Megan Cunningham is the Founder and CEO of Magnet Media, an award-winning digital production studio and marketing services firm. She regularly speaks on trends in the media industry. Ms. Cunningham began her career in documentaries for PBS, HBO, Nickelodeon, and MTV. In 1997, she moved to Virtual Media where she worked on several TV and theatrical productions -including projects by Oprah, Woody Allen, and MTV. During her three years at VM she helped lead the company's growth from 2 to 40 people. In 2000, she left Virtual Media as the Director of Business Development to start Magnet Media.
Over the past decade, the company has become known for its pioneering approach to reaching audiences through content on emerging platforms. This approach began with creating an award-winning series of educational DVDs in 2000, and evolved to web-based video series with the 2005 launch of its content network Zoom In Online (ZIO). It now produces several original award-winning weekly web video shows. In 2008 the company formally launched the marketing services arm of www.MagnetMediaFilmsInc.com, focusing on media, entertainment and technology clients --which now include Apple, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Nikon, Adobe, The Sundance Channel, ABC, Showtime, NBC and more.
Ms. Cunningham is best known for crafting innovative, sustainable business models, and for producing interactive digital media content. She has consulted on dozens of tech and entertainment projects, and has led seminars, workshops and panels at The Wharton School of Business' Entrepreneurs Conference, The MacArthur Institute's Annual BAVC Producer's Institute, the Independent Feature Market, and NAB.
Her first book, The Art of the Documentary (Pearson Publishing) features interviews with Al Maysles, Ken Burns, Errol Morris, DA Pennebaker. She is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, has served on the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television, was a recent Fellow at the Punch Sulzberger Program through the Columbia School of Journalism. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College.