Director, Annenberg Innovation Lab, University of Southern California
Jonathan Taplin is a Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Taplin is the Director of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. Taplin’s areas of specialization is in international communication management and the field of digital media economics. Taplin began his entertainment career in 1969 as Tour Manager for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1973 he produced Martin Scorsese’s first feature film, Mean Streets which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Between 1974 and 1996, Taplin produced 26 hours of television documentaries and 12 feature films. He was the founder of Intertainer, the first Video on Demand service delivered over IP Networks.
Mr. Taplin graduated from Princeton University. He is a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the International Advisory Board of the Singapore Media Authority. Mr. Taplin was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Broadband Task Force in January of 2007.