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Author, "The Art of Immersion"

Frank Rose: Biography at a Glance

  • Best-selling author of “The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories,” “The Agency: William Morris and the Hidden History of Show Business” and “West of Eden: The End of Innocence at Apple Computer”
  • Senior fellow at the Columbia University School of the Arts and member of its Digital Storytelling Lab
  • Longtime contributing editor for Wired, covering the making of “Avatar,” the posthumous Hollywood career of Philip K. Dick, and Samsung and the rise of the South Korean techno-state 
Author, "The Art of Immersion"

Frank Rose is a leading authority on the future of media. In his most recent book, The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories, he argues that we are seeing the emergence of a new form of narrative that’s native to the Internet in the same way the novel is native to print.

Engaging us in much the same way games do, these stories encourage us not just to watch but to participate. They’re not only entertaining but immersive, taking us deeper than an hour-long TV drama or a two-hour movie or a 30-second spot will permit.

Frank gained his perspective from a decade as a contributing editor at Wired, where he has written extensively on the impact of technology on advertising and entertainment. Along the way he covered such stories as the secret to ESPN’s success, Sony’s enormous gamble on the PlayStation 3, the rise of Comedy Central, and the disastrous merger of AOL and Time Warner. But he has a depth of experience that comes from covering entertainment, technology, and business for years before that.

Before joining Wired, Frank was a contributing writer at Fortune, focusing on the rise of the global media conglomerates and the moguls who ran them. Before that he had turned his attention to Hollywood, working as a contributing writer for the movie magazine Premiere and writing The Agency, an unauthorized account of the rise and near-collapse of what was once the most successful talent agency show business.

As a contributing editor at Esquire in the ’80s, he documented the tribal rites of subcultures ranging from New Wave in New York to the tech entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley. This led to his 1989 best-seller West of Eden, about the cult of Macintosh and the ouster of Steve Jobs from Apple.

Frank has been a keynote speaker at conferences ranging from The Guardian‘s Changing Media Summit in London to ad:tech Sydney to the Festival della Scienza in Genoa. He has debated the future of media at South by Southwest and the Cannes Film Festival, spoken at companies ranging from Google to Lucasfilm to the BBC, and lectured at Stanford, USC, NYU, and Columbia, where he currently leads an executive education seminar in digital storytelling strategy.

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Sheffield Doc/Fest

“Frank Rose's keynote presentation provided the context for what storytelling has been and will become. It was a great demonstration of the impact of digital media in our society and set the stage for a robust discussion on building the industry in Kansas City.”

Kansas City Digital Story Telling Forum

“Frank Rose was the perfect keynote for our Innovation in Story­telling Forum. His expertise, insight and thoughtful provocation really engaged the audience and brought brilliant context to the discussions of the day for us all.”

Film4

“Future-spotting doesn't get much better than this.”

Kevin Kelly, author of "What Technology Wants"

“A new avant-garde is taking the plunge – not underground, but online. For those of us lagging behind, wading rather than diving into art's new cyber-sphere, Frank Rose makes an excellent guide.”

The Atlantic

“We're in the midst of a fascinating – and delirious, often over­whelming – cultural moment, one that Rose, with his important new book, astutely helps us to understand.”

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