Creative Entrepreneur

ABOUT

Emmy nominated and noted entrepreneur + creative executive Rob Profusek’s eclectic career charts a diverse professional path encompassing roles and projects across multiple industries in the entertainment and lifestyle space, integrating people and products into the convergence of storytelling, technology, digital media, and entrepreneurship.

Profusek recently served as GM and Chief Creative Officer of Bellrock Brands, a market-leader in THC and CBD products, where he curated the brand’s creative marketing strategy and operational execution through their complex merger and subsequent IPO. This role included oversight of the company’s communications, including an expansive slate of digital/social content and engagement, and acquisition and management of innovative entertainment partnerships with brands and IP ranging from adult-use confections and beverages to tinctures, transdermal patches and pet-focused balms.

To combine his marketing/branding experience with a passion for unique creative content, in 2011 Profusek founded Digital Harvest Media (DHM), a cutting-edge development stage digital incubator. Digital Harvest partners with creative entrepreneurs seeking to engage audiences through exceptional entertainment concepts. DHM’s slate of projects features a diverse collection of innovative content in various states of development, production and distribution, including recent films KUSAMA: INFINITY (Magnolia, Sundance ’19), QUEEN OF NEW YORK (post-production) and POWER & INFLUENCE: THE AMERICAN FRATERNITY (development) in addition to an innovative digital health series for Self Magazine/Condè Nast Entertainment.  DHM has also made investments in Omaze, Epic Games, All Star Games, DailyPay and Mission Barns as well as providing strategic consulting services to various investment funds as well as consumer and media brands.

Previously, Profusek was the Director of Business Development & Corporate Strategy and separately Executive Producer of live and video + alternative programming for Condè Nast Entertainment (CNE). Here, he focused on various company-wide business transactions and content deals including digital-video, live-streaming and new media formats. Additionally, Profusek served as Executive Producer for brands as diverse as Teen Vogue, Bon Appétit and GQ. While at CNE, his work was recognized by the Emmys, ASME, Tellys, Webbys, Streamys, James Beard Foundation and New York Festival.

From 2007-2013 he was the Founder and Executive Producer of Toy Closet Films and was responsible for producing eight feature films, two television pilots, three web-series, 65 branded collaborations, 20 shorts and a mobile app. Toy Closet’s content was recognized by the Student Academy Awards, Sundance, Berlin, MoMA, SXSW, Comic-Con and Tribeca and was distributed broadly by HBO, Showtime, Focus Features, Magnolia, Amazon, Netflix and iTunes. Further, from 2011-2012 Profusek was a Programming Consultant for YouTube.

After receiving a BA with distinction from Cornell University, Profusek started his career as a financial analyst at Lazard Frères. Pursuing his passion for entertainment, he then worked as an Associate Producer at Kaleidoscope Productions and for Oscar winning producer/director Lee Daniels.

Profusek earned his MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America. Also, he is an officer and board member of a local NYC non-profit and is the President of his residential co-op board. Profusek is based in New York City where he lives with his husband Tom and their Bernese Mountain Dog, Montana.

WORK

REEL

Reel

Video

FILM

Born Free (2022)

Executive Producer (Feature)

ROCO Films

Queen of New York (2022)

Producer (Feature)

DocNYC

Kusama: Infinity (2018)

Co-Producer (Feature)

Magnolia Pictures
Sundance

Angelique (2017)

Executive Producer (Short)

CNE, Glamour
Emmy

Promposal (2015)

Executive Producer (Short)

CNE, Teen Vogue

Magic City (2015)

Consulting Producer (Short)

CNE, GQ

The Girl is in Trouble (2015)

Producer (Feature)

EOne
ABFF

Without Shepherds (2013)

Producer (Feature)

Roco Films
Slamdance

Bastards of Young (2013)

Producer (Feature)

Film Buff
Woodstock

Some Velvet Morning (2013)

Executive Producer (Feature)

