What We Do
TRANSTERRA (TTM) is an online marketplace for media producers and international news & documentary outlets.
Today, Transterra has a growing community of over 1300 journalists and 250 media buyers who are passionate about providing the world character-driven stories that go beyond the daily headlines. Together, we are building the world’s premier global marketplace and community for independent storytelling, original reporting and deep local coverage.
TRANSTERRA WEBSITE is an open platform, allowing anyone to create a profile, pitch story ideas, and upload media. IInterested buyers can purchase and download media from the site directly or work with Transterra to request custom-tailored content to fit their unique production needs. Most of our clients are people we know by name. They are decision makers at media outlets around the globe. 250 of the world’s top buyers are currently in active account management - CBS, TV 5 Monde, DR, Al Jazeera, the Guardian and Al Arabiya, are a few examples of clients who have recently licensed media from Transterra..
CONTRIBUTORS and the content they provide Transterra are the most valuable resource that we have. They build the product we sell to our client; they are partners in every sense of the word. They are seasoned news correspondents, local television networks, documentary filmmakers, artists, aspiring journalists, activists and NGOs. They are on the ground where the story happens, offering rare access and unique perspectives. Every day, they upload videos, images and articles of breaking news, moments of historical import, and short form and long form documentaries from every corner of the globe. While we accept media from anyone, most of our contributors are established producers with whom we work regularly. They join the Transterra community for editorial guidance, to earn revenue and to have their work instantly seen by hundreds of foreign editors around the globe.
We believe that multiple and diverse perspectives in media should be accessible to all--from global newsrooms and media outlets tasked with showing their audience what is happening in the world, to the public at large.
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Who We Are
Jonathan Giesen is the Chief Executive Officer at TRANSTERRA. He co-founded Global Nomads Group in 1997. As managing director, Jonathan led GNG to a position of global leadership in live interactive educational broadcasts between classrooms in more than 40 countries. Each year, as many as 10,000 students participate in GNG’s interactive programs, which have been recognized for their educational value and innovation with rewards from the Goldman Sachs and the United States Distance Learning Association. GNG’s work has been seen on numerous media outlets that include CNN, Good Morning America, the Today Show and the New York Times. While at GNG, Jonathan produced PBS specials: “Project Voice” and “Voices from Iraq” and “Rwanda: Those who Listen, “ which won the best documentary at the 2006 Beverly Hills Film Festival. Jonathan co-produced, designed and developed the organization’s web site (www.gng.org), and expanded the operations from two to fifteen personnel with an operational budget of $3+ million in six years. During his career at GNG, Jonathan has pitched to and negotiated with technology firms and corporate sponsors (e.g., Verizon, Hughes Satellite, Onsat, Bristol Meyers Squibb, MTV and ABC) for financial or in-kind support. Jonathan attended the American university of Paris, where he graduated with a degree in modern history. He recently completed a Masters degree in Middle Eastern history in Cairo, Egypt. Jonathan@transterramedia.com
Eli Andrews is the Managing Director and co-founder of TRANSTERRA Media. Prior to TRANSTERRA, Eli served as a consultant for a range of organizations. He hired, developed and led cross-functional, international teams as a consultant for Pearson Knowledge Technologies, helping Pearson to develop and successfully launch an automated test of Modern Standard Arabic. He helped Seagate localize their Website for Middle East markets, and he has served American non-profit organizations, leading programs to train caseworkers and local organizations on how to integrate recent refugees in their new lives in the United States and insure compliance with United States Refugee Program guidelines. Eli also has a background in media production. When "Qalb Idduniya," an award winning Egyptian soap opera needed to shoot several episodes in New York City, Eli was brought on board to produce those episodes. Eli speaks fluent Arabic. He has lectured at NYU and other American universities, and has directed and produced independent films in Cairo and New York. He holds a BA, in Philosophy, from BARD College as well as a Masters Certificate from CASA Arabic Program , at American University in Cairo, Eli@transterramedia.com
Johnny Mcallister is the Chief Information Officer at TRANSTERRA. Before delving into the world of new media, Johnny McAllister was an independent filmmaker and writer, with a foot in both fiction and documentary. He recently directed and edited Control Tower, a feature documentary that explores the limits of free speech in US academia. In 2011, he produced and co-wrote Whaling City, a narrative feature film set in the struggling world of the modern commercial fisherman. He also helped produce Remnants of a War, a documentary about the use of cluster bombs in Southern Lebanon. In 2005, he wrote the film Be Quiet with Palestinian Director, Sameh Zoabi which went on to win awards at Cannes, Sundance and Clermont-Ferrand. McAllister's background in the film world combines with his passion for new media and new technology to develop new ways of telling stories. He grew up throughout the Middle East, Europe and the Americas before landing on the shores of Beirut, Lebanon. He received his Masters degree from Columbia University in 2004. Johnny@transterramedia.com
Maria Dayton is the Director of Program Development for TRANSTERRA she actively uses her on-the-ground experience in Egypt, and elsewhere, to build the communication capacity of local organizations and foster the development of innovative public private partnerships in the media sector. Prior to her work with TRANSTERRA, she was the Regional Program Manager for the international NGO Vital Voices Global Partnership where she was responsible for Middle Eastern programming related to the political and economic empowerment of women. Her work incorporating the MENA Businesswomen’s Network, amongst other efforts, earned the Arab American Institute’s 2011 Khalil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Award. She holds a BA in International Studies and Biology and MAs from both France and Egypt in International Relations, International Economic Development, and Middle East Studies. Maria@transterramedia.com
Beth Rickman, is the Executive Producer of TRANSTERRA in the United States. Formerly a radio correspondent with UPI in Thailand and the Bangkok Correspondent for the “Pacific Stars & Stripes,” Beth came to Hollywood in 1978 and became an agent for film composers/songwriters at The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency. She left Gorfaine/Schwartz to become the Senior Vice President of Music at DeLaurentiis Entertainment where she was responsible for all aspects of film music, soundtracks and music publishing for the company. At that time, she worked with Robert Redford and others to create a Composers Workshop at the Sundance Institute. She then started The Beth Rickman Agency, representing composers and photographers for film specials. She has since served as a Senior Consultant, Executive Producer, and Developer for numerous television, film, and magazine projects for clients ranging from Microsoft to ABC. In addition to joining the TRANSTERRA team, she is presently working with Photojournalist Dirck Halstead, creator of The Digital Journalist on his Platypus Workshop.
Hassan Ibrahim is the Executive producer at TRANSTERRA. He is a journalist and senior producer with nearly 30 years of experience. His work as a journalist, director and producer has taken him from Sabah Alkheir magazine in Cairo; the Village Voice in New York; to Al Jazeera International in 2005. Hassan has reported over the past 30 years in the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America for BBC Arabic Radio, BBC World TV, Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera International. He has published countless articles and research papers, a novel and two plays. He is disenchanted with conventional media in the Middle East and believes that TRANSTERRA will pioneer the future of a new media in the region and throughout the world.
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