Hanson Hosein is the Director of the Master of Communication in Digital Media at the University of Washington in Seattle. He specializes in storytelling, social media strategies and business models of communication. Through his company, HRH Media, he employed this expertise to direct the award-winning documentary films “Rising from Ruins” and “Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop,” which have been broadcast around the world. Hanson advises organizations and companies on how to communicate effectively and directly by building relationships through storytelling and online communities. He has also won Emmy and Overseas Press Club Awards for his work as a television journalist with NBC News. He was embedded with the U.S. military in Iraq and covered the impact of the war throughout the Middle East, armed only with a laptop, satellite phone and camcorder. Hanson has a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University, and law degrees from Montreal’s McGill University and the University of Paris.
Executive Producer – Tom Powers, Open Door Co.
Tom is a principal in Open Door Co., a Toronto based producer of award winning documentaries, specializing in “Content that Matters”. Launched in 2005, the company has produced two critically acclaimed award winning feature documentaries, “Cracked Not Broken” (HBO) and “Independent America – The Two Lane Search for Mom & Pop” (Sundance Channel). A graduate of Queen’s University School of Law, he is a former M&A lawyer with over 10 years of experience in sophisticated multinational corporate transactions with a specialty in knowledge based industries. He has produced 7 prime time series and 5 feature documentaries for clients including HBO, Sundance Channel, NHK, CTV, Discovery Networks, The Documentary Channel, CanWest and SBS, among others.