Meet Chris Denson

Chris Denson is an award-winning innovator, marketer, recovering comedian, and host of the Innovation Crush interview series, with over 200 episodes and 700,000 subscribers around the world. Having been a guest speaker, curator, and attendee at 100’s of industry events, Chris is an expert at uncovering the best thinking and commonalities across a diverse array of cultures. Applying his expertise to the likes of The White House, Google Launchpad, C2: Montreal, and Omnicom Media Group, his work has been featured in Adweek, Forbes, the New York Times, and Inc., to name a few.

As an industry taste-maker, he currently serves as Director of Omnicom Media Group’s Ignition Factory, the key group responsible for emerging innovations across media, technology, and culture for Fortune 50 clients including Warner Bros, Wells Fargo, The CW, Hilton, Asics and more.

With an early background steeped in stand-up comedy, screenwriting, and production, Chris conceived Innovation Crush in 2013, launching the series in 2014 alongside Levity Entertainment Group. Prior to his work in innovation, Chris worked in front of – and behind the camera for Paramount, BET, Playboy Television, Machinima, the American Film Institute’s Digital Content Lab, and more. He has also been a featured speaker and curator at numerous events around the world from The White House Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Innovate Finance Global Summit, and SXSW.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a degree in packaging engineering.


  • Google Launchpad — Mentor
  • SXSW Accelerator — Advisory Board
  • White House — Council of Excellence
  • Shorty Award Winner — 2016
  • National Advertising Festival Award – 2015
  • Pluto TV — Advisory Board
  • GALA (LA’s First Girl’s S.T.E.M. School) — Board Member
  • Judge/Host — Los Angeles Mayor’s Cup


  • Adweek — “Meet the Top 12 Creative Executives in Media”
  • NY Times — “Film on Lost Boys of Sudan Uses Keys to Stand Out”
  • Forbes — “Why Adding Constraints Increases Innovation”
  • Breakout — ”Creativity Creator”
  • Playboy Radio — Guest
  • Podcast Guest — (Playboy Radio; Blurred Radio; Man School)
  • Business Rockstars — Interviewed by Pat O’Brien
  • Inc. Magazine — Innovate Contributor