Ellen Seidler, a 27-year broadcast journalism and film veteran, created this website to reveal the forces behind today’s flourishing online piracy economy–a black market business model profiting everyone except the content creators.
Ellen began her broadcast career at ABC News in New York as an assignment editor, and then joined KRON-TV in San Francisco as a photojournalist and editor. Seidler is currently a professor of Fine & Media Arts at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California. She has also been a lecturer in Digital Media at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and taught video production workshops for the Knight Digital Media Center at Berkeley.
During her career Ellen has produced/directed/ and worked as a cinematographer on a variety of independent film and documentary projects. Her directing credits include the award-winning documentary “Fighting for Our Lives-Facing AIDS in San Francisco” (narrated by Linda Hunt and appearing on PBS) and the experimental short “Et L’Amour” which screened in LGBT film festivals throughout the world.
Over the past two decades, Seidler has worked as a freelance producer, director, editor and videographer on a variety of independent projects for a diverse group of companies that include: Pacific Telesis, ESPN, Bank of America, Eddie Bauer, KGO-TV, KPIX-TV, PBS, Encyclopedia Britannica, the Syntex Corporation, CBS, Apple Computer, The Maynard Institute, and Conde Nast.
Seidler, along with Megan Siler, co-produced/co-directed Fast Girls Film’s hit lesbian romantic comedy, “And Then Came Lola.” The film premiered in June, 2009 to a sold-out audience at the San Francisco Frameline LGBT Film Festival and was screened at dozens of film festivals around the world. The film was released on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD worldwide in May 2010. More information can be found at www.andthencamelola.com.
Seidler received her B.A. in fine arts from Harvard University, and her M.A. in journalism from U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.