Ellen Stiefler

CEO, Transmedia Multiverse
Austin, TX, United States

About Ellen

Bio

Ellen Stiefler is a Transmedia Producer, Talent Agent, Manager, Publisher & IP Attorney. Ellen begins by identifying and protecting the intellectual property in the story, talent or content. Next, she finds avenues and nurtures relationships to develop the property across all manner of media, including bestselling books, feature films, scripted and unscripted television series, gaming platforms, stage productions, graphic novels, music, educational platforms and other products and services. Last, Ellen facilitates distribution of the media in an orchestrated roll-out leveraging traditional and social media, transmedia engagement with audiences, and other methods to maximize impact and reach.

A few examples of Ellen's projects are bringing out Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's TED Talk as a NY Times bestselling book, ballet, documentary, and a full length feature film in development with Academy Award-winning talent; developing multiple content vehicles to disseminate the messages and enhance the platforms of many preeminent physicians; and building and distributing the educational platform of the organization that educates, trains and board-certifies Integrative holistic physicians in America.

On the home front, Ellen and Rand have eight children, two grandchildren and a million honeybees. They are avid sailors and right after TED 2015 will begin a circumnavigation by sail catamaran.

TED Conferences

TED2015, TED2014, TED2013, TED2012, TED2011, TED2010, TED2009, TED2008, TED2007, TED2006

Areas of Expertise

Intellectual property (copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets), t

I'm passionate about

circumnavigating by sailboat, beekeeping, integrative holistic medicine, bringing great ideas to the world across all media, my sweetheart, children, friends & family.

Talk to me about

beekeeping, planning for a circumnavigation by sailboat, Integrative Medicine, summiting Kilimanjaro in a 30 yr blinding blizzard

People don't know I'm good at

violin (Juiliard-trained)

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Ellen Stiefler
Posted over 4 years ago
Philip K. Howard: Four ways to fix a broken legal system
I can relate to what Philip is describing from an insider's perspective. I'm a lawyer by training. Before you shoot me, let me tell you that I was raised by two lawyers who were like Atticus Finch - lovely, decent, kind - which helps me maintain my optimism for what is possible in the profession of law. Still, it's sad that there's no greater professional compliment I hear than "you're such a non-lawyer lawyer." As it happens (and it happens too often), this morning I'm revising a contract from one of the "lawyer lawyers" that would leave you feeling as if you'd better count your fingers after shaking the other guy's hand. That says a lot about how law can be misused, and about what has to be changed. Fortunately, we know the client on the other side of the transaction and he is a good guy. We recognize that it's his lawyer who has taken his good intention and almost killed the deal with this weapon of a contract. We will work it through and after we’ll send him this TEDTalk.
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Ellen Stiefler
Posted over 4 years ago
Eric Lewis: Chaos and harmony on piano
Here are videos of a Post-TED concert Eric gave at my house. I want to share them for you to enjoy too. http://bit.ly/dhd7Df - "Heartbeat" http://bit.ly/9Q98EX - "Smells Like Teen Spirit" http://bit.ly/a4Z1Hl - "Mr. Brightside" http://bit.ly/9XtxvL - "Georgia" http://bit.ly/94qj7T - Breaking Bejamin, "Diary of Jane" http://bit.ly/bgLCzA - what he ended with after everyone went home, pt 1 http://bit.ly/dB8UIC - what he ended with after everyone went home, pt 2
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Ellen Stiefler
Posted over 4 years ago
Eric Lewis: Piano jazz that rocks
Here are videos of a Post-TED concert Eric gave at my house. I want to share them for you to enjoy too. http://bit.ly/dhd7Df - "Heartbeat" http://bit.ly/9Q98EX - "Smells Like Teen Spirit" http://bit.ly/a4Z1Hl - "Mr. Brightside" http://bit.ly/9XtxvL - "Georgia" http://bit.ly/94qj7T - Breaking Bejamin, "Diary of Jane" http://bit.ly/bgLCzA - what he ended with after everyone went home, pt 1 http://bit.ly/dB8UIC - what he ended with after everyone went home, pt 2
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Ellen Stiefler
Posted over 4 years ago
Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds
Temple Grandin's TEDTalk illustrates the point (as did Aimee Mullin's) that "disabilities" are just differences. There are advantages to being able to think in pictures (or being able to wear prosthetics to make your legs long or strong). Vive la difference!
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Ellen Stiefler
Posted over 5 years ago
Tod Machover + Dan Ellsey: Inventing instruments that unlock new music
Tod's talk at '08 TED, with the talented and joyful Dan Elsey, still stands on the short list of most inspirational and moving TEDTalks of all time in my humble opinion. I did have to wait in a line behind people like Al Gore and Robin Williams to thank them after their performance, so my guess is that I'm in good company thinking so. Don't miss this Excellent talk!
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Ellen Stiefler
Posted over 5 years ago
Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs - and my mindset
Aimee's true "disability" is when people treat her or label her as a disabled person. She competes at every level as a non-disabled person. The greatest disservice to Aimee, or anyone with her courage and self-confidence, would be to label or marginalize them based on our perceptions of their having a disability. Think about how it is with children growing up. Every one of us has relative abilities and disabilities if we stop to compare ourselves. But we all do better if we believe in ourselves and that develops if others believe in us. With children, this starts with parents and others who care for them believing in the child's abilities. If the caretakers label a child as being "disabled" and starts treating him as having a disability, he will more than likely never exceed this diminished expectation. In Aimee's case, I'm guessing her parents told her that she could do anything she wanted to accomplish. If every child, with all degrees of ability and disability, had that same kind of support, wouldn't it be wonderful! There are days - like after I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, or after I climbed Mt Whitney up and down all in one very long day - that my "abled" legs were worked-over and I wished for another set of legs to change into. The issue isn't how strong or weak or injured or unique our legs are....it's what we do with them - and that goes for all our gifts!