Christopher DONOVAN

SVP, Creative Marketing | E!, ESQUIRE

Christopher Donovan serves as SVP, Creative Marketing at E! where he oversees creative development and execution of the network’s advertising, emerging media and content.

Since assuming this role, Donovan has been responsible for the overall creative strategic direction and campaign work for all of E!’s unscripted series, news, and live events ranging from "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," to E! News, New York Fashion Week and "Live from The Red Carpet." He also oversaw the successful launch of the network’s first two scripted series, “The Royals” and “The Arrangement.”

Prior to E!, Donovan served as the SVP creative on-air and online promotions department for The CW Television Network where he was instrumental in the initial launch of The CW. While at The CW he led successful, innovative multi-platform campaigns for series such as “Arrow,” “Gossip Girl,” “America’s Next Top Model” and “The Vampire Diaries.”

Donovan joined The CW in March 2006 from The WB Network, where he directed the on-air campaigns for “Gilmore Girls,” “Smallville,” “and “Supernatural.”  Prior to The WB, Donovan served as creative director for Fox Sports and Fox Sports Net, working with such preeminent sports franchises as The NFL, MLB and NASCAR.

Donovan’s extensive advertising background includes his creative and production experience for many of the industry’s leading agencies such as BBDO, JWT, and Grey Group working on campaigns for such clients as Pepsi, Nike, Frito-Lay, P&G, Apple, and HBO.

Throughout his career, Donovan’s creative efforts have earned numerous nominations and awards, including Clio, Cannes, New York Film Festival, London International Advertising, Telly, PromaxBDA Awards.  Chris has always been grateful to be a member of world-class creative teams.

Chris attended Bates College, Lewiston, ME and Columbia University in New York, NY. Donovan is a member of the Television Academy and the PromaxBDA Awards committee. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons. 

 

questionnaire

What was your very first job?

I spent a spring break sweeping up left over dirt and trash in a huge warehouse parking lot. So I'll always have that going for me on the ol’ CV. 

Please describe, in your own words, what your job is and what work it entails.

 I am fortunate to be trusted to lead the creative marketing team ( creative / brand / content /content solutions )  for E! Entertainment.

How did you discover that the creative world was right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? What was there train of events that brought you to where you are today?

I didn’t get into grad school out of college. I needed a job, ANY JOB. ‘90s advertising took a flyer on me and my handful of film school credits. My mother still lives in hope that I will go to medical school

 

In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how do you find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant?

I make time to listen, look and reflect. Technology continually gives us new ways to see and feel how much there is to love and be inspired by in the world.  The key is finding the quiet time to process, synthesize and share back. 

If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, more for the creative work and innovation it required, rather than its recognition or industry what would it be?

My marriage and my family. I am no where, I am no thing without them.

 

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