Since 2003 Chick Russell has been president of Chick Russell Communications (CRC), a creative development company that designs visionary + inspirational experiences. The company creates next-generation interactive, media, shows and environments for governmental, cultural and entertainment organizations worldwide. CRC provides innovative brand communications, strategy, planning, design, production and project management to meet client goals.
As president of CRC, Mr. Russell has collaborated on projects with a wide array of organizations, including the Walt Disney Company, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Universal Dubai, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Paramount Studios, the White House, Lucasfilm, Warner Brothers, Honda, the San Diego Museum of History, Paramount Studios, the U.S. Navy, Elvis Presley Enterprises, FedEx, Chinawood Studios, Idealab, the Atlanta Braves, Universal Sentosa Singapore, the San Diego Museum of History, Everland Korea, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Evolution Robotics and the Franklin Institute.
From 2000 to 2002 Mr. Russell was vice president of interactive strategy at Young & Rubicam Advertising in Irvine, California, where he led digital brand and e-commerce development and grew the online presence of clients such as Lincoln Vehicles, Sony Digital Imagining, and Sony Aibo Robotics.
From 1988 to 1999 Mr. Russell was senior writer-producer at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California, the think-tank, R & D, theme park design and resort planning division of the Disney Company. He worked on Disney corporate branding initiatives and developed cultural projects for the Museum of the American West, the Fort Worth Zoo, and National Geographic. He created media projects for the ABC Network and ESPN and led the development of interactive learning and entertainment projects at Disney parks around the world including:
- Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom in Orlando
- Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim
- Walt Disney Studios Paris
For his final Disney project, Mr. Russell wrote the park-wide concept scripts and led creative development of two lands at Tokyo DisneySea, hailed “a blockbuster hit” by the Wall Street Journal, which continues to draw over 11 million visitors per year.
And from 1983 to 1987 Mr. Russell was corporate public relations media manager at Getty Oil Company headquarters in Los Angeles, California, a multinational Fortune 50 company. Mr. Russell developed branding, marketing, government affairs, and employee communication programs as well as programs for the Getty Villa Museum in Malibu.
Mr. Russell holds a Master’s degree in communication arts and a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles. He has a media management certificate from USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and an advanced scriptwriting certificate from UCLA. And he is a member of the National Council of Public History, the American Association of Museums, the Western Museums Association, the Producers Guild of America, the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and the National Association for Interpretation.