Amazon
Tribeca

A Birder’s Guide to Everything (2013)

Executive Producer (Feature)

Focus Features
Tribeca

Big Man (2012)

Producer (Short)

Focus Features, National Geographic

Holy Rollers (2010)

Co-Producer (Feature)

Film Independent, Showtime
Sundance

Down in Number 5 (2009)

Co-Producer (Short)

Shorts International
Student Academy Award

Cuts (2009)

Producer (Short)

HBO
Sundance

Tennessee (2008)

Producer's Assistant (Feature)

Vivendi
Tribeca

The Boundary (2008)

Producer (Short)

HBO
ABFF

Push Button House (2008)

Co-Director/Producer (Short)

IndieFlix
Dallas

Szmolinsky (2007)

Executive Producer (Short)

IndiePix
Berlinale

Salaam Dunk

Distribution Executive (Feature)

FilmBuff, CNE, Teen Vogue

Burt’s Buzz

Distribution Executive (Feature)

FilmBuff, CNE, The Scene

Sneakerheadz

Distribution Executive (Feature)

Gravitas Ventures, CNE, GQ

SERIES

The Future of Mental Health (2022)

Executive Producer

CNE, Self

We Are Witness (2017)

Distribution Executive

CNE, The New Yorker
Emmy

Bong Appétit (2016-2017)

Development Executive

Viceland

The Grind (2016)

Development Executive

CBC, CNE, GQ

Most Expensivist Shit (2016-2019)

Executive Producer

Viceland, CNE, GQ
Webby Award

The Most Amazingest Cakes (2015)

Executive Producer

TSI, CNE, Bon Appétit

GQ Style (2015-2016)

Executive Producer

TSI, CNE, GQ

Gentlemen Lobsters (2015-2016)

Distribution Executive

NBC, CNE, GQ
Webby Award

24 Hours In (2015-2016)

Executive Producer

Hulu, CNE, Bon Appétit
James Beard Award

Secret History Of … (2015)

Executive Producer

CNE, Epicurious

Fan Gifts (2015)

Executive Producer

Amazon, CNE, Teen Vogue

In the Mood For (2014)

Supervising Producer

TSI, CNE, Style.com

We the Economy (2014)

Distribution Executive

CNE, The Scene

Beauty Crisis (2014)

Executive Producer

Amazon, CNE, Teen Vogue

Get the Look (2014)

Executive Producer

TSI, CNE, Teen Vogue

Beauty Icons (2014)

Supervising Producer

TSI, CNE, Style.com

Strictly Ballet (2014-2015)

Executive Producer

Hulu, CNE, Teen Vogue
Streamy Award

Global Threads (2014)

Supervising Producer

TSI, CNE, Teen Vogue

3 Steps To (2013-2014)

Executive Producer

Amazon, CNE, Teen Vogue

My Room Makeover (2013-2014)

Supervising Producer

Amazon, CNE, Teen Vogue

24 Hours in Young Hollywood (2013)

Supervising Producer

CNE, Teen Vogue

Besties (2013-2015)

Executive Producer

TSI, CNE, Teen Vogue

Throwback Thursdays with Tim Blanks (2013-2015)

Director/Executive Producer

Hulu, CNE, Style.com/Vogue
Webby Award

Twenty Five (2013)

Producer

Snag Films
Indie Series Award

The 3 Bits (2013)

Producer

YouTube

Breakfast with Bevan (2013-2014)

Executive Producer

TSI, CNE, Teen Vogue

LIVE + ALTERNATIVE

Live: Vanity Fair Oscar Party (2017)

Executive Producer

CNE, Vanity Fair, Twitter

Live: Glamour Woman of the Year (2016)

Executive Producer

CNE, Glamour, Facebook

Met Gala In 360° (2016)

Executive Producer

CNE, Vogue, Facebook

Vogue’s Fashion Week in 360 2016 S/S (2016)

