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Become a Master Brand Storyteller

World-Class Community and Content for Brands, Agencies, and Storytellers

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Professional Certifications

Academically-powered professional certifications


40+ Brand Examples

Always-growing inspiring library of brand case studies and examples


100+ Hours of Content

Library of brand storytelling industry and academic resources 

JOIN OUR NETWORK OF PROFESSIONALS FROM COMPANIES LIKE:

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THE IMPACT OF

INSPIRED STORYTELLING

Build Trust

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81% of consumers say they need to be able to trust the brand in order to buy from them.

(Edelman)

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Increase Loyalty

Including emotional connection in your message is more likely to drive brand loyalty by 82%.

(DTI)

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Engage Audiences

Brand content has a 59% higher brand recall than other digital ads.

(Forbes)

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Boost Conversions

Storytelling helps you convert leads and boost conversion rates by 30%.

(Search Engine Watch)

JOIN OUR WORLD-CLASS
COMMUNITY OF BRAND STORYTELLERS

I'm grateful to learn from thought leaders and innovators while bringing together filmmakers, marketers, and brand gurus from around the world.

Jared Cruce
President
Magic ⌲Logic ⌲ Story

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Jenna Laurenzo
Writer & Director
Lez Bomb & Girl Night Stand

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Great opportunity to learn, network, and collaborate. Thanks for putting this together with such inspiring faculty; sharing so much knowledge and giving so much generous guidance!

Marcus Peterzell
Founder
Passion Point Collective

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As media and technology innovation continues to change audience engagement, brands and their partners must continuously learn about this communication art. 

CERTIFICATIONS

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Sponsored by brands and taught by industry thought leaders, your learning experience is unlike anything in the industry. Your applied learning experience is powered by East Tennessee State University and our approach connects you to our brand storytelling community. 

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BRAND FILM CERTIFICATION

Consumers want to engage with brands that entertain vs. interrupt. This course provides a foundation in all aspects of the brand-funded film.

MODULE 1: Brand Storytelling 101

Explore the robust history of brand entertainment and what drives its evolution and modern-day impact.

MODULE 2: Brand Film Journey

Learn the relationship between a brand and a filmmaking team and what it takes to produce a brand-funded film.

MODULE 3: The Business Behind the Brand Film

Participants learn about the types of deals and the basic protections for filmmakers and brands.

MODULE 4: Measuring & Distribution

Explore the types of distribution and ways strategy guides project decisions throughout the lifecycle of a film.

University-Powered Learning

 

Your academic learning experiences are powered by the East Tennessee State University Research Corporation.

Your BrandStorytelling+ membership includes unlimited access to content and experiences including lectures, live office hours, brand RFP pitches, professional interviews, case examples, and academic & industry white papers. 

Watch our lesson example below.

Brand Certification Sponsors 

 

New brand-sponsored cohorts kick off in 2023!

Brand Storytelling thanks the following brands for being essential learning partners for our cohort experiences. Sponsor brands issue an RFP for participants to complete as part of the learning experience. Our sponsors also provide certification scholarships to improve DEI access to learning in our BrandStorytelling+ community.

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Brand Storytelling Expert Faculty 

 

Our certification faculty have deep experience in brand-funded content.

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Marc Battaglia is the co-founder of Story + Strategy and former global Executive Creative Director for Marriott International. He’s an award-winning creative executive and content marketing leader with a proven track record of building and leading internal brand creative agencies and studios.

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Brian Newman, founder of SubGenre, consults on content strategy, development, distribution and marketing for some of the top brands in the world. Brian has served as CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute, president of Renew Media and executive director of IMAGE Film and Video.  

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Marcus Peterzell is the CEO of Passion Point Collective, a leading entertainment marketing agency. A true industry leader in pop culture marketing, he has successfully built and led award-winning agency teams both independently and within Omnicom, one of the largest advertising holding companies in the world. 

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Dawn Reese is the US President of Mediabrands Content Studio. She is an experienced media executive and integrated marketer who creates and implements digital and social media strategies, branded content campaigns, experiential activations and sponsorship programs for brands to tell their story, engage their target audience and drive ROI. 

Jon-Thomas (J.T.) Royston grew up as a military brat, living in Germany, Hawaii, and Southern California. In the fall of 2020 he released his first feature-length documentary entitled BLACK BOYS which aired on NBC Peacock. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of the social justice documentary film company Never Whisper Justice, where he oversees production, operations, and impact.

Caitlin Boyle is the Director of Filmmaker Development at DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival, and as a project manager at Auburn Media’s Hartley Media Impact Initiative. Caitlin spent a decade as Founder & Executive Director of Film Sprout where she executed 50 grassroots release campaigns and guided more than 300 additional film teams as they brought their films directly to grassroots audiences, on their own.

Julie Davitz is a globally-connected leader and change-maker with over 20 years of experience in the impact sector. She founded Plus Media Solutions to democratize access to positive social solutions. Julie formerly served as SVP, Head of Impact Solutions for BNP Paribas/Bank of the West’s Wealth Management division, supporting clients in creating nonprofit and for-profit lasting change while pursuing their personal impact and financial goals.

Sarah Colamarino brings deep expertise in purpose-driven strategy and marketing. Her marketing strategies received multiple industry awards including a Cannes Lion Grand Prix. She has 30+ years of experience at Johnson & Johnson most recently as Vice President, Corporate Brand Equity and Partnerships. Sarah has demonstrable success activating purpose through business, talent, ESG, DE&I, and brand strategies.

Chad Williamson is a producer for Never Whisper Justice (NWJ) and co-founder of Frontlines of Justice (FOJ). NWJ is a disruptive social justice media company fusing bold storytelling and concrete social impact. FOJ is an online, video-centric eLearning platform designed to create social, racial, and educational justice through compelling content and curriculum. NWJ in corporate partnership with Procter & Gamble /Juniper Networks released its first feature-length documentary entitled BLACK BOYS which aired on NBC Peacock.

JOIN THE FUTURE OF BRAND STORYTELLING

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Join the Community.

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Connect, Learn,
Be Inspired.

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Become a
Master Brand Storyteller.

With BrandStorytelling+, you get access to the lessons, certifications, events, and expert knowledge to unlock a new level of creativity and ROI.

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