Director - Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts
Megan Elliott is the endowed founding director of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts – a $57M investment at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that supports creativity, interdisciplinarity, innovation, technology and next-gen storytelling.
Elliott also serves as a member of UNL’s Office of Research and Economic Development’s Research Advisory Board. She has served as a Program Committee Member for ACM Siggraph and as an Editorial Board Member of the Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games (ECGG). She co-founded X Media Lab – one of the world’s most distinguished digital media and entrepreneurship programs, held across 22 cities and 14 countries around the world and featuring some of the world’s biggest brands and media/tech stars.
Prior to this, she was the Executive Director of the Australian Writers’ Guild. Elliott was named by Advance Australia as one of the “Leading 50 Women for the Future”, and by the Australian Government as one of the “Global 50 – Australia Unlimited – Global Achievers”.
Elliott co-founded the China Creative Industries eXchange and is the joint recipient of the 5th China Creative Industries Award for "International Contribution" to China's creative sector.
Elliott’s oral history is recorded by the Australian National Film and Sound Archive in recognition of her contribution to the development of the digital media industries.