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Seven-time Emmy Award Winner

Chris Balish has earned more than 30 awards for excellence in television broadcasting, writing, producing, reporting, and hosting
Chris has fifteen years’ experience creating and producing innovative original content for broadcast, cable, digital, and social

Chris has covered more than 1,200 red carpet TV and movie premieres

Chris writes, lights, shoots, produces, and edits his own online videos

Chris is an early adopter and user of Periscope & Facebook Live

Panasonic GH4 with 12-35/2.8, Nikon D7200, Canon 7D, & two GY-HM100s

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15-Year Career Working for World-Class News and Global Media Companies

Chris has worked for The Walt Disney Company, ABC News, CNN, Time Warner, Discovery Networks, AMC Networks, Gannett Company, TV Guide, Warner Bros. Television, TelePictures Productions, The CW Network. NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC, and local television stations in Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Los Angeles.

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15 Years in Television

  • 750+ episodes of a daily talk show
  • 100+ episodes of red carpet  news
  • 27 episodes of a travel show
  • 15 live primetime specials
  • 10,000+ television interviews
  • 4,000+ LIVE television interviews
  • 2,000+ celebrity interviews

15 Years in Live Broadcasting

  • 500 LIVE cooking segments
  • 30 LIVE television fashion shows
  • Three LIVE primtime weddings
  • 100+ LIVE webcasts
  • 10+ years using teleprompter
  • 10+ years LIVE news anchoring
  • 10+ years LIVE TV hosting
Chris has helped launch television shows for ABC/Disney, The CW Network, Discovery Networks, AMC Networks, DISH Network, TV Guide, & Gannett Co.
  • Primetime Network Host
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  • On the set at The CW Network
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Photo Credit: Joseph Viles / The CW
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  • With “Avatar” & “Titanic” Director James Cameron
    Chris Balish with Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron
  • Bi-lingual News Anchor (English/Spanish)
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  • Animation Co-Host
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  • On the set of ABC’s “Wipeout”
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  • Red Carpet Pro
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  • Oscars Afterparty with Wolfgang Puck
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  • Hyper-local News Startup
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MULTIMEDIA PRO:  Words + Images + Video + Graphics

JOURNOPRENEUR

Chris won a contract to produce and launch a hyper-local weekly digital newscast for the City of Santa Monica.

EMMY-WINNING FILMMAKER

Chris has produced dozens of documentary shorts, scripted webisodes, videos, and short films

PROFESSIONAL WRITER

Blog posts, news articles, ad copy, web content, video scripts, speeches, infographics, interviews, Q&As

DIGITAL MEDIA GURU

SEO, CMS, WordPress, data analytics, growth hacks, social media, Final Cut Pro X, Keynote, MS Office 365, CRM

Television Series Creator & Producer

Chris began creating television and digital content more than a decade ago with his first local series, Haunted Cincinnati, which he produced and hosted for three years on WKRC-TV in Cincinnati. He then created local series Test Drive, Simply Irresistible, Rescue My, and Hot Wired. Chris has created and pitched more than a dozen TV series concepts for major cable and broadcast networks.
LOG LINE: A docuseries about Millennial performers who work for the largest costumed character company in Los Angeles. We partnered with production company GRB Entertainment to pitch and produce this series. GRBTV.com
LOG LINE: Docuseries about a company that transports live sharks all over the world. We partnered with production company Collins Avenue Entertainment to pitch and produce this series. CollinsAve.com
LOG LINE: Teams of talented wildlife artists transform homes into majestic, one of a kind, indoor wilderness scenes. We partnered with Arthur Smith and Company to develop and pitch this reality docuseries. Asmithco.com
LOG LINE: Horsepower and testosterone mix in this high-octane vehicle build company based in the swamps of South Florida. We partnered with Pilgrim Studios to develop and produce this series. PilgrimStudios.com.

