© 2019 by Canvas Media Studios

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

We are award-winning entertainment industry executives providing storytelling expertise, video strategy and content production for any business looking to reach and influence audiences on digital platforms. 

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storytelling is the new social media currency

Telling great stories is no longer exclusively the domain of the entertainment industry. Social media has changed that. Now companies from all industries must be as good as, if not better than Hollywood at telling stories and engaging audiences with messaging that moves them.

why storytelling matters

Telling great stories is no longer exclusively the domain of the entertainment industry. Social media has changed that. Now companies from all industries must be as good as, if not better than Hollywood at telling stories and engaging audiences with messaging that moves them.

our secret sauce is execution

Anyone can promise good storytelling, but at Canvass we have years of experience working on some of the biggest hits in television. We have C-level relationships in both traditional and digital media and access to top talent across a variety of creative disciplines.

Innovative Storytelling For Every Canvas

OUR TEAM

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

We are award-winning entertainment industry executives based in Washington, DC and Los Angeles. We provide storytelling expertise, video strategy and content production for any business looking to reach and influence audiences on digital platforms. 

 

We create media powerful enough to change minds and we build engaged communities with socially optimized video and data-driven distribution and marketing strategies. 

storytelling is the new social media currency

The growth of social media means that telling great stories is no longer exclusively the domain of the entertainment industry. Now companies from all industries must be as good as, if not better than Hollywood at telling stories and engaging audiences with messaging that moves them.

why storytelling matters

Our brains are wired for stories -- narratives are the basic organizing principal for human memory. Stories help people process information easier and remember it longer. Most importantly, stories are the most effective tools for eliciting emotion and moving people to action.

STRATEGY + execution

Our ability to execute at the highest level is what sets Canvas apart. We have years of experience working on some of television's biggest hits and with major consumer brands. We have access to top industry talent both in front of and behind the camera, ready to create content for your organization.

Innovative Storytelling For Every Canvas

OUR TEAM

dAVID TOCHTERMAN 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

David is an Emmy-nominated executive and producer with a record of launching award-winning television and digital properties.  Prior to founding Canvas, David was a digital strategy consultant for ABC, PBS and Starz, and a partner in the production company Pemberley Digital, winners of two Interactive Emmy Awards for video adaptations of literary classics on YouTube.  In television, David has developed and produced programming for all major networks. He was EVP of Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment and SVP of the Carsey Werner Company, where he developed hit shows including That 70's Show, 3rd Rock From the Sun, and was an Executive Producer of Grace Under Fire.  His first job in Hollywood was the director's assistant on the pilot of Seinfeld.

Miguel MONTEVERDE

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Miguel Monteverde is a D.C. based tech and media executive. He is a three time Webby Award winner and was a finalist for a Primetime Emmy Award for Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. Recently, Miguel was COO for Rumble, Inc., an online video company that connects video creators to online publishers and advertisers. Previously, Miguel was an SVP of Digital at Discovery Communications where he oversaw video streaming services for 9 U.S. networks, including Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet. Additionally during his tenure at Discovery, Miguel oversaw social media strategy and operations for multiple networks. He joined Discovery after spending 13 years at AOL in a variety of programming and business roles, including serving as GM of AOL Video. Miguel is also a former Captain in the US Army.

ALLISON VANORE

HEAD OF PRODUCTION

Allison Vanore is an Emmy-nominated producer and Head of Production for Canvas Media Studios. Her series credits include Vanity and Socio for Canvas Media Studios as well as independent series Producing Juliet and Anyone But Me to name a few. Allison's feature film credits include award-winning independent films The Rainbow Experiment42 Seconds of Happiness, Daddy, and Love in the Time of Monsters. Allison is published in the book "Thriving in Hollywood!: Tenacious Tales & Tactics from Ms. In The Biz."

Ryan COPPLE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Ryan Copple is a producer and creator who has served as SVP of Content and Community Strategy for Legendary Digital Networks and VP of Lions Gate where he oversaw the Comic-Con SVOD Channel.  Ryan has produced many well known digital series including the Halo franchise for Microsoft, and was the writer and director of Limelight for Canvas Media Studios.  Prior to working in the entertainment industry, Ryan was earning his PhD in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, where he studied areas including eyewitness reliability and interrogation tactics.

Cynthia Hollen

Chief Financial Officer

Cynthia Hollen co-founded and led Social Extract, the world’s largest online luxury marketplace, and is currently the US President of Global Digital Commerce company eShopWorld.  As CEO of Knowledge Strategies Group, she oversaw the eCommerce launch of brands including Bloomingdale’s and Zegna. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School.

OUR ADVISORS

ALLEN DEBEVOISE

MANAGING PARTNER

THIRD WAVE DIGITAL

SCOTT EHRLICH

VICE PRESIDENT

SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP

SANDY GRUSHOW

FORMER CHAIRMAIN

FOX ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

LEE RIERSON

FORMER COO

FREMANTLE NORTH AMERICA

PETER TORTORICI

FORMER PRESIDENT

CBS ENTERTAINMENT

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