Charlie Fink is an award winning producer, entrepreneur, arts advocate and progressive activist. His current venture is http://Quotecards.co/, a social media facing meme generator that allows users to combine a famous quote, movie line or lyric with a thematically appropriate image to create a Quote Card that can be shared on social media.
Charlie has been an executive and producer of entertainment and new media since 1985, creating and launching new brands for Disney, AOL, and American Greetings. Charlie started his career in the Animation Division of Walt Disney Pictures, where he rose to the position of Vice-President, Creative Affairs. In his six years with Disney, Charlie was responsible for the development and production of live-action and animated motion pictures, including "Beauty and The Beast", "Aladdin", and "The Lion King", which was based on his original idea, “Bambi in Africa”. In 1992, Charlie left Disney Pictures to become Executive Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Virtual World Entertainment, a software developer and location based Entertainment Company owned by Tim Disney. That company was later sold to Microsoft.
In early 1996, Charlie joined AOL as Senior Vice-President and Chief Creative Officer of its Greenhouse Networks, where he created and launched some of the formative Internet's leading content brands, including Love@AOL (sold to Match.com), Electra (sold to Oxygen Media), Entertainment Asylum, and Santa's Home Page (which he also co-produced with the late Brandon Tartikoff and Will Vinton as an ABC TV special).
After leaving AOL in 1999, Charlie founded eAgents.com, a daily email service that provided targeted news and entertainment to over five million Internet users each day. In September 2000, less than eight months after founding the company, with its initial product still in beta, eAgents was sold to American Greetings Interactive (AGI). Charlie served as President of AGI until 2003, and Chairman until 2005. During his tenure, AG acquired its two largest competitors, BlueMountain.com and eGreetings.com, and transitioned from a free site to a fee based subscription service with over five million paying subscribers. In 2004, with colleagues from AOL and AGI, Charlie started an online affiliate marketing partnership, which specialized in Search Engine Optimization (SEO/SEM), Charlie Company LLC. In 2010, the company was sold to an industry consolidator in a private transaction. Recently, Charlie was a founding executive and board member of Erodr, a new social network for college students with over 60,000 users.
Charlie is founder and artistic director of the multi-award winning New Musical Foundation (http://newmusicalfoundation.org/), which produces readings, workshops, and festival productions of new musicals. All rights are reserved by the authors. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Drama Desk award winning NY Musical Festival, an annual summer showcase of more than 30 new musicals now in its twelfth season. Over 300 NYMF alumni productions have been seen in 48 states, 60 countries, and five have gone on to Broadway, most notably Pulitzer Prize winner Next To Normal.
In 2009, Charlie created The Other 98%, a progressive social media meme creator and distributor with over 1 million friends on Facebook. O98 is now a project of Moveon.org.
Charlie earned his BA Degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Institute of Chicago.