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Kay Beck

Emeritus, Professor    DAEL Director    

Ph.D., Emory University, 1973


New media
Digital production
Film history and theory.


Kay Beck is Emeritus Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Digital Arts and Entertainment Laboratory (DAEL), a core facility that facilities collaborative work between film/video producers, graphic designers, computer scientists, performing artists and others interested in cutting edge digital content.

In the last decade, DAEL has attracted more than $3 million dollars of external funding for digital content initiatives. Under her direction, DAEL has collaborated with digital media professionals at Turner Broadcasting, Coca-Cola, Riverwood Studies, and Crawford Communications, among others. The laboratory has also incubated a number of new businesses in various aspects of digital content initiation, has produced pilots for upcoming television shows, and has conducted audience response tests for 35mm, HDTV, and other forms of digital video.

Most recently, she has developed a collaborative relationship between DAEL and Robert Townsend, the producer of the Black Family Channel. Beck is active in the cultivation of enhanced media content in the State of Georgia. Under the guidance of both Democratic and Republican governors, she has served on the executive committee of the Georgia Film Board. She has also served on the Advisory Board of Image (Georgia’s independent media organization) and on the Regional Advisory Panel for the Urban Communications Group. Beck chairs the board of the Atlanta Film Festival, which she helped found.

In 2011, Women in Film & TV/Atlanta named Beck to its Hall of Fame, given her lifelong work in promoting the work of women in the region’s media industries.  In 2013, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal awarded Dr. Beck the state’s highest prize for work in the arts and humanities.