Following Annie Fast’s departure for a new role with Network A, TransWorld Media decided it was high time to not just replace the outgoing editor in chief of TransWorld Snowboarding, but to take a look at the position in general. In the age of digital media’s ascent, they decided to overhaul the job and create the role of “content director” to head the title, and after an executive search, found the best man for the job was the TWSNOW‘s own Nick Hamilton, the former director of photography and video.
“We saw this as an opportunity to reorganize our staff in a way that better focuses our efforts and strengthens TransWorld Snowboarding’s leadership role in the new media world,” says TransWorld Media Editorial Director Rob Campbell. “This newly created Content Director position drives content initiatives across all platforms and formats, with a greater emphases on audience behavior and finding ways to maximize engagement.”
Hamilton’s skills and knowledge of photography, video, print, web, social media, digital media, and a panoply of other mediums made him an ideal choice for the job.
“Nick’s dedication and experience, most especially on the digital front, made our decision an easy one,” adds TransWorld Snowboarding Publisher Adam Cozens. “Nick has played a crucial role in the growth of the brand over the past ten years. His truly holistic approach to content is imperative as we continue to produce the most compelling snowboarding coverage across multiple mediums. We are excited to promote Nick, and looking forward to having his leadership and skills at the helm of TransWorld SNOWboarding.”
Take a look at some of Nick’s favorite shots and his thoughts on them:
Hailing from the UK, Hamilton’s passion for the title started when he picked up his first copy of TWSNOW at the age of 14. He began submitting images to the magazine in 1996, while also working as photo editor of the UK’s WhiteLines Magazine, but a trip to California changed Hamilton’s trajectory. While stopping by the old Oceanside, California TransWorld offices in 2002, his serendipitous timing and skills saw a job offer come his way on the spot and Nick packed his bags and moved to the States.
Nick’s decade-long tenure at TransWorld Snowboarding has been full of accomplishments and highlights, but the biggest that stand out for Hamilton are summed up; “We've got a couple cool magazine awards along the way which are always nice, a Luce Award for Cover of the Year in 2003 for one of my cover photos was a big one (his first TransWorld cover in fact). Over the past four years as director of photography and video we have really started to nicely combine both print and digital mediums, covering the best of both worlds. Projects like the Team Shoot Out, and Park Sessions reach a huge audience across mediums.”
“Working with a great team of creative photographers, art directors, editors, and videographers in a evolving media landscape is always a blast,” sums up Hamilton when asked what he’s most excited about for the new role. “Expect to see some new fun and exciting projects from TWSNOW in the near future.”