Faculty Seminar: The Conference

Innovators in television will cover topics that include development, state-of-the-art technology, inclusion and representation in television, the ever-changing dynamics of this creative medium, and more. Previously by invitation only, this year's Faculty Seminar: The Conference is open to all media arts educators from colleges and universities nationwide! Learn from top leaders in the business - including executives from YouTube, NBCUniversal and more.


A Conversation with Peter Friedlander and Nina Wolarsky, Co-Vice Presidents, Original Series, Netflix

Moderator: Juan Morales, Editor-in-Chief, emmy(®) Magazine


The Business of "The Business"

An overview of the many aspects of the television business with particular attention on the development process. From networks to studios to production companies, learn about the creative, economic, and strategic dimensions of different parts of the television business.

Rob Swartz, Senior Vice President of Development & Production, Reelz 


The Pitch: Best Practices for Shopping an Idea

Learn about the anatomy of a successful pitch from the point of view of showrunners and development executives.

Kalia Booker, Director, Drama Programming, HBO

Steven Canals, Writer, Producer, Director - Pose

Jaime Dávila, President and Co-Founder, Campanario Entertainment

Moderator: Danielle Turchiano, Senior Features Editor


Directing for Television

This panel of television directors - all women for the first time in the history of Faculty Seminar - will discuss the pathways to directing jobs in the industry and how you can prepare your students for a successfull career directing television. 

Anya Adams, black-ish, Glow

Dennie Gordon, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, Grace & Frankie

Tina Mabry, 9-1-1

Carmen Marron, Endgame, Queen Sugar

Moderator: Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director, Women in Film


The Writers Room

Expert insight into what aspiring writers must know. What really goes on in the writers room and what does it take to get there?

Sarah DunnCreator, Executive Producer, American Housewife

Craig Mazin, Writer, Executive Producer, Chernobyl

Shoshannah Stern, Creator, Writer, This Close

Moderator: Margaret NagleWriter, Producer


Editing and Post Production

Post production provides an array of job possibilities for students. Instructors will hear from leaders in the field about the importance of the post-production crafts, the types of jobs available in an ever-changing industry, and how best to land them.

Mark Raudonis, SVP, Post Production, Bunim-Murray Productions

Paul Karasick, Editor, The Right Stuff

Del Spiva, Music Editor


The Power of TV: Star Trek, 50 Years of Diversity & Inclusion

Meet the makers of one of television's most beloved and longest-running programs, and learn how they work to achieve diversity both in front of and behind the camera.

Alex Kurtzman, Executive Producer, Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Short Treks, Star Trek: Decks

Jenny Lumet, Executive Producer, Star Trek: Discovery / Co-Executive Producer, Star Trek: Picard

Michelle Paradise, Executive Producer/Showrunner,Star Trek: Discovery

Moderator: Sarah Rodman, Entertainment Editor, Entertainment Weekly


The Reality of Unscripted Television

Meet leaders in reality tv programs and learn how unscripted television is unique. This session will have you ready to share with your students the best pathways for a career in reality television. 

Erika Bryant, Executive Producer, Family or Fiancé, Real Housewives of Atlanta

Elise Doganieri, Executive Producer, The Amazing Race

Rob Eric, Executive Producer, Queer Eye


Intersectionality on Television: Getting It Right

The President of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media shares current data and best practices toward achieving accurate representation on television with regard to gender, race, disability, class, and beyond.

Madeline Di Nonno, CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media



updated 10.30.19

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