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The Essential List

The Essential List: Ned Brown

Native Content’s EP is partial to both street-side tacos and beachside hotels

The Essential List: Ned Brown

Living in LA may mean that getting anywhere requires the use of a car, but when your ‘staycation’ involves the beautiful beaches of Malibu and your version of a cheap bite is some of the best tacos on the planet, then who’s to complain? At least that’s the case for Ned Brown, a Minnesotan-turned-Californian who plies his trade at Native Content as an executive producer. We reckon we could handle a little bit of traffic for such perks (and we haven’t even mentioned the weather…).

Get to know Ned better below as he chips into The Essential List! 


o  Place of birth: Minnesota

o  Hometown: Los Angeles

o  Staycation: The Surfrider, Malibu

o  Vacation: Skiing

o  Place of work: Home office, work office, car office

o  Place of workout: Los Angeles Athletic Club

o  Mode of transport: A car, like the rest of us fools in LA

o  Miscellaneous Travel Essential: Dental floss


o  Artist: Alex Katz

o  Musician: John Denver

o  Commercials / music video director: David Fincher

o  Film director: Ang Lee

o  Photographer: Sally Mann

o  Film: The Ice Storm

o  Series: The West Wing

o  Commercial:  VW ‘Bubble Boy’

o  Music Video: Daft Punk ‘Around the World’

o  Video Game: Madden (my son told me to say that)

o  Board Game: Cribbage

o  Book: A Little Life

o  Graphic Novel: Ghost World

o  Podcast: The Moth

o  Newspaper (off or online): NY Times

o  Magazine: Harper’s

Food and Drink

o  Breakfast: I love to cook breakfast!

o  Restaurant: Carousel (Armenian Food)

o  Cheap bite: Street tacos

o  Working lunch: Salad

o  Dish: Roast chicken

o  Snack: Yes please

o  Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate

o  Bar: Not for some years now

o  Tipple: Sparkling water for me, thanks

o  Soft Tipple: Kombucha

o  Miscellaneous food: Peanut Butter Pretzels

o  Miscellaneous Beverage: Tangerine La Croix


o  Phone: Same as you

o  Computer: MacBook

o  TV: Do people still use those?

o  Headphones: AirPods

o  Camera: On my phone

o  Soundsystem: Sonos

o  Pen / pencil: Uni-Ball Micro

o  Where you document an idea: Post-its!

o  Casual wear: Denim

o  Smart wear: Corduroy

o  Footwear: Sneakers

o  Watch: Same one for 15 years

o  App: NY Times Cooking 

o  Website:

o  Blog: Truthout

o  Work program: Hot Budget

o  Digital work tool: Google Docs

o  Analogue work tool: Notebook

o  Morning grooming / makeup essential: Aesop deodorant spray

o  Miscellaneous Kit Essential: Chap stick

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