Billy Pittard

Department Chair

Billy Pittard
615-898-5867
Room 250, John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building (BRAGG)
MTSU Box 51, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

By appointment

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Degree Information

  • B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1978)

Areas of Expertise

  • Media design and production
  • Digital media platform innovation
  • Educational media design and production
  • Creative and executive leadership
  • Branding and marketing strategy
  • Graphic design and art direction
  • Toy and media invention and innovation
  • Interaction design
  • Motion design
  • Documentary filmmaking

Biography

Billy Pittard is known for pioneering work in the fields of broadcast design, media and entertainment branding, interactive media design and production, and educational media design and production. Founder and creative leader of Pittard Sullivan, one of the most accomplished and awarded creative teams in the entertainment and media industries. Industry portfolio includes the creation of over 200 television network brand identities around the world such as ABC, CBS, and DirecTV. Credits also i...

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Billy Pittard is known for pioneering work in the fields of broadcast design, media and entertainment branding, interactive media design and production, and educational media design and production. Founder and creative leader of Pittard Sullivan, one of the most accomplished and awarded creative teams in the entertainment and media industries. Industry portfolio includes the creation of over 200 television network brand identities around the world such as ABC, CBS, and DirecTV. Credits also include pioneering work for interactive platforms such as TiVo, AOL, and ABC.com, hundreds of main titles for television and film including ER, Nature, The West Wing, and Groundhog Day. Also known for work in the field of educational media. Directed the design and production of algebra’scool, a breakthrough interactive DVD product to teach high school algebra. Worked at Lynda.com as VP of Content and Production as well as executive producer of the Creative Inspirations series of documentary films about top creative professionals. Inventor of the ZOOOOS Interactive Video System.  

Joined the MTSU faculty as Chair of MTSU’s Department of Electronic Media Communication in 2011 after serving on the Board of Visitors of the College of Mass Communication (now College of Media and Entertainment) for six years. Since joining the faculty, efforts have focused on improving student success through changes in curriculum, the establishment of freestanding degrees, changes in accreditation, greater student access to facilities and technology, improvements to facilities, access to online software training, and improvements to curriculum-related extracurricular activities.  

Served on numerous boards including PROMAX, Broadcast Designers Association (BDA), the Board of Visitors for MTSU’s College of Mass Communication, and the Advisory Board of Best Buddies California, a non-profit organization that creates friendship and job opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0685885/

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Awards

Emmy Awards

  • Wonderful World of Disney main title
  • E.R. main title
  • Ricki Lake main title
  • World Track & Field Championships main title
  • The Games of the XXV Olympiad on-air packaging  

Emmy Nominations

  • Barbara DeAngeles main title
  • Birdland main title
  • Breakfast with the Arts main title
  • Burning Zone main title
  • Central Park West m...
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Emmy Awards

  • Wonderful World of Disney main title
  • E.R. main title
  • Ricki Lake main title
  • World Track & Field Championships main title
  • The Games of the XXV Olympiad on-air packaging  

Emmy Nominations

  • Barbara DeAngeles main title
  • Birdland main title
  • Breakfast with the Arts main title
  • Burning Zone main title
  • Central Park West main title
  • Discovery Journal main title
  • Dudley main title
  • Great Books main title
  • Gun main title
  • Magical World of Disney main title
  • Nature main title
  • One Life to Live main title
  • Sisters main title
  • Sunday Best main title
  • Tracy Ullman Show main title
  • Trial Watch main title
  • The West Wing main title
  • Vicki! main title  

Golden Lamp Award (best of show) for Best Instructional Materials from the Association of Educational Publishers.  

Best Educational Video of the Last 25 Years in the 25th Anniversary Classic Telly Awards  

Wall of Fame for MTSU’s College of Mass Communication (now College of Media and Entertainment)  

Distinguished Alumnus for MTSU. “An MTSU graduate who has distinguished him/herself by reaching the highest level of accomplishment and who possesses the highest standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of MTSU.”  

Approximately 200 other industry awards including PROMAX Awards, BDA Awards, Telly Awards, and others  

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Creative Activity

Directed the creation of algebra’scool, an unprecedented interactive DVD program to help teachers teach High School Algebra 1. Designed the system to take advantage of the sight, sound, motion, and interactivity offered by the DVD medium. Created visualizations of the mathematical processes as a more natural and intuitive way to learn. Used interactivity to keep the program “alive” so that it could respond to students’ and teachers’ needs. A study by Pr...

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Directed the creation of algebra’scool, an unprecedented interactive DVD program to help teachers teach High School Algebra 1. Designed the system to take advantage of the sight, sound, motion, and interactivity offered by the DVD medium. Created visualizations of the mathematical processes as a more natural and intuitive way to learn. Used interactivity to keep the program “alive” so that it could respond to students’ and teachers’ needs. A study by Princeton Review showed that students in algebra’scool classrooms learned three times more effectively than the control group. (click here for whitepaper)     

Inventor of the ZOOOOS interactive video system. Multiple patents worldwide. ZOOOOS is an interactive video system that enables the creation of highly interactive video-based programs on commonly available systems such as DVD players and digital video recorders (DVRs). The system uses a special controller and specially authored programs, and can be implemented on ordinary DVD players, DVRs, game platforms, computers, and other devices capable of delivering non-linear video. Besides the fact that it works on an enormous base of common devices, the essential advantage of the system is its simplicity and intuitive interface. Where other systems have deep layers of complexity, ZOOOOS is designed to be as simple as possible for users. ZOOOOS has been used to publish a number of educational programs for Pre-K through second grade, and are aligned to educational standards for each target group.

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Courses

Create Your Career. This course is designed to help students in Media Arts programs connect what they learned in their majors with actual careers in their chosen fields. https://cycmtsu.wordpress.com