VOLATILE MEDIA Ltd was formed by writer and producer-director George Stamkoski in 1994. It has since produced documentaries, reportage, educational, public information and ethical corporate media for TV, DVD and online platforms.
George Stamkoski founded Volatile Media Ltd in 1994. Its first project was for United Nations TV, part of the Division of Information based in UN Protection Force headquarters in Croatia. The project involved working to high-level briefs from senior international officials to write, produce and multi-lingually distribute stories about hope in the face of adversity linked to the activities of the UN and international aid agencies during the conflicts in ex Yugoslavia. Today this content is housed in London’s Imperial War Museum.
The breakout of war in the Balkans was a call to counter the nationalist narratives in state controlled media networks that were tearing Yugoslavia’s nations apart. As the war was unfolding in 1992, George co-hosted The Balkan Security Conference in Washington DC with resigned State Department Balkan advisor George Kenney. Supported by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace with sponsored flights from Kuwait Airways, this influential policy forum on Capitol Hill brought together US Congressmen and politicians from all the former Yugoslav republics.
The UNTV work led to a Soros Foundation grant in 1996 to edit and publish the book: With No Peace To Keep – UN Peacekeeping and the Wars in Former Yugoslavia in which 21 expert international authors write about the limitations and failures of the ill-feted UN Balkan mission. Featuring extensive chronologies and cross-referenced indexes, it was launched in the British House of Commons and reviewed in the New York Review of Books and The Financial Times.
George reported extensively on the conflicts in former Yugoslavia in the nineties, presenting current affairs packages for BBC World Service, and as guest producer of BBC coverage of the London Conference on Former Yugoslavia in 1992. He also wrote a country profile of Macedonia for the magazine Euromoney.
Since the nineties, Volatile Media has produced factual TV programmes for networks in the UK, USA, Germany, France, the Balkans, the Middle East and Australia. Building on its diplomatic experience and specialising in media that builds cultural bridges and promotes stakeholder activities, George has also produced cultural, political and educational content for the European Commission, the UK Foreign Office, educational organisations and international NGOs. This work led to the devising of innovative cross-platform media formats for the finance, telecommunications, entertainment, travel and fashion sectors.
Volatile Media activities in Africa ranges from filming music festivals and profiling progressive writers in Egypt and Morocco, to directing music videos for Congolese musicians and producing promos encouraging people to vote in Congo’s 2009 elections.In 1997 George produced video coverage of a peace conference in Sierra Leone working with NGO World Conference of Religions for Peace to mobilise religious leaders from all faiths in the elusive quest for peace.In 2008, George produced a multi-media, multi-lingual pan-African media campaign for Ecobank distributed in over 30 African countries.
George is a Middle East expert and has written and directed TV, educational & corporate media content in Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria and United Arab Emirates. In September 2013, he produced a series of promos for the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing during a DTCM sponsored trade mission to Dubai.
Volatile Media was selected for the UK Trade and Investment 2011 Gateway to Global Growth Programme to create a model for harnessing UK creative industry expertise as a cross-platform producer in the Middle East. Support included participation in the CASS Business School Executive Development Programme interacting with key UK-Arab embassies.