Ethan Stearns is an Executive Producer at Madison Wells Media (MWM), a diversified entertainment and media company focused on premium content creation in film, television, immersive media and live theater. Stearns has a background in feature production and technology and is one of the foremost experts in the field of Virtual Reality and sits on the VR advisory boards of both GDC and VDR. We spoke with Stearns about the value of VR, what MWM is currently working on and more. Watch below!
MWM was named one of Fast Company’s Top Ten most Innovative Companies in Hollywood for 2017. The production company that empowers talent to create bespoke storytelling across film, TV, immersive VR/AR content and in live theater, including 2016’s Golden Globe and Academy Award Best Picture nominated “Hell or High Water,” Tony award winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” Ron Howard directed television drama “Genius,” indie darling “Landline” (July 2017) as well as Jon Favreau’s magical “Gnomes & Goblins” VR universe. They also recently formed an exclusive partnership with Sony Pictures to create original, stand-alone VR experiences related to specific Sony titles, the first which was “Passengers” and now the upcoming “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Hotel Transylvania 3.”
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Catherine grew up watching action flicks at a very young age which led to her love of film. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Radio-TV-Film in 2012. Always the adventurer, Catherine traveled and lived in Sydney, Australia for a year where she took a selfie with Brad Pitt. She runs Shuffle with passion, lots of caffeine and tacos. When she’s not editing or writing you can find her crafting and planning her next adventure.