A multi-disciplinary producer, writer and strategist, Brian Seth Hurst has spent his career at the forefront of innovation and storytelling. His work in theater, television, emerging and new media and now immersive media has enabled the building and extension of storyworlds and brands. He has also held leadership positions in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Board of Governors and Second Vice Chair), the Producers Guild of America (Board Member and Chairman of the New Media Council) and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Digital Ambassador).
As Chief Storyteller and President of StoryTech® Immersive, Hurst leads the company’s work in cinematic and Live VR as well as immersive events production. Credits include My Brother’s Keeper (VR, PBS, Digital Studios), The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth 360 (VR, Showtime) Gettysburg: A National Divided (MR, QuantumERA), The Rolling Loud Hip Hop Festival (Live 360 broadcast, LivexLive, SamsungVR) Super Splat Brothers E-sports Tournament (Live 360 broadcast, E-Sports Arena, SamsungVR), and Passport to Philadelphia (AR, QuantumERA).
The company also has a growing practice in enterprise XR helping companies across multiple verticals including disaster preparation and restoration, sports training and data center technology.
As producers of immersive content StoryTech® Immersive is also able to bring great perspective and a robust network to XR subject matter event production and programming. Clients have included, NAB and NABShow Live, CES, and Shanghai RDR Culture Company (Shanghai XR). StoryTech Immersive has also been responsible for all aspects of the Vancouver International Film Festival’s VIFF Immersed initiative including conference programming, exhibition, hands on production workshops, the International VIFF Immersed Competition, and the VIP (VIFF Immersed Program for Buyers and Distributors) dedicated to market industry development and production.
Recipient of the Interactive TV Today Award for Leadership in Interactive Television, he was profiled in emmy magazine as one of the 10 media executives leading the industry’s digital drive and was named two years running to the Hollywood Reporter/PGA Digital 50. Hurst was awarded the Television Academy Interactive Media Peer Group Digertati Award for his contributions to the industry and the Emmy® organization; and was named one of the AlwaysOn Power Players in Digital Entertainment. He has received the Producers Guild of America Marc A. Levey Award for Distinguished Service in recognition of his service to the PGA and the new media industry. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Television of Tomorrow Show.
Hurst is also co-author with Olivia Newton-John of the best selling children’s book “A Pig Tale” from Simon & Schuster and the book “WHOLE,” a collection of essays on life’s challenges.