Dwight Marcus (born Dwight Marcus Glodell) was the Chief Technology Officer of NPOWR Digital Media and one of its co-founders. He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he was a Henry J. Fuller Scholar. Marcus is also the inventor of the stimTV Network (not the current holder of the stimtv.com URL), which in 2007 won the Technology and Engineering Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
For some time, Marcus served as Chief Technology Officer at Medic Interactive Corporation (1994), the Manhattan-based media technology company founded by Robert Whitmore. Marcus transitioned to NTECH, Inc. and its licensee NPOWR Digital Media, where his System for the Automated Generation of Media, filed in 1997, was awarded US patent (#6032156) in 2000.
Marcus, along with Klee Irwin, applied the on-demand technology at the heart of the patent as the basis for his next venture, stimTV™, a video-on-demand music entertainment provider founded in 2005. In 2007, stimTV was awarded a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award as part of the 58th Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards, for "Outstanding Innovation and Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the best use of 'On Demand' Technology."
Marcus' patent and Emmy were awarded for the design and implementation of the first practical system for delivering VOD to individual viewers while still employing the high-momentum broadcast model. This real time unicast allows a non-stop stream of TV programming to be delivered to individual viewers in such a way that each viewer sees something different, while perceiving the experience as identical to traditional broadcast TV. StimTV was the first true unicast music site, which learned the musical preferences of users and converted them into a stream of music videos that appeared to be prebuilt, but in fact was assembled according to user preferences at the exact moment of that user's visit to the site. It was "Pandora with video" and had a library of over 15,000 music videos from every major label and most indie labels.
Marcus is currently cofounder of Motivideo, which is applying the same self-assembling unicast video technology to lifestyle coaching. The coaching sessions are assembled from thousands of video clips of health and motivational coaches and are assembled according to behavioral profiles developed with famed psychologist and researcher James O. Prochaska of the University of Rhode Island, who developed the transtheoretical model of behavior change to determine each user's readiness to change their behavior in multiple areas of behavior. Marcus is also Managing Partner of the technology company Vushaper, which has developed the Video Assembly Engine used to drive the user-driven unicast video streams in conjunction with developer 8th Light.
The patent portfolio authored by Marcus has grown to include numerous patents granted in the US, Canada and Australia, with pending patents in the EPO regions. The portfolio is administered in partnership with the IP division of the law firm of Troutman Sanders of New York City, an AmLaw 100 firm.
At present, Marcus is serving as founder and Managing Partner of Vushaper Inc., where he continues to develop technologies and applications for the creation and delivery of personalized media for general consumers and the healthcare industry.
Throughout his diverse career in entertainment and media technology, Marcus has melded his skills and interests as a technologist, engineer, musician and writer. He has maintained a parallel career as a musician and music producer as well. His early work was credited as Dwight Glodell and included a Billboard "Top Album Pick" as well as punk by New Math, 145 and The Presstones, dance/trance by Personal Effects. His later work, credited as Dwight Marcus, included work with a diverse group of artists including "The Outlaws", "The Obvious" as bandleader, producer and mixer, Juno Award winner Shirley Eikhard (1987) and most notably Wendy MaHarry (1990, 1991 and 2003).
In 1987, Marcus also wrote and directed a 16 mm poetry film If You Smoke, Thank You, which won the 19th Annual Poetry Film Festival held in Fort Mason, San Francisco. In 1999 Marcus released "News From the West," by Dwight Marcus and the Chamber of Poets, a long-form music video that blended music, poetry, experimental film and a ground-breaking use of 5.1 surround sound. News from the West is currently housed in the UC Berkeley Moffitt Library.
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- Dwight Marcus patent holder at US Patent Office
- Dwight Marcus, Wendy MaHarry music producer on AllMusic
- Dwight Marcus, Shirley Eikhard music producer
- Chamber of Poets, News from the West on Amazon.com
- Dwight Marcus & Chamber of Poets in the New York Times
- Dwight Marcus, Speaker at the Digital Hollywood trade conference
- Motivideo Systems, Inc.