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Caty Borum Chattoo

Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact, Professor for the School of Communication at American University

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Caty Borum Chattoo Biography

Caty Borum Chattoo is Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact, an innovation lab and research center, and professor at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She is an award-winning TV and film producer, executive, and scholar working at the intersection of documentary, comedy, democracy, and social justice. Her book about the role of mediated comedy in social change, A Comedian and An Activist Walk Into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice, with co-author Lauren Feldman, was published by University of California Press (2020). Her documentary book, Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change, published by Oxford University Press (2020), was distributed as an audio book by Audible and recognized with the 2021 Broadcast Education Association Book Award.

In 2019, she co-created and launched, in partnership with cultural strategy group Moore + Associates and Comedy Central, the Yes, And Laughter Lab, a creative incubator of comedy for social justice, establishing robust partnerships across the entertainment industry, including Netflix, NBC Universal, CBS Viacom, Comedy Central, and many others. Also in 2019, she launched the Comedy ThinkTanks program, which brings together professional comedians and social justice organizations to co-create comedy for public engagement in social challenges, in collaborations with leading social justice organizations including Color of Change, Hip Hop Caucus, Caring Across Generations, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and more.

Her forthcoming book, under contract with NYU Press, takes readers into the stories and research behind the scenes of incubating and producing comedy for social justice, in collaboration with the entertainment industry and civil society organizations. The book, titled The Revolution Will Be Hilarious: Comedy for Social Change and Civic Power, is expected in late 2022.

As a producer, her films and TV programs have aired internationally and nationally on the Sundance Channel, Pivot, NDTV (India), Link TV, KCET, DirectTV and theatrically. She has produced two documentary feature films (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005) and The After Party (2011)), a TV documentary and transmedia series (Stand Up Planet, starring Hasan Minhaj from The Daily Show (2014), a multi-part documentary TV series focused on global poverty (ViewChange (2010-2011), a seven-part environmental justice documentary TV series (Sierra Club Chronicles (2007), and PSA campaigns designed for social change on issues ranging from global poverty to climate change to HIV.

Previously, Borum Chattoo was senior vice president in the social marketing (social/behavior change) practice group at FleishmanHillard International Communications in Washington, D.C., where she directed and served on the senior leadership team that won the communication industry’s highest honor, the Silver Anvil for Public Service. In Los Angeles, she was a longtime collaborator with legendary TV producer and philanthropist/activist Norman Lear as a philanthropy director and producer. She also served as the program officer in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Entertainment Media & Public Health program, where she managed HIV-awareness partnership program production, TV specials and PSA campaigns with MTV and BET; project director at the Center for Media Education; and fellow in civic journalism at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

In the U.S. and around the world, she is a featured speaker and thought-leader on the topics of documentary storytelling, comedy, communication, and social justice. at leading academic conferences (International Communication Association, National Communication Association, University Film & Video Association), professional social-change conferences (Skoll World Forum, TEDx, Frank Conference for Social Change), international film festivals and convenings (SXSW, Tribeca Film Festival, AFI DOCS, DOC NYC, European Documentary Network, Doc Impact Academy Netherlands, International Documentary Association’s Getting Real) and other professional gatherings. Her peer-reviewed research on the intersection of storytelling, creativity and social change is featured in leading journals in communication and the humanities, including Journal of Communication; Journalism; Media, Culture & Society; Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media; Mass Communication and Society; HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, and more. She serves on the Board of Directors of three leading media-serving organizations: The Peabody Awards, Kartemquin Films, and Working Films.

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Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact, Professor for the School of Communication at American University

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Caty Borum Chattoo Biography

Caty Borum Chattoo is Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact, an innovation lab and research center, and professor at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She is an award-winning TV and film producer, executive, and scholar working at the intersection of documentary, comedy, democracy, and social justice. Her book about the role of mediated comedy in social change, A Comedian and An Activist Walk Into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice, with co-author Lauren Feldman, was published by University of California Press (2020). Her documentary book, Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change, published by Oxford University Press (2020), was distributed as an audio book by Audible and recognized with the 2021 Broadcast Education Association Book Award.

