About Chris Murphey
Industry AdvertisingBranded EntertainmentDigitalInvestmentMarketingMediaMusicPodcastingTelevision
Sector Branded ContentBranded EntertainmentDevelopmentOriginal ContentPost Production
Preferred Job Title Executive ProducerFilmmakerHead of ProductionHead of VideoProducerSenior ProducerShowrunnerSupervising Producer
We scour our devices for relevancy, nonstop. I connect people to their passions. I’m a branded content producer filled with the same drive and purpose I’ve brought to every production since starting at ESPN in 2003.
I’m a journalist serving brands and I have significant production experience in sports, entertainment, news, finance and documentaries. As a cinematographer and director, I maintain full control over the shooting process.
My branded entertainment productions include a personal finance series for Bank of America with Yahoo!; an Essence series with Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay for TIME; a weekly music show for Volvo; a military series for Servpro.
I’m a National Press Club, award-winning producer for my work at Nightline with ABC News. I was an Emmy-nominated producer at MTV News and Docs. I’ve also produced The CBS Early Show and “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on CNN.
My career diversity is my strength and it rewards me with an ability to connect to people across the cultural spectrum. It also empowers me to work within budgets of all sizes, hire staff and work in close collaboration with an array of stakeholders. Let me build your brand story and connect people to their passions.
RealVision.com Head of Production RESPONSIBILITIES: Launched and lead the first ever in-house studio for a Cayman Island based over-the-top financial video service providing subscribers with investment advice and ideas from the biggest names in finance ◍ Develop and implement best practices for a full-time and freelance production staff delivering thousands of assets per year including documentaries and interview series featuring Mark Cuban, Roger McNamee and Marc Cohodes ◍ Manage budgets ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 per piece of content ◍ Expanding post-paywall access to video on YouTube and Facebook ◍ Created company wide KPI’s used to drive business improvements and report on the efficacy of the video production team
2016 - 2017
Salon.com Director of Video Development (2016-2017) RESPONSIBILITIES: Established a video department, hired editor/producers and provided editorial oversight of daily live and produced video segments across all social platforms ◍ Created “Salon Talks” on Facebook Live featuring interviews with politicians and pop culture figures ranging from Jill Stein and Al Franken to Sean Penn and RuPaul ◍ Developed social media strategy to drive video views resulting in traffic more than doubling year over year
2012 - 2016
ABC News Producer, Nightline (2012-2016) RESPONSIBILITIES: Developed, shot, wrote and produced documentary-style stories rooted in an unfolding narrative style ◍ Reported on-air and on-line for all ABC News platforms during breaking news events ◍ Established a network YouTube channel and won a National Press Club award for an embedded story with activists removing wild circus acts with the help of federal authorities
CBS News Freelance Producer, The Early Show (2011-2012) RESPONSIBILITIES: Executed all phases of program production including reporting, making editorial decisions, guiding talent, writing scripts and field coordination ◍ Brought in to achieve network success in the competitive morning news landscape during the “CBS Early Show” to “CBS This Morning” transition when few other producers had a responsibility to the program
Yahoo! Freelance Branded Content Producer (2010-2011) RESPONSIBILITIES: Produced a personal finance series branded for Bank of America ◍ Ensured video series met client goals and worked with front page editors to achieve maximum reach and engagement
Time Inc. Studios Freelance Branded Content Producer (2010) RESPONSIBILITIES: Hired by Time Warner’s in-house production company to make creative, editorial, and technical decisions for two unique “Essence” branded content series broadcast on the TV One network ◍ “One Night Only”- directed by Academy Award nominee and Ava DuVernay, showcasing the 40th anniversary “Essence Music Festival” featuring Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Gladys Knight, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, LL Cool J, and Earth, Wind and Fire ◍ “Essence Presents: Faith Through The Storm” - , a 90-minute, first-person narrative recalling the survival stories of Hurricane Katrina victims
CNN Producer, Lou Dobbs Tonight (2006-2010) RESPONSIBILITIES: Produced and reported daily news reports leading up to and through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression ◍ Developed, scripted and produced “Heroes” - the weekly video series tribute to the men and women who serve this country in military uniform
MTV News & Documentaries Producer (2005-2006) RESPONSIBILITIES: Managed and developed MTV News broadcasts on the networks first dedicated digital video platform known as “Overdrive” ◍ Produced “Diary of Gideon in Pakistan” and nominated for an original news and documentary Emmy nomination the first year the award celebrated content created specifically for the web, mobile phones and portable media players
ESPN Producer, Cold Pizza (2003-2005) RESPONSIBILITIES: Turned ESPN’s vision for a two hour news/information/sports/pop culture morning program into a reality ◍ Developed and produced daily live content and spearheaded X-Games programming