Dean Whitbread

 

About Me

Shamelessly sacrificing my talent in service to blue-chip clients, I produced interactive media for over 25 years. Also responsible for producing groundbreaking events (my company was the first to stream Notting Hill Carnival for BBC Radio) I built a virtual shed for Vince Clarke’s Millennium New Year Film Night, wrote and released a football song with John Cleese, and made interactive education for Amnesty International. I couldn’t have done any of this without my highly creative and skilled friends.

Art History

I have scripted, shot, produced, directed and musically scored many videos since the early 1980s. I first exhibited rhythmic cut-up videos at the New Contemporaries 1983 & 1984, film festivals and art shows. My 1983 art performance “Camouflaging Trees from Further Attack” made TV news when I wallpapered the trees on London’s south bank.

Music History

I knew I had finally made it as a respectable songwriter when I was quoted in the Daily Sport (John Cleese and the First Eleven, ‘Don’t Mention the World Cup’ 2006). My first newspaper review for an original piano composition appeared in the Croydon Advertiser, 1973. The second music review, for audio cassette art piece “Audio Nasty” appeared in Sounds, July 1984. At art school and afterwards, I produced numerous audio-visual experiences, environments and objects. Consequently, I went on to write and produce songs with artists and bands, also composing soundtracks for theatre, art performance and video. First release: Save the Planet – The Believers, 1987. Most recently, I co-wrote and produced pop songs for Swiss radio and composed French video soundtracks. Read more about my music >>

Web History

In 1994 I founded Netmare, one of the very first internet web design and production businesses in the UK. What japes we had, working with Supergrass, Blur, the Sex Pistols, McLaren F1, MTV, BBC, & the world’s first internet band, ResRocket. A well-known blogger, I also produced videos and ran online campaigns for advertising agencies, publishers and media corporations. I’m the author of “engaging and compelling” fiction, according to one review. Thanks, reviewer.

Podcasting, Politics, Digital Rights

In 2005 I published a podcast about the UK election which voters used to assess parliamentary candidates. In 2006, I co-founded the UK Podcasters Association which I chaired for 3 years. I was the first to describe and discuss podcasting and the culture of podcasters in the House of Commons. I wrote the chapter on podcasting in Professor Vito Di Bari’s book, Web 2.0.

From 2005 to 2010 I ran the online web, blogs and social media for John Cleese, producing a popular series of videos and audio podcasts.

In 2008 I won a European Podcasting award for Pod of Funk. After lobbying to include podcasting in the prestigious UK Radio Sony Awards, was invited to judge this newly-added category.

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