Ariel is an entrepreneur and senior product manager, currently developing two projects: (1) a new food brand Matzah Heaven, and (2) a Blockchain service providing financial and identity services to content creators and publishers.
He was most recently the senior product manager for WHIM, the consumer division of Videri (the tech company behind the NYC Subway’s new screens), where he led six teams in developing user experiences for WHIM’s new visual IoT product.
Prior to WHIM, he was director of digital at Art Media Holdings as well as senior product manager at Brant Publications, two holding companies owned by billionaire Peter Brant, where he led the digital reboot for all magazines including Interview Magazine, Art in America, ARTnews, Modern Magazine, and The Magazine Antiques, which led to AMH’s successful acquisition by Penske Media at the end of 2018.
In 2010, he co-founded and was Executive Director of the Play4Change Lab, a producer of video games designed to help solve social issues (“games-for-change”, “serious games”). The Play4Change Lab produced a health game targeting childhood obesity in partnership with the UC Davis School of Education and Foods for Health Institute — which was funded with a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
In 2004, he co-founded and led for six years The Hollywood Hill, an entertainment industry membership trade association connecting innovators and their projects in science, technology, and social issues (e.g., Elon Musk) with Hollywood professionals in the film, television, music, and gaming industries. With a founding Advisory Board including Academy award-winning film producers Lawrence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth, Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds) and Mike Medavoy (over 300 films), media magnate Arianna Huffington, and collaborators such as Wired Magazine, the organization has produced over 100 events and 4 conferences and supported a wide variety of social projects.
Full Video (Parts 1-4) at http://www.hhill.org/blog/
In 2010, Ariel also co-founded and led Armchair Revolutionary, an Internet platform combining crowdfunding, gaming, digital currency, and education to crowdsource activities supporting innovative social projects.
Join The Armchair Revolutionaries by Mike Snider, USA Today, April 5, 2010
Crowdsourcing Start-up Aims To Change The World by Daniel Terdiman, CNET, April 5, 2010
Activism Website Targets Gamers by Ted Johnson, Variety, April 6, 2010
Games That Can Change The World by Oliver J. Chiang, Forbes.com, May 4, 2010
Can 99-cent Donations Create Social Change? by Ariel Hauter, Harvard Business Review, April 12, 2010
Prior to co-founding and heading up The Hollywood Hill, Ariel worked at United Talent Agency (UTA), one of the top five Hollywood talent agencies, where he trained under the co-head of the motion picture literary department and assisted in the representation of more than a dozen A-list directors such as Chris Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins), and Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor). Prior to that position, he trained under other top agents in the motion picture literary and indy film packaging division, assisting in the representation of dozens of A-list writers, directors, actors, and producers including Alan Ball (writer of American Beauty, creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood) and Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, Rush Hour 2).
Before moving to Los Angeles, he worked as an e-commerce specialist at Internet $30B venture capital firm CMGi, moving on to assist in the expansion of the Experience Design division of Harvard-born Internet consulting firm Zefer, Inc. in Boston. Preceding his work in the Internet, he was co-owner of a product design & consulting firm, Tiles & Christiansen, Ltd., managing clients such as Barney's NY, Four Seasons Hotels and Donna Karan Home Fashions.
He attended Clark University where he studied International Economies, and attended high school at North Carolina School of the Arts (at North Carolina University) where he trained as a ballet dancer under the direction of Duncan Noble of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.