Sean Malone

Executive Producer at Return on Ideas

Sean W. Malone studied music performance and composition for film and multimedia at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Bachelor of Music, 2005) and New York University (Master of Arts, 2007), before working in various creative roles in the music and film industries in New York and Los Angeles.

In 2011, he relocated to Washington, DC to develop professional media production capabilities at various for and not-for-profit organizations, while producing music and videos for clients like Reason, the Institute for Justice, and GoRemy through his own company, CitizenA Media.

As Director of Media from 2016-2020 and as Creative Director from 2020-2022, Sean built the Foundation for Economic Education's versatile, world-class creative team from the ground up.

His video essay series "Out of Frame" and FEE's other popular shows like "Common Sense Soapbox" have generated tens of millions of views and recently earned FEE a Silver Play Button award from YouTube; and his documentaries, such as "No Vans Land", "Locked Out", "Farming in Fear", "Rigged", and "Made in Mekhe" have screened at film festivals and on college campuses around the country, winning numerous awards, including a 2019 Silver Telly Award for Best Online Series. 

Sean now resides in a lovely house in Atlanta with his wife Marian, a talkative Shiba Inu, and a moderately cuddly hedgehog.