Ventura Castro

Location Los Angeles
Bio

Creative Director

Creative Director Graphic Designer Visual Artist
Projects
1 Projects

Work History

Executive Producer
PPLSEA
May 2019 - Present
Brooklyn, NY
Creative Production, Business Development, Design + Animation. A new design & animation studio from Brooklyn driven by ??for conceptual playfulness, creative magic & thoughtful strategy.
Creative Director, MSNBC & NBC News
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Sep 2016 - Jan 2019
New York, NY
• Conceptualize and lead design direction for network brands across on-air broadcasts (MSNBC Dayside and Prime, TODAY, NBC Nightly News, Dateline, Meet the Press) and special events/coverage across both NBC News and MSNBC. • Collaborate with Art Directors across brands to plan and execute consistent design for day-of-air and longform projects • Work across Executive, Marketing, Editorial and Creative Leadership to guide creative direction in manner consistent with overall NBC News brand • Manage creative staff and freelancers across multiple shows and environments • Develop creative strategies and design packages for digital platform of NBC News • Live on-site control room and studio production • Establish relationships with outside studios, agencies and freelance talent to join the department
Managing Art Director, NBC News
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Sep 2014 - Sep 2016
New York, NY
• Conceptualize and lead design direction for network brands across on-air broadcasts (TODAY, Nightly News, Dateline, Meet the Press) and special events/coverage across both NBC News and MSNBC. • Collaborate with Art Directors across brands to plan and execute consiste ... See more
Managing Art Director, NBC News Primetime and Specials
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Feb 2013 - Sep 2014
New York, NY
• Lead design direction of on-air graphics for Rock Center, Dateline and NBC News Specials: show packages, story title sequences, internal graphics, set graphics, and promotional design • Work with Editorial and Creative Leadership to guide the artistic direction ... See more
Art Director, Rock Center with Brian Williams
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Oct 2011 - Feb 2013
New York, NY
• Creative direction of on-air graphics for weekly newsmagazine: show packages, story title sequences, internal graphics, set graphics, and promotional design • Work with NBC News Editorial team to guide show's artistic direction and ... See more
Graphics Producer
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
May 2010 - Oct 2011
New York, NY
• Produce all broadcast and non-broadcast Special Projects across ArtWorks • Liaison across artists and creative management, editorial clients, operations team and out-of-house creative teams and vendors • Research and maintain freelance talent, competitor direction and industr ... See more
Executive Assistant/Graphic Artist
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Apr 2009 - May 2010
New York, NY
• Design of print, still and animated graphics in support of NBCUniversal internal departments and on-air broadcasts • Assist Executive Creative Director with daily and long-term responsibilities/duties • Design, develop and manage ArtWorks Intranet site ... See more
Director/Producer
F5 Fest
Sep 2008 - May 2015
NYC
• Responsible for creative planning and pre-production: thematic development, schedule/line-up, venue/vendor coordination and contract negotiations, budget, AV, and ticket sales • Oversee on-site production: supervise staffing, onsite load-in, venue layout and design, registration, sales, and direct run of show • Coordinate outreach and liasion to speakers, installation artists, vendors, publicity/press outfits, and attendees • Staff and manage key organizational positions • Lead event design production and write all promotional copy • Produce festival parties and special off-site events • Develop and author F5 website (www.f5fest.com)
Department Coordinator
New York University - Tisch School of the Arts
Sep 2005 - Apr 2009
Cinema Studies
• Coordinated departmental curriculum: selection of courses, planning, scheduling and execution • Managed day-to-day Undergraduate and Graduate student services/primary academic advisor to 150 Undergraduate students • Lead graphic designer and website administrator • Supervised department staff and student employees • Directed departmental internship program • Led on-site production of special events

Education

B.F.A
New York University
1995 - 1999
Master of Science (M.S.)
New York University
2005 - 2007

Skills