Mayor Stephanie M. Burke has appointed three new members to the Cable Advisory Board. They are Gabrielle Follett Sumney, Jay Campbell and Yvette Wilks.
The board is responsible for providing advice and assistance relative to the cable television license agreement to the Mayor on matters related to cable television services in the City. The Board will also guide the branding and membership drive for the new public access station.
“The newly appointed members will add tremendous value with their credible experience to this board,” said Mayor Burke. “I am grateful that Medford residents’ Gabrielle, Yvette and Jay have agreed to serve our community in this capacity, and I look forward to their work in collaboration with our Station Manager, Ben Brown.”
Gabrielle Follett Sumney is a media artist and educator who has lived all over the country. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2011 with a B.A. in Film Studies and from Emerson College with an MFA in Media Art in 2016. She is currently both a Videographer for Harvard University and an Affiliated Faculty Member at Emerson College, where she teaches production and Media History.
Jay Campbell is the Director of Marketing for a nationally ranked litigation law firm. He has extensive social media, training and consulting experience with various organizations such as Wynn Boston Harbor Community, Burst Media and one of the largest accounting and technology firms in the United States.
Yvette Wilks is currently the President of ZAMP Dreams Productions, which produces content for television and radio shows. She is also the Chair of SMC, formerly called Somerville Community Access Television Station (SCATV), and Co-founder of the annual Evolution of Hip Hop Festival, which honors the culture of hip-hop and its history. Yvette has an extensive experience as a broadcast director and producer.
“I am looking forward to serving my community using my media experience,” said Gabrielle Follett Sumney. “While I am new to Medford and to community television, I am confident that I can learn from and support our very creative and dedicated citizens. I truly appreciate the opportunity to help this program grow and develop.”
“I am looking forward to working with the board, Ben Brown and Krissie Fraser to bring Medford’s public access to the next level and begin utilizing social media to enhance our current public access offering,” said Jay Campbell.
“It doesn’t happen immediately, but when you are at the end you really feel a warmth of love and privilege to have been given such a gift,” said Yvette Wilks. “This is how I feel about being involved with the Cable Advisory Board, it is a gift.”