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Nancy Cushing-Jones, Board of Advisors

NancyCushingJonesNancy is an expert in translating story concepts from one medium to another and is a recognized expert in all forms of print and digital publishing across all genres and age groups both domestically and internationally. She is acknowledged as one of the earliest creators of the “tie-in” publishing business, transforming it from a marketing-only function to a financially significant business. Nancy was also in the forefront of creating a new business for the development and licensing of videogame rights to filmed entertainment properties–now a multi-billion dollar industry.

Nancy began her career in book publishing as the Managing Editor of two academic presses: The University of California at Berkeley Continuing Education of the Bar and Sage Publications. She transitioned to trade publishing and videogame licensing when she launched, and ran for 23 years, the worldwide book publishing division of Universal Studios and the Universal Videogames Licensing Division. As a result of establishing both of these divisions for Universal Studios, Nancy became the first female division president in the history of the Studio. She is responsible for creating and selling her first New York Times best-selling book in 1982 and has continued to earn this distinction for both fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults over the past 30 years for a wide spectrum of creative properties. Nancy was also the Executive Vice President of the Universal Studios Consumer Products Group, where she had a wide range of responsibilities including acting as the representative for this Group with all the key film and television producers, directors and performers on the various filmed entertainment projects produced and distributed by the Studio. In this capacity she often traveled with film production companies shooting on locations such as mainland China, Slovakia and Mexico. Her start-up experience includes launching Broadthink and BroadLit as well as working with numerous clients creating new brands and brand extensions for them.

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