Brian Newman was recently named the President & CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) as the result of a combination between Renew Media and TFI. As a combined organisation, the primary objective is to create one institution dedicated to innovation in film and media, the enrichment of audiences and the promotion of education, understanding and creativity through the media arts. TFI now gives approximately $1.25 million annually to filmmakers and media artists through grants and fellowships in the United States and Mexico, in addition to other programmes for media artists, youth and the general public.

Newman was executive director of IMAGE Film & Video Centre in Atlanta for five years, overseeing the Atlanta Film Festival among other programmes. Previously he held positions at the IFP and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Brian also serves on the editorial advisory board for Art Papers magazine, the advisory board for and the steering committee of Grantmakers in Film & Electronic Media (GFEM). Newman has a MA in Film Studies from Emory University.