Eric Ortner is a Producer, Manager, and strategist.
Clients who work with Ortner include journalist and anchor Soledad O'Brien, who's production company Starfish Media Group has business with HBO, CNN, National Geographic, Al Jazeera America, Proctor and Gamble & Covergirl, AARP, PBS, and Google. NBC News Anchor Ann Curry. Inventor and marketing pioneer Ron Popeil, who invented the television infomercial and who's product sales have grossed in the billions of dollars domestically. Daymond John, Entrepreneur, and TV personality on ABC’s Shark Tank. In comedy, Eric manages Angelo Tsarouchas who has a show in development with Vince Vaughn's Wild West Productions. Brand clients & partners include The Recording Academy, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Ogilvy & Mather, and investment groups who control some of the most influential franchises in entertainment and sports.
In broadcast television, Eric was a a journalist, producer, and show runner in news and non-scripted programming. Former Senior Producer "Good Morning America", 20/20, CBS "The Early Show", and Producer of NBC News "Today" show, supervising Producer for the Afghanistan / Iraq War coverage, and produced major event & primetime network specials. His non-scripted franchises & credits have included ABC's "6 Degrees", SHOWTIME's "LAFF MOBB Presents", "Flavor Flav", "The Razzies", and "The Space Dive".
Eric served as an advisor to the senior leadership of President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, and became co-chair of the campaign's Entertainment Council. There he was one of the architects of the innovative social media, digital, and entertainment surrogate strategy that led to record levels voter turn out, fundraising, and engagement. He also served as co-chair of entertainment for the Presidential Inaugural Committee. In 2013 returned to service for The White House as an advisor and Chairman of The Entertainment Advisory Council. There he continues to service and organize public/private partnerships at the intersection of domestic policy. He was responsible for organizing many of the key relationships and entertainment marketing strategies that led to the historic turn-around of the affordable care act (Obamacare). He was also Senior Strategist for the millennial marketing strategy for Covered California, America's most successful state health insurance marketplace.
Eric was an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and a disaster manager in New York for many years, and was a first responder during the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001.
He currently serves on a the Board of Advisors for The Global Poverty Project (Producer of the Global Citizens Festival), is a Partner in the Truman National Security Project, a DC based national security policy group, and advises some of the most notable names in politics and global affairs.
Raised in Scarsdale, New York and is a graduate of The University of Rochester.