Senior producer/director and President Emeritus Arthur Rouse founded the business in 1982 as Video Editing Services, which immediately expanded to include all aspects of media production and in 2017 transferred ownership of the company to the employees. Rouse specializes in project development and management and the integration of all creative disciplines into a cohesive finished program. “The business was built through many years of close relationships with the company’s customers – always with an eye on their ultimate objective – their story well told,” Rouse says. He continues that tradition today at The Media Collaboratory.
Rouse has created numerous long-lived programs and products. With a passion for education, he founded the Filmmaking Certificate Program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, a teaching/learning platform that has been emulated nationally. He is executive producer of History Happens at ushistory.com, a project that uses music to teach American history. Rouse advocates for the legalization of industrial hemp as a sustainable renewable crop and is currently the public relations director for the startup Atalo Holdings, Inc., working to return Kentucky to its former prominence as the Hemp Capital of the World™.
In his spare time, Rouse can be found playing drums and percussion at any number of musical happenings. A lifelong pursuit of the groove landed Rouse in New York, Nashville, Tallahassee, and New Orleans, playing with the likes of Tom Ghent, Paul Worley, Kinny Landrum, Reese Wynans, Pat Buchanan, Buddy and Julie Miller, Keith Hubbard and blues great Earl King.
Rouse has a BA in Visual Art/Cinematography from Florida State University, attended the Berklee College of Music and holds an MA in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. He is currently a member of the Kentucky Film Commission, the University of Louisville Film Studies Committee, and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Film Studies Advisory Board.