Started in 2009, Bridge Strategic Communications clients have included a diverse roster of entertainment, media and cannabis accounts. They include the launch of subscription based video streaming services Tribeca Short List and YOU On Demand, launching the entertainment news site HELLO!.com, the streaming show, “A Broad Abroad” with Paula Froelich on YAHOO Travel, CINEMAflix Distribution, a film distributor of documentaries and foreign features, the launch of MPI Pictures, the 2016 Academy Award campaign for Ken Burns’ “Defying The Nazis: The Sharps War,” The Marijuana Business Association, The NJ Cannabis Symposium and SunGrown Zero.
The company acts as an advisor to Shatterproof, a non-profit specializing in addiction support and education on communications strategies and Stuffed Sausage Media, a podcast aggregator.
President and CEO Stu Zakim is a Corporate Communications/Marketing professional with senior level experience in the entertainment, media and cannabis sectors. He has a strong background and proven track record in brand repositioning, integrated marketing programs, product launches, strategic media relations, development and implementation of corporate communications programs and crisis communications
He has worked for some of the best known brands in film, magazines and television. Zakim has provided counsel to a variety of iconic media leaders including Jann Wenner, Bonnie Fuller, Christie Hefner, David Pecker and their publications – Rolling Stone, Playboy, Us Weekly, Shape and Star magazine among others. He has also worked on the PR campaigns of some of the most popular and successful films and television shows in recent history as an executive at Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures and Showtime Networks.
The firm also works with Licata & Co., a LA-based television awards consulting agency, to act as their NY representatives, offering editorial and other activities in support of the programs it represents. In 2016. their client, Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle” received 4 Emmy nominations, winning 2 and Amazon’s “Goliath” received a Golden Globe award for Best Actor for Billy Bob Thornton. In 2017, Amazon won 2 Golden Globes for Best Comedy for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and Best Actress in a Comedy with Rachel Brosnahan as star of that show.
Zakim, a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communications, is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He was recognized by his peers as one of the Top 100 people in the cable industry in 2007. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Publicity Club of New York.