About

Jumpwire Media builds and executes revenue generating strategies leveraging expertise in emerging media.

Our background is media content creation, distribution and production across all platforms including: mobile, webvideo, television, radio, online, print, gaming, etc.

We deliver innovative and effective media and marketing strategies to both Fortune 500 and SME clients from countries all over the world including: USA, Russia, India, South Africa, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, and others.

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Our Team

Gavin McGarry Founder
Jennifer Harkness Founder
Matthew Stern Branding & Strategy
Chris Van Noy Analysis & Media Strategy
Jason Roks Technology & Strategy
Erin Berube Social Media Producer
Corina Newby Social Media Producer
Jeremy Barker Social Media Platform Specialist
James Harkness Process Design and Work Flow Expert
Meredith Simpson Business & Legal Affairs
Frederik Lesage Crossmedia Research

Our Team


Gavin McGarry

Founder

Before founding Jumpwire Media in 2009 Gavin worked for online video start up Joost and was the Head of Cross Platform Business Development at global television production company Endemol.

Gavin has been working in media space for over 20 years. His past experience includes positions at major television networks as well as owning and operating a television production company and a boutique advertising agency. His company created some of the first cross media TV content and worked with major networks including NBC, Discovery, CTV, and Global Television. The full service ad agency serviced two national clients and explored integrating brands into television and online properties. In 2004 he moved from his native Canada to the UK to better understand the rapidly emerging mobile phone space. Through his position at Endemol he worked closely with the UK’s largest mobile operator O2 and helped develop leading edge content for multiple platform release. In 2007 he moved into the web video arena based out of the Joost’s New York office. He has spent time in Japan, Africa, Europe and China exploring and understanding the global digital media content market place. He is invited to speak at media industry conferences on a regular basis including: MIPCOM, International Institute of Communications, Harvard Business Club of New York, Ryerson University, NAPTE, Xmedia Lab, etc.

 

Jennifer Harkness

Founder

Jennifer Harkness has more than 18 years of experience in the film and television industry.  Most recently, as Head of Development Factual Entertainment for Temple Street, Jennifer spearheaded the development of non-scripted programs including Temple Street’s highly-rated competitive food program Recipe to Riches (Food Network Canada, Global) and the competitive music show Cover Me Canada (CBC).

Prior to joining Temple Street, Jennifer held the position of Executive Director for the Banff World Television Festival where she grew the attendance and prestige of the annual Industry event and attracted keynote speakers such as Ben Silverman (Electus), and Dawn Airey (BSkyB) as well as some of televisions’ most successful showrunners, David Shore (House), Chuck Lorre (Two and ½ Men, Big Bang Theory) and Doug Ellin (Entourage) among others.   Previously,  Jennifer was an Executive in Charge of Production, at the Global Television Network where she oversaw a number of factual and reality programs including Popstars, Supermodels, No Boundaries and Train 48.

Jennifer is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producer Lab where she successfully produced several short films which screened in festivals around the world.

 


Matthew Stern

Branding & Stratgey

Matthew has built and expanded corporate and entrepreneurial media companies in Canada, Europe and the United States for the past 20 years.

His experiences range from launching the first multi-media division of an ad agency in the early 1990s to running and expanding McCann-Erickson offices in Moscow, Prague and New York over a 10 year period. During that time he opened new service divisions beyond traditional advertising, launched brands for Fortune 500 companies into new markets, achieved top creative and performance rankings for the offices, and was acknowledged as a “40 under 40” by Media and Marketing Europe.

After McCann, Matthew joined SpiralFrog in New York in 2006, North America’s first free and legal music downloading service that grew to become the 2nd largest site for legal downloads.

Moving back to his hometown Toronto, Matthew joined Jumpwire Media and advises new and established companies on how to craft their ideas into sustainable commercial enterprises. Matthew holds an M.B.A. from York University, with a Diploma in Arts and Media Management.


Chris Van Noy

Analysis & Media Strategy

Chris Van Noy is an industry thought leader and a 15-year veteran of digital media.

He is an Industry expert in the intersection of technology, digital media and traditional media (including adjacent industries: CDN, telecom, consumer electronics, commerce, advertising, MVPDs and finance).   A key member of the Hulu launch team, Jumpwire Media and an early member of Starwave Corporation – ESPN.com, NBA.com, NFL.com, Disney.com, Ticketmaster.com, ABCNews.com – the first family of vertical Internet media properties.

Most recently Chief Strategist, Media for Akamai Technologies, Chris is currently a writer, speaker and strategic advisor for large companies, investment firms and promising start-ups.


Erin Berube

Social Media Producer

Erin is social media producer with over 13 years experience in the television, social and digital media industry. She is passionate about connecting people and sharing stories.

Her background in television has given her the opportunity to work on a variety of existing and diverse projects that required significant social engagement. She has built and managed engaged social platforms for series including, X-Weighted, The Quon Dynasty and The Liquidator. Erin has a diverse background and has also managed the social media presence for the Army in Atlantic Canada. In 2011, she produced the exclusive web content and EPK for the popular HBO Canada television series, Call Me Fitz starring Jason Priestly. Erin was instrumental in the success of five seasons of the Gemini Award winning series X-Weighted, the accompanying interactive website as well as the live event tour, X-Weighted Connect.

