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Winner of two Emmy Awards for best TV spots of the year.

What we do

Public Interest is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that creates bold, attention-grabbing public service advertising. We specialize in making people pay attention.


Public Interest partners with other nonprofit organizations to help them deliver their message. We learn everything we can about our partners, their message and their audience. Then we do what it takes to get the message through.

Why we do it

Public Interest is run by a small group of people who want to change the world. We work only on causes that we believe in, and we won’t produce anything unless we are convinced it will succeed. Our goal is to make a difference.

Getting seen

Public Interest spots get seen. We will not produce great work only to see it stranded at 4:00 a.m. in the slots that no paying advertiser wanted. We get our work on the right networks at the right times. So far, networks and cable operators have donated more than $350 million to run our spots.

Networks & cable operators

Public Interest has produced more public service advertising for MTV than anyone except for the network itself. We have also partnered with VH1, CBS, Nickelodeon, UPN, Univision and other networks. And we created all national spots for Time Warner Cable’s recent $100M five-year initiative, Connect A Million Minds. These relationships are part of the reason our spots get on air.


Public Interest produces PSAs that are disguised as entertainment. No one walks away from the TV when our spots come on. We always do what it takes to make people pay attention. Top-notch production values are essential to achieving this.


Public Interest has a knack for turning tiny budgets into big production values. We have special relationships with entertainment industry vendors and crew that allow us to keep costs way down. We know that donor dollars are precious, and we leverage each dollar at least four-fold in producing our spots.

Not just TV spots

Public Interest creates campaigns that span TV, print, online, outdoor and guerilla. Communicating simultaneously in multiple mediums multiplies the chances of breaking through.  Often most critical is earned media; we take great pride in our track record of creating news to focus attention on the issues our partners care about.




Michael Franzini has more than two decades of experience creating powerful ad campaigns for both nonprofit and corporate clients.  His work has garnered dozens of ad industry awards.

Franzini is also an Emmy-Award-winning director, and his TV spots have twice been highlighted by The New York Times as being among the best advertising on television.

As a photographer and writer, Franzini has published several books, including One Hundred Young Americans, the definitive survey of 21st century American youth culture, released by HarperCollins.




Nicholas Carter is an accomplished television and print producer with a proven ability to maximize the impact of limited budgets, especially on geographically large-scale projects that span the country—or the globe.

Carter brings his peaceful and fun demeanor to every project, no matter how great the challenge.  His goal is always to exceed expectations while staying on-time and on-budget, and he has a perfect record of achieving this goal on every project.

MTV—We have created 18 campaigns with the network, two of which won Emmy Awards.
Walmart—We created a campaign called 'School My Way'.
J&J—We traveled to all 50 states to create a hardcover book of babies and their families.
Nike—Michael Franzini exhibited images on their campus and gave a talk on youth culture to employees.
Gates Foundation—We created STAND UP for Bill & Melinda Gates' Oprah appearance and continued to work on it for a year.
T-Mobile—We shot images for use on massive digital displays to be installed in their stores.
CBS—We created a campaign with the network for the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
PacSun—We shot images for in-store display and marketing.
Panasonic—We created videos for promoting Toughbooks online.
ACLU—We created a marriage equality campaign.
Allstate—We created the KEEP THE DRIVE campaign.
Google—We created viral videos to promote Net Neutrality.
Ogilvy PR—We have engaged them on multiple projects, including 'Norman, the puppy that moos'.
Arnold—We partnered with Pete Favat and his 'truth' group on our Holocaust campaign.
droga5—Shortly after David Droga launched the agency, we partnered with them on Allstate and Freedom to Marry.
CP+B—Alex Bogusky worked with us on multiple campaigns, including one for HRC which was the only work he showed at the launch event for their Miami headquarters.
Goddard Gunster—We produced a 'Harry and Louise' spot for Ben Goddard, directed by Jerry Zucker ('Airplane', 'Naked Gun').
Mother—We partnered with Mark Waites at Mother London on their first U.S. campaign after opening their NYC office.
Publicis—We shot the T-Mobile campaign for them.
W+K—Dan Wieden worked with us and director Chris Milk on multiple campaigns.
Wounded Warrior Project—We've shot multiple still and video projects for them, starting very early after they launched and continuing for years.
Anchor Blue—We shot images for print ads.
Burger King—We shot images for a print campaign with CP+B.
Berklee College of Music—We shot images for a print campaign.
Univision—We created a campaign to promote computer literacy for the largest Spanish-language network in the U.S.
Kaiser Family Foundation—We partnered with them on over a dozen national TV campaigns.
Nickelodeon—We created a campaign to promote better communication between parents and kids.
Partnership for a Drug-Free America—We created an award-winning documentary campaign featuring a group of homeless crystal meth addicts.
Rock the Vote—We worked with the organization, along with CP+B, to create an anti-discrimination campaign.
MAC Cosmetics—We worked with them on the Elton John / Mary J Blige campaign.
Girl Scouts—We created a campaign to promote the organization to minorities.
CURRENT TV—We worked with them on the Online Town Hall with Al Gore, and the network created pieces on several campaigns of ours.
EJAF—We spent two years working with them on multiple campaigns.
First Robotics—We created a TV spot to promote the organization.
Freedom to Marry—We created TV spots at a critical time, in partnership with Clay Weiner and Sally Ann Dale from droga5.
Gill—We created 'Norman, the puppy that moos'.
GLSEN—We worked with them on a spot featuring Judy Shepard, which became the most-played spot in the history of MTV.
HRC—We worked with Alex Bogusky to create a TV spot for them.
HarperCollins—They published Michael Franzini's book, ONE HUNDRED YOUNG AMERICANS.
TWC—We produced all TV spots for the 5-year $100M Connect A Million Minds campaign.
NY Times—Multiple articles on our work. Quoted MTV President Stephen Friedman, 'Mike gets our audience.'
WSJ—Published a half-page feature on the cover of the Lifestyle section on 4/30/15 about Gunpowder, the company we launched.
Telefonica Investigación y Desarrollo—Spain's equivalent of Bell Labs.  Michael Franzini worked here for two years, performing research in artificial intelligence.
CMU—Michael Franzini holds degrees from here in Computer Science and Psychology.
Cambridge Technology Partners—Michael Franzini worked here for two years, managing software development projects for clients such as Fannie Mae and Charles Schwab.
Emmies—We've got 2. :-)
Bill & Melinda Gates—They came to us before going on Oprah.  We created STAND UP.
Al Gore—Hosted our Global Online Town Hall Meeting.
Oprah—We created content for two full episodes, with Bill & Melinda Gates.—We spent a day at his house, creating spots to promote STEM (and got some unexpected footage).
Mary J Blige—We shot several spots with her for Elton John's campaign.
Magic Johnson—We shot a TV spot with him for Connect a Million Minds.
Persuasion Arts & Sciences—Dion Hughes and Mark Johnson are two of the most brilliant minds in advertising.  We have had the privilege of working with them on several campaigns, including 'Norman: the puppy that moos'.
Gunpowder—We created this brand, formulated its products, designed its retail location and created all advertising and marketing.
RadicalMedia—We partnered with them on Public Interest for more than 10 years.
STAND UP—We created this brand for Bill & Melinda Gates.
USC Cinema Arts—Michael Franzini holds a Master's Degree from here.
USHMM—We created a campaign with them to promote Holocaust awareness.
Thinktopia—Pat Hanlon, one of the nation's leading branding experts—and a fantastically talented creative—has worked with us on many campaigns.
j3—We worked with this division of Universal McCann, which is dedicated to media buying for Johnson & Johnson, on a hardcover book for Johnsons Baby and TV spots for NBC featuring Olympic athletes.

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