Bryan E. Hughes is a senior corporate communications and public relations professional with 20 years of experience in strategic campaign development and implementation, content promotion, reputation management and partnerships. Today, Bryan provides strategic counsel to a diverse group of clients including corporate leaders, non-profit advocacy organizations, and entertainment industry executives. Bryan specializes in communication and media training, message development, and content creation strategies designed to help clients engage key audiences and clearly communicate core values and services. His recent work includes targeted communications and message support for a variety of high-profile issues and projects from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster to the USA Pavilion at the 2012, World Expo in Yeosu, Republic of Korea. He works with senior management teams at a broad range of leading organizations including Philippe Cousteau’s EarthEcho International, Conservation International, Discovery Communications, Gale International, Hallmark Channel, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the National Geographic Society, the University of Virginia, the U.S. Department of State, and Ocean Conservancy.
Previously, Bryan served as Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for the television network Planet GreenTM, a multiplatform media brand dedicated to sustainable living and environmental awareness. In this role, he developed and implemented the network launch strategy that was awarded PR Week’s “2009 Consumer Launch Campaign of the Year.” During his tenure at Planet Green, Bryan developed multi-partner initiatives including Earth Day campaigns and Blue August, an entire month of content and outreach dedicated to the world’s oceans and water resources. The Blue August campaign garnered record ratings for the network. Bryan also oversaw all aspects of publicity for the brand’s digital platforms, Treehugger.com and planetgreen.com, helping the environmentally focused sites grow to more than four million unique monthly visitors in a two-year period.
Prior to Planet Green, Bryan was Vice President of Communications and Strategy for Discovery Communications, Inc. Bryan oversaw strategy and publicity for Discovery’s theatrical documentary unit, Discovery Films, as well as Discovery Health Media Enterprises and Discovery’s Emerging Networks division. He managed the successful debut of films at the Sundance Film Festival, The Toronto Film Festival and The Tribeca Film Festival, including such critically acclaimed titles as Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man and Macky Alston’s The Killer Within.
Bryan earned his B.A degree from the University of Delaware, and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. He resides in Washington, D.C. and the Virginia Shenandoah Valley with his partner, Matt, and their dog Fergus.