Charlie Fink Writer, Producer, Futurist
Charlie Fink is a former Disney, AOL and AG Interactive executive who writes about VR, AR and new media for Forbes. While at Disney, he famously came up with the idea for The Lion King. In the 90s, Fink was EVP & COO of VR pioneer Virtual World Entertainment (VWE). He is the author of Charlie Fink’s Metaverse, An AR Enhanced Guide to VR & AR and a professional speaker whose numerous appearances include CES, SXSW, and AWE.
In addition to his column in Forbes, Fink is the contributing editor of VR Voice, and a regular contributor to HuffPost, Virtual Realty Pop, and VR Scout. He is the author of “Charlie Fink’s Metaverse, An AR Enhanced guide to AR &VR“.
In addition to his work as head of story development for Disney Feature Animation during the second golden age of Disney animation (‘85-’92), and his helmsmanship of VWE, Fink was SVP & CCO of AOL Studios (‘95-’99). His past experience also features successful exits from several startups, including eAgents, which sold to AG Interactive, where he then served as President for three years, and Charlie Company, an SEO/SEM affiliate marketer and consultancy that most notably created “The Other 98%” for client Moveon.org in 2009, which now has over 6 M followers on Facebook. Charlie Company was sold in a private transaction in 2014.
Charlie Fink is also a producer of live theater in NYC. He is the Producing Artistic Director of the New Musical Foundation, a non-profit that supports the development of new musicals and has won over 15 awards for its productions. From 2007-2017 Fink was Chairman of the Drama Desk Award-winning NY Musical Festival. His next production is “The VR Show”.