Transmedia Producer, Writer, and Creative Technologist. Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters around the globe such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategies - particularly Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen.
Kastelein is a global leader in evangelizing and understanding future TV technologies that empower storytelling. Transmedia Storytelling, Social TV, Video on Demand, OTT Distribution, 360 Video, Machinima, Second Screen and more...
He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.
Kastelein has spoken on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...
He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.
A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.
He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.
A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French.
One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012.
Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.
Name: Richard Kastelein
Lives in: Haren, Netherlands
Company: Agora Media Ltd.
Occupation: Publisher, Transmedia Producer, Marketing/pr, Producer, Script Consultant, Researcher and Story Analyst
Unique traits: Creative Technologist, divergent thinker, writer, storyteller, transmedia expert
Television by Agora Media Ltd. Co-Creator
Walk The Plank
Television by Agora Media Ltd. (Sony Pictures Television Optioned in 2013) Creator
Television by Agora Media Ltd. Creator
Finalist at IBC's ConnectedWorld.TV Personality of the Year 2011 International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) and ConnectedWorld.TV
Computerworld Honors Laureate for Innovation - 2011
Winner of 2010 Deloitte Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions for Entrepreneurs in the Netherlands for futurist views on Social TV and Media Convergence.