Kirstin Benson is the Senior Director, Executive Producer for Entertainment Strategy and Services at Getty Images.
She recently joined Getty Images from Time Inc., where she was the co-founder and Editorial Director of Instant — an all-video, first-of-its-kind outlet dedicated to the world of social media stars.
Having worked as a digital content creator as well as in front of the camera, Kirstin brings with her a unique perspective on the entertainment, pop culture, and digital worlds.
Prior to joining TIME Inc., Kirstin was the Editor-in-Chief of WhoSay, where she oversaw content, social media, and partnerships. While there, she worked closely with talent such as Caitlyn Jenner, Reba McEntire, and more to amplify their messages and syndicate their op-eds across outlets like ABC News, People, Time, and others.
No stranger to startups, she served as the Director of Entertainment and Engagement at ConnecTV and was an instrumental member in launching Bonnie Fuller’s digital venture, HollywoodLife.com, at Penske Media Corporation. Kirstin has served as a contributor to Parade Magazine and E! Online, has produced the Primetime Emmys’ Backstage Live! show for the past five years, and is a member of the Primetime Emmy Awards Digital Committee.
A graduate of USC with majors in Communication and Theater, Kirstin also holds a Master in Communication Management in the Entertainment Industry from USC Annenberg. In the summer, you can find her jet skiing on Flathead Lake in her hometown of Lakeside, Montana.