Liz Manne Strategy works with clients in entertainment, advocacy, and the arts to grow their enterprises, achieve results, and make meaningful change.
Bridging the worlds of entertainment and social change, Liz Manne Strategy provides customized advisory services to nonprofit organizations, pro-social businesses, and progressive campaigns.
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 change management.
Campaign & 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, narrative 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.
Advisor to Lulu Land, a video campaign against "fake Democrats" in the New York State Senate. (The Creative Resistance)
Executive Producer of Dadaab Stories, a collaborative media project from world’s largest refugee camp. (FilmAid, TFI New Media Fund)
Migration is Beautiful
Co-producer of Migration Is Beautiful, an artist-driven immigration rights campaign. (The Culture Group, Culture Strike, RPM)
Co-Author with Erin Potts and Jeff Chang of A Conversation About Cultural Strategy }
Work & Ventures
A story-driven, audience-centered partnership serving progressive campaigns and causes.
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, since 1997
Member, since 2016
Advisory Council, since 2017
Advisory Council, since 2014
Board of Directors, 2013–2016 }
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 entertainment and social change, Liz Manne is a strategist and marketer dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations and progressive campaigns achieve their goals. She offers clients an array of customized advisory services, including management consulting, strategic planning, campaign strategy, and more.
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, and served as editorial director for the group’s educational handbook, Making Waves: A Guide to Cultural Strategy.
Her creative advocacy collaborations include the Midwest Culture Lab, a project of the Alliance for Youth Organizing that integrates cultural organizing with grassroots, youth organizing; the Peoria Project, a research effort led by Catalist that provides a new approach to understanding and communicating with American voters; and Dadaab Stories, a digital storytelling platform from Dadaab refugee camp.
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 (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 has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1997. 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.