Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Air America gets new webmaster

From the Air America press release:

NEW YORK -- Air America Media , a progressive media company, has named award-winning publisher and media consultant Beau Friedlander its Web site editor-in-chief. In his new role, he will build and oversee editorial content, recruit guest bloggers, and work with Air America’s on-air talent and producers to post timely text, audio and video content.

“As Air America continues to grow our multimedia offerings, Beau is the ideal candidate to lead the charge online,” said Bennett Zier, Air America ’s chief executive officer. “With more than 20 years of publishing, media and consulting experience, he brings a versatile and progressive voice to our interactive initiatives.”

“With Sam Seder transitioning out of this role and focusing his time and energy on new online initiatives, Beau is the perfect person to fill his shoes,” said Bill Hess, Air America’s senior vice president of programming. “He’s not afraid to take risks, and is an essential element as we take Air America Media to the next level.”

Added Friedlander, “Sam has worked hard to make a name for airamerica.com, and I’m looking forward to continuing his work.”

Prior to Air America, Friedlander was president of Friedlander and Associates, a progressive media consulting group that provides custom publishing, guerrilla marketing, activist outreach, web presence, author representation and conflict mediation. He also founded Context Books, a small, independent publisher, whose works were honored with several independent publishing awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Columbia University’s J. Anthony Lucas Book Prize. More than half of the company’s works also made the American Booksellers Association’s Book Sense list.

Previously, Friedlander served as editorial director at Abrams Image and creative director at Chelsea Green. He received his B.A. from Bennington College, and received an M.A. from both the University of Oxford and Columbia University.


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