Alum joins local comm. firm
Ellen Flattery talks on the phone minutes after attending dinner in the hopes of finding a channel that will run a one-hour documentary called “High Rollers” about competitive gamblers. At the same time, she is trying to get funding to develop a documentary film called “Belfast,” which will cover the Giro d’italia cycling race taking place on May 9. She admits that she is running out of time to find backers, but she’s confident that she can pull it all off.
“I am a bulldog, I really get stuff done,” Flattery said.
A 1980s Towson graduate, Flattery has spent more than 25 years in the media marketing business, as well as TV and film production.
After graduating from Towson with her Bachelors in Film and Television Communications, Flattery moved to New York to work for the Children’s Television Workshop (known today as Sesame Workshop), as an editor and writer for the show Sesame Street. Following that, she took a job at the WBTW station in South Carolina, and then moved to Washington, D.C. to work at WETA, a PBS member station. During the five years she worked for WETA, she helped write
The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Flattery said the experience she gained working in public television changed her life.
“I think a lot of people benefit from public broadcasting, both the viewers and the employees,” she said.
In 2000, she became the president, CEO and owner of her own company Corporate Media Marketing and Productions, LLC, a media market consulting firm that helps produce films and TV shows. With her firm, she consulted and helped produce documentaries such as PBS’s Korean War Stories, narrated by Walter Cronkite, and Tesla – Master of Lightning. She was also a consult on the IMAX 3D documentary film “Dinosaurs Alive.”
On April 17, a press release confirmed the Flattery would be the new Producer – Content and Programming for Renegade Communications, a communications firm based in Hunt Valley, Maryland that produces and promotes media. This new position makes Flattery one of the main distributing forces behind new films and television shows produced by her firm.
“My job as a producer for content and programming is to find potential content, raise funds for it and find a home for it,” she said.
Flattery said her main goal for her new job is to get Renegade’s production brand on as many networks as possible.
“I want Renegade to be seen on as many national networks as the producer of quality and innovative content,” she said
After 14 years of being her own boss, Flattery accepted Renegade’s job offer to be part of a new firm which had more resources than she previously had at her own disposal.
“It feels good to be part of a team again,” she said.
In addition to her other projects with Renegade, Flattery is also helping to promote the film “Escalation,” a film that was produced by Renegade and sponsored by the One Love Foundation, in order to spread awareness of dating violence. Some of the scenes in the film were shot on Towson’s campus earlier this year.
“We’re absolutely grateful to Towson for their help in making the film,” she said on behalf of Renegade.
Flattery served for five years on the Towson Alumni board, where she used her skills to raise money for events.
“I was proud to serve on the alumni board,” she said. “I really love this school.”
Flattery is not the only Towson graduate in her family. Her aunt, Winnie Balzer Flattery and her cousin, lacrosse player Michael Brashears (2012), graduated from Towson as well. One of her other cousins is planning to attend as a freshman in the fall.
“It’s an important school for our family,” she said.
To all students, Flattery recommends finding an internship as soon as possible.
“Get the best internship you can and work your tail off,” she said.
For students about to graduate, Flattery said they need to build as many contacts as possible to attract employers.
“Finding work today is all about building relationships,” she said. “Work with them, learn from them and they’ll help you out someday.”
Flattery said that she couldn’t be more satisfied with her life at this moment in time.
“I worked really hard to be at this point in my life,” she said.