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YouTube Certified Badge (Light)Phil Ranta is a new media executive by day, comedian by night, and an avid pancake eater by morning.

As a comedian, Phil has been performing live improv, sketch, and stand up for nearly a decade. A graduate of the Second City Conservatory, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade improv and sketch programs, the Westside Eclectic (now the Westside Comedy Theater) improv program, and the Improv Inferno program, Phil has the equivalent of three-thousand PhDs in live comedy.  A lover of small hotels, couch surfing, and airplane snacks, he never turns down a comedy festival opportunity, performing at the Los Angeles Improv Festival, the Out of Bounds West Improv Festival, the Sacramento Improv Festival, and many others.  At the 2009 Los Angeles Improv Festival, he won the Harold Improv Competition with his team McShane.

He currently performs every Saturday night at 10:30 pm at Second City Hollywood as part of Saturday Night’s Main Event. Career highlights include: two contracts performing aboard Norweigan Cruise Lines with the Second City in Hawaii, Canada, and Alaska, touring with the comedy group Bro Squad 5, writing for the award-winning weekly sketch comedy show Top Story! Weekly at the iO West, and performing at an Irish pub where a heckler threatened to kick his ass before he even made it to the microphone.

In the new media biz, Phil is the COO of Studio71, a digital production company and influencer network receiving over 5 billion monthly views on YouTube. During this tenure, Phil was recognized by Variety as one of the New Hollywood Leaders. Perviously, Phil served as the VP of Networks at Fullscreen Inc., starting as employee number 9 and growing the network to, at one point in time, the largest YouTube network on planet Earth (and possibly the other planets as well though I can’t confirm that with certainty). At Fullscreen he received the 2013 ‘Fullscreen Founders Award’ for his part in growing one of the leading companies in digital content. Previously, Phil worked as the Executive Producer for the mobile entertainment company Viva! Vision producing over one thousand original mobisodes for three channels on Verizon’s V-Cast video service. He also worked as a professional photographer for Viva! Vision’s mobile slideshow applications, photographing hundreds of models. Revenues grew over 600% in the first year of Phil’s employ and was featured on the prestigious Inc. 500’s Fastest Growing Startups list.

He has freelanced at countless new media companies throughout his career as a “jack of all trades,” working on everything from establishing production and post-production studios, writing, producing corporate videos, audio engineering, videography, photography, video and photo editing, on-set productions, directing shoots, and new media startup consultation.

Originally from Grandville, Michigan, Phil grew up in the snow and plans to die in an avalanche someday.  He graduated with High Honors from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Film and Video Studies.  He is a proud member of MENSA, a Price is Right Showcase Showdown Winner, he still loves super-nerdy role playing video games, and has terrible insomnia which allows him to write very long bios on his website.

And he makes a mean salsa. Mean like Joe Green (pre-Coca Cola).

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