Ed Bennett owns Bennett Media Studio (BMS) and 723 Washington Studios in New York City.
He also owns his own record label, Film/Television company, and Talent Management agency.
A published writer, song lyricist, music composer and recorded musician, Ed serves on the Board of The Songwriters Guild of America Foundation. He also produced and composed the “Ryland Angel” album on EMI’s Manhattan Records. This project was recorded at BMS, and at Abbey Road Studios in London, and was then filmed on PBS nationwide.
Mr. Bennett’s experience ranges from his artistic pursuits to his entrepreneurial businesses, encompassing the internet, media and technology, to music, film, television broadcasting, talent development and publishing.
Ed was the first President and Chief Executive Officer of VH1, MTV Network’s 24-hour music and lifestyle network. Ed developed many new TV shows for this popular global TV network.
He was also CEO of HA! The TV Comedy Network, a television network start-up for the MTV Networks group. It was then merged with HBO/Time Warner. The new joint venture, called Comedy Central, is now in over 300 million television households and is the most successful TV Comedy network in the world.
While in the television industry, he produced the first CEO Conference at MIT’s Media Lab. At VH1, he instituted and led over twenty campaigns for non-political social causes such as improving education and protecting the environment. Groups such as Grammy’s in the Schools and Habitat For Humanity were created to raise public awareness on how individuals can make a difference through local volunteerism or financial contributions.
Mr. Bennett has also been publicly recognized for his professional and personal work. He was given the American Civil Liberty Union’s Torch of Liberty Award, an honor he shares with Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, Gregory Peck,and Harry Belafonte.
At Bennett Media, Ed is producing video podcasts for Culturecatch.com, as well as developing new Shows for the internet.
He recently launched a Story Teller series at his Studio, a live monthly event called “ The Manhattan Monologue Slam”.
These Story tellers perform monologues in front of a live audience and are judged by peers, and a winner is declared each month. This production will expand to Los Angeles in January 2010.
Ed is also working on new photography projects for Art Gallery display, and developing new singers and performers in his recording studio
His recent focus is helping various artists, writers, performers and producers in bringing their creative work forward to higher profiles.
He also co-sponsored “On The Edge”, New Independent Cinema from China, a Film festival held at Lincoln Center in April 2007.
Ed also wrote music for a TV Special called “ Heavenly Voices”, a joint venture with EMI and PBS (Public Broadcasting System). The Special aired on 200 PBS Stations in the U.S. in March 2007. Ryland Angel, Ed’s singer and co-writing partner, was featured in the concert.
Mr. Bennett attended Boston University and MIT where he studied Architecture and Design. He also consulted at NYU’s Center for Advanced Digital Applications ( CADA), helping to expand their Animation curriculum internationally. As a photographer, his photographs have appeared in magazines, journals and CD covers.
He is currently working in the Studio on his new album incorporating themes from his film and photography work.