Hofstra Goes to LA

Sixteen
students from the Lawrence
Herbert School of Communication are exploring  media careers in nation’s entertainment
capital, as part of the fifth annual “Hofstra in LA” program.

They
will spend 10 days traveling around Los Angeles, where they will meet and
network 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 executives including
Jay Bastian ’92 (senior vice president, series at Warner Bros. Animation),
Bryan Diperstein ’09 (agent at ICM Partners), Jill Gershman ’91 (senior vice
president, marketing creative at ABC Entertainment), Cameron Kadison ’03
(partner at Mortar Media), Barry Poznick ’90 (president, unscripted television
at MGM),  Mark Bracco ’92, (executive vice president of programming and
development at Dick Clark Productions), Jo Sharon ’98 (executive vice
president, current programming at Magical Elves), Joe Ferullo (executive vice
president, current programming at CBS Television Distribution), and Leslie
Belzberg (senior vice president, production at Gaumont).

Students
will also attend tapings of “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “Entertainment
Tonight,” and visit the offices of the NBC Brokaw News Center, Paramount Pictures,
Edelman, and Netflix, among others.  

A
highlight of the trip includes a group dinner with alumnus Lawrence Herbert
‘51, inventor of the Pantone Matching System and the namesake of Hofstra’s
communication school. Students will also join alumni and admitted students to
the Class of 2023 for a reception at the DGA (Directors Guild of America)
Theater Complex.

The
16 participating students include juniors, seniors, one graduate student, and a
December graduate. They were selected from a competitive pool of about 40
applicants on the basis of good academic standing, faculty references, and an
application.

They
are:

Ben
Abrams ’19, radio production and studies

Mackenzie
Carroll ’19, video/television production and English literature

Izzy
Falkovich ’19, public relations

Ben
Gregory ’19, video/television and film

Emalia
Hinden-Stevenson ’19, film studies and production 

Sophie
Kabel ’20, video/television production

Kristen
Krupski ’18, video/television and business

Antreise
Lacey ’20, video/television and film

Leah
Lane ’20, video/television production

Brittany
McGowan ’20, video/television and film

Sean
McNally ’20, video/television and film

Cassie
Passantino ’20, film studies and production

Shayla
Sales ’20, public relations

Sam
Thor ’19, video/television and film

Kelly
Wells ’19, public relations

Sara
Whitman ’19, journalism (MA)

The students are accompanied by Herbert School Associate Dean Adria Marlowe, Associate Professor of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations Jeff Morosoff, and Associate Professor Emeritus of Radio, Television, Film Peter Gershon, during the trip, which is from Jan. 9-19th.

The
cost of the program is offset by support from the LHSC Dean’s Advisory Board,
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, in New York City, and
abroad, and allows students to make valuable connections and gain insights that
can help them succeed in a very competitive market.

Learn more about the students and follow their “Hofstra in LA”
experience.

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