OUR STORY

We began in a time of slide carousels, 16mm film, long-distance fees, 5 ¼ inch floppies, and DOS. We had no laptops, no edit software, the cloud was in the sky, and pandemics were the stuff of science fiction.

More than 36 years ago, two complete opposites started to walk an entrepreneurial tightrope together. Decade by decade, Ken Mills and Cameron James learned the secret ingredient to survival in an industry where so many other boutiques and startups fail. What is that secret ingredient? We’re not going to tell you yet, silly, that would be bad storytelling.

Cameron James (left) and Ken Mills at work at The Media Group.
The Columbus production world in the 80s was just like today, kinda. Long days and late nights for sure, but the technical issues were analog, and the carryout came from Frisch’s...
Cameron James preps for IABC seminar at Media Group
Cameron has dyslexia, a diagnosis he didn’t receive until he was 36 years old. “My first-grade teacher called me stupid, so I thought I was. But as I grew up,...
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Y2K. A computer bug caused the world to fear the internet would crash on January 1, 2000. And all of Mills James’ millions of dollars’ worth of computer tech would go with...
Mills James' renewed focus and desire to be purpose-driven included a company rebrand in 2017.
Two events over the past 20 years have had the most impact on the company. One was scary and the other existential. The Great Recession was the first event. Some...
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“What’s truly essential” is worth analyzing more deeply these days. Since 1984, the company has defined it in business-like terms, based on shifting client production needs. To this point, Mills...