Loading Episode...
Creative Innovators with Gigi Johnson - Maremel Institute EPISODE 13, 17th November 2020
Pirates, Magicians, and Wizards . . . with Megan Elliott

Pirates, Magicians, and Wizards . . . with Megan Elliott

Megan Elliott shares her journey from Australia and indigenous cultural media to trade union representation in Ireland to traveling across Asia connecting leaders and cultures . . before she was found on LinkedIn to bring her superpowers to Nebraska.  She tells of the shared collaborative creation of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, which works to create “pirates, magicians, and wizards” who can reach their dream job or create their dream company right out of school.  

Guest: Megan Elliott, Founding Director, Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Megan Elliott is the founding director of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She was previously the manager of leadership and community connections at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia and former director and CEO of digital media think-tank X Media Lab.

From 2015-2016, Elliott served as the manager of Leadership and Community Connections at the University of Technology Sydney in Sydney, Australia’s number-one young university, where she led an international program for students to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills, as well as instilling a commitment to innovation, social justice, community building, and sustainability.

Elliott has deep ties to emerging media industries across Asia, Europe, and the world. She served as co-founder and director of China Creative Industries Exchange in Beijing and Shanghai, China, from 2007-2015.

From 2005 to 2015, Elliott was the director/chief executive officer for X Media Lab (XML), an internationally acclaimed digital media think-tank and creative workshop for the creative industries that she co-founded with Brendan Harkin. XML created a meeting place uniquely designed to assist companies and people to get their own creative ideas successfully to market. Some of XML’s partners included the Sydney Film Festival, Beijing Film Academy, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India, the national broadcaster (NPO) in Amsterdam, the American Film Institute, Digital Hollywood and 5D Global in Hollywood, the British Council, and the Federal Office of Culture in Switzerland.

Elliott and Harkin were recently chosen as two of five people to have their oral histories recorded for the National Film and Sound Archive in Australia, as two people pivotal to the development of the interactive media arts industries.

She also served from 2002-2006 as the executive director of the Australian Writers’ Guild.

Originally from Australia, Elliott received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Canberra in Bruce, Australia.

She began her career in theatre with the Splinters Theatre of Spectacle and has also served as a performer/artist in residence/assistant project manager for The Performance Space, Australia’s leading performance space and gallery for the research and development of interdisciplinary arts.

The Center: The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts is an investment by the University made possible by a recent $20 million gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation from the Johnny Carson Foundation in November 2015. The Johnny Carson Center will be an internationally distinct program focusing on virtual production, film, design, technology, and commerce. It will explore the boundaries of where cinematic narrative and storytelling intersects with artificial intelligence, science, the humanities, computer science, engineering, music, fine arts, and other disciplines. Students will learn, among other things, how to create content for film and television, game design, interactive media, internet media, and augmented and virtual reality.

Mentioned Links


Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln

More Episodes
13. Pirates, Magicians, and Wizards . . . with Megan Elliott
12. An Incredible Experiment. . . with Frosty McNeill and Ale Cohen
11. I Never Knew I was Supposed to Only Do One Thing. . . with Arabian Prince
10. Composers of Tomorrow . . . with Akira Nakano
9. Trust Your Calling . . . with Christopher Hope
8. Solving Problems with Art, VR, and Software . . . with Sasha Samochina
7. Social Proof and Pushing Forward . . . with Ty Frankel
6. That Moment of Mojo . . . with Zack Zalon
5. Slightly Against the Grain . . . with Carlo, Ben, and Josh from Indie-Pop
4. Innovation is Messy . . . with Jack Conte
3. Everything Old is New Again . . . with Ted Cohen
2. Livestreaming and Live Connecting . . . with Dmitri Vietze
1. Welcome to Creative Innovators with Gigi Johnson