MNN New President is GFS's Joe Hall

(released 1/10/2024)

Manhattan Neighborhood Network announced the departure of long-standing President and CEO Dan Coughlin. Effective January 8, 2024 Joe Hall is the new President & CEO of MNN. Established in 1992, Manhattan Neighborhood Network is a media learning, production, and distribution hub that promotes creative expression, independent voices and community engagement, empowering local voices & diverse views.

Board chair of MNN Damian Benders said this in a release, "Joe's appointment is not just a new chapter; it's a commitment to our roots of community empowerment and innovative storytelling. His track record speaks not just to his capability but to his deep resonance with our mission."  Outgoing President & CEO Dan Coughlin added, "I'm proud of what the team has accomplished at MNN and confident that Joe is the right person to take the helm. His experience and creativity are exactly what MNN needs to move forward."

Joe Hall founded Ghetto Film School (GFS) in 2000 as a non-profit academy training over 8,000 underrepresented talent through its South Bronx, Macarthur Park (LA) and Tower Hamlets (London) operation hubs.  GFS projects have been produced on five continents, with thousands of graduates now working in the film, television, and advertising industries. In 2009, Hall founded The Cinema School as the nation's first film high school, raising $10M towards the school's capital build-out and operations.

In 1992, Hall moved to the South Bronx as a social worker leading homeless relocation, job training, youth development, education, and health projects benefiting thousands of neighbors annually. He has been featured in The New Yorker, NY Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and PBS, and is a widely sought-after public speaker including AdColor, foundation conference keynotes, and the Metropolitan Museum’s Kerry James Marshall retrospective closing ceremony.

Hall's numerous professional awards include the 2005 NYC Mayor's Award for Arts & Culture, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow residency in Bellagio, Italy. He has written OpEds and articles for multiple publications, contributed chapters for books on youth development and education, produced a documentary film for Sundance Channel, and sits on the board of WOCstar Fund investing in tech innovation by women of color-led startups.

Hall completed undergraduate studies at Curry College, and a Master of Social Administration from Columbia University.

Joe Hall stated, "MNN is a super smart, best practice organization with strong board leadership that has a bold vision of a more expansive creative offering moving forward.  For someone like me, this is the perfect moment to bring my relationships and passion to this dynamic mix – I'm genuinely honored to be part of MNN, and can't wait to get working with all our stakeholders and community to impact the culture in new and exciting ways."

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