In 2019, she co-created and launched, in partnership with cultural strategy group Moore + Associates and Comedy Central, the Yes, And Laughter Lab, a creative incubator of comedy for social justice, establishing robust partnerships across the entertainment industry, including Netflix, NBC Universal, CBS Viacom, Comedy Central, and many others. Also in 2019, she launched the Comedy ThinkTanks program, which brings together professional comedians and social justice organizations to co-create comedy for public engagement in social challenges, in collaborations with leading social justice organizations including Color of Change, Hip Hop Caucus, Caring Across Generations, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and more.

Her forthcoming book, under contract with NYU Press, takes readers into the stories and research behind the scenes of incubating and producing comedy for social justice, in collaboration with the entertainment industry and civil society organizations. The book, titled The Revolution Will Be Hilarious: Comedy for Social Change and Civic Power, is expected in late 2022.

As a producer, her films and TV programs have aired internationally and nationally on the Sundance Channel, Pivot, NDTV (India), Link TV, KCET, DirectTV and theatrically. She has produced two documentary feature films (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005) and The After Party (2011)), a TV documentary and transmedia series (Stand Up Planet, starring Hasan Minhaj from The Daily Show (2014), a multi-part documentary TV series focused on global poverty (ViewChange (2010-2011), a seven-part environmental justice documentary TV series (Sierra Club Chronicles (2007), and PSA campaigns designed for social change on issues ranging from global poverty to climate change to HIV.

Previously, Borum Chattoo was senior vice president in the social marketing (social/behavior change) practice group at FleishmanHillard International Communications in Washington, D.C., where she directed and served on the senior leadership team that won the communication industry’s highest honor, the Silver Anvil for Public Service. In Los Angeles, she was a longtime collaborator with legendary TV producer and philanthropist/activist Norman Lear as a philanthropy director and producer. She also served as the program officer in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Entertainment Media & Public Health program, where she managed HIV-awareness partnership program production, TV specials and PSA campaigns with MTV and BET; project director at the Center for Media Education; and fellow in civic journalism at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

In the U.S. and around the world, she is a featured speaker and thought-leader on the topics of documentary storytelling, comedy, communication, and social justice. at leading academic conferences (International Communication Association, National Communication Association, University Film & Video Association), professional social-change conferences (Skoll World Forum, TEDx, Frank Conference for Social Change), international film festivals and convenings (SXSW, Tribeca Film Festival, AFI DOCS, DOC NYC, European Documentary Network, Doc Impact Academy Netherlands, International Documentary Association’s Getting Real) and other professional gatherings. Her peer-reviewed research on the intersection of storytelling, creativity and social change is featured in leading journals in communication and the humanities, including Journal of Communication; Journalism; Media, Culture & Society; Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media; Mass Communication and Society; HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, and more. She serves on the Board of Directors of three leading media-serving organizations: The Peabody Awards, Kartemquin Films, and Working Films.

Caty Borum Chattoo Videos

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  • How to book Caty Borum Chattoo?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Caty Borum Chattoo for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Caty Borum Chattoo, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Caty Borum Chattoo or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Caty Borum Chattoo?

    Booking fees for Caty Borum Chattoo, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Caty Borum Chattoo, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Caty Borum Chattoo?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Caty Borum Chattoo for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Caty Borum Chattoo for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Caty Borum Chattoo or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Caty Borum Chattoo or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Caty Borum Chattoo is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Caty Borum Chattoo for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Caty Borum Chattoo generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Derek Rhodes, Allyson Kapin, Ben Rattray, John Wood and Andy Cohen. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Caty Borum Chattoo for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • COOLEST SHOW: Comedy as Critique w/ Caty Borum Chattoo ...
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