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Disruptor Series

From movers to shakers to great content makers, these are the people disrupting business, culture and life. Join host Rob Schwartz, CEO of TBWAChiatDay NY, and Strategy Director, Asha Davis on the Disruptor Series Podcast.Visit www.DisruptorSeries.com for more

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Tim Leake is Disrupting Advertising Craft

One of the most powerful ideas at the 2019 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity was a presentation. A presentation called, “Ugly Sells.” Created and curated by RPA’s Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Tim Leake, exposes the new “Ugly” movement in advertising and brand communications. Listen in and as Tim and Disruptor Series Podcast host Rob Schwartz discuss how “Ugly” is the new cool. And a true disruptive force that is challenging conventional advertising creative wisdom. Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Intro/Outro Voiced by Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Sean Riojas Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

44mins

10 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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Kerry Z Feuerman is Going to “Disrupt Your Next Presentation”

How’d your last presentation go? Did you sell the creative? Did you get a client to buy whatever you were selling? If not, listen in. On this episode of the Disruptor Series Podcast we hear from Kerry Z Feuerman, the author of the new book, “The 5 Deadly Sins of Presenting Creative Work.”  In conversation with Rob Schwartz, Kerry lays out the five sins: Blurting, Ad Whispering, Wanderlust, Telepathy and Impalement. He also gives some terrific advice on how to successfully present on conference calls. You can’t launch disruptive work in the world if you can’t sell it in the boardroom. Find out how, here. Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Intro/Outro Voiced by Theresa Howard/Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Dan Bradbury Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

39mins

23 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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Allison Kluger is "Disrupting Your Favorite Brand: You"

Allison Kluger teaches at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She's also creator and Lecturer of “Project You: Building and Extending Your Personal Brand,” a course she teaches with model and TV Personality Tyra Banks. On this episode, she and Rob unpack what it takes to be a leader in this day and age. How to have presence in a room. And how to disrupt your personal brand. Allison has 25+ years of experience in broadcast media, entertainment, and digital platforms. She’s been nominated for an Emmy four times and was an original producer on the popular ABC show, The View. In other words, listen, and learn.  Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Intro/Outro Voiced by Theresa Howard/Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Dan Bradbury Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

38mins

6 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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Michael Fanuele is Disrupting What It Takes To Be Inspiring

If you think only special people can be “inspiring,” Michael Fanuele will inspire you to think again. On this episode of the Disruptor Series Podcast, the former General Mills marketer and ad agency Chief Strategy Officer sits down with host Rob Schwartz to discuss how anybody can become inspiring. It’s all drawn from his disruptive new book, “Stop Making Sense: The Art of Inspiring Anybody.” This is a must-listen-to episode for anyone on the brand side, the agency side or anyone who simply wants to make something extraordinary. Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Intro/Outro Voiced by Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Sean Riojas Producer - Natalie Zeller Audio Engineer/Sound Design - John Cabrera 

44mins

24 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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Snoop is “Disrupting Pop Culture”

If you think Snoop Dogg is just a rapper then you’re in for a surprise. Snoop is creating music and so much more. He’s curating and producing award-winning shows like “Get Out” and “Atlanta.” He’s creating and starring in content like “Pot Luck Dinner Party" with Martha Stewart, he’s making documentaries for Netflix and creating bits for Jimmy Kimmel. Also, with close to 20 million followers on Instagram, Snoop is a force of social media nature. And he’s not just posting on social media, he’s owning pieces of these platforms. And this is only half of it. On this special edition of the Disruptor Series Podcast, recorded live at the 2017 ADCOLOR Conference, Snoop sits down with Disruptor Series co-founder, Doug Melville and Ryan Ford the Chief Creative Officer of Snoop’s ad agency, Cashmere. As Snoop says, he’s “Disrupting to push the culture forward.” Listen and be inspired.Credits Host - Doug Melville Intro/Outro Voiced by Theresa Howard/Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Dan Bradbury Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

54mins

23 Oct 2017

Rank #5

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Jonathan Elias is Disrupting Your Ears With Sonic Branding

We are at the beginning of a revolution in sound — for brands. Jonathan Elias has seen this coming for 25+ years. He’s the “Mozart of Madison Avenue.” And on this episode of the Disruptor Series Podcast, we sit down with the legendary composer, arranger and producer and discuss his “earconic” work from the original MTV sting up through his work for Yahoo, Liberty and more. If you want to understand the disruptive power of sonic branding, listen here.Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Intro/Outro Voiced by Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Sean Riojas Producer - Natalie Zeller Audio Engineer/Sound Design - John Cabrera

44mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson are Disrupting Hollywood and Points Beyond on this Disruptor Series LIVE Special

On this special episode, you can here award-winning comedians, show-runners and writers Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson live at TBWAChiatDay in New York. Here the hilarious duo sits down with Disruptor Series co-founder Doug Melville to talk about their rise through the rough and tumble world of comedy. And all about the ways their Comedy Central series Broad City disrupts the classic Hollywood model. They'll make you laugh, too. Listen in right here. Credits Host - Doug Melville Executive Producer - Sean Riojas Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

52mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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The Moth is "Disrupting Storytelling"

Imagine a sultry summer evening. A couple of friends are gathered around when someone pipes up and says, "Did I ever tell you the story about..." And then a great yarn is unfurled. Well, that moment, that feeling, was exactly what poet and novelist George Dawes Green wanted to create in 1997. Only with a stage. And nothing but a storyteller. A microphone. And an audience. Twenty years later, The Moth is now one of the world's most successful, influential, and entertaining cultural forces. Have a listen to this special LIVE Disruptor Series with Moth storyteller, Liel Leibovitz and a conversation with Artistic Director Catherine Burns.Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Intro/Outro Voiced by Theresa Howard/Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Dan Bradbury Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

48mins

19 Sep 2017

Rank #8

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Adam Pierno and Rob Schwartz are “Disrupting Podcasts.”

This is the first Pod2Pod. On a single day, in the same studio, Adam Pierno, author of the new marketing strategy book “Under Think It,” appeared on the Disruptor Series with Rob Schwartz. And in the same session, the tables were turned and Rob was a guest on Adam’s show, “The Strategy Inside Everything.” Both episodes are here for you now, back to back, Pod2Pod, and allow you to listen in on the state of the advertising business from two of its sharpest minds. From two different ways in. Here's the link to Adam's episode interviewing Rob.https://instilstrategy.com/podcast/2018/6/24/rob-schwartz-is-a-creative-in-the-c-suite Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Intro/Outro Voiced by Theresa Howard Executive Producer - Dan Bradbury Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

33mins

28 Jun 2018

Rank #9

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Maria Ross is Disrupting business with a super power called, empathy

Maria Ross is the author of a new book called, “The Empathy Edge.” In it she lays out the case for empathy in business and life. And on this episode of the Disruptor Series Podcast Maria unpacks the power of empathy. And reveals how you can make your company or business more empathetic and ultimately more successful. Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Intro/Outro Voiced by Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Sean Riojas Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

34mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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Ryan Fey is "Disrupting His Advertising Career”

Ryan Fey is the star of the Food Network’s latest, delicious offering, “The Grill Dads.” Yet before he was on his way to becoming a culinary TV superstar, Ryan was building brands and running Omelet, the ad agency he founded. So why would a founder disrupt his business, throw caution to the wind and jump ship into a totally new profession? Tune in and find out as Disruptor Series Podcast host Rob Schwartz sits down with Ryan to understand what ingredients it takes to leave one successful gig and start another. Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Intro/Outro Voiced by Theresa Howard/Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Dan Bradbury Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

38mins

21 Feb 2018

Rank #11

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Advertising Week Special: Meet The Disruptors

We're thrilled to share some terrific LIVE conversations we had with 6 Disruptors: Jon Bond of Tomorro, Abigail Posner of Google, Thomas Kolster, writer of Goodvertising, Professor Anthony Kalamut of Seneca College, Glisten McCrary of UTA and Shelley Zalis of The Girl's Lounge. Listen in as we unpack everything from AI to VR to Storytelling_2.0 and every buzzword in between.Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Executive Producer - Dan Bradbury Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

59mins

5 Oct 2017

Rank #12

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Nancy Tag is "Disrupting Madison Avenue"

Professor Nancy Tag is injecting new life and new blood into Madison Avenue from the heart of Harlem. From her modern classrooms at fabled City College of New York, she is spearheading the BIC (Brand + Integrated) Masters Degree Program. Her mission is to make marketing and advertising as smart, diverse and savvy as the students she's recruiting and teaching. Listen in as Rob and Nancy talk about the past, present and future of advertising -- and the people and ideas who have and will shape it.Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Intro/Outro Voiced by Theresa Howard/Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Sean Riojas Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

