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Geoffrey Kleinman - Bio

Geoffrey Kleinman was born in 1970 in San Francisco. He spent the first 18 years of his life in the East Bay in a suburb called Moraga. As a pre-teen he was very involved with theater and computers and was active in the new and emerging world of online bulletin boards in 1996 the Bay Area. For a short time he ran his own BBS using a 512K Mac and the only phone line leading to his parents home (the board was called Inkblot's Spot).

Geoff attended Campolindo High school (Class of 1988) where he produced several independent video projects including a horror spoof Sunday the 27th (Jason's Little Brother). In 1988 Geoff left California to attend college at Ithaca College (Class of 1992) where he majored in Cinema and Photography and minored in Politics. In addition to writing, directing, producing and editing several student films, he also was extremely active and involved in the early years of the Internet, getting his first internet email address in 1988.

During college Geoff completed several summer jobs in the entertainment industry including video editing, an internship on the Michael J Fox film The Hard Way a runner for a commercial production company, and script development for the Badham/Coen Group. During college Geoff was also involved with the TV documentary Combat Correspondents as well as served as one of the producers and script editors on the play of Rod Serling's life story Serling's World.

After graduating from Ithaca in 1992 Geoff moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry. After a run of production assistant jobs on various commercials he was hired at Creative Artists Agency where he worked as an assistant to a TV Movie of the Week Packaging Agent. The experience was EXACTLY like the first half of Swimming With The Sharks, absolute hell. After getting a taste of LA's Entertainment 'fast lane' Geoff decided to take a job as the assistant editor at Chanticleer Films for a film called The Last Shot which starred Gary Marshal and Adam Baldwin. The film premiered on Show time in 1993.

After finishing work on The Last Shot Geoff moved to Portland, OR with his soon to be bride Heather Kleinman and worked at a number of 'bread and butter' jobs including: Waiting Tables at Red Lobster, Managing a Database at a Law Firm, and being an account manager at a promotional products company.

In 1995 Geoff started his own Internet Consulting company where he helped people get connected to the Internet. In May of 1995 Geoff merged his consulting company with one of the first start up web design companies in Portland called Vulcan's Forge. During that time Geoff started one of the early email newsletters 'The Kleinman Report', traveled to the first Internet World Shows, and met soon to be luminaries as they started their businesses including David Filo and Jerry Yang and Mark Cubin.

As the Internet began to take off a business Internet provider One World Internetworking recruited Geoff to found the Portland operations of the start up company. Geoff helped One World Internetworking through the venture capital and funding process as well as helped build the market for its services in Portland.

In 1996 Geoff was hired into Intel as an Internet Marketing Manager. During his three years at Intel Geoff worked on many online consumer campaigns including the Pentium w/ MMX, Pentium II and Pentium III processor. His first project at Intel was the Intel Internet Connection Advisor, which was bundled with Microsoft NetMeeting and is a part of the Windows 98 operating system. The Intel Internet Connection adviser is the most widely distributed piece of Intel Software. Geoff was responsible for growing Intel's Owner's Club from 70K members to 350K members in just six months and ran some of the most successful consumer promotions to date. At Intel Geoff was responsible for the success of several e-mail newsletters including Info@Intel, The Intel Owner's Club Newsletter, and Channel News.

Towards late 1998 something happened that changed everything. Heather gave birth to our daughter Hannah Rose Kleinman. During one of the many late night feedings in early 1999 Geoff registered the URL for DVDTalk.com and 20 hours later launched the first version of DVDTalk.com. In June of 1999 Geoff left Intel to run DVDTalk.com full time.

DVD Talk quickly grew into the leading online DVD publication. It was featured in dozens of national publications, most notably CNN News, ABC News, The Wallstreet Journal and USA Today. In 2003 Geoff began regularly contributing to AM Northwest, a regional TV morning show in Portland. In 2004 he added 2 radio segments, one for 1190AM KEX and another for 94.7FM KNRK. He is often consulted on DVD stories in the media and behind the scenes with market analysts and researchers. In 2004 Microsoft awarded Geoff MVP status for his work on next generation DVD technologies.

While he doesn't have a #1 favorite movie (it's always changing), some of his favorite are: Amelie Casino, Charade, Donnie Darko, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Existenz, Eyes Wide Shut, Fight Club, L.A. Confidential, The Great Escape , Lawrence of Arabia, Lord of The Rings, Lost in Translation, The Matrix, Mulholland Dr., Raging Bull, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rear Window, Super Size Me, Star Wars (New Hope and Empire Strikes Back), Strangers on a Train, Tommy Boy, Trainspotting, Unbreakable.

Geoffrey Kleinman
Founder, DVD Talk
phone: 503.977.2928
fax: 702.995.9303


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