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Corina Newby

Social Media Producer

Corina is a social media strategist with over 10 years experience in digital content production & marketing. Her passion for writing and digital media has led her to focus on driving community engagement online – and she loves it. Corina has helped execute such efforts for companies ranging from Orderit.ca (e-comm) and SoCast SRM (tech), to Rogers and Corus Entertainment. In her spare time, Corina can be found tweeting, blogging and sharing stuff she finds compelling; usually food, tech & entertainment.


Jeremy Barker

Social Media Platform Specialist

Jeremy has 15 years of experience working in digital media, including AOL, Sympatico/MSN and Postmedia. Most recently Jeremy directed the National Post’s social media efforts on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Foursquare and Instagram and was awarded the Best Use of Social Media two years running at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

Jeremy is a graduate of the journalism program at the University of King’s College.


Jason Roks

Technology & Strategy

Wikipedia: Jason Roks is recognized around the world for his networking & digital media acumen, and for his ingenuity in predicting & leveraging new directions on the Internet & other communications technologies.

While the digital “fringe” community celebrates Jason as co-founder of the file-sharing software pioneer, Hotline Communications, Jason’s career has roots in design and creative direction.

Featured in various media, including Wired, Time, Maclean’s, Saturday Night, Yahoo! Internet Life, Shift, Macworld and Silicon Alley Reporter for his insights on new media economies, digital media distribution, file-sharing, online communities and social networks, piracy, copyright, and intellectual property.

Presented at numerous conferences, including the International New Media Festival, Digital Coast Reporter, MB5 New Media Visionaries, KMDI, nextMEDIA, DemoCamp, BarCamp, MacWorld, iWorld, and XmediaLab.

Award-winning software & new media developer. As CTO for Independent World Television, was instrumental in determining the company’s digital strategy. He Produced the New Media Business Alliance’s 2006 iSummit in Toronto, introducing emerging trends in digital media. As Emerging Technology and Digital Distribution Analyst to the CBC, played a key role in identifying & developing a cost-effective national bandwidth peering infrastructure; establishing the CBC’s VoD services; and prototyped Ambient Television initiatives.

A founding volunteer of wirelesstoronto.ca; an active participant of the Barcamp movement; and a longstanding member of the Canadian Film Centre Lab’s technical advisory council.

Recent projects include p2p content distribution models; media casting models; terminal & network computing; online communities & social networks; xmlTV, metaphors for visualization of metadata; organizational knowledge management systems; semantec analysis; RTB real time bidding, PPC, ad optimization; and public broadband & wireless infrastructures.

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Ashley McNertney

Social Media Analysist
In her role as a Social Media Analyst with Jumpwire Media, Ashley brings experience from the world of music management, event and production coordination.

As Marketing and Social Media Associate with AEI, an artist development firm in LA, she managed the accounts for several musical acts, including Skyline, The Last Garage Band, Ashley Tisdale, and L’Michelle . She worked with Miller PR assisting in web promotion and media coordination and also lent her expertise to Kaplan International College, utilizing social media to enhance the Kaplan student community.

Born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, Ashley is passionate about international engagement and diverse cultures. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


James Harkness

Process Design and Work Flow Expert

James is an an engineer by training and he combines his technical IT knowledge with a solid understanding of enterprise data work flows and
process design.

James has worked for such companies as 724 Solutions, a pioneering mobile banking and brokerage application developer, Bank of Montreal,
Stratix Consulting, a boutique IT Management Consulting firm and most recently, StatPro, a leading software vendor to the
global asset management industry.

Based in Toronto, James` career has taken him around the world as he has helped banks, brokerage firms, telco`s and asset management firms implement leading edge software and business processes. As a bilingual business development specialist, James helps global companies launch new platforms, optimize process efficiencies and most importantly create new sources of revenue. James holds an MBA from Queen`s University.

Meredith Simpson

Business & Legal Affairs

Meredith has extensive business and legal affairs experience with a focus on digital media, entertainment and technology. Before joining Jumpwire Media, Meredith was the Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Joost. She has also held positions with Sidley Austin LLP, Pseudo Programs, Comedy Central, Playboy Enterprises, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Throughout her roles with these companies, Meredith has provided innovative legal and business counseling and transactional support playing an active role in implementing multi media business strategies.

Meredith is a Member of the American Bar Association and New York State Bar Association. She lives in New York.

Frederik Lesage

Crossmedia Research

Dr Frederik Lesage is a Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries
and Digital Humanities at King’s College London and a Visiting
Lecturer at the University of Cambridge in the Screen Media & Cultures
programme. His research specialises in investigating how small to
medium size organizations develop scalable platforms and co-creative
practices for delivering online content. Frederik has presented in
numerous international conferences and his work has been published
widely.