written by Shari Sentlowitz | Market Development Manager, Education Solutions
While Emerson recently moved from #18 to #9 on the Hollywood Reporter’s top film schools, Emerson is also known for its award-winning alumni working in television broadcasting and multi-camera television production. Trustee and alumnus Vin Di Bona is Executive Producer of America’s Funniest Home Videos, currently the longest-running prime time entertainment program on ABC. Recently Vin kicked off the fund-raising campaign for Emerson’s new $85 million Los Angeles campus tower on Sunset Boulevard. In television engineering, alumnus Ira Goldstone, vice president of engineering at Univision, has been elected to the Advanced Television Systems Committee board. Ira also received the 2004 National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award. Lance Kyed, Director of Television, Radio & Film Production, is pleased to have Emerson “techie” television production students participate in the Sony NAB Student Experience Program.
Meet Emerson College’s Students:
Rob Barton, originally from Concord, New Hampshire is a junior at Emerson College majoring in studio TV production. Rob learned very early in high school that he wanted to pursue a career in television production, and immediately began focusing his sights on Emerson College. Since joining the Emerson community, Rob has developed a strong background in video engineering, and a unique adeptness as a technical director and tech manager. He currently works as a freelance technical director at WGBH-TV, and also as the Director of Production of The Emerson Channel, an on-campus television network and production group. Rob was the fall 2012 director of numerous episodes of Good Morning Emerson and will be technical manager and director of the 133rd commencement in May. With one year left at Emerson, he hopes to gain enough skills to pursue a career in production or production management in either New York City or Los Angeles.
Nick Riebesehl is a rising junior at Emerson College, where he is the Director of Operations for The Emerson Channel, Emerson’s student-run Television Network. He is also a Technical Support Specialist at the campus television production studios, and is an executive producer for two student productions. He first became enchanted with broadcasting when he was eleven years old and signed up to volunteer at his local cable access station in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Nick would like to one day be a Technical Director or a Broadcast Engineer at a medium-sized market news affiliate on the east coast.
Full Sail University
“Full Sail University is honored to have this opportunity offered by Sony Electronics to our students,” said Scott Dansby, Administrative Operations Manager at Full Sail University. “It provides the students who attend a chance to gain hands on experience with the latest technology offered by Sony. In addition, this experience allows students to learn from industry experts, and on their own time, have a chance to attend the conference to expand their network of contacts and knowledge of the newest trends in the industry.”
“We are proud to have Full Sail University students from various degree programs including: Film, Recording Arts, Digital Arts & Design and our Entertainment Business Master’s program selected to participate in the Sony NAB Internship program,” said Jackie Gardner, Production Team Manager of SPARK at Full Sail University. “Each year, NAB is visited by thousands of industry professionals from all over the world, with many visiting the Sony booth space. Our students have the opportunity learn within the space, while meeting and discussing technology with some of the industry’s leading professionals.”
Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. In 2011, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.
Meet the students from Full Sail University:
Caleb Swebar is a Digital Arts and Design student at Full Sail University with a desire to become a motion and 3D artist.
Joseph DiMarco graduated from Northwestern State University with a degree in Percussion Performance, and relocated to Orlando, Florida to attend Full Sail University. At Full Sail, he is pursuing a degree in Recording Arts, and focuses the majority of his efforts in audio post production for visual medium and sound effects recording.
Callen Golden is originally from Upstate NY. She studied interior design at Cornell University, and received her AS degree in Broadcasting at TC3. She worked as a Production Designer of a nationally televised cooking show called The Sweet Life with Chris Xaver. After finishing up our second season, she decided to pursue a degree in film from Full Sail University. Following graduation this June, Callen plans on continuing her art direction career in film.
Christopher Pogue has been actively involved in the film and television industry for the past ten years. Growing up in Southern California and working heavily in the entertainment field, then moving to Orlando Florida to earn his Bachelors of Science in Film and now working on his Masters in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. Christopher Pogue has traveled the world for work and has credits as a Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Producer, and Field Producer. Working with many production companies such as WWE / NXT, Disney, ESPN, Rock Star Energy, Norwegian Cruise Line, and others. In the last couple of months, Christopher Pogue opened his own production company, Ignition Source Productions, LLC, out of Orlando, FL. Focusing on high end corporate commercials and training videos.
Syracuse University is located in the heart of Central New York and is comprised of eleven different colleges and schools. Their Newhouse school which is one of the nation’s most prestigious communications schools is participating in the program for fourth year. According to Newhouse Instructor Neal Coffey, “The students that have participated indicate that this experience was invaluable.”
“The Sony NAB Student Experience is a wonderful opportunity for Syracuse University students to become involved in one of the largest communications conferences in the world.”, says Coffey. “Our students are immersed in this gigantic communications lab we call NAB. These students are great consumers of content, and the Sony NAB Experience allows them to see, touch and feel the latest in content creation tools. They also get the opportunity to see how important content management, commerce, distribution and delivery are to this industry. Newhouse students take pride in becoming experts on the Sony product areas they are assigned and are eager to share that knowledge with fellow classmates when they return to campus.”
Meet The Syracuse University Newhouse Students:
Alex Noble is a graduate student of Documentary Film and History at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Alex works as an Instructional Associate at Newhouse and assist professors in production and post-production film courses. He produced music recordings at a small independent studio in Kalamazoo, MI and helped create a TV show at Kalamazoo College where Alex attended undergrad. Alex filmed a feature length documentary for his Senior thesis about history on film and he is currently shooting a documentary about Detroit Techno music for his master’s thesis.
Logan Kriete is graduate student with almost a decade of experience in the film, broadcast television, live event, and theatrical production worlds. Logan is interested in focusing on business aspects of producing, including budgeting, scheduling, and logistics/operations management.
Meghan Caporali is a senior Television, Radio, Film major at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Susan Benaim was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, where her passion for storytelling developed at an early age. Susan attended the Maine Media Workshops where she produced a variety of short videos, such as a documentary about local musicians and artists who call themselves the Sunshine Smiley Faces. Susan interned at Rennert International where she directed and produced language-based videos for their social media platforms, one of which was a parody video about learning to roll your R’s. She is currently in her last semester as a Television, Radio and Film major at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications where most recently she was part of a design and editing team that produced the web series entitled, “Dead Letters”.