|Born||May 3, 1963
Richmond, Virginia, USA
|Alma mater||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Occupation||CEO and Executive in Charge of Production|
William Todd Mason (born May 3, 1963) is a digital media executive and entrepreneur based in Washington, DC. He has served as creator, Executive Producer and Executive in Charge of Production for a number of national broadcast series and specials.
Mason was born in Richmond, Virginia to Phillip Charles Mason and Virginia Reynolds Harris and was one of three children. Mason’s grandfather, James Reynolds, and grandmother, Mary Reynolds, were both professional golfers - Mary Reynolds being one of the first female professional golfers in the United States.
Mason became an entrepreneur at age 14 by starting his own lawn cutting business. A car waxing pick-up and delivery business soon followed at age 16 where he hired his first two employees. Mason got his first exposure to the television industry at age 15 when his family began attending Grove Avenue Baptist Church in his hometown of Richmond.
In 1988, Mason began his broadcasting career in his hometown of Richmond where he was a partner in a start-up company, Delmar Communications, Inc. As CEO of Delmar Communications, Mason successfully acquired the company’s largest competitor, Virginia Productions, in 1989.
From 1998 to 2005, Mason was President and Chief Operating Officer of Washington, DC-based Atlantic Video, Inc. During his seven years at Atlantic Video, he grew revenue nearly 400%, enhanced the company’s staff, technology and reputation and acquired two other firms all while expanding into new markets. While with Atlantic, Mason worked to develop relationships with television networks such as Discovery Channel, PBS, Comedy Central and Showtime. Mason was also responsible for launching several hit shows on ESPN, including “Pardon the Interruption”, starring Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, “Around the Horn”, "Cheap Seats" and “Cold Pizza”. Mason also founded Atlantic Creative, an original program development production company, where he produced several shows and served as co-creator and Executive Producer of Animal Planet’s “Pet Psychic” starring Sonya Fitzpatrick.
In 2005, Mason founded his own company, Mason Media Group, LLC, a diversified media holding company that provides capital investment and management expertise to businesses specializing in communication. In December 2005, Mason Media Group founded Broadcast Management Group, LLC (formerly Mason Productions), a production management company that actively works with networks such as ESPN, ABC, NBC, Fox, Franco-German TV network Arte France and cable network BET. The company’s first contract was with ESPN to provide production management for “ESPN Hollywood”. In 2006, Broadcast Management Group was awarded a multi-million dollar contract with the DC Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications (OCTT) to design a full-service, high definition broadcast operation. The company was also contracted to market OCTT’s broadcast facilities and to bring in commercial projects such as PBS’s Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg and various shows for CNN.
In November 2007, Mason founded FaceTime Strategy, LLC, a marketing and advertising agency headquartered in Washington, DC.
Mason has also been called on by the Washington, DC business community to serve in a number of capacities: serving on the Committee for Economic Development with Mayor Anthony A. Williams’ transition team, as a founding board member of the Washington, DC Technology Council, and serving on the board of the DC Economic Partnership.
Mason currently serves as CEO and Executive In Charge of Production of Broadcast Management Group.
Awards and Honors
2003 - Telly Award - "Pet Psychic" (Atlantic Creative)
2003 - Aegis Award - "Pet Psychic" (Atlantic Creative)
2004 - Telly Award - "Homefront America" (Atlantic Creative)
2005 - Telly Award - "Kennedy Women" (Atlantic Creative)
2005 - Telly Award - "Battlefield Diaries" (Atlantic Creative)
Board Memberships and Affiliations
DC Economic Partnership - Board of Directors
Washington, DC Technology Counsel - Board of Directors
DC Chamber of Commerce - Member
DC Media Publications Industry Group - Chairman
International Teleproduction Society (Virginia Chapter) - Founder/President
International Television Association - Vice President
- Roger Hughlett (2004-06-18). So you want to be on TV? Washington Business Journal.
- Teri Zastrow (2003-03-25). ESPN, ATLANTIC VIDEO SET HIGH STANDARDS WITH IKEGAMI HL-59W AND HK-388W CAMERAS. Ikegami Press News.
- Greg A. Lohr (2002-04-12). Atlantic Video buys Potomac Media Relations. Washington Business Journal.
- Jennifer Nycz-Conner (2005-08-19). Video production firm ready for lights, action in L.A., London. Washington Business Journal.
- Greg A. Lohr (2002-03-22). Psychic pets network. Washington Business Journal.
- Matthew Swibel (1999-10-08). Atlantic Video lands the project of a millennium. Washington Business Journal.
- IMDB. Filmography by type for Todd Mason (III).
- Greg A. Lohr (2003-03-08). Atlantic Video inks contract with ESPN. Washington Business Journal.
- Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications: News Room (2006-08-15)
- Dan Keating (2006-11-17). Agency Spending $6.5 Million on Upgrades. The Washington Post.
- Greg A. Lohr (2003-07-04). TV One auditions District for HQ. Washington Business Journal.
- 25th Annual Telly Awards 2004 Film/Video Winners. Telly Awards.
- 26th Annual Telly Awards 2005 Film/Video Silver Winners. Telly Awards.