Merrill Brown


At the university, Brown oversees an extensive program that encompassing TV/Radio, communications studies, digital media, journalism, filmmaking, public relations, and organizational communication.  Before taking the post in August, Brown was principal of MMB Media LLC, which provided clients with management and strategy consulting, corporate, editorial and program development, business analysis and marketing services. Since the founding of MMB Media, clients have ranged from companies in the news, information and wireless businesses to large foundations.

Brown serves on the Board of Directors of GoLocal,  and on the Advisory Boards of the International Women’s Media Foundation,, and the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.  Brown also is a member of the advisory boards of the advertising firms, Media 6 Degrees and Mixpo, and had been Advisory Board Chairman of TRA Global, before it was sold to Tivo. Brown had been advisor to, a content discovery company funded by Vulcan Capital and has served as advisor and the Chairman of the Board of NowPublic, a leading citizen journalism company.  NowPublic was sold to in 2009. Brown was a member of the Board of Directors of Smashing Ideas Inc. until it was sold to Random House in May 2011.

Before establishing MMB Media, Brown served as Senior Vice President, RealNetworks’ RealOne Services from August 2002 through August 2003 and was responsible for all facets of the RealOne programming business including programming, subscription sales, marketing, advertising sales and technology. During his tenure, RealOne expanded subscription programming offerings in news, sports, entertainment and music and grew from 750,000 paid subscribers to over 1,000,000.