Dr. David Craig is a communications and media professor, producer, and activist.
As a Clinical Assistant Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, Dr. Craig manages the Media and Entertainment track in the Masters in Communications Management Program. His courses synthesize theory and practice, production and management, to consider the massive transformations occurring within the global and US media industries. In addition Craig has produced numerous career-based initiatives and media conferences, and cultivated a network of more than 1100 Annenberg alumni and students working within the media and entertainment industries.
Dr. Craig is also a veteran media producer and programing executive. His production company, Media Nation, was launched in 2007 with producer-partner Linda Berman, and produced Girl Fight a Lifetime original movie that garnered a Directors Guild of America nomination. Media Nation has sold, developed and/or produced scripted and non-scripted series for HBO, ABC, CBS, and History, graphic novels to Hill & Wang Publishers, and web pilots to Sony Digital/Crackle.com. Dr. Craig was previously an executive at A&E Networks where he supervised over 20 movies, mini-series and drama series. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for producing Napoleon and Ike: Countdown to D-Day and his project, Flight 93, was the most watched program in the history of the A&E Network at that time. In addition, he has been a Lifetime programming executive, a feature development executive at Haft-Nasatir Productions, a theatre producer and a consulting editor in publishing. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television.
Dr. Craig just completed his Doctorate in Education from UCLA where his research considers the intersection of popular culture, education, and social movements. His dissertation featured a critical cultural and production history of LGBT-themed television movies. His research has been published in the Journal of Popular Film and Television and the International Journal of Communication and presented at the conference for the Society of Media and Cultural Studies. Dr. Craig earned his Masters in Cinema Studies from NYU and his Bachelors in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.