Into the Pixel – Program Participants
Into The Pixel, Event Chair
GAC-LACMA, Advisory Board Member
Bridging both the game and the art worlds, Nichol Bradford sits on the GAC's Advisory Board and is a Brand Manager at Vivendi Universal Games. Prior to VUG, Bradford spent two years at Disney Interactive/Buena Vista Games, a division of The Walt Disney Company, as a Marketing/Licensing Manager. In 2001, she received her MBA in Strategic Management from the Wharton School of Business. Before graduate school, Bradford worked in New York in cosmetics and fashion licensing at Estee Lauder and The Anne Klein Company. She earned her BBA in marketing from the University of Houston. During her spare time, Bradford just completed her first novel.
President, Entertainment Software Association
Douglas Lowenstein became the first president of the Entertainment Software Association (formerly the Interactive Digital Software Association) in June, 1994. Since then, he has built the ESA into the most influential and important worldwide trade body representing the computer and video game software industry. Under Lowenstein’s leadership, ESA has created the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which Senator Joe Lieberman has called “a model” for other entertainment industries, established the world’s largest trade show dedicated to interactive entertainment, the Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3), built a worldwide anti-piracy program, and developed an effective federal, state, and local public policy advocacy program.
Prior to joining the ESA, Lowenstein was an executive vice president in the Washington and New York strategic communications firm Robinson Lake Sawyer Miller, Inc. Clients included MTV, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the American International Group (AIG). From 1986-1991, Lowenstein was a Principal in National Strategies, Inc., a Washington public policy consulting firm. He worked for U.S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum (D-OH), from 1982-86, spending the last two years as legislative director.
Lowenstein spent the first eight years of his career as a newspaper reporter, starting with the Buffalo Courier Express, followed by two years at the Capitol Hill News Service and from 1976-82, in the Cox Newspapers Washington Bureau.
Lowenstein received a B.A. degree in Political Science in 1973 from Washington University (MO). He is the author of a book entitled Lowenstein: Acts of Courage and Belief, published in 1982 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in hardback and paperback editions. The book chronicles the life of his late Uncle Allard K. Lowenstein, a Congressman and antiwar and civil and human rights activist killed in 1980.
President, Spike TV
Albie Hecht is President, Spike TV, a division of MTV Networks. Early in 2003 Mr. Hecht led the charge to create television’s first entertainment network for men. Today Spike TV is meeting this challenge by delivering original, brand-defining programming from a broad spectrum of genres including: video games, animation, comedy, news and documentary, drama and reality TV.
Before joining MTV Networks in 1993, Mr. Hecht was the founding principal and executive producer for Chauncey Street Productions, a New York-based television production company that produced series and specials for CBS, HBO, ESPN, Comedy Central, MTV and VH1. Since joining MTVN, Hecht has overseen the development and production of some of the biggest pop culture hits in recent TV history, including Rugrats and SpongeBob SquarePants. He created the Kids Choice Awards and turned it into a “must-be-at” event in Hollywood, attracting celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro, Cameron Diaz and Madonna.
In 1997 he built Nickelodeon Animation Studios, the first TV animation studio in Burbank, CA, in 35 years, – as well as the only digital animation studio in New York. He has presided over an original animation renaissance with shows such as The Wild Thornberrys, Hey Arnold, Catdog, Rocket Power, ChalkZone, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and The Fairly OddParents.
Hecht is a native of Queens, NY, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia University. He lives in Montclair, NJ, with his wife, Susan, an Associate Professor of Health Education at Kean University, and his two children.
Chairman, Graphic Arts Council of LACMA
A Los Angeles native, Douglas Blake has been an enthusiastic supporter of the arts for many years. He is currently the Chairman of the Graphic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He makes his living in the motion picture industry as a producer.
Currator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Foster Carter joined LACMA after eight years in the Drawings Department of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Named curator there in 1996, Foster added extensively to that museum's permanent collection with drawings by old and modern masters. In 2000, Foster co-organized the exhibition and co-edited the catalogue, Master Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Foster's presence is already being felt in Los Angeles where the exhibition, Jasper Johns: Numbers, co-organized by him while in Cleveland, has just opened at LACMA. During his career, he curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions including French Master Drawings from the Collection of Muriel Butkin (Cleveland Museum of Art and the Dahesh Museum, New York), Drawing on Language, a show of 18 emerging artists at the alternative gallery, Spaces, held in Cleveland in 2001, and Drawing Modern: Works from the Agnes Gund Collection, also at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
A native of Atlanta, Foster received his BA in Art History from the University of Georgia, and his MA from Brown University. He began to specialize in prints and drawings during an internship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and later worked with the print collection at the New York Public Library.