Brian Zipp | Executive Director
Mexican Food Connoisseur, Retired Hula-Hoop Champion, and member of the Professional Organization of English Majors, Brian Zipp has many interests. After hanging up his hula-hoop for good at the ripe old age of 7 after placing 2nd place in the El Paso, Texas, city-wide event Zippy continued his quest for fulfillment. Decades later, he has found that in community media production.
Zipp is a story-teller at heart and relishes the opportunity to work in a profession and in an environment devoted to encouraging and empowering people to share their voices–their stories, pursuits, passions, their messages and calls to action–with the larger community.
Getting his start in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at Public Media Network, Zipp has been involved in community media for more than a decade. Activities have ranged from television and radio production in all facets, to organizing and hosting regional film festivals, to connecting and partnering with members of the community and area non-profits to promote and encourage the use of the community asset that is access television.
Now at the old fire house in Union Square, Zipp continues to celebrate, remind and educate the public about the continued relevance of community media and importance of having a place where one can take advantage of the training, technology and transmission avenues available to them. Somerville is home to Massachusetts’ oldest access center, and Zipp fully intends to lead SCATV into a successful navigation through and evolution of the rapidly changing media landscape and the media needs of the community SCATV is committed to serve. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Erica Jones | Membership & Outreach Director
A native to Upstate NY, Erica has created a home here in the ‘Ville and has grown extremely enthusiastic with her work at SCATV. Since beginning her career in 2009 with community media, she has developed a better understanding of grassroots, community media and its significant role in our technologically-driven society. She believes through the use of media, social change can take place, which can offer a glimpse into the injustices and uniqueness of many communities. As the Membership and Outreach Director, some primary responsibilities include marketing & communications, event coordination, partnership & community building, member engagement and support, intern supervision & mentorship, facilitating community media productions including Hello Neighbor, Duck Village Stage Sessions, SCOUTV, Somerville: the Good Ole Days, Aging Well, Legacies: a Journey through the Interesting Lives of Elders and Maker Space as well as founding the Cinema Somerville Film Screening series, Rough Cut Media Series & Potluck & Lecture Series. Erica also enjoys collaborating on digital storytelling programs which increases awareness about issue-based topics impacting the Somerville community. Erica serves as the Vice Chair on the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region board of directors. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adam Stone | Studio & Technical Manager
Adam has been involved in Public Access TV since his High School when a friend dragged him into Peabody TV. After interning at many different stations around the state and graduating in 2012 from Champlain College in Burlington VT, he went on to start up the PEG Access Stations at West Newbury and Middleton Massachusetts. After leaving West Newbury, he became the Operations Coordinator at Framingham Access TV. At Framingham, he was instrumental in Studio Operations, repairing equipment and teaching members about new tech that would be the future of creating video. As the Studio and Technical Manager for SCATV he hopes to bring new ideas and implementations to help make members shooting and editing experiences easer and faster. He is also a member of the Boston chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, being on the forefront of new ideas and changes in the broadcast world. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Dave Ortega | Programming Coordinator & Production Assistant
Dave Ortega has called Somerville home for 15 years. He believes that storytelling is intrinsic to being human and he loves that he works in a place that connects people and their stories with the means to tell them. He was previously involved with SCATV as a show cast and crew member and at Boston Free Radio where he co-hosted a radio show combining skit comedy, music and comics. He comes to SCATV from the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University where for 12 years he worked as a Project Associate in film distribution. He has also taught comics as Visiting Faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 2016, he created an interactive educational comics project in collaboration with the Art Lab at the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston. Through the years, his award-winning comics have been featured at the Small Press Expo, Comic Arts Brooklyn, New York Art Book Fair, Latino Comics Expo, Grand Comics Expo, Brooklyn Zine Fest among other places. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter Levine | SNN Producer
Peter began his career at age 6 with a groundbreaking documentary about his family’s Thanksgiving rituals. Met with forced enthusiasm from his parents, his passion was cemented and he’s never looked back. A Pittsburgh native, Peter moved to Somerville and was immediately struck by its vibrant, diverse community.
He is grateful to be in a position to both help share the stories of the community and to help members develop their skills and interests. If you are interested in getting involved in Somerville Neighborhood News, please get in touch with him (shameless plug): email@example.com. When not producing SNN, Peter spends his time as a cellist, a low-fi animator, and freelance videographer.
Heather McCormack | Youth Media Coordinator & Boston Free Radio Manager
Heather McCormack is a 6 year resident of Somerville who is passionate about using the power of community media to engage all people, especially those who are traditionally underrepresented, in telling their stories in ways that are empowering, accessible, and active in promoting social change. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 with a BA in Communication and a Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latin@ studies. After graduation she began working at the Mystic Learning Center in Somerville, where she worked with youth age 5-21 in the Mystic Housing Development and developed a number of media and creative arts programs, including co-directing the Wild Tales youth theater program, collaborating with SCATV in creating a Film Production summer workshop series, and much more. In 2015 she received her M. Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Prevention Science and Practice program, winning the coveted Intellectual Contribution/Faculty Tribute award. Additionally, she has been involved in radio since the age of 14, when she got her first radio show at WHAB in Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. More recently she co-hosted a local politics and activism talk show on UNRegular Radio, and is thrilled to be able to unite her multiple passions into her new role at SCATV as the Youth Media Coordinator and Boston Free Radio manager. You can reach her at HMack@scatvsomerville.org.
