“We’ve seen well-told lies. We’ve endured poorly-told truths. Isn’t about time we create well-told truths?”
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ABOUT ERIK LOKKESMOE
For more than 23 years, Erik Lokkesmoe has helped great ideas and stories become popular and profitable.
Erik is the owner of an entertainment and media company working across marketing, distribution, documentary funding, data aggregation, and content. He also advises companies, causes, content producers, and creators.
Erik began his career in Washington, D.C. politics after graduating from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Between 1994-2006 he served as a congressional press secretary, U.S. Senate campaign communications director, political communications advisor at the National Association of Broadcasters, speechwriter in the George W. Bush Administration, and head of communications for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
During his political career Erik launched Brewing Culture, a "third-place" gathering to bring diverse people together around art and artists.
In 2006, the Anschutz Film Group & Walden Media tapped Erik to be the project manager for the movie Amazing Grace, a political thriller chronicling the heroic story of 18th-century abolitionist William Wilberforce. The team was heralded by the LA Times for crafting an unconventional marketing campaign and social impact effort to end modern-day slavery.
Erik then served as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for AFG/Walden Media in Los Angeles until 2008 when he and two others launched Different Drummer, an unconventional marketing and publicity firm. Across more than 100 entertainment projects, Erik helped lead the vision and strategy of the fast-growing agency that included projects for major movie studios, television networks, publishers, labels, and causes.
Expanding into distribution and executive producing, Erik and four investors created Aspiration Entertainment in 2014. The “script to screen” company executive produced the Sundance-premiered, NY Times Critics Pick film LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT, distributed the award-winning Irish film NOBLE, and was instrumental in the success of several films including WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, the Mister Rogers doc.
Erik is the author and co-author of three books, including his most recent, DIFFERENT DRUMMER. He and his wife, Monica, have three children and after moving from DC to LA to DC to LA to NYC to Nashville over the past seven years are glad to call Music City their home.