Hiya, my name is Zack Lieberman. Welcome.
I’m a producer, publisher, filmmaker, and digital artist/designer/developer/product builder based out of Brooklyn, New York; I’m from Seattle via Los Angeles (where I received my degree from USC). Click to peep my Facebook, Instagram, Twitterz, or LinkedIn, or download my CV here (pdf).
My professional background is in interactive product design and development: I came up launching some big web/music/video products as a PA/AP/Producer/Senior Producer at MTV, and more recently led digital media production for an acclaimed Sony Pictures Television show (where I won an Emmy Award as part of a great team).
I’ve since founded my own production company EXIT STRATEGY new media, where I lead the product design and development for its consulting unit. I’ve been the lead/executive producer, designer, and/or developer on dozens of projects: from developing multi-platform video solutions to managing complex technical advertising integrations for Fortune 500 clients; I’ve overseen the design, development, and launch of rich ecommerce applications and dynamic interactive experiences for some of the largest media, wellness, biopharma, gardening, and hydroponics companies in the world.
I also co-created the award-winning series The West Side and was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film; the magazine heralded The West Side as “ingenious low-budget independent filmmaking that just happens to be viewable only on the Web.” The series captured worldwide acclaim and won the 2008 Webby Award for Best Drama Series.
In my “free” time, I’m leading technical development for a new cutting-edge interactive publishing platform (for iOS, Android, Xbox, Playstation, VR, AR) as part of an ongoing personal project: a young boy’s Alice in Wonderland set in New York City called MAX & CHARLIE, which is being made into a feature film, video game, and graphic novel — what I’m calling an “indie tentpole” model. The graphic novel was recently published and was heralded as “one of the best indie graphic novels of Fall” and has won a few industry awards since. Stay tuned for the interactive ebook!
I do my best to create clean, elegant products that push the boundaries of modern storytelling.
I speak regularly on industry panels discussing the state of New Media and I’ve firmly committed myself to a career of pushing the frontier of “transmedia” storytelling. I went “all-in” on stereoscopic 3D a few years ago and started concentrating all efforts toward the development of feasible stereoscopic 3D workflows for independent filmmakers and digital content creators. Click to read the “Indie 3D” quasi-manifesto I wrote for Filmmaker Magazine a couple years ago. I’m basically just getting ready to make MAX & CHARLIE into a badass lil indie 3D flick.
With that goal in mind, I’ve spent the past few years experimenting with, developing for, and writing on the future of independent stereo 3D. Using an array of emerging 3D technology, I’ve shot and produced high-fashion and experimental 3D photography, art, and music videos. You’ll obviously see a lot of that 3D on this site…
I’ve been humbled to create some things people loved…
25 New Faces of Indie Film, Filmmaker Magazine
The fine people of Filmmaker Magazine included me in their annual “filmmakers to watch” roundup (alongside fellow co-creator Ryan Koo). An honor! Click to read the article!
Emmy Award, Best Informational Talk Show
This one feels a little strange to me, but I was a Senior Producer for The Dr. Oz Show, helping launch and lead production for doctoroz.com (a beast with 50+ million pageviews/month). We won a Daytime Emmy and they gave me an award! I’ll take it!
A few of the things that keep/have kept me busy…
MAX & CHARLIE is my most recent project: a young boy’s dreamed adventure through the chaos of NYC. A graphic novel, feature film, and video game; written, directed, and produced by me. The graphic novel is available now and was called “one of the best indie graphic novels of Fall.”
EXIT STRATEGY is the award-winning digital media production company I co-founded and run. We’re mostly working on our own projects these days, but we can help create basically anything you an think of. Get in touch →
The West Side is the no-budget, nights and weekends, Webby Award winning “urban western” series I co-created/produced/directed/etc with Ryan Koo way back in the day. A bit long in the tooth at this point, but kinda holds up! Check out episodes here →
An interactive murder mystery: a pulpy whodunnit for the connected age. (The vid above is just a quick demo we made; does not reflect intended quality.) Selected for Power to the Pixel Pixel Pitch competition and Dogfish Accelerator program for cutting-edge media projects. In development. Learn more →
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My consulting, design, and development partnership. We keep a low profile and want you to get the credit — we don’t talk about it, we just be about it! We’re available worldwide for all kinds of work. Learn more →