Monday, July 15, 2019

2019 Production Outlook Survey -- Jesse Dylan

1) What’s the most relevant business and/or creative lesson you learned in 2018 and how will you apply it in 2019? 
 
2) Gazing into your crystal ball, what do you envision for the industry--creatively speaking or from a business standpoint--in 2019? 
 
3) What are your goals, creatively speaking and/or from a business standpoint, for your company or division in 2019? 
 
4) Tell us about one current project you are working on in early 2019. 
 
5) Last year’s constant headlines of gender pay disparity, sexual misconduct and worse brought issues to everyone’s attention that were long overdue to be dealt with. There have been industry wide-strides made towards righting these wrongs but there’s a long way to go. Can you tell us what policies you have in place or plan to implement in 2019 to ensure racial and gender diversity, pay equality and a safe/inclusive work environment for everyone in your company or division? 
 
6) Does your company have plans for any major expansion/investment in technology in 2019 and if so, in what? How will this investment add value to the services you offer to your clients? 
Jesse Dylan
CEO & Founder
Wondros

1) What I learned in 2018 is that being committed to principles is more important than ever before; work on projects that are important to you and stay the course. 

2) I want to stay dedicated to the things that have gotten me here, and be bold with my goals and the people I want to help. The content landscape is ever-changing and currently the industry is going towards more values-based content, which I think is great. This is what Wondros has always been about, and is what I had in mind when founding the company.

3) We hope to serve more people who are making the world a more interesting and better place. I want to support people and products that do positive things in the world. 

4) I did a piece recently where I filmed some of the remaining civil rights veterans who walked with MLK. It was a privilege and an honor. Here is a link to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY8rnKFqYWY

Also working with XPRIZE on launching the Alzheimer’s Prize. It’s been a fantastic opportunity to work on this and find a community that is trying to solve Alzheimer’s. I’m also excited about my collaboration with INQNET, a research consortium that aims to bring together businesses, non-profits, research and educational institutions and laboratories to advance quantum technologies and computing. 

5) We have personal commitment to diversity at Wondros. Not just skin color, gender, or disabilities, but people from disparate parts of the world who bring a unique perspective to Wondros. I’m proud to say Wondros has a reputation as an environment that encourages female talent. We’re also integrating a new applicant tracking system to help us capture EEOC (equal employment opportunity commission) data to analyze where we’re lacking in diversity, and then address issues that surface.

6) We’re currently migrating our postproduction team away from Windows 98. It’s a risk, but we think it’s one worth taking.

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