Marketing Today with Alan Hart

Alan Hart, marketer and advisor to the world's best marketers and companies, leads intimate conversations with the world's most dynamic chief marketing officers (CMOs) and business leaders. Alan goes further than other marketing podcasts to learn CMO strategies, tips, and advice. Alan and his guests reveal what makes a great brand, marketing campaign, or turnaround. Learn from the personal experience and rich stories of these marketing and business leaders so you can unleash your full potential.


episode 283: The Integration of Acting and Film in Marketing with Variety’s Dea Lawrence

Dea Lawrence is the CMO of Variety, where she oversees PR, media partnerships, creative communications, live media, virtual events, video development, and custom content.

In this episode, Alan and Dea discuss her role as CMO, her previous acting career, and how it helped shape her approach to marketing. Dea says, “we always have to think of what we are going to do next and what's new and different to meet the competition and keep our brands going.”

Later in the conversation they talk about how Variety kept customer interest during the pandemic and virtual events, and how film and the TV industry integrate with marketing.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How acting prepares you for business
  • Keeping customers interested during virtual events 
  • How film integrates with marketing

Key Highlights:

  • [01:24] Dea’s acting career
  • [04:44] From actor to CMO
  • [09:55] How acting prepared her for business
  • [13:11] Who is Variety
  • [15:00] Transitioning from in-person to virtual events 
  • [21:30] Why being CMO at Variety is different than most CMO positions
  • [23:17] Variety’s content studio
  • [29:52] Achieving growth in publishing
  • [31:20] An experience that defines Dea, makes her who she is today
  • [33:32] Dea’s advice for her younger self 
  • [34:50] What marketers should learn more about
  • [36:03] The brands and organizations Dea follows
  • [37:58] The biggest threat for marketers today

Resources Mentioned: 

  • Variety
  • Dea Lawrence (IMDb Profile | LinkedIn)
  • Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, play by Charles Busch
  • iFilm and former CEO, Kevin Wendell and now owner of Hotel Esencia
  • Variety Virtual Events & Streams
  • Variety Content Studio
  • Steven Gaydos
  • Alex Castro, VP of video
  • The Take (Video Show)
  • Variety Podcasts
  • Smartless podcast (Alan references)
  • NFTs
  • Scott Galloway
  • Scott on NFTs 
  • Trinny London – cosmetics brand and founder, Trinny Woodall

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