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John M.

Strategic Consultant
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Biography

Spanning the worlds of entertainment, live events, technology and social/political activism, Manulis specializes in strategies and projects that use the power of storytelling, technology and strategic partnerships to encourage a healthier, more just and productive world.

Manulis is a principal of Forward Fortune. He consults regularly with NGO's, foundations, and corporations on strategy and messaging, most recently spearheading a series of special projects designed to increase efficiency, efficacy, and capacity for the Executive Director of Centinela Youth Services, and spearheading the creation and launch of Caterpillar Foundation's innovative Together.Stronger. anti-poverty initiative for Handshake Partners.

As the co-founder and CEO of ScreenSpaces, Manulis democratized access to robust social publishing tools for companies and organizations of all sizes.

As the co-founder and CEO of Visionbox Media Group, Manulis helped pioneer the use of digital technology for the production and distribution of motion pictures; and during the 2008 presidential campaign, he served as Executive Producer, Events for Barack Obama's Campaign for Change in Colorado.

As a creator and producer, Manulis' career includes producing or executive producing over twenty film, television and theater productions including "American Idol's" groundbreaking, Emmy-winning charity event, "Idol Gives Back," ARCTIC TALE, TORTILLA SOUP, THE BASKETBALL DIARIES, double Independent Spirit Award nominee CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES, SWING KIDS, HBO's DAYBREAK, and the off-Broadway sensation "The Umbilical Brothers' THWAK".

As Head of Filmed Entertainment for Samuel Goldwyn Films, Manulis supervised the production or acquisition of films including THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, THE PREACHER'S WIFE, ANGELS AND INSECTS, I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, WELCOME TO WOOP WOOP, BENT, THE KING OF MASKS and BIG NIGHT.

Manulis serves on the board of directors of the nationally acclaimed Liberty Hill Foundation. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America, East, and the Producers Guild of America, and was recognized by the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors as one of the "2012 Leaders To Watch". Manulis received an A.B. degree from Harvard University.