Executive Producer

CNE, Vogue, Facebook

Live: The New Yorker Festival (2014)

Executive Producer

CNE, The New Yorker, YouTube

Live: Front Row Unfiltered (2013)

Supervising Producer

CNE, Style.com/Vogue, YouTube

COMMERCIAL + BRANDED

Cooking Magic (2015-2016)

Executive Producer

Reynolds Wrap
Big Object/CNX

Eat.Stay.Love (2015-2016)

Executive Producer

Edward Jones
Zero Point Zero/CNX

Simply Perfect (2015)

Executive Producer

Patron
Salted Media/CNX

America’s Bartender (2014)

Executive Producer

Saphire
Mustache/CNX

Besties (2013-2015)

Executive Producer

Disney
Sawhorse/CNX

Toyland (2012)

Producer

Siemens
Atrix Films/Toy Closet

Through a New Lens (2011)

Producer

Illy
Susan Magrino/Toy Closet

No Surprise (2011)

Producer

Amanda Palmer
Brewery Music/Toy Closet

Dr Who (2011)

Producer

BBC America
MCC/Toy Closet

Flash Mob (2011)

Producer

Verizon
Bratskeir & Co./Toy Closet

Wakeup Call (2009)

Producer

Chicken Soup for the Soul
Blue Wolfe/Toy Closet

Artists & Scientists (2009)

Producer

E&J Gallo
Devries/Toy Closet

Digital Cribs (2009)

Producer

Cisco
Promotions Pictures/Toy Closet

The Difference (2009)

Producer

Children’s Aid Society
PIX11/Toy Closet

Une Femme Active (2009)

Producer

Clarins
Allison Broad/Toy Closet

12 (2009)

Producer

Smart Mouth
Blue Wolfe/Toy Closet

Hearts in Pain (2008)

Producer

Stephen Kellog Band
Foundations Music/Toy Closet

INVESTMENT

Epic Games

Investment

Omaze

Investment

Allstar Games

Investment

Mission Barns

Investment

DailyPay

Investment

Monument

Investment

Welcome

Investment

BellRock Brands

Investment

AWARDS + RECOGNITIONS

  • Emmys
  • Sundance
  • Berlinale
  • Student Academy
  • ASME
  • PGA West
  • Slamdance
  • ABFF
  • Emerald Cup
  • Webby
  • Comic-Con
  • CMJ
  • YouTube Golden Play Button
  • MoMA
  • IFP
  • Los Angeles
  • Tribeca
  • SXSW
  • James Beard
  • DOC NYC
  • Woodstock
  • Film Bath
  • Hot Docs
  • Dallas
  • Santa Barbara
  • Seattle
  • London
  • Tokyo
  • Chicago
  • Hamburg Shorts
  • Huesca
  • Dubai
  • Filmfest Eberswalde
  • St Louis
  • Palm Springs
  • Oslo Films from the South
  • São Paulo
  • Gijón
  • Streamy
  • New York Festival
  • Florida
  • Miami
  • Telly
  • Sarasota
  • New Beauty
  • Allure Best of Beauty
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Cannabis Cup
  • Bali
  • Toronto Black
  • Newport Beach
  • Brooklyn
  • Rooftop
  • Generation Engage
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Stockholm
  • Champs-Elysées
  • West Virginia Filmmakers
  • CINE Competition
  • Austin
  • Asheville
  • Kansas
  • Lighthouse
  • Media Art
  • San Francisco South Asian
  • GenArt
  • Kalpanirjhar
  • Leids
  • Manhattan Shorts
  • Amnesty International
  • Main Line
  • First Run
  • Friars Festival
  • Greater Reading
  • Miami Shorts
  • LA Shorts
  • Hollywood Shorts
  • Deauville
  • Philadelphia Jewish
  • Asiatica Film Mediale
  • United Nations Association
  • Toronto Reel Asian
  • Indie Series
  • Internationaal Kortfilmfestival Leuven
  • Pan African
  • Cleveland
  • Greenwich
  • Montreal
  • VideoInk
  • Jurror, South East Asian Film Festival
  • Jurror, Friars Club Comedy Film Festival
  • Advisor, NYU Production Lab - Purple List
  • Advisor, DCTV
  • Speaker, NYU Tisch Graduate School of the Arts
  • Speaker, Tribeca Film Festival
  • Speaker, Dallas Film Festival High School Days
  • Speaker, SoHo House New York
  • Speaker, CUNY Newmark Graduate School of Journalism
  • Speaker, NeueHouse New York
  • Speaker, Brunswick School
  • Speaker, SVA BFA Photography & Video Department
  • Speaker, Made in New York Media Center by IFP
  • Speaker, Cornell University
  • Panelist, IFP
  • Panelist, Dallas Film Festival
  • Panelist, SVA MFA SocDoc
  • Panelist, NYU Production Lab

