Jonathan Taplin's areas of specialization are in International Communication Management and
the field of digital media entertainment. Taplin began his entertainment career in 1969 as Tour
Manager for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1973 he produced Martin Scorsese's first feature film,
Mean Streets which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Between 1974 and 1996, Taplin
produced 26 hours of television documentaries (including The Prize and Cadillac Desert for
PBS) and 12 feature films including The Last Waltz, Until The End of the World, Under Fire and
To Die For. His films were nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe awards and chosen for The
Cannes Film Festival seven times.
In 1984 Taplin acted as the investment advisor to the Bass Brothers in their successful attempt
to save Walt Disney Studios from a corporate raid. This experience brought him to Merrill Lynch,
where he served as vice president of media mergers and acquisitions. In this role, he helped
re-engineer the media landscape on transactions such as the leveraged buyout of Viacom.
Taplin was a founder of Intertainer and has served as its Chairman and CEO since June 1996.
Intertainer was the pioneer video-on-demand company for both cable and broadband Internet
markets. Taplin holds two patents for video on demand technologies.
Mr. Taplin graduated from Princeton University. He is a member of the Academy Of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the advisory board of the Democracy Collaborative at the
University of Maryland. Taplin was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in December 2006 to the California Broadband Taskforce.
Professor Taplin blogs at both Talking Points Memo and jontaplin.com.