Digital media producer Neal M Bennett began his career in the mid 90s as a television writer and producer for WPHL 17 in Philadelphia. Soon after, he worked as a production associate for several feature films and began working as a production tech for Comcast and Cablevision. After spending a few years at local cable networks, Bennett was hired to travel with the TLC crew as a locations coordinator/unit manager for Trading Spaces.
In 2002 Bennett began teaching film and video at a career academy in Monmouth County. His courses focused on studio television production, digital media and 3D animation.
Bennett later founded his own film and video school, Industry Media Arts, creating after school enrichment and portfolio development courses. It was here he realized how valuable real world experience is for students wanting to get into the field of filmmaking and video.
He has had the opportunity to work on ESPN’s ‘World Series of Poker’, MLB Network’s ‘World Series’, various NHL Productions, NFL Films projects, YES Network’s ‘Yankees on Deck’, HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ and Discovery’s ’Assignment Discovery’. Bennett was also a co-producer, director and editor of “Dream Camp TV” with Executive Producer Joe Patane (Real World, MTV) featuring the talent of Drew Carey, James Cameron & Vince Pace (Avatar, Transformers) and Pauley Perrette (NCIS).
He continues freelancing for various production companies and creates unique solutions for a wide spectrum of corporate clients. Over the years he has struck a balance between teaching and staying active in the field. Bennett often brings his real world experiences into the classroom sharing the latest updates in technology, workflows and industry trends.
Bennett is currently working for the School of Communication and Information as a Teaching Instructor in the Journalism and Media Studies department. He is also working with the Mason Gross School of Arts Extension Division to develop, teach and supervise filmmaking and certification programs.
B.A. Radio, Television and Film
Maine Media Workshops
NJ Provisional Teaching Program, AVID® Technology
Awards & Recognitions
Telly Award - Sprite commercial “Bigger with Sprite”, Director & Editor
Telly Award - Educational commercial “Fear No Art”, Director & Editor
Telly Award - Television Documentary “Locals Only”, Producer & Editor
JASPER Award - Television Video Promo “Monmouth University Aerial Overview”, Producer & Editor
JASPER Award - Television Video Promo “President Paul R. Brown, One Year in Office”, DP & Editor
AVID® Media Composer Certified Editor/Instructor
AVID® Pro Tools Certified Instructor/User
AVID® Learning Partner