Peter B. Kaufman

Business, television, & online media

Peter B. Kaufman (, a documentary filmmaker, writer, and teacher, is founder and executive producer of Intelligent Television and the Google-funded Intelligent Channel on YouTube. He executive produces Intelligent Television’s media productions and directs the company’s research and strategic consulting work.

Mr. Kaufman is a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Office of Digital Learning. He has served as Associate Director of Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, with which he has been affiliated since 2006. He has served as co-chair, with the BFI’s Paul Gerhardt, of the U.K. government’s JISC Film & Sound Think Tank; as an expert consultant on access strategies for the Library of Congress Division of Motion Pictures, Broadcast, and Recorded Sound, and as co-chair, with WGBH’s Karen Cariani, of the Copyright Committee of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. He also has served as director of the Open Education Video Studio Project, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; director of strategic initiatives for the digitization provider Innodata Isogen; president and publisher of TV Books, a company he founded and sold to Lorne Michaels’s television and film company Broadway Video; founder and executive director of PUBWATCH, a nonprofit organization that supported the publishing and bookselling industries in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union during the (putative) collapse of totalitarianism in Europe; and director of publications at the East-West Institute, a foreign policy think-tank in New York City. He serves as a consultant on technology strategies and business affairs for numerous educational and cultural heritage institutions in the United States and abroad including EUscreen; Europeana; Opencast; and PrestoCentre. A Senior Fellow of the World Policy Institute more than 20 years, he also serves on the Editorial Board of the World Policy Journal.  He is the founder and director of the Hotchkiss Summer Documentary Filmmaking Program - a training camp for high-school filmmakers - in Connecticut.

Educated at Cornell and Columbia, Mr. Kaufman writes and produces video about media, education, history, and society. Recent work includes “In the Post-Truth Era, Colleges Should Share Their Knowledge,” for the Chronicle of Higher Education (, “MOOCs and Open Educational Resources: A Handbook for Educators” ( for the Hewlett Foundation, “Assessing the Audiovisual Archive Market: Approaches to Audiovisual Content Exploitation” for PrestoCentre (, “Oral History in the Digital Age” (for Oral History Review, at:, “Film and Sound in Higher and Further Education: A Progress Report with Ten Recommendations” with Paul Gerhardt for the UK’s Film & Sound Think Tank (, “Video on Wikipedia and the Open Web: A Guide for Cultural and Educational Institutions,” for the Open Video Alliance, iCommons, and the Ford Foundation (, “Funding Media, Strengthening Democracy: Grantmaking for the 21st Century” with Mary Albon for Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (, The Problem of the Yellow Milkmaid: A Business Model Perspective on Open Metadata” with Harry Verwayen and Martijn Arndoldus for Europeana (, “On Building a New Market for Culture: Virtue and Necessity in a Screen-Based Economy” for the JISC Strategic Content Alliance (, “Video Use in Higher Education” with Jen Mohan for New York University and the Copyright Clearance Center (, “Good Terms: Improving Commercial-Noncommercial Partnerships for Education,” with Jeff Ubois for the Research Libraries Group (, and “The Economics of Independent Film and Video Distribution in the Digital Age” with Jen Mohan for the Tribeca Film Institute and the MacArthur Foundation ( He has published work in The New York TimesThe NationPublishers WeeklyScholarly PublishingSlavic ReviewRussian HistoryFirst MondayD-Lib, the Times Literary Supplement and International Book Publishing: An Encyclopedia, and other books and journals, and also a 1986 volume, Spacebridges: Television and U.S.-Soviet Dialogue.  His book, The New Enlightenment: The Promise of Film and Sound in the Digital Age, is forthcoming from Seven Stories Press, and his current project, The Manual of Video Style, is under contract with MIT Press.