Ava Seave

Ava Seave is a principal of Quantum Media, a New York City-based consulting firm focused on marketing and strategic planning for media, information and entertainment companies.

Before founding Quantum Media with four others in 1998, Seave was a general manager at Scholastic Inc., The Village Voice and at TVSM. Seave has taught about the business of news and media at Columbia Journalism School since 2010, where she is an assistant adjunct professor; she currently co-teaches “Managing the 21st Century News Organization.” She also teaches at Columbia Business School where she is now an associate adjunct professor.  She currently teaches “Media & Entertainment: Strategy Consulting Projects.”  

Seave is the co-author, with Jonathan Knee and Bruce Greenwald, of "Curse of the Mogul: What’s Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies."  She is co-author, with Bill Grueskin and Lucas Graves, of  "The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business of Digital Journalism."  She was a contributor to Forbes.com from 2013 to 2017.  She has written several cases for Columbia CaseWorks  including "French News Start-up L'Opinion:  Swimming Upstream in Uncertain Times,"  Contently: Evolution of a Media Start-Up,” “Native Advertising: Innovation or Trendy Trap,” and “Scripps Networks' Integration of Recipezaar.”

Seave graduated from Brown University with an A.B. (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Business School with a M.B.A. She is on two non-profit boards: DeLaSalle Academy, a middle school for academically gifted, financially challenged students and The American Poetry Review.