About AudPop

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AudPop is the global video platform that connects a diverse community of more than 75,000 video Creators with businesses that need custom, high-quality video. Our proprietary software helps businesses connect to our Creator community through turnkey video contests and film challenges, and with AudPop’s Creator freelancer marketplace.

AudPop Studios provides managed video production producing high-quality video for Fortune 500 brands and agencies, affordably and at scale. We tap into our Premium and Pro Creators to make the best video content and brand films that resonate with an audience. 

Our platform is built by Creators, for Creators.

Our mission is to support video Creators by creating more professional opportunities, while at the same time making high-quality, professional storytelling more flexible and accessible to more businesses. Our community reaches 50M people and the tools of our network incentivize sharing the best content through social channels. 

Since 2013, AudPop has supported the most creative, authentic voices across the globe, and consistently supported its community and Creators in a safe, responsible, and equitable way. We have awarded millions of dollars in prizes and wages to diverse Creators, and have operated more than 250 film festivals, film challenges, and video contests for LGBTQ, BIPOC, and female and non-binary Creators.

Our platform is democratizing media and entertainment by enabling any Creator to submit proposals to AudPop opportunities where they will be juried by their peers and industry leaders in marketing and entertainment. Through AudPop, our Creators have worked with brands like Hilton, DELL, and GoDaddy as well as received filmmaking mentorship opportunities (21st Century Fox and Women in Film) and distribution for their films (Canela, XUMO, IndieFlix, Revolt, and Starz).

 

AudPop’s Executive Leadership Team

Paige Williams

Paige Williams

Founder & CEO

Paige Williams knows firsthand that one film can change hearts and minds. Williams’ first feature documentary “Mississippi Queen”—that examined how one loves their family when everyone fundamentally disagrees—was screened in over 100 film festivals and won many audience awards. Her second feature documentary, “From Place to Place,” created impact on a state and national level—leading to one of the most significant pieces of national child welfare reform legislation in the past 50 years. Williams founded AudPop in 2013 to connect filmmakers to opportunities to create more change in the world—and since, AudPop has been recognized by Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Inc. magazines for its innovation. In 2021, Williams was recently recognized as a Forbes Next 1000 entrepreneur.  

Nichelle Carr

Nichelle S. Carr

Advising CCO 

Nichelle S. Carr, the Chief Content Officer at AudPop, believes a story well told can change the world. Carr is a creative executive and producer with global film distribution and marketing expertise. Her varied expertise and passions are reflected in her work and where it’s taken her to: media, finance, and technology in Europe and the U.S.; human rights advocacy in Nigeria; and economic development and education in Senegal. Prior to AudPop, Carr was a Vice President at Universal Pictures in both London and Los Angeles, and has deep experience in complex cross-border transactions.

Leland Johnson

Leland Johnson

CTO

Leland Johnson, AudPop’s Chief Technical Officer, is a talented visionary and exceptional problem solver with a track record of accomplishments as a senior manager and technologist. He possesses strong and current technical skills in C#, .Net, Java/Android, and MS-SQL; as well as business and insurance industry experience spanning from small to complex geographically diverse organizations. He’s also an expert at implementing organizational improvements through the effective utilization of technology.

Denise Crayne

Denise Crayne

Fractional CFO

Denise Crayne is an experienced business professional with a demonstrated history of working in the media and entertainment industry. She is exceptionally skilled in corporate and operational FP&A, controllership, deal modeling and review, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and revenue recognition. At AudPop, Crayne is currently responsible for FP&A, controllership, enterprise risk management, and IT management and strategy. She’s experienced in system implementations and overall management initiatives.

Nichelle Carr

Vivien Vitolo

Creative Director

Vivien Vitolo began her career in New York at a boutique advertising agency as a director’s assistant. It did not take long before Vivien proved her talents and started participating in all facets of the advertising business, from inception to completion, acquiring a broad range of experience across all media platforms. Her talent, drive and determination allowed her to swiftly climb the ranks from assistant, to Creative Director / Director.

Throughout her career, Vivien’s work has brought her to many different locations around the United States and abroad, such as South America and South Africa. She has had the pleasure of partnering with clients such as Dior, Clinique, Lancôme, Clarins, Origins, Aveeno, Elizabeth Arden, Estée Lauder, Macy’s and Avon, just to name a few. With her intuitive understanding of strategy, passion for storytelling and innovative vision, Vivien has created some of the most dynamic and successful advertising campaigns for both foreign and domestic beauty markets.
In addition to her advertising career, Vivien has produced and directed various projects for TV, theater and across multiple digital channels. From her psychedelic music video, “Fresh On”, to her a sold-out New York theater production of Theresa Rebeck’s Our House, and the special “Oprah Goes to Broadway” airing on OWN. Vivien’s talent along with enthusiasm, dedication and infectious personality makes her not only successful but a welcomed colleague.

 

Lisa Stone

Lisa Stone

AudPop Global Advisory Board Chair

Lisa Stone is an investor and entrepreneur with deep experience activating millions of people to achieve defined business goals. Lisa works across product, engineering, finance, sales, marketing, content and community to design platforms, programs, pricing and partnerships that deliver.

For the past 25 years, Lisa’s work has been distinguished by her philosophy that building diverse teams and inclusive cultures is the fastest path to creating significant, measurable value. Storytelling with data created by, for and with robustly heterogeneous teams, and putting millions of dollars in the pockets of women, are consistent themes of her track record.

As a creator economy pioneer, Lisa repeatedly used technology to create scale customer movements and communities (25-127 million monthly uniques) on topics ranging from enterprise to lifestyle (BlogHer, Ellevest, Law.com, Women.com/Hearst, Fortune 100 clients, and various startup advisory boards). Specialties: Storytelling with data, activating inclusivity and diversity, and putting millions of dollars in the pockets of women. Awards include Fortune’s MPW Entrepreneur Award, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University. Member of C200, the Wellesley Business Leadership Council, and Broadway Angels.

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