Benjamin Wagner is a consultant, creative, and founder of Essential Industries, a boutique consulting firm specializing in individual and organizational strategy, transformation, communication, and collaboration.

As Essential Industries Principal, Benjamin offers strategic consulting, professional and executive coaching, editorial, marketing, and communication services, keynote speaking, and workshops.

From his half-decade helping launch Facebook’s Journalism Project globally and his tenure helping transform MTV News to his award-winning PBS documentary, Mister Rogers & Me, forthcoming Friends & Neighbors documentary, You Hear It First podcast, or recent album, Constellations, Benjamin's focus is the essential nature of our shared human experience.

Benjamin Wagner is a consultant, creative, and founder of Essential Industries, a boutique consulting firm specializing in individual and organizational strategy, transformation, communication, and collaboration.

As Essential Industries Principal, Benjamin offers strategic consulting, professional and executive coaching, editorial, marketing, and communication services, keynote speaking, and workshops.

From his half-decade helping launch Facebook’s Journalism Project globally and his tenure helping transform MTV News to his award-winning PBS documentary, Mister Rogers & Me, forthcoming Friends & Neighbors documentary, You Hear It First podcast , or recent album, Constellations, Benjamin's focus is the essential nature of our shared human experience.

May 16 2024

Listen to the Friends & Neighbors Premiere Q&A

For a couple of years now, as I’ve been shooting and editing Friends & Neighbors, I imagined the day when the entire cast of helpers would come together to watch the film, and discuss it. That day came last week when we screened Friends & Neighbors for our friends and neighbors at Theater N in…
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May 14 2024

Liane Su: Station To Station

It’s a career begun in the front seat of a Buick Riviera. As a kid growing up on the edge of Orange County, future MTV News producer, Liane Su, commandeered the stereo in her mom’s car, endlessly toggling between: pop, rock, and hip-hop, Wham, Jane’s Addiction and Wu-Tang Clan, on KISS, KROQ, and POWER 106.…
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May 1 2024

Jim Fraenkel: Smells Like Fun

“I will never forget this one day where Nirvana was in the office…” That’s Jim Fraenkel, current EVP of Documentaries and Current at World of Wonder, one-time VP & EP of MTV News, and all-time King of VO, recalling the first days of his career. Where did it go from there? This week, Jim, takes…
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Apr 23 2024

Merle Ginsburg: Marquee Moon

Early MTV was a corporate exercise launched by Big Radio guys with Big Banking money. Still, its hallways were teeming with young artists, writers, rebels, and punks like Music and Fashion Writer and Editor turned RuPaul’s Drag Race co-star, Merle Ginsberg. “My parents were very, very normal, good, hard-working people who watched sitcoms at night,”…
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Apr 18 2024

Join Us For “Friends & Neighbors” Screenings

When I landed in the bucolic Philadelphia exurbs after 25 years in New York City and left my globetrotting gig at Facebook shortly thereafter, I realized that the relentless pace of my previous life left me feeling anxious and depressed. Then came COVID, and a PTSD diagnosis. I realized pretty quickly that I wasn’t alone.…
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Apr 8 2024

Darin Byrne: Hands On

How did the 10th of 11 kids go from the Elliot Housing Projects in Chelsea to shooting Eminem’s very first MTV interview?  If you’re a certain Maplewood, New Jersey-based Development Exec, EP and showrunner, the answer may include a consciousness-shifted, college-era Friday-night in front of The Week In Rock. “I was enraptured with the back…
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