Chairman & CEO, Radical.Media
Jon Kamen is Chairman and CEO of @radical.media. He is well known for developing, producing and distributing award-winning projects in almost every conceivable media, including feature films, television, music programming, commercials, graphic and interactive design, smartphones and tablet applications, exhibitions, events and original photography. He has created a firm with a truly global worldview that offers its clients a platform for the development, production and distribution of groundbreaking content.
Jon has long identified the fluidity of the line between advertising and entertainment, and thus continued to expand @radical’s capabilities as a production company. Its ever-expanding entertainment division is a solution to a changing media landscape. In conjunction with the design, digital and integrated strategic marketing teams, he works closely with agency, network, and brand partners to integrate their visions into the DNA of the content @radical creates.
Under Jon’s leadership, the company has produced numerous award-winning documentaries, including the Oscar® winner for Best Documentary The Fog of War, to the Grammy®-winning memorial for George Harrison Concert for George. Additional documentary credits include Jay-Z's Fade to Black, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, which won Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards, the critically-acclaimed feature film Blue Valentine and Crude, winner of the Cinema For Peace’s International Green Film Award. More recently, the company produced the Academy Award-nominated film Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, and Under African Skies, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, featuring Grammy® winning artist Paul Simon.
Jon's television credits include production of the pilot episode of the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning series Mad Men for AMC, the Emmy®-winning series 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America for History Channel, Dean of Invention with Dean Kamen for Planet Green/Discovery Channel, Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind and Oprah’s Master Class for OWN. In addition, @radical produces Iconoclasts, which is currently in production on its sixth season for Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Entertainment, In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams, which premiered on PBS Great Performances, and Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful for Showtime. The company is currently producing programs for HBO, Sundance Channel, MTV, Discovery, ESPN and OWN.
Jon and the team have also become leaders in the realm of branded content, producing innovative projects for pioneering brands. With Ogilvy+Mather, the company produced IBM: Watson, which aired during a series of Jeopardy! episodes where champion contestants competed against IBM’s highly advanced supercomputer; the television documentary Summit on the Summit with Proctor & Gamble and MTV, aimed at raising awareness of the global clean water crisis; with Wieden + Kennedy, @radical produced the Nike Battlegrounds series for MTV, which has ranked among the network’s highest-rated programs. The company also produced two projects with Nike China airing on CCTV; both won a Gold and Silver at the One Show Entertainment Awards. Additional long-form branded projects include Honda’s The Power of Dreams series, as well as Volkswagen’s three seasons of Racing Under Green for Discovery Channel. Recently, the company received numerous accolades with Nissan & Playstation for the SpeedTV series GT Academy USA and Project Shiphunt, for Sony and Intel.
Always embracing new platforms for distribution of its content, in July @radical launched its first YouTube channel THNKR, offering viewers extraordinary access to the people, stories, and ideas that are transforming the world.
Expanding @radical’s entertainment division, Jon developed an award-winning design and digital team. The full suite of in-house resources and wide range of expertise allow the team rare freedom to create and communicate complete concepts, from inspiration to production, in engaging and innovative ways. Recent design and digital initiatives include the award-winning and Grammy-nominated interactive film The Johnny Cash Project; 192021, a groundbreaking study about the mapping and visualization of the world’s growing number of super-cities with TED founder Richard Saul Wurman and ESRI; a collaboration with NASA to develop a web site for Mission Juno to Jupiter; the award-winning interactive Arcade Fire film The Wilderness Downtown in conjunction with Google Creative Lab; the Gagosian iPad app as well as the Sting 25 Years app, which recently won the Cannes Lion award.
Jon has contributed significantly to public awareness campaigns and initiatives such as Conservation International, Get Schooled for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Viacom, the ONE campaign, Clinton Global Initiative, and works closely with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater & Television. Last year, the company was part of a historic endeavor for the Middle East. They produced three original films for the nation of Qatar that were widely credited with helping secure their historic 2022 FIFA World Cup bid.
To consistently produce groundbreaking content, Jon invests in spotting, developing, and nurturing the highest caliber talent for every department in the company. As a result, his accolades span virtually every genre, medium, and audience. In addition to its Grammy®, Golden Globe and Oscar® wins, @radical.media has earned two Palme d'Or Awards at the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. The company has won numerous Emmys®, Webbys®, D&AD Pencils, One Show Pencils, MTV VMA Awards, Clios, Art Directors Club medals and the prestigious Smithsonian National Design Award for Communications Media.
In addition to contributing to his clients’ bottom line, Jon strives to increase the reach, impact, and legacies of the advertising and entertainment industries. During his two terms as National Chairman of the AICP, Jon established “Art and Technique of the American Television Commercial,” now presented annually at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1994, the Mayor of New York presented Jon with the Crystal Apple Award for his outstanding contributions to the city’s production industry. And this year, Jon and @radical.media was presented the Made in NY award by Mayor Bloomberg.
Having established a global reputation as a visionary in the marketing and advertising fields, Jon regularly advises many of the world’s best-known brands and advertising agencies on future trends. A participant contributor to the TED conferences since 1987, Jon currently sits on the Board of Directors of the prestigious VCU Brand Center in Richmond, Virginia, and is a Trustee of the Rhode Island School of Design.