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VULCAN PRODUCTIONS NAMES NEW GENERALMANAGER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

9/16/2013

SEATTLE, WASH. – SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 – Vulcan Productions, Paul G. Allen’s award-winning media company, has named longtime media and cable executive Carole Tomko as its new General Manager and Creative Director. Working closely with Mr. Allen and Vulcan Productions President Jody Allen, Ms. Tomko will strategically shape and expand the company’s production and development ventures across all media platforms. Ms. Tomko will also increase the output and scope of films, documentaries, series, digital content and social media.

Prior to joining Vulcan Productions, Carole launched and ran a strategic advisory company to guide businesses in all aspects of content and media creation. She is the former President and General Manager of MyDiscovery, a unit of Discovery Communications that developed multimedia content for digital platforms beyond television. Ms. Tomko has been recognized multiple times as one of the Most Influential Women in Cable by CableFAX Magazine. 

“We are excited to welcome Carole to lead our production team,” said Jody Allen, President of Vulcan Productions. “Carole is an innovator who pushes herself to experiment and find new ways to engage audiences and tell stories. Like my brother Paul and I, Carole has a strong desire to make a positive impact in the world and believes media can be an important and influential tool.”

“I am honored to have this opportunity to work with Paul Allen and Jody Allen. Their passion for creating and supporting films that make a difference is inspiring,” said Ms. Tomko. “I am looking forward to expanding the Vulcan Productions portfolio and identifying projects that will promote social change.”

Ms. Tomko previously held roles as President and General Manager of Discovery Studios, where she oversaw five key businesses within Discovery Communications’ production studio; President and General Manager of Discovery Health, FitTV, and Discovery Kids, in addition to several leadership positions in production and development within the organization.

Vulcan Productions, based in Seattle, Wash., develops and supports media projects of substance and enduring significance, with the goal of helping audiences understand the world around them and respond to challenges. Earlier this year, Vulcan Productions co-produced the acclaimed Richard E. Robbins-directed film Girl Rising, which was called “one of the hottest ‘cause’ documentaries in years” by The New York Times. In 2013, Vulcan Productions also signed on as a producing partner of Pandora’s Promise, a documentary about nuclear power that was lauded as “essential viewing” by Newsday.

About Vulcan Productions

Founded by leading investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, Vulcan Productions produces compelling films, innovative digital programs, and outreach initiatives designed to explore critical issues and inspire people to take action. Its programs have won numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Emmy Award, the Grammy Award, and the Wildscreen Panda Award. Acclaimed films and series from the documentary group include Pandora’s Promise (2013); Girl Rising (2013); This Emotional Life (2010); Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial (2007); Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge (2005); No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005); Strange Days on Planet Earth (2005); Black Sky: The Race For Space, and Black Sky: Winning the X Prize (2004); Lightning in a Bottle (2004); The Blues (2003) and Evolution (2001). 

Vulcan Productions’ social action campaigns include an impact campaign for This Emotional Life, and outreach toolkits dedicated to early attachment and support of military families. It also developed Success at the Core, a web-based education initiative that uses media to help school leadership teams enhance instruction. Learn more at www.vulcanproductions.com  .

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