Dr. Gigi L. Johnson

Dr. Gigi L. Johnson

Dr. Johnson, our Executive Director, “connects the digital dots.”   She works to translate how technology is interacting with media, cultural industries, education, and social change.

She has taught digital media and disruptive technologies at UCLA Anderson since 2005, as well as at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music; University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain; Columbia College; and Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi. Dr. Johnson joined UCLA Anderson in 1999. Until 2005, she had been Executive Director of the Entertainment and Media Management Institute. She created both its Executive Media and Entertainment Program as well as its Certificate Program in Entertainment/Media Management for undergraduates. Previously she had helped launch the Center for Management in the Information Economy and had been Director of the school’s Applied Management Research/Field Study Program.

Dr. Johnson’s for-profit background includes being SVP/General Manager of two video-on-demand channels at Studio 4 Networks and SVP/Managing Director at Bank of America. She spent most of a decade there as a corporate banker in Bank of America’s Entertainment/Media practice, focusing on entertainment conglomerates, movie studios, theatrical exhibition, radio and TV broadcast stations, publishing, cable television, theme parks, and wireless telecommunications. In addition, she has worked for leading advertising and public relations firms in media, as well as at a major studio in television finance.

Dr. Johnson received her doctorate in educational leadership and change, focusing on media studies, organizational change, and technologies, from Fielding Graduate University.  She received her MBA in finance and accounting from UCLA Anderson, and her BA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Johnson’s CV

Happy New Year – and Listening Harder to Me from 2009 and 2011

Happy New Year – and Listening Harder to Me from 2009 and 2011

Happy New Year! I am filtering and sorting the past 3 years of my life in big piles this am. My family is putting up with piles of folders and papers, along with a big cup of coffee, on a portable desk and around my sofa while I watch the 2nd playing of the Rose…

Please Pick a Peck of Panels for #SXSW2015

It is #SXSW Panelpicker time again until Sept. 5! We have put three panel suggestions on the crowdsourcing table for SXSW in March 2015. Please register, vote, and make comments if you enjoy them: SXSW Music: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/41431 — Surviving the Shift: Rethinking Music and Data — how music can be a bellwether to changes happening with…

Visually Mapping Your Social Self

Visually Mapping Your Social Self

In older days, I would Google myself to see how I surfaced.  That’s not just an ego thing — I found many strange things attributed to me.  I research myself, or at least my professional reach. In current days, there are tools that help me “research myself” using visualization tools. I’m sharing two here: InMaps…

Pixelating Reality from SXSW Interactive 2014

We enjoyed sharing insights at SXSW Interactive 2014 on this question — How is smartphone use pixelating reality, blowing it up and turning it into shiftable bits of data so we are making different decisions with its Time and Place? We are in a massive change in social and personal behavior, catalyzed by the increasing…

Recorded Webinar: Drinking from the Digital Data Fire Hose

Recorded Webinar: Drinking from the Digital Data Fire Hose

[Edited April 27, 2014] We happily shared some of our work at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) OCIO Learning Session on April 17, 2014 both at their Auditorium in Washington DC and via a live Webinar, which you can as a recording below.  It was hosted by Dr. Melanie Cohen (@DrMELonMGMT) from HUD….

Cyborg Attachments and Goodies from CES 2014

We enjoyed our adventures at CES 2014.  Dr. Johnson came hold with a nasty convention cold, and now that she is almost human again, we thought we would share the human-adjacent technologies about robots, eye tracking, 3D printing, telepresence, quad copters, cars, and other things that go bump in the night from future and present…

To MOOC or Not To MOOC?

To MOOC or not to MOOC?  That has been the question in the minds of many educational institutions’ leadership since early to mid-2012.  Should we produce our classes on video and share them with a variety of partners to learn from these experiences?

Facebook: At a Plateau or Changing Audiences?

Digital Hollywood has been a semi-annual ritual for us for more than five years.  Our president, Dr. Gigi Johnson, moderated a panel to a packed room on “The Facebook Factor,” with the following introductory slides on the size and scale of Facebook in the United States: