Gerry Byrne formed Gerry Byrne Media Partners in 2002 as a full-service media and marketing consultancy to the entertainment, communications, and media industries. Primary clients include Parade Magazine, Reed Business Information, and Tribeca Entertainment. He is also chairman and founder of the newly created Quills Literaracy Foundation, a Reed supported initiative, and he is leading the launch of The Quills, a consumer-driven books awards program which will debut on the NBC/Universal owned stations in October 2005.
Byrne is on the boards of the American Museum of the Moving Image, The Creative Coalition, The Intrepid Museum Foundation, The Reisenbachg Foundation, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, The Armory Foundation, the Fisher House Foundation, Veterans Advantage, and The New York City Police Museum. He is also an American Friend of the National Film and Television School in London. Byrne was awarded the Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award for his community involvements and the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center 2002 Distinguished Service Award for his business leadership and support of causes that benefit humanity. Additionally, the NYPD Marine Corps Association awarded him its 2002 Semper Fi Award for his work in the community.
Byrne has joined forces with Tribeca Enterprisesí co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in launching the consumer exposition dubbed So You Wanna Be In Pictures? From screenwriting, casting, and cinematography to music, make-up, and costume design, the show will cover every aspect of how screened entertainment is conceived, made, and ultimately branded and marketed.
Byrne is a native New Yorker and a 1966 graduate of Fordham College. He served as a U.S. Marine Corps Officer in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 and was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V. Byrne and his wife Elizabeth have two children.