That’s a Wrap!

By: Sophie Kabel Our last day in L.A. was just as amazing as the first. We were able to meet with Jill Gershman who is the SVP of marketing creative at ABC Entertainment. Jill and her team showed us a great presentation on how they market shows like The Bachelor. We then went to the…

Just Another L.A. Devotee

By: Brittany McGowan As I write this sitting in an office with the outside feeling like -6 degrees, I think back to the beautiful 70-degree weather that we left on Saturday. Visiting Los Angeles for the first time with a mix of learning and networking (and a hint of touring) was an experience I’m never…

Decisions, decisions!

By: Sara Whitman That’s a wrap folks! Seven days of networking and two days of sightseeing have come and gone like a glimpse of a shooting star. Soon we will head to classes and get back to normal life, but I think we will all have an underlying twinkle within us, knowing how lucky we…

L.A. Day 8: Networking Night

By: Sara Whitman On our sixth day of networking the professionals gave to me…more knowledge! We started off the rainiest day yet at ICM, one of the top four talent agencies in L.A., although it looked like an art museum instead. We met with a Hofstra alumnus who has been a talent agent there for…

Commit(tany) to the Bit(tany)

By: Brittany McGowan It’s day seven of networking. Let’s get into it. We kicked off the day at ICM Partners where we met with agent and Hofstra alum Bryan Diperstein. We’ve met with quite a few alumni who are in the business of representation within entertainment, and each do something very different. Bryan works specifically…

Sleepless in L.A.

By: Sophie Kabel Today was an early start at 8:15 a.m. We first headed to ICM Partners where the agency represents many sectors of the entertainment business. Music, TV, film, and publishing are just a small portion of ICM. We talked to Bryan Diperstein, who is in charge on studio representation and reads scripts to…

All Work and No Play? Not Quite!

By: Cassie Passantino Today was yet another jam-packed L.A. day, as we ran from ICM Partners to CBS to the annual DGA dinner! We had a schedule full of networking, and I wouldn’t want it any other way! One of the most prominent pieces of advice I received on this trip was to look for…

L.A. Day 7: Steer Your Plane

By: Sara Whitman I stayed on Earth today, but that does not mean day five of networking was any less than incredible. The first meeting was with the senior vice president of the Gaumont Film Company, a French-established film studio, and her colleagues. Besides just telling us how they got to where they are and…

MGM, Gaumont, and more!

By: Leah Lane Today was a really great day. We met with two renowned companies and learned about two different aspects of the media. We first met with Gaumont where we saw Johanna Byer (VP, creative affairs, film U.S.) and Leslie Belzberg ( SVP, production, television U.S. ). Before this trip, I can honestly say I was…

Scripted vs. Unscripted

By: Sophie Kabel It was very interesting to hear how the process of unscripted vs. scripted television differs. Our first meeting of the day was at Gaumont, a universal film and television production company. We met with Leslie Belzberg who is SVP of scripted production and her staff. They gave us fantastic insight into the…