Eric Minoli is a serial innovator and disruptor, who combines the creativity and risk-taking of a digital media entrepreneur with the meticulous planning and organizational vision of a process engineer. For 20 years he has fearlessly pushed the limits of what is possible in the word of audio-visual production.
Eric built his first computer at the age of eight. By age 12 he had written every TV broadcaster in his native France looking to work as a cameraman. Undeterred, he turned to the theatre, learning production sound and lightening. He similarly challenged the French state education system to pursue the technical training he desired, eventually pursuing a DEC in broadcasting and graduating from the Université de Provence (France) and Université McGill (Canada).
Invited by the Alliance Française to install a computer system in their office in Hyderabad, India, Eric was recruited by the French Embassy and stayed for two years in India. Returning to France, he spent six years in increasing positions with Groupe Canal +, before leaving to establish its U.S. office in Miami.
After immigrating to Canada and joining the provincial public broadcaster TVOntario, Eric helped plan and implement the spin-off of French-language broadcaster TFO, precursor to Groupe Média TFO. In his role as VP Technologies and Optimization, he currently manages a team of 70 people responsible for all technical and production capabilities ( IT, web, studio, digital) as well as related work flow and process planning.
His relentless pursuit of new ways to lever technology to unleash GMTFO’s creative potential and maximize its production resources has vaulted it to the forefront of developments in the industry, despite its modest size. Eric has overseen GMTFO’s amazing transformation from a single minority language tv channel into an award-winning, multi-platform digital content and distribution network of premium French-language education content. He has overturned traditional broadcast practices, decentralizing post-production by installing Adobe Premiere editing packages on more than 60 laptops, which radically altered workflow and productivity.
Most recently, Eric’s disruptive influence has manifested in the creation of the Laboratoire d’Univers Virtuels ( LUV). The LUV is a radical and unique merger of existing green screen broadcast technology and industry-leading gaming engine software, which allows for live actors to interact with unlimited virtual sets and effects in real time. Conceived in April 2016, it was put in service only a few months later.
When not scouring the globe for technology partners on behalf of GMTFO, Eric travels widely with his husband. A natural gourmand, he is currently studying to become a maître fromager, the equivalent of a sommelier in the world of cheese.