Chris Dorsey is the founding partner of Denver-based Orion Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of outdoor adventure television programming. He’s helped create more than 40 outdoor television series—more than anyone in history—for nine networks and 32 of those series are still in production today. In addition to helping transform the branded entertainment model in the outdoor genre, Dorsey’s approach of fusing brand DNA with entertaining programming has captured the attention of mainstream networks looking for a new vision to engage brands with television audiences. Because of this success, he’s a highly sought after speaker and television industry consultant.
Prior to his career in television, Dorsey was a publishing executive running some of the largest outdoor titles in America, including Sports Afield, America’s oldest outdoor periodical. His work has appeared in a wide variety of national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Television Week, National Geographic, Writer’s Digest, and scores of outdoor periodicals. He’s the author of seven books on outdoor, natural history, and business subjects.
Because of his connections to the celebrity community, Dorsey has been retained to assist in developing campaign strategies for a wide variety of political candidates ranging from those seeking the Oval Office to governorships, Senate and House seats. His ability to craft messaging that appeals to America’s 50 million sportsmen—whether creating branded entertainment or highlighting the ties between political candidates and the passions and concerns of American sportsmen—has been at the core of his success.
Dorsey lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife Amy and twin sons Luke and Nathan.