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About Me

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.

Location:
United States, Austin, TX
Current organization:
Transmedia Multiverse
Current role:
CEO
Gender:
Female
Areas of expertise:
Intellectual property (copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets), t
I am:
Brainstormer, Business adviser, Connector, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Idea generator, Investor, Parent, Promoter, World traveler
My website links:
Transmedia Productions
Universities:
Duke University, The Juilliard School , Brearley
TED conferences attended:
TED2015, TED2014, TED2013, TED2012, TED2011, TED2010, TED2009, TED2008, TED2007, TED2006

TEDCRED 200+ TED Attendee

More About Me

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 that I'm good at

violin (Juiliard-trained)

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  • A comment on Talk: Omar Ahmad: Political change with pen and paper

    May 5 2010: Omar, this is great practical advice, funny and inspirational too.
    I'm sending your talk to all my children as something they won't learn in school, but should be taught.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
  • +5

    A comment on Talk: Philip K. Howard: Four ways to fix a broken legal system

    Mar 26 2010: 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.
  • +4

    A comment on Talk: Eric Lewis: Chaos and harmony on piano

    Mar 26 2010: 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
  • +3

    A comment on Talk: Eric Lewis: Piano jazz that rocks

    Mar 26 2010: 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
  • +4

    A comment on Talk: Robert Gupta: Music is medicine, music is sanity

    Mar 26 2010: Robert "played real good for free" at the Westin music jam late one night at TED too.
    Here are links to his two performances there: http://bit.ly/94Bj7v and http://bit.ly/d8py3V
    Enjoy!
  • +7

    A comment on Talk: Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

    Feb 24 2010: 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!
  • +4

    A comment on Talk: Tod Machover + Dan Ellsey: Inventing instruments that unlock new music

    Jun 17 2009: 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!
  • A comment on Talk: Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs - and my mindset

    Jan 29 2009: 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!

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