DIGITAL MEDIA PRACTICE

Spencer Striker is Creative Director of an unannounced new games & learning startup in Mountain View; founder of the four-time Webby Award winning game media studio, GameZombie TV; co-founder of the Media Arts & Game Development program at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater; and a PhD in Digital Media from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Spencer is a proven, award-winning creative director and executive producer of cutting-edge multimedia that synthesizes new media production, social media optimization, and the new web.

DIGITAL MEDIA FOCUS

Next Gen Product Design and Development, Creative Direction, Video Games, Product Marketing and Launch Strategy, Entrepreneurial Business Development, Cross-functional Team Leadership, and the future of Digital Media and Learning.

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Bio

I grew up primarily in New England--between Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts--and spent some of my youth in Southern California and Europe. I completed high school in Chicago, and received highest honors degrees in History and Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation, I lived in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Brazil, a journey that resulted in the novels, Fury & Redemption and Bad Blood Born. In the fall of 2006, I entered the Telecommunications Program at Indiana University at Bloomington. My thesis project was the four-time Webby Award winning original series, GameZombie TV. 

In the Fall of 2009, I expanded GZ to the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and co-founded the Media Arts & Game Development Program. Simultaneously, I completed a PhD in Digital Media from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, defending my dissertation on October 24, 2012. My professional objective is to create the future of multimedia--synthesizing new media production, social media optimization, and the new web.

Work

Founder & Executive Producer
GameZombie TV



Co-Founder & Faculty
Media Arts & Game Development
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater

Education

PhD, Digital Media, 2012
University of Wisconsin at Madison


M.S., Telecommunications, 2008
Indiana University at Bloomington

B.S., Radio-TV-Film, 2001
B.A., History, 2001

University of Texas at Austin
Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa



Selected Web Awards & Distinctions  

2010 Webby Award
2010 People’s Voice Webby Award
4th Annual Digital Media & Learning Competition - Finalist
2010 Mashable Award, Finalist - Best Web Video
2010 Davey Silver Award
2009 Webby Honoree Award
2008 Webby Honoree Award

Selected Grants

Awarded Fellowship for being a Finalist in the 4th Annual Digital Media and Learning Competition in San Francisco, March 2012, $5,000.

Awarded Grant to Attend the Next Web Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 2010, $5,000.

Awarded Grant to Take 4 UW-Whitewater Students to the Webby Awards in New York City, June 12-14, 2010, $4,000.

Skills

Project Leadership: built and lead a smart, flexible, and highly productive media organization of over 80 people at UW & IU

Nonlinear Digital Editing & Motion Graphics Design
Including Final Cut Pro Editing Suite

Scripting Languages, Graphics Design, & Web Development
Including the XHTML, CSS, & Adobe Creative Suite

TV Studio Production, (multi-camera direction & advanced lighting):
Including producing award-winning original content in a $2.5m HDTV studio

Writing & Producing for Books, Games, Film, TV, & the Web