Megan Elliott is the founding Director of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts – an interdisciplinary program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, that addresses the relationship between technology, creativity and entrepreneurship. Made possible by a $20M investment from the Johnny Carson Foundation, the Center will produce transformative creative leaders by building the ultimate student-centered program where every graduate is able to realize their dream job or raise money to start their dream company — right out of school.
Elliott is the co-founder of X Media Lab, the internationally acclaimed think-tank and creative workshop which she took to 14 countries and 22 cities around the world. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Australian Writers’ Guild. Elliott was nominated by Advance Australia as one of the “Leading 50 Women for the Future”, and by the Australian Government as one of the “Global 50 – Australia Unlimited – Global Achievers”. She is one of five people to be nominated by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to have her oral history recorded due to her contribution to the development of the digital media industries.
She is an advisor to start-ups, and a regularly invited guest speaker, participant and judge to emerging media arts events around the world, including: Berlinale-Talents at Berlinale, one of the post prestigious cultural events in the world; FICCI-FRAMES – India’s largest business of entertainment event; the New Frontier Program at the Sundance Film Festival; Shanghai Media Group; Gehua Foundation in Beijing; International Emmy Awards and MIPCOM in Cannes; BAFTA in London; American Film Institute’s Digital Content Lab in Los Angeles; Art et Metier in Paris; Asia Games Development Summit in Singapore; Kreatif! in Kuala Lumpur; VIVID in Sydney, and many more.