Hi, I'm Elisa Kreisinger.
I gained popularity online as Pop Culture Pirate when I started remixing Mad Men into feminists and mashing up the Real Housewives into lesbians at a time when women were longing for more inclusive pop culture content.
I took my knowledge of female audiences to Upworthy as Creative Director in 2014 and then joined Refinery29 in 2015 as Executive Producer. I currently lead our news, entertainment and trending video verticals. I also host and produce Refinery29's iTunes top 20 podcast, Strong Opinions Loosely Held.
I love making stuff and sometimes those products create actual change. My 2012 US Copyright Office testimony helped win crucial exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, allowing online video to flourish across social platforms. My solo art show, Fair Use(r), resulted in a US Copyright Office White paper on appropriation art online.
I'm a 2013 Women in Technology Fellow at NYU School of Engineering and I speak around the world about the power of creating a more thoughtful and inclusive popular culture. My video work has been featured in galleries and museums across the US and Europe as well as in The New York Times, Ad Week, BuzzFeed, TIME and NY Magazine.