News Anchor  Television Host

2,500 live TV newscasts.  100 episodes of entertainment news.  30 primetime television episodes.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS  JOURNALISM
ON THE SET OF “PRETTY LITTLE LIARS”
FOX’S “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE”
COMMUNITY NEWS ON LOCATION
ON THE SET OF ABC’S “CASTLE”
LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS ANCHOR
MTV’S “AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW”
BILINGUAL NEWS ANCHOR (ENGLISH/SPANISH)
HYPER-LOCAL NEWSCAST ANCHOR/PRODUCER
VICTORIA’S SECRET MODEL ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO
EXPERIENCED TALK SHOW HOST
CONCERT AND MUSIC NEWS
“SHOW ME ST. LOUIS” LIVE, KSDK-TV
LIVE LOCAL NEWS ANCHOR, 10 YEARS
ARTS AND CULTURE REPORTER
THANK GOODNESS FOR APPLE BOXES

Chris Balish Media

In 2010, Chris founded a digital video and production company to create and develop online video
projects, television news and documentary programming, live webcasts, and other new media ventures.
FIELD PRODUCTION
FIELD PRODUCTION

1,000+ field production shoot days

LIVE TELEVISION
LIVE TELEVISION

2,500+ live broadcasts and live webcasts

IMMERSIVE JOURNALISM
IMMERSIVE JOURNALISM

Action, adventure, & extreme sports host

Regional Emmy Awards* and Nominations

On-camera Talent: Host

Reporter: Children/Youth/Teen*

Writer: News

Reporter: Features*

Program Feature: Cultural/Historical

Spot News Coverage

News Host*

Reporter: News

Reporter: Religious

Writer: News

Reporter: Human Interest / Features

Reporter: News

Writer: Program Feature

Reporter: Religious*

Program Feature: Public Affairs

On-Air TV Host, Moderator, Narrator*

Feature News Story

Sports Segment

Writer: News*

Program: Performing Arts

Program Feature: Cultural

Reporter: Features*

On-air TV Host, Moderator, Narrator

Entertainment Feature

Chris is a newsroom leader who built an entire digital news operation from the ground up.

Book Author & Ghost Writer

Chris has written ten books, including a Wall Street Journal bestseller about social media

Expert-Level Interviewing Skills

Chris has conducted 10,000+ interviews with newsmakers, politicians, thought leaders, and celebrities

Digital Media Entrepreneur

Key member of the launch team on four digital news, online video, and new media startups

Chris Balish Bio

  • GREW UP IN HONG KONG

    Chris grew up in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Hong Kong, China. He attended the Hong Kong International School.

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  • NCAA  COLLEGIATE VARSITY ATHLETE

    Chris graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he played Ivy League football all four years and made the Dean’s List.

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  • CAR-FREE IN LOS ANGELES

    Chris has lived in Los Angeles for ten years without owning a car. He is a founding member of Santa Monica’s Breeze Bike Share, and the author of the best-selling book “How to Live Well without Owning a Car.”

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  • WORLD TRAVELER

    Chris has traveled to more than twenty countries around the world, from the Arctic Circle in Norway to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.

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  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER

    Chris presents multimedia keynote speeches on a wide range of topics related to his books.

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  • BASED IN LOS ANGELES

    Chris lives in Santa Monica, California.

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Keynote Speaker and Emcee

Chris is a veteran keynote speaker, conference panelist, and live event emcee. He has been a featured speaker at Realscreen, the Reality Rocks Expo, the Directors Guild of America, the Paley Center for Media, American Trails National Symposium, APA, APTA, ATAS, Warner Bros. Studios, Sony Pictures Studios, Blue Cross Blue Shield, University of Southern California, California State University, Ozark Greenways, Los Angeles Film Festival, and cities and counties across the U.S. Chris emceed Realscreen’s Factual Entertainment Awards. He has given more than 100 paid keynote addresses at film festivals, conventions, and trade shows.

Contact Chris

Cell: 310-880-3181 | Email: ChrisBalish@mac.com |Twitter: @ChrisBalish

Skype: chrisbalish | Instagram: @ChrisBalish | LinkedIn.com/in/chrisbalish

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