Charlie Fink is an AR/VR Consultant, Columnist, Speaker and the Author of “Charlie Fink’s Metaverse, An AR Enabled Guide to VR & AR.” He is a former Disney, AOL and AG Interactive executive who notably came up with the idea for “The Lion King” while a junior executive in 1987. In the 90s, Fink was EVP & COO of VR pioneer Virtual World Entertainment. He is a sought-after professional speaker whose numerous appearances include SXSW, CES, and AWE.
Fink is the contributing editor of Virtual Reality Pop, a Medium publication for whom he writes a popular weekly column.
In addition to his work as head of story development for Disney Feature Animation during the second golden age of Disney animation (‘85-’92), Fink was SVP & CCO of AOL Studios (‘95-’99). His past experience also features successful exits from several startups, including eAgents, which sold to AG Interactive, where he then served as President for three years, and Charlie Company, an SEO/SEM affiliate marketer and consultancy that most notably created “The Other 98%” for client Moveon.org in 2009, which now has over 6 M followers on Facebook. Charlie Company was sold in a private transaction in 2014.
Charlie Fink is also a producer of live theater in NYC. He is the Producing Artistic Director of the New Musical Foundation, a non-profit that supports the development of new musicals and has won over 15 awards for its productions. From 2007-2017 Fink was Chairman of the Drama Desk Award-winning NY Musical Festival.