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Hofstra Students Explore Careers in LA

The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication’s second annual “Hofstra in LA” program will connect students with internship and career opportunities in the heart of the West Coast’s entertainment industry during a week-long series of events from January 10-16, 2016.

Twelve students will spend five days traveling around Los Angeles, where they will meet with Hofstra alumni and other industry leaders in fields such as television, film, radio, publicity, and arts and entertainment journalism. 

More than a dozen meetings and activities are scheduled with industry executives including Mark Bracco ’92, (executive vice president of programming and development at Dick Clark Productions), Jo Sharon ’98 (executive vice president of development at Magical Elves, the production house behind “Top Chef”), Jason Schrift ’92 (co-executive producer of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”), Aaron Simon ’97 (global vice president for talent and entertainment relations at Harmon International), Bryan Diperstein ’09 (agent at ICM), Jennifer Baker ’93 (regional human resources director for CBS Radio), Cameron Kadison ’03 (partner at Mortar Media), and Adam Bialow ’88 (business and legal affairs consultant for Lionsgate).

A highlight of the trip is a reception at the Directors Guild of America Theater Complex on Thursday, Jan. 14, which is open to Hofstra alumni of all majors ( More than 90 people, including prospective students, attended last year’s event, which is co-sponsored by Hofstra’s Office of Admission and Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.

Students will also attend a panel discussion with alumni who have recently moved to L.A. to pursue career interests, as well as take tours of CNN’s LA bureau, Paramount Studios, and Activision Blizzard, the world’s largest interactive gaming company.

The 12 participating students, all juniors or seniors, were selected from a competitive pool of 45 applicants on the basis of good academic standing, faculty references, and an application. They are:

Nicholas Proto ’17, BS Video/Television & Film

Celia Werner ’16, BS Video/Television & Film

Isabela Jacobsen ’16, BA Public Relations

Dianne Marie Fallucca ’17, BA  Public Relations

David Olsson ’16, BS Video/TV &Business

Emily Eldredge ’16, BS Video/TV & Business

Haley Woods ’16, BA Video/Television

Chloe Dale ’16, BA Public Relations

Ryan Sarno ’16, BA Film Studies & Production

Danielle Klein ’17, BS Video/Television & Film

Samuel Work ’16, BS Video/TV & Business

Amanda Tempesta ’16, BA Journalism

The students will be accompanied by Herbert School Associate Dean Adria Marlowe and Associate Professor of Radio, Television, Film Peter Gershon.

The cost of the program is offset by support from the Herbert School Advisory Council, alumni, and other benefactors.  A limited number of full scholarships were also provided by Hofstra alumni to ensure that deserving students can participate in the program regardless of economic background.

“Hofstra in LA” expands upon the many opportunities Hofstra students already have to engage with alumni and industry leaders on campus and in New York City, and allows students to make valuable connections and gain insights that can help them succeed in a very competitive market.

Featured image: The 2015 program participants during a visit with Marcus Vanderberg ’08 (center, kneeling) at the Yahoo! offices in Los Angeles.


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  • Sounds like a great program. I am a Hofstra Alum ’92 working in the TV Industry @ Mathis Productions/Telepictures Productions and I am currently looking for a Spring Intern.
    I would love to meet any Hofstra’s students looking for an internship this semester.


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