Allison Dollar is a longtime champion of digital video interactivity. Based in ‘Silicon Beach,’ in her consulting practice she specializes in accelerating early stage digital ventures. These span content, consumer brands, consumer electronics and enterprise technology. In complementary roles, she is CEO and co-founder of the Interactive Television Alliance, a trade association comprised of leading corporations in advanced digital television whose members span advertising, programming, technology and distribution. She chairs the Los Angeles Venture Association’s Digital SIG.
Some projects have included IBM’s eBusiness (partnering American Express, Bell Atlantic, Mail Boxes Etc.), Liberty Media (Ascent), AOL’s Guerilla Games, SimplyTV, WB, Creative Planet (IPO), Stan Lee Media (IPO), MobileCasino, Vi[z]Rt (virtual sets), Envivio (France Telecom spinoff, acquired by Ericsson), Homerun Entertainment (Scripps), LSI Capital, Comcast, Digital Containers (P2P), AT&T spinoff Telcordia, Space Tourism Society Orbit Awards, The Horror Channel, Gamma&Density (acquired Global Cinematography Institute), Mozaik (automated video hotspotting), Trumpit (mobile alerts), SnapCuts (social video messaging), AdMedia, Shodogg (cloud video switcher), parWinr (video gamification), WeVu (crowd sourced venue screenings), Aqueti (macro/micro 360° array video camera), Tapin2(mobile concierge commerce), ExciteM (2nd screen social platform), GN (pet lifestyle brand), Connectivity TV Fan Fest, SAMI Games, SuperCloud live streaming, Celebrities Squared and TMT’s Spot Direct. At Vault Comics she advises on corporate strategy and partnerships. For Webcasts.com she was CSO and a founding board member (IPO as iBEAM Broadcasting), CEO of Celebrities.com, and CSO for WhiteBlox and Gizmo Media Group, creating partnerships with Dick Clark Productions, Westfield Mall and numerous media outlets.
In addition, she co-founded eTV World, Hollyweb Live!, and venture pitch events iNNOVATORS™ and iBreakfast LA. She chaired NAB’s Executive Committee to launch Multimedia World, the NAB’s switch to digital (now the South Hall). She was Executive Director of the Media Excellence Awards at its inception and continues on the board. She produced sessions for Silicon Beach Fest, presents at Founder’s Workshops was on the advisory board of KORUS, the Korea-US Vision Council. She is a pipeline partner and advisor for SPROCKIT and Expert Dojo start-up accelerators, and program producer for NAB’s Destination NXT.
Previously, as Executive Producer for Phillips Business Information, she led business/online content development for 40+ media trade publications, including In Motion, Film & Video, Interactive Video News, Multimedia Week, and Multimedia Wire. Early on, she worked with Oscar-nominated James Agee Film Project, CBS affiliate WBAL, and the Maryland Film Commission. She was a founding board member of Women in Film & Video, Maryland.
A Blue Ribbon Judge for the TV Academy’s Interactive Emmys, Dollar has also been a member of the Interactive Media Peer Group executive committee. She holds a M.A. from the University of Virginia and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Goucher College in Baltimore. Her book, published for NAB by Focal Press, Interactive Television: Tracking and Preparing for an Emerging Market in 2003, examines the historic reworking of the television business model.