As executive editor of Cinema Minima—an international news service for movie makers which he founded in 1997—Austin supervised thirty correspondents, in Africa, Asia, Europe, India, North America, and South America. Filing reports in a 24-hour-a-day, online newsroom, Cinema Minima covered film markets and film festivals around the world.
In 2005, Cinema Minima published the first podcast for movie makers. In 2007, it launched the first filmmaker-news app for iPhone. In that same year, Austin started its education initiative, “Sustainable Cinema”; and its outreach program, “Far From Hollywood,” a season of mixers for filmmakers, in Paris, France, and in Mumbai, India.
From 1993 to 2000, Austin developed business software applications for networks of Macintosh and other computers.
From 1991 to 1993, as a member of the Apple Consultant Relations program at Apple’s Houston Market Center, Austin made marketing presentations to Apple’s business customers. He tutored Apple’s dealer sales representatives on how to sell to businesses.
As chief executive officer of a manufacturer of industrial marking equipment from 1982 to 1992, Austin shepherded the business, and its score of employees, out of the catastrophe of Texas’ devastating 1982–1987 recession. While restoring the company to profitability, he made five hundred successive payrolls—the accomplishment of which he is most proud.
Education and background
Austin was educated at St. John’s School, Rice University Media Center (motion-picture production), Brown University (concentrations in art, and semiotics), and the University of Chicago (art history). He is a member of ACES: The Society for Editing.
Born in Houston, Texas, of English and Filipino ancestry, Austin is a native speaker of American English. He has a working knowledge of metropolitan French.
Trained as a commercial letterpress operator and typographer, he is an amateur of intaglio, and a philatelist.
Austin lives in Southern California.