46mins

7 Sep 2017

Rank #13

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Tiffany R. Warren is Disrupting Diversity

When did you realize there were differences amongst people based on their race or ethnicity? For Tiffany R. Warren, it happened when she was very young. But the differences she experienced inspired her to find ways to bring us all together. Today, Tiffany is Omnicom's Chief Diversity Officer and Founder of ADCOLOR. Listen in as she sits down with host Doug Melville -- live at TBWAChiatDay NY -- to talk about the importance of rising up and reaching back.  Podcast Credits Host - Doug Melville Intro/Outro Voiced by Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Sean Riojas Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

52mins

15 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Nancy Koehn is “Disrupting History”

Nancy Koehn is an historian and a professor at the Harvard Business School. She’s just written an incredible book on leadership called, “Forged In Crisis.” The book tells the story of five great leaders who emerged as a result of major disruptions in their lives. What’s also disruptive is her style. Her history reads like fiction. And at key moments in the book, Nancy “breaks the fourth wall,” to give you a lesson in leadership. Listen in as she and Rob unpack the leadership journeys of Ernest Shackleton, Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglas, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Rachel Carson.Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Executive Producer - Dan Bradbury Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

41mins

23 Jan 2018

Rank #15

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George Tannenbaum is Disrupting The Youth

George Tannenbaum is a true Disruptor. In a business where the average age is 31, George, at twice that age, is thriving as a working ECD and creative leader. You can read about his experiences in his wonderful blog, AdAged. A Business Insider “Most Influential” blog, AdAged chronicles the daily life of advertising today and occasionally reminds us of the magic of yore. Sometimes sardonic. Often incisive. Always heartfelt. Listen in as Rob and George reveal the secrets of longevity and relevance in advertising and life.  Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Intro/Outro Voiced by Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Sean Riojas Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

49mins

17 May 2019

Rank #16

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COVID-19 is Disrupting Everything

Welcome to the Disruptor Series Podcast’s first “PFH.” That’s right, a Pod From Home. COVID-19 is affecting everything from how we live, how we work, how we eat, invest and  interact (or don’t interact) with each other. Listen in as host Rob Schwartz and Disruptor Series co-founder Doug Melville unpack and discuss the top 10 Disruptions of this extraordinary crisis.  Podcast Credits Host - Rob Schwartz/Doug Melville Intro/Outro Voiced by Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Sean Riojas Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

30mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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Joan Baker and Rudy Gaskins are “Disrupting our Ears”

From Siri to Alexa to the proliferation of animated shows and podcasts, the human voice is having a moment. And no one is relishing this moment more than the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences. Founded by actor and writer Joan Baker and Film and TV director Rudy Gaskins the Society of Voice Arts is on a mission to educate and celebrate the power and potential of speech and verbal communication for people, entertainment and brands. Listen in as Rob Schwartz, host of the Disruptor Series Podcast, unpacks this very vocal phenomenon.Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Intro/Outro Voiced by Theresa Howard/Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Dan Bradbury Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

42mins

14 Mar 2018

Rank #18

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Rich Siegel is Disrupting Washington

Rich Siegel is a legendary copywriter/creative director and the author of a new book, "Mr. Siegel Writes to Washington." His book is a collection of letters he's written to over 50 GOP Senators and the Vice President himself. Rich demands action. And he demands it in his inimitable style: a combination of clarity and hilarity. Yes, this book is damn funny. Listen in as Rich and Rob talk about disrupting the status quo in D.C., Madison Avenue and Hollywood.  Credits Host - Rob Schwartz  Intro/Outro Voiced by Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Sean Riojas Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

48mins

29 Aug 2019

Rank #19

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Jeron Smith is Disrupting Athlete Marketing

Jeron Smith is the CEO of Unanimous Media, a company he cofounded with business partner and NBA superstar, Stephen Curry.  Together they develop and produce cross-platform media on TV, theatrical and streaming platforms, around the core brand tenets of Steph.  Listen in as Disruptor Series Cofounder Doug Melville unpacks Jeron's journey from UCLA to Nike to the Obama White House, and how life is as a 30-something CEO.   Credits Host - Doug Melville  Intro/Outro Voiced by Sophia Barnett Executive Producer - Sean Riojas Audio Engineer/Sound Design - Corey Bauman

55mins

31 May 2019

Rank #20