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Jeanne McHale Waite
Jeanne McHale Waite
Assistant Teaching Professor, Entertainment & Arts Management



Jeanne McHale Waite’s media career has ranged from creative work as a producer and writer to top-level management.  Recently she taught media entrepreneurship at Temple University, uncovered her passion for teaching, and joined the faculty of Entertainment and Arts Management at Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design.  


For 12 years, Jeanne served as EVP, General Manager of Atlas Media Corp, a New York based TV, film and digital content production house.  Atlas distributed its original content to over 60 countries and was consistently named among the “Global 100” top independent nonfiction production companies.  Previously, she was first COO, then CEO of Banyan Productions, an independent production company based in Philadelphia and Los Angeles that created more than 2,000 episodes of television.  She is the founder of consulting company 1Thing, LLC.


After starting her career in Philadelphia broadcast TV stations, Jeanne served as executive producer for Discovery Networks and others.  She is the winner of 3 Telly Awards, 11 regional Emmys, Cine Golden Eagle, New York Film & TV Festival, Society of Professional Journalists Best Documentary, Women in Communications Award and other honors.   


Jeanne studied Dynamics of Organization at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a BA in Communication from Temple University.  Her specialties include general management, business startup, financial management, legal affairs, HR, recruiting, negotiation, operations, distribution, rights and regulatory compliance, and producing for multiple platforms.  

Dynamics of Organization, University of Pennsylvania; BA in Communication, Temple University