Born in England and raised in Canada, Hornett spent his late teens and early twenties as a professional snowboarder. After a serious knee injury ended his career, Colin focused on Academics garnering a degree in philosophy and physics before attending law school.
While practicing as a corporate commercial litigator in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Colin began to expand his practice into entertainment law before joining Choice Records, an independent record label. Wanting to explore his creative boundaries, Colin began writing and soon took a job with the New York Times producing socio-economic reports on emerging market countries. Before leaving on assignment in Vietnam, Colin spent 3 weeks travelling around Africa and made a documentary film about his travels, which caught the eye of MTV Canada.
It was the affirmation Colin needed to move to New York in 2008 to pursue his love of story telling. Colin began making short documentaries before being hired to shoot and direct commercials.
In November of 2008, Colin took over web and video production for The Source Magazine on TheSource.com. After significantly increasing viewership, quantity and quality of content at the Source, Colin took a job with the Miss Universe Organization (“MUO”) where he oversaw the development of the digital multimedia department.
Colin directed and produced the first webcast in the 60-year history of Miss Universe, and until recently, was responsible for the original content and short films found online for Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe. In addition to working behind the camera, Colin hosted the 2011 Miss Universe Preliminary Competition in Brazil, and created and starred in the web series “Awesome”.
Now an Executive Producer with iPowow, Colin continues to push the boundaries of television, film and photography.