Fabrice Florin

Fabrice Florin Bio

Fabrice is the founder of NewsTrust, a social news network that helps people find and share good journalism online. From 2005 to 2011, he served as executive director of this nonprofit service, which was acquired in 2012 by the Poynter Institute.

Fabrice now works at the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia. In his new role, Fabrice manages the development of new software tools to help editors and readers collaborate productively.

With a 30-year track record in new media and technology, Fabrice Florin has developed a wide range of leading-edge entertainment, education and software products.

Fabrice’s previous wireless venture, Handtap, was a leading provider of multimedia content for mobile phones, sold through the top US carriers, as well as leading distributors worldwide. Handtap partnered with GoComics to offer a wide range of popular comics for your phone, featuring Garfield, Doonesbury, Bloom County and many more.

As Macromedia's VP of online entertainment, Fabrice launched shockwave.com, a popular website featuring games, cartoons, music and greetings. Fabrice led content and web teams at this major entertainment destination, publishing hundreds of top-rated titles, such as South Park, Dilbert and Frogger.

Before joining Macromedia, Fabrice was president of Zenda Studio, an award-winning software and multiplayer game developer. There, he created innovative user interfaces and software environments for market leaders including Disney, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Philips and Sony.

Prior to Zenda, Fabrice was executive producer at Apple Computer, where he produced widely acclaimed educational CD-ROM titles and interactive TV applications. As founding member of Apple's Multimedia Lab, he pioneered the use of multimedia and produced groundbreaking education titles with partners ranging from Lucasfilm and National Geographic to the BBC and Smithsonian.

Before joining Apple, Fabrice was president of Videowest, an innovative TV production studio, where he created a new genre of video journalism, mixing news, music and comedy in a fast-paced magazine format that was widely distributed on broadcast and cable networks ranging from ABC to MTV and public TV. During that time, Fabrice produced and directed many acclaimed TV specials, such as Hackers, a classic documentary about the midnight programmers that created the personal computer revolution.

Fabrice was elected an Ashoka Fellow for his work as a social entrepreneur in journalism. Fabrice has also been honored with four US patents as inventor of interactive TV technologies at Apple, and has received numerous media industry awards, including Emmies, Cindies, and NewMedia awards. His pioneering work in digital media has been widely covered by the press, including the BBC, Newsweek, the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, The Washington Post, Wired, Le Monde and many more.

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