

**Dr Celia Lam is the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Media, Communication & Film.

Dr James Rowlins
Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

Biography

James Rowlins left his native England for Paris, France, where he studied for a BA (Hons) and MA specialising in French cinema. His passion for visual culture subsequently took him to Los Angeles, where he earned a doctorate at the University of Southern California, USA. In addition to exploring literature and film through a theoretical lens, as well as dabbling in filmmaking, his dissertation focused on the crossover between post-war American film noir and the French New Wave, arguing that the subversive manipulation of the Hollywood genre formula by the auteurs constitutes a political aesthetic. He has published articles on contemporary French fiction, film and existentialism, cinematic phenomenology and new perspectives on the New Wave. He has held teaching positions in Europe, America and Japan, and is currently a Lecturer in the Humanities and the Arts Department at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

**Dr James Rowlins is the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Media, Communication & Film.

Professor Gary E. Swanson
University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)

Biography

Gary E. Swanson is the former Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. From 2005-2007 Professor Swanson was a Fulbright scholar to China and lectured at Tsinghua University and the Communication University of China. In summer 2008 he was Commentator for China Central Television International (CCTV-9) and their live coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Swanson repeated his assignment covering the London Olympics for CCTV-4 in the summer of 2012. Previously, he was professor and director of television for nine years at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where he taught mostly graduate broadcast students. He has been an educator for 26 years; 20 years spent teaching at the university level. Swanson is an internationally recognised and highly acclaimed documentary producer, director, editor, photojournalist, consultant and educator. He has given keynote speeches, presented workshops and lectured at embassies, conferences, festivals, and universities throughout China, South Africa, India, Papua New Guinea, Japan, The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Greece, Germany, Jordan, Spain, Portugal, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Swanson has compiled a distinguished professional broadcast career spanning 13 years: From 1978 to 1991, Swanson worked for the National Broadcasting Company where he was honoured with national EMMYs for producing and editing: The Silent Shame, a prime-time investigative documentary; Military Medicine, a two-part investigative series on NBC News; and Hotel Crime, an investigative news magazine piece. Swanson was an editor for "breaking news and features" for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, the Today Show, Sunrise, Sunday Today, NBC Overnight, A Closer Look, Monitor, and other prime time news magazines. Swanson covered "breaking news" in 26 states and Canada for the network including trips and campaigns of presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton. Swanson was the Fulbright distinguished lecturer and consultant in television news to the government of Portugal in 1989. In 1992, he covered the XXV Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for NBC News as field producer and cameraman. Swanson has earned more than 75 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national EMMYs, the duPont Columbia Award, two CINE 'Golden Eagles,' 16 TELLYs, the Monte Carlo International Award, the Hamburg International Media Festival's Globe Award, the Videographer Award, The Communicator Award, the Ohio State Award, the CINDY Award, the 2011 Communitas Outstanding Professor and Educator award, the 2013 Professor of the Year award, and many others. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana with a Bachelor's degree in Education in 1974, and a Master's degree in Journalism in 1993.

Professor Gary E. Swanson is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. He is Chair of the Media & Film section of the International Academic Advisory Board.