Faculty Seminar: The Conference

Innovators in Television will share their experience and insights into careers above and below the line at Faculty Seminar: The Conference.

Open to all media arts educators from colleges and universities nationwide, faculty will learn directly from leaders in the business - including executives and creators from Dreamworks, NBC Universal, Netflix, WarnerMedia and more.

Monday, November 15

2:30pm Doors Open - Faculty Networking 

3:00pm Welcome: Jodi Delaney
Executive Director, Television Academy Foundation

3:10pm A Conversation on the Future of Video with Matt Strauss, Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International, NBC Universal
Moderator: Jenelle Riley, Deputy Awards and Features Editor, Variety

4:00pm The Changing Landscape of Media
Explore the changing media universe with this dive deep into the intersections of technology, content, and programming.

Moderator: Albert Lawrence, Media Entrepreneur and TV Personality

Lauren Celinski, Development Lead for YouTube Originals, YouTube
Lauren Schutte, Head of Entertainment, Instagram
Jennifer Vaux, Head of Content Acquisitions, The Roku Channel

5:00pm What's Next in Media: The Metaverse? A Conversation With Ivana Kirkbride, Global Director of Content, Meta
Learn about OTT content and programming, entertainment, technology, and student pathways into the industry with Ivana Kirkbride, a longtime executive for Verizon Media, Vessel, YouTube and more. As Global Director of Content, Kirkbride currently oversees Facebook apps including Facebook Watch, Instagram Video and Messenger Watch Together.

Moderator: Jaeson Ma, Founder, East West Ventures (EWV); Co-Founder and Co-CEO for EST Media

Tuesday, November 16

2:30pm Doors Open - Faculty Networking 

3:00pm The Art of the Game: Careers in Quiz and Game Shows
Quiz and game shows provide job opportunities for students who aspire to write, produce, direct or design a wide range of current programming that combines entertainment and competition. Sponsored by The Harry and Judy Friedman Family Foundation in honor of the late Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek, meet longtime professionals working in game shows and find out how your students can prepare to be part of this evolving genre.

Moderator: Bob Boden (Funny You Should Ask)

Harry Friedman, Executive Producer (Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune)
Kevin Fortson, Executive Vice President, Production, Warner Brothers Entertainment
Michele Loud - Co-Head Writer Jeopardy!
Shelley Ballance Ellis -Executive Producer Wheel of Fortune

4:00pm A Conversation With Gloria Calderón Kellett
An executive, producer, writer, showrunner and actress with four shows currently underway at Amazon Studios (With Love, Verona, Glowing Up, and Dating the Lopez Ladies), Calderón Kellett is best known for her Latinx-centered reboot of Norman Lear’s One Day at a Time, which aired for three seasons on Netflix from 2017-2020. Get your questions answered about working in Hollywood, real-time changes in the industry, building a career and advice for aspiring entertainment professionals.

Moderator: Ben Lopez, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Independent Producers

5:00pm Virtual Production: Storytelling without Limits
The television production community was hit hard by the pandemic and has come back with a host of new technologies to remove some of the traditional limits of the storytelling process. In this session, hear how leading figures in the various aspects of virtual production are taking advantage of these new technologies and storytelling mediums. These valuable lessons will prepare your classroom for opportunities in this new age of storytelling.

Moderator: James Pearse Connelly, Production Designer

Cliff Plumer, Global President, NEP Virtual Studios
Julian Sarmiento, Global Director, Virtual Production & Real Time, FuseFX, FolksVFX - Rising Sun Pictures
Michael Zinman, Creator & Executive Producer, Lulu AR

Wednesday, November 17

2:30pm Doors Open - Faculty Networking 

3:00pm Plugging In: Helping Students Launch a Career in TV
Television offers an array of job possibilities for students. Learn from the talent experts leading early career recruiting programs across entertainment studios and talent agencies, how you can help students navigate opportunities and launch successful careers.

Moderator: Rob Swartz, SVP, Development & Production at Reelz

Nicholas Levan, Manager, University Relations, WarnerMedia
Lilly Zhang, Senior Director, Endeavor Americas Recruiting, WME
Rabia Abedin, Manager, Early Career Programs & Diversity Outreach at DreamWorks

4:00pm Using The Interviews: Television History Archive
Now entering its 25th year, the Television Academy Foundation’s The Interviews: An Oral History of Television (formerly the Archive of American Television) is now undergoing active preservation at the USC Digital Repository while looking toward a dynamic and more inclusive future. Learn tips and tricks on how best to use this one-of-a-kind oral history archive featuring long-form interviews with television legends, now over 900 strong and growing.

Jenni Matz, Director, Television Academy Foundation
Adrienne Faillace, Producer, Television Academy Foundation

5:00pm Script to Screen: Maya and the Three
Meet the creators of the anticipated animation series Maya and The Three (Netflix), about a warrior princess on a mission to save humanity from vengeful gods. Voiced by entertainment luminaries including Zoe Saldana, Rita Moreno, Alfred Molina and Diego Luna, learn about the show’s journey from concept to story to screen. Jorge Gutierrez is an alumnus of two Television Academy Foundation programs: he was a 1999 Intern in Non-Traditional Animation, and 2001 College Television Award winner.

Moderator: Monica Castillo, Arts and Culture Reporter, Colorado Public Radio

John Aoshima, Sequence Director
Kristal Babich, Storyboard Artist
Sandra Equihua, Creative Consultant
Jorge R. Gutierrez, Creator/Director


updated 11.12.21

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