IN THE NEWS

Are You a Mother Lover?
November 7, 2022
Here’s How We’re Exploring the Future of Mental Health All Throughout May
May 10, 2022
Marti Gould Cummings Documentary Begins Production
December 16, 2020
Sundance: Magnolia Nabs U.S. Rights to ‘Kusama – Infinity’
January 25, 2018
Vanity Fair Announces Livestream From the 24th Annual Oscar Party
February 23, 2017
​​Here's How to Watch Glamour's 2016 Women of the Year Summit and Awards Gala
November 13, 2016
Experience the Met Gala Red Carpet in 360° Virtual Reality
May 10, 2016
The Best Collections of Spring 2016
October 14, 2015
Documentary Review: Without Shepherds
August 10, 2015
See What a Night at Atlanta's Magic City Strip Club Is Really Like
July 3, 2015
Mimi Staker, from “Strictly Ballet,” on Life at NYCB
May 28, 2015
Watch What It Takes to Become a Miami City Ballet Dancer on Teen Vogue's Strictly Ballet
May 21, 2015
How One Gay Teen and His Straight Best Friend Had the Best Prom Ever
May 1, 2015
Film Review: ‘The Girl Is in Trouble’
April 2, 2015
The 5 most ridiculous items featured in 2 Chainz's new 'Most Expensivest' show
March 6, 2015
24 Hours at Waffle House With Bon Appétit's Restaurant Editor
February 17, 2015
Video: Highlights from The New Yorker Festival
October 25, 2014
“Gentlemen Lobsters” Is Hilarious And Hits A Little Too Close To Home
July 11, 2014
Global Threads - Getting to Know the Inspiring Young Fashion Designers Behind Mima-te
April 17, 2014
Some Velvet Morning - Trailer
December 13, 2013
Project of the Day: 3 Weird Siblings Explore Sex, Love, Friendship and Drugs
November 25, 2013
Watch Channing Tatum as a Young Model Circa 2002
October 24, 2013
Front Row Unfiltered - Series Trailer
September 13, 2013
Teen Vogue's Andrew Bevan Finally Gets The Talk Show He Deserves
July 30, 2013
Conde Nast Launches 'Teen Vogue' Video Channel
July 26, 2013
Spring In All Its Various Colors
May 9, 2013
Film Review: ‘A Birder’s Guide to Everything’
May 2, 2013
Producer Robert Profusek on Building Buzz at Slamdance
February 15, 2013
IFP Announces Fellows for 8th Narrative Lab
June 11, 2012
IFP Narrative Lab Slate Announced
June 11, 2012
New indies find fertile ground
May 28, 2011
6Qs with Robert Profusek of Without Sheperds
May 9, 2011
Columbus Short, Alicja Bachleda Find ‘Trouble’
August 9, 2010
Production Values. Robert Profusek '03 & Ryan Silbert '02
November 1, 2009
Eisenberg, Bartha in the ‘Holy’ land
November 15, 2007