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Spencer Striker is the 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 Skills & Focus

New Media Production, Social Media Optimization, Entrepreneurship, Team Building, Project Development; Leadership; the future of Multimedia—including Mobile, Interactive, TV, and Web Video.

Education

University of Wisconsin at Madison
PhD, Digital Media, 2009 – 2012
GPA: 3.9/4.0

Indiana University at Bloomington
MS, Telecommunications, 2006 – 2008
GPA: 3.89/4.0

The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts (BA), History, 1996 - 2001
Bachelor of Science (BS), Radio-TV-Film, 1996 - 2001
GPA: 3.89/4.0
Phi Beta Kappa, Highest Honors

Professional Experience

Founder of the four-time Webby Award winning game media studio, GameZombie TV
GameZombie.tv (home site); and youtube.com/GameZombieutube (video playlist)
September 2006 – Present

As the founder of GameZombie TV at Indiana University, I successfully expanded the project to the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2009. Through hard work and leadership skill, I took the project from the kernel of an idea to 4 Webby Awards, 10 million unique video views, coverage of 24 major game conferences, one of the web’s largest game developer interview libraries, and over 500 original videos published to the web. GameZombie TV incorporates the combined efforts of an 80 person standing army working synergistically at two major American universities—cumulatively, over 500 talented people have contributed meaningfully to this dynamic game media studio.  

Co-Founder of the Media Arts & Game Dev Program at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
uww.edu/games
August 2009 – Present 

Oversaw the design and building of a cutting-edge multimedia lab; planned the social media marketing strategy; obtained numerous articles in the press; designed the program website; brought together a distinguished advisory board; built a gaming community on campus; connected students to the game industry via conference coverage and networking; obtained professional game industry keynotes for the MAGD Expo; integrated 21st Century pedagogical innovations; and developed numerous timely courses including Social Media Optimization and the New Web, New Communication Technologies, and the award-winning GameZombie TV game media studio.

Selected Awards

Webby Award
Winner of the 2010 Webby Award For Online Video:
http://www.webbyawards.com/webbys/current.php?media_id=97&season=14/

People’s Voice Webby Award
Winner of the 2010 People's Voice Webby Award For Online Video:
http://www.webbyawards.com/webbys/current.php?media_id=97&season=14/

Digital Media & Learning Competition – Finalist
Finalist in the 2012 MacArthur-funded 4th Annual Digital Media & Learning Competition:
http://dmlcompetition.net/media/4/stage-one-content-winners.pdf?

Selected Press

Student web series nominated for $200,000 grant
UWW University News, Jeff Angileri, December 15, 2011
http://www.uww.edu/news/archive/2011-12-gamezombie-grant

Social Media Class Skypes with Internet Celebs
Inside Higher Ed, Joshua Kim, February 21, 2011
http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology_and_learning/social_media_class_skypes_with_internet_celebs

Student-produced GameZombie.tv is a Webby Honoree for second straight year
IU News Room, May 14, 2009
http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/10796.html

Skills in Focus

Expert level competency with collaborative digital media production

  • Project Leadership
    • Built and lead a smart, flexible, and highly productive media organization of 80+ at UW & IU
    • Leveraged GameZombie to build MAGD at UWW into a strong Midwestern gaming program
  • Nonlinear Digital Editing & Motion Graphics
    • Including Final Cut Pro Editing Suite, AfterEffects, & Motion
  • Scripting Languages, Graphics Design, & Web Development
    • Including the XHTML, CSS, & Adobe Creative Suite
  • HDTV Studio Production, (multi-camera direction & advanced lighting)
    • Including producing award-winning original content in a $2.5m HDTV studio
  • Writing & Producing
    • Including experience with Books, Games, Film, TV, & the Web

New Initiatives

Host and Executive Producer of TechZombie TV
YouTube.com/TechZombieTV
December 2010 – Present

Launched a new series called TechZombie TV that utilizes video conferencing to get leading technology thinkers from around the country to Skype into my classes at UWW, including such luminaries as Craig Newmark, Guy Kawasaki, John Battelle, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Clay Shirky, Kevin Kelly, and Veronica Belmont. I simultaneously record these Skype conferences with multiple high definition video cameras, edit the material over the following weeks, and then publish the conversations on YouTube and other web video platforms.