Liz Manne Strategy works with clients in business, advocacy, and the arts to grow their enterprises, achieve results, and make meaningful change.
Bridging the worlds of art, business, and social change, Liz Manne Strategy provides management consulting, cultural strategy, and other customized advisory services to nonprofit organizations, pro-social businesses, and independent media makers.
We help organizations, entrepreneurs, and creative leaders maximize their effectiveness, particularly at key points of growth and transition. Services include strategic planning, leadership coaching, organizational development, business planning, and new business development.
Campaigns & Cultural Strategy
Fusing an expertise in branding and entertainment marketing with the emerging practice of cultural strategy for social change, we help clients successfully achieve their awareness, impact, and revenue goals. Services include high level marketing, communications, and cultural strategy; brand strategy and identity development; and creative campaign development.
Clients & Campaigns
Campaigns & Content
Editorial director for a series of reports about the promise and potential of popular culture as an agent of change.
Editorial director for Making Waves: A Guide to Cultural Strategy from The Culture Group.
Migration is Beautiful
Co-producer of Migration Is Beautiful, an artist-driven immigration rights campaign. (The Culture Group, Culture Strike, RPM)
Executive Producer of Dadaab Stories, a collaborative media project from world’s largest refugee camp. (FilmAid, TFI New Media Fund)
Co-creator of Actually..., a political comedy video series during the 2012 presidential election, starring Rosie Perez, W. Kamau Bell, Cher, Kathy Griffin, and others. (American Bridge, Schlep Labs)
Immigration: Arts, Culture & Media 2010
Co-author and director of research for Immigration: Arts, Culture and Media 2010, a Creative Change report for The Opportunity Agenda. Produced accompanying forum.
Obama for America
Founder of NY Film & TV for Obama and co-founder of East End for Obama, artists’ groups that helped raise more than $1.5 million for the 2008 and 2012 campaigns. (Obama for America)
Edie Falco and Healthcare for America Now
Advisor to Edie Falco and Healthcare for America Now’s campaign for healthcare reform.
Free the Slaves
Co-curator of Spotlight on Modern Day Slavery at Mountainfilm in Telluride. (Free the Slaves)
Work & Ventures
A humanitarian NGO that uses the power of film and media to bring life-saving information and psychological relief to refugees and other communities in crisis around the globe.
A pop-up think tank of artists, producers, organizers, and strategists committed to advancing the field of cultural strategy for social change.
An independent film, television, and multi-platform content company.
A destination site for original, high quality independently produced video content.
Executive VP Programming & Marketing
A cable television network under the creative direction of Robert Redford.
Co-founder, Executive VP Marketing
The independent film division of New Line Cinema (a TimeWarner company).
Boards & Memberships
Member, Board of Directors
As a marketing executive, sales agent, consultant, and producer, Liz has helped bring more than 100 critically acclaimed and award-winning independent films to market.
3 Backyards starring Edie Falco (Screen Media), Co-producer
Lucky (HBO Documentaries), Executive Producer
A Dog Year starring Jeff Bridges (HBO Films), Producer
Fall From Grace (Showtime), Executive Producer
The Heart of the Game (Miramax), Producer
American Splendor, Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini Academy Award nominee, Cannes winner, Golden Globe nominee, Independent Spirit nominee, Sundance winner
An Angel at my Table, Jane Campion Independent Spirit winner, Venice winner
Chutney Popcorn, Nisha Ganatra GLAAD nominee
Crash, David Cronenberg Cannes winner
Deconstructing Harry, Woody Allen Academy Award nominee
Elephant, Gus Van Sant Cannes Palme d’Or winner
Entre Nos, Paola Mendoza Tribeca winner
Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry, George Butler
Gummo, Harmony Korine Gotham winner, Venice winner
Hoop Dreams, Steve James Sundance winner, Academy Award nominee
The Hunting of the President, Nickolas Perry & Harry Thomason
The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love, Maria Maggenti GLAAD winner
Last Days, Gus Van Sant Cannes winner, Independent Spirit nominee
Margaret Cho: Beautiful, CHO Revolution, I’m the One that I Want, Notorious C.H.O.
Maria Full of Grace, Joshua Marston Academy Award nominee, Gotham winner, Independent Spirit winner, Sundance winner
Matewan, John Sayles Academy Award nominee, Independent Spirit winner
Metropolitan, Whit Stillman Sundance winner, Academy Award nominee
Once Were Warriors, Lee Tamahori Venice winner
The Player, Robert Altman Academy Award nominee, Cannes winner, Golden Globe winner, Independent Spirit winner
Pollock, Ed Harris Academy Award winner, Independent Spirit nominee
Real Women Have Curves, Patricia Cardoso Independent Spirit winner, Sundance winner
A Room With A View, James Ivory Academy Award Winner
Roger Waters The Wall, Roger Waters & Sean Evans
Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair Academy Award nominee, Cannes Camera d’Or winner
Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Steven Soderbergh Academy Award nominee, Cannes Palme d’Or winner, Golden Globe nominee, Independent Spirit winner, Sundance winner
Shine, Scott Hicks Academy Award winner, Golden Globe winner
Short Cuts, Robert Altman Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe winner, Independent Spirit winner, Venice winner
To Sleep With Anger, Charles Burnett Independent Spirit winner, Sundance winner
Spanking the Monkey, David O. Russell Independent Spirit winner, Sundance winner
Stop Making Sense, Jonathan Demme
Straight Out of Brooklyn, Matty Rich Independent Spirit winner, Sundance winner
The Sweet Hereafter, Atom Egoyan Academy Award nominee, Cannes winner, Independent Spirit winner
Swimming to Cambodia, Jonathan Demme Independent Spirit nominee
Marketing & Sales
Bridging the worlds of art, business, and social change, Liz Manne provides management consulting, brand and cultural strategy, and other customized advisory services to nonprofit organizations, pro-social businesses, and independent media makers.
An expert in cultural strategy for social change, Liz conceptualized and served as editorial director for #PopJustice: Social Justice and the Promise of Pop Culture Strategies. She was a co-founder and co-director of The Culture Group, a pop-up think tank of artists and advocates dedicated to advancing the field of cultural strategy, and served as editorial director for the group’s educational handbook, Making Waves: A Guide to Cultural Strategy. Her creative advocacy collaborations include Dadaab Stories, a digital storytelling platform from Dadaab refugee camp, and the truth-busting political comedy web series Actually… starring Rosie Perez, Cher, and Sarah Silverman.
Liz is the former executive director of the humanitarian NGO FilmAid International, where she launched a rapid-response communications system that provided emergency information in the world’s largest refugee camp during the 2011 Somalia famine crisis.
As a senior media industry professional and entrepreneur — with leading roles at HBO Films, SundanceTV, and Fine Line Features — Liz helped shepherd more than 100 critically acclaimed and award-winning films to market, including the seminal documentary Hoop Dreams, Maria Full of Grace, Elephant, My Own Private Idaho, Shine, and The Player.
In 2009, Liz was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She is a member of the board of directors of FilmAid International and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Liz holds a BA in Dramatic Art from University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Liz began her entertainment career as a stagehand with the legendary San Francisco rock and roll concert promoter Bill Graham Presents.