We bring decades of diverse storytelling backgrounds together under one roof in Portland, Maine. We’ve worked in the state’s busiest newsrooms, the private sector, large advertising agencies, at Maine’s public universities and its largest hospitals. Our collective points of view matter the same – and after all these years together, we know how to talk it out (see also: argue) to arrive at the best work product. What cements our team through a fluid creative process is a genuine passion for authentic storytelling.

Jason Nelson

— Owner, Creative Storyteller

My job has allowed me amazing life experiences. I was shooting on the field when the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series title in 86 years. I traveled to China with a team of Maine pediatric heart surgeons on a life-saving mission. I was one of the first Americans granted entrance to capture Old Havana, Cuba as it was, 60 years after the U.S. trade embargo was lifted. These historic moments in time are now mine too.

Truth be told: I’m just as happy shooting a PSA at a Maine high school as I am shooting something monumental. I just like telling stories.

Since I started Black Fly Media in 2008, I have shot in over 200 cities, from small-town USA to major hubs including London, Barcelona and Seoul.

I’m a two-time Emmy-winning videographer and I earned the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. I’ve been honored multiple times over the years by the Associated Press and the Maine Association of Broadcasters. I was selected Regional Photographer of the Year in 2004 and 2005 by the National Press Photographers Association. I earned this recognition because I love telling stories and I’m passionate about what I do.

And that passion motivates me to tell your story with as much heart as if it was my own. 

jason@blackflymedia.com

Diana Ichton Nelson

— Owner, Public Relations and Content Strategy

I am a unique hybrid in the media world — a small business owner, a decorated television journalist-turned-award winning public relations expert, wife of a traveling video journalist and a mom of two. My work as both a reporter and publicist has earned national recognition and it’s because of one distinct ability: storytelling.

In my ten years as a journalist, my work uncovered scandals, prompted state investigations and earned praise from Maine’s top leaders – from the AG to Senator Susan Collins. I was doing work that really made a difference.  In that time, I regretfully developed a dislike for publicists. The lengthy press releases, the weak story pitches, and the phone calls (oh, the phone calls) checking to make sure I had received the aforementioned releases. With swelled pride, I believed publicists did not provide news value. Then something happened that caught even me by surprise — I got the opportunity to become one and I took it.

In the years I spent at an agency, my background as former news reporter provided unique value in crafting storylines and creating communication strategies that earned immediate results I knew how to talk to reporters because I was a reporter. My clients ranged from national non-profits to Maine’s most recognizable brands including hospitals, universities, banks, restaurateurs and retailers.

I successfully rebuilt badly damaged brands, navigated clients through front-page crisis situations and have media trained Fortune 500 executives. I’ve earned clients top spots on The Today Show, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, Bloomberg News, GQ Magazine and countless publications across the country.

When a president of an international brand says that your guidance has changed the way they do business, it feels pretty damn good. So consider this my mea culpa: publicists also do work that really makes a difference.

Diana@blackflymedia.com

Abraham Turcotte

— Videographer, Editor

As Black Fly Media’s newest team member I have has six years of professional video production experience. A true ‘Mainah’ I was born in Buxton, raised in Portland and attended University of Maine at Farmington. And to my mom’s delight, I made it out in four years with a degree and a job at UMF’s marketing department.  In my time there, I created a viral video for the university that earned 101,000 views. In 2016, I produced, shot an edited and two :30 spots for UMF that aired during the Grammy’s. I’m thrilled to be getting paid to do what I love – telling stories. And like any good Mainer, I golf, ski and eat Amato’s for lunch several times each week.

abe@blackflymedia.com

Charlie Berg

— Videographer

You know those doors that automatically open for you when you walk into the supermarket? Sometimes I like to pretend I’m holding them open for the person behind me … just to make my wife mad. So, while I have lighter side, I am serious about shooting. In 2006 and 2007, I beat Jason in the race for the National Press Photographer Association’s Regional Photographer of the Year title. Then, he won two Emmys. (Now, I need your help to steal his wallet).

 Cooler than an Emmy, is the work we did to save America. Black Fly Media produced the PSA that led to the capture of the country’s most wanted man, James “Whitey” Bulger. In 2010, we worked closely with the FBI to create a spot that aired in cities where agents suspected Whitey and his girlfriend might be living. 36 hours after the PSA aired, the FBI arrested him. Go ahead – you can thank us. But don’t tell anyone where we live.