Jason Corey | Front Desk Media Coordinator
Jason is a Somerville native & Somerville High School alumni. He has been involved with SCATV for many years, being introduced via Next Generation Producers during his freshman year at Somerville High. Since then, Jason has developed a passion for all aspects of media. He has attended the University of Rhode Island for Film/Media & is an avid photographer. When Jason isn’t manning the front desk at SCATV, he’s running & maintaining his wedding photography business. Find him at the front desk or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hans Elmidor | Front Desk Media Coordinator
Hans has been involved in the videography field since the age of 16 as a Somerville High School student. He quickly learned that video was his career of choice. In 2011, he formed a video production company called Vision to Images Productions. Under this production company he began a new TV/web show called The Entertainer’s Show which provides a platform for underground performers who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts. Hans is eager to take these skills to next level into the commercial video world through his production company and is happy to be a creative sounding board for SCATV members. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Lawrence Ojugbeli | Tufts University | Youth Media Intern
Lawrence is a sophomore at Tufts University double majoring in Political Science and Film and Media Studies. Passionate about activism and all things media, Lawrence believes that community television is the perfect blend of the two. Ever since he started filming skateboard videos with his friends, Lawrence thought that a career in film would be the path he wanted to pursue. However, he quickly learned that a career in any form of media would be a blessing. From kick flips and lucky tricks to written scripts and low budgets, he knows that he wants to capture it all.
Calvin DiLibero | Emerson College | Media Production Intern
Calvin has been telling stories through film and video for as long as he can remember. What started as a way to pass time on lazy summer days soon turned into a genuine interest. In high school, Calvin was fortunate enough to take Cinematic Arts classes where he learned the basics of visual storytelling and the art behind making media. These classes, along with an amazing experience working on a professional film set at the budding age of 14, cemented filmmaking as a lifelong passion for Calvin. This incessant need to tell stories has brought this LA native to Emerson College where he is studying Writing for Film and Television. Calvin is excited to learn at SCATV as well as put his experience to use to help SCATV tell its own stories and bring community media to the Somerville area.
Celeste Teng | Tufts University | Media Production Intern
Celeste is in her second year at Tufts University and a hopeful Anthropology/Film studies major. When she’s not on campus, you can find her in Chinatown (or at SCATV, obviously). Public access to communication, information and media platforms are super important to her, and she’s excited that SCATV stands for all these things. Her current project is a series of video profiles of people living in Somerville and Union Square who are at risk of being displaced/have been displaced from their homes, due to the rising cost of housing in the area. Get in touch if you want to share our story!
Olivia Whitaker | Northeastern University | Youth Media Intern
Olivia is a second-year Scorpio at Northeastern University studying Communication/Media Production and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her obsession with television started on her living room couch in middle school when her dad insisted on watching Sportscenter while the two ate breakfast together each morning. Before long, she was hooked, and determined to be the one calling the shots one day. Throughout high school and three semesters at Northeastern, she developed her skills as an editor, producer, director, and writer, finding her true passion in the director’s chair, working to ensure the best possible production. Now at SCATV, Olivia is excited and delighted to be surrounded by talented, passionate, creative people who support each other to make community media of all kinds. Working with the Youth Media Program, she hopes to pass on some of her excitement about all things media to the next generation. She believes that children are the future and love is the why.
Victoria Freeman | Northeastern University | Media Intern
Victoria is a second year Media and Screen Studies major at Northeastern University. Her love for stories began when she was 6 years old, when her dad would tell her bedtime stories. A few years later she learned how to craft her own fairy tales, and soon she became the primary story teller at home. After discovering film and screenwriting in the her senior year of high school she knew that was the industry for her. Her passions led to her SCATV and she now interns here, where she can use and improve her storytelling skills.
Amanda is a second year journalism graduate student at Emerson College with a passionate for all aspects of broadcast news. She has a variety of experience in media organizations, including as a news intern for WIQO 100.9 -Lynchburg’s talk radio station, a programming intern at Seacrest Studios-Boston Children’s Hospital, and a producer/videographer at WEBN News. She is passionate about social justice issues, music journalism, and community-building. Amanda believes in the power of journalism to showcase underrepresented voices and inspire powerful dialogue and action. AT SCATV, she looks forward to learning from and growing with her fellow interns, and providing Somerville residents with a platform with which to share their stories.
Connor is an aspiring writer from Milford, Massachusetts. After studying English for two years at Dean College in Franklin, he transferred to Lesley University in Cambridge where he currently pursues a degree in creative writing. He is passionate about journalism and is excited to write for SCATV.
Dian is a senior at Boston University studying Journalism and Economics. Interested in writing, communicating and taking videos, she is passionate about telling stories. Before her internship at SCATV, Dian has interned at Brookline Interactive Group, a community media center in Brookline and a city based TV station in Ningbo, China. With strong writing and visual telling skills, Dian had published two of her clips recommended by her professor to Wicked Local Brookline. She is also a current student ambassador of Boston University’s Center for Career Development and Educational Resource Center, and an associate producer and assignment editor of BUTV10’s “Amber,” which is a bilingual show (English and Chinese) at the students run TV station based in Boston University’s College of Communication. Dian is eager to contribute all skills into her internship at SCATV and to generate great stories.