USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
Jonathan Taplin is the Director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab and a Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. The Lab, sponsored by IBM, Warner Bros., Fox, Viacom, Verizon, Cisco, Orange, EPB, Levi Strauss, Havas, Orange, DirecTV and Microsoft, is USC’s vehicle for an ongoing knowledge exchange with public institutions and private sector firms that are on the front lines of technological change in communications
Taplin's areas of specialization are in international communication management and the field of digital media entertainment. Taplin began his entertainment career in 1969 at Albert Grossman Management where he supervised tours for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1972, he produced The Concert for Bangladesh with George Harrison. In 1973 he produced Martin Scorsese's first feature film, Mean Streets which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Between 1974 and 1996, Taplin produced 26 hours of television documentaries (including “The Prize” and “Cadillac Desert” for PBS) and 12 feature films including The Last Waltz, Until The End of the World, Under Fire and To Die For. His films were nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe awards and chosen for The Cannes Film Festival six times.
In 1984 Taplin acted as the investment advisor to the Bass Brothers in their successful attempt to save Walt Disney Studios from a corporate raid. This experience brought him to Merrill Lynch, where he served as Vice President of media mergers and acquisitions. In this role, he helped re-engineer the media landscape on transactions such as the leveraged buyout of Viacom. Taplin was a Founder of Intertainer and has served as its Chairman and CEO since June 1996. Taplin holds two patents for video on demand technologies. Professor Taplin has provided consulting services on Broadband technology to the President of Portugal and the Parliament of the Spanish state of Catalonia.
Mr. Taplin graduated from Princeton University. He is a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a Fellow at the Center for Public Diplomacy. He sits on the International Advisory Board of the Singapore Media Authority. Mr. Taplin was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Broadband Task Force in January of 2007. He was given the Intellectual Property Champion Award in 2013 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Taplin is the author of Outlaw Blues; Adventures in the Counter-culture Wars and is one of several co-authors of the book Cable Visions. His monographs on digital innovation have been published in Observatorio and the International Journal of Communications. He blogs at Talking Points Memo and was recently named one of the 75 “Edgerati” in America by the Deloitte Center for the Edge, a leading innovation think tank.
USC Annenberg Innovation Lab