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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Dominican Republic
Favorite Quote:
Education Is The Key To Open The Golden Doors Of Freedom.

Birthplace

Born:
8/5/1960
Birth Location:
San Diego, California

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Dominican Republic
Favorite Quote:
Education Is The Key To Open The Golden Doors Of Freedom.

Birthplace

Born:
8/5/1960
Birth Location:
San Diego
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Biography

Media executive Clayton Banks attended California State University at Fullerton from 1980 to 1985, and graduated with his B.A. degree in speech communications and business administration. In 2000, with a scholarship from the National Cable & Telecommunication Association (NCTA) & the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC), Banks completed the Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School.

From 1994 to 1997, Banks served as the senior vice president of sales and marketing for Sega Channel. In 1997, he joined Comedy Central as the vice president of affiliate relations. While at Comedy Central, he was part of the launch of “South Park,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and “The Upright Citizens Brigade.” In 1998, Banks became the regional director at Showtime Networks, and later in that year he founded Ember Media Corporation, where he has produced multimedia and broadband content for Discovery Networks, HBO, Pepsi Corp., Bloomberg TV and Showtime Networks. Between 2011 and 2013, Banks developed the “More Than A Mapp” mobile application and website that features over three-hundred African American landmarks and points of interests. He has implemented multi-platform strategies for the Essence Music Festival, MTV, ESPN, New York Institute of Technology and other top brands.

Banks was elected president of NAMIC from 1996 to 1998, where he championed programs such as the Patrick Mellon Mentoring Program and the NAMIC Chapter Leadership Forum. Banks served as a member of the board of directors for the Armory Track and Field Foundation, a board member for the Academy of Innovative Technology High School and is an active participant in the “Principal for a Day” program in New York City.

Clayton Banks was interviewed by The HistortyMakers on January 14, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Clayton Banks narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Slating of Clayton Banks' interview
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Clayton Banks lists his favorites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Clayton Banks talks about his father's childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Clayton Banks talks about his mother's family background and her personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Clayton Banks describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Clayton Banks lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Clayton Banks describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Clayton Banks describes the sights, sounds, and smells of Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Clayton Banks describes his personality as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Clayton Banks talks about his family's cross-country road trip in 1972
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Clayton Banks talks about a family road trip to the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Clayton Banks talks about his brother's career as a triple jumper
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Clayton Banks talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Clayton Banks talks about playing sports with his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Clayton Banks describes his childhood home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - Clayton Banks describes his childhood neighborhood in Oceanside, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Clayton Banks talks about his schooling and the student body demographic at Oceanside High School in Oceanside, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Clayton Banks talks about his high school activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Clayton Banks talks about his disinterest in the U.S. Military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Clayton Banks talks about his decision to attend California State University-Fullerton in Fullerton, California and race relations on the campus
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Clayton Banks talks about majoring in communications at California State University-Fullerton in Fullerton, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Clayton Banks describes his experience as an undergraduate student at California State University-Fullerton
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Clayton Banks talks about his first job after college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Clayton Banks describes working as a sales associate for Xerox
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Clayton Banks describes working at Showtime Networks
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Clayton Banks talks about mergers in the cable industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Clayton Banks talks about the campaign to launch The Movie Channel
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Clayton Banks talks about the revenue and pricing models for cable during the early 1990s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Clayton Banks talks about the competition between HBO and Showtime
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Clayton Banks talks about Showtime executive Dennis Johnson and how a NAMIC connection led him to work at Sega Channel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Clayton Banks describes the history of NAMIC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Clayton Banks talks about his relationship with NAMIC members Don Anderson and HistoryMaker Douglas Holloway
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Clayton Banks talks about his tenure as president of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Cable
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Clayton Banks talks about the value NAMIC provides for its members and corporations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Clayton Banks talks about NAMIC's funding
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Clayton Banks talks about the significance of the Sega Channel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Clayton Banks talks about the cost and pricing model for Sega Channel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Clayton Banks describes the Sega Channel's target audience and subscription base
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Clayton Banks talks briefly about his relationship with cable industry veteran Jamie Howard
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Clayton Banks talks about joining Comedy Central in 1997
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Clayton Banks talks about the impact of 'South Park' on Comedy Central
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Clayton Banks describes meeting HistoryMaker Isaac Hayes, the voice of "Chef" on 'South Park'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Clayton Banks talks about leaving Comedy Central and starting Ember Media
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Clayton Banks describes working with DigiCard technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Clayton Banks talks about potential in digital media development
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Clayton Banks talks about the evolution of Ember Media into a full-service digital strategy firm
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Clayton Banks predicts changes cable companies will have to make to remain competitors in the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Clayton Banks talks about data-driven television programming
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Clayton Banks talks about the current state of African Americans in the telecommunications industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Clayton Banks reflects over his twenty-five year career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Clayton Banks talks about his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Clayton Banks considers what he would do differently in his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Clayton Banks talks about his personal and professional role models and mentors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Clayton Banks reflects upon his legacy