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.

Ask Me Anything: Gloria Calderon-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), Calderon-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.
Moderated by Ben Lopez, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Independent Producers

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. Meet longtime professionals working in game shows and find out how your students can prepare to be part of this evolving genre.

Harry Friedman, Executive Producer (Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune)
Kevin Fortson, EVP, Production, Warner Brothers Entertainment
Michele Loud - Co-Head Writer
Moderator: Bob Boden (Funny You Should Ask)

Sponsored by The Harry and Judy Friedman Family Foundation in honor of the late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek

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
Q&A with Jenna Hymes, The Interviews

Emerging Technology: Virtual Set Production
It’s been a challenging year for the television production community, but despite the pandemic, production has come back and with it, a host of new technologies are being used to help the storytelling process. Technologies now run the gamut from high-end computer generated special effects to lighting enhancements, audio tools, script note tech, and systems that help maintain distancing protocols. 


Cliff Plumer, Global President, NEP Virtual Studios
Moderator: James Pearse Connelly, Production Designer

A Conversation with Ivana Kirkbride

Learn about OTT (over-the-top) content and programming, entertainment, technology, and student pathways into the industry from a longtime executive for Verizon Media, Vessel, YouTube and more. As Global Director of Content Strategy and Programming, Kirkbride currently oversees Facebook apps including Facebook Watch, Instagram Video and Messenger Watch Together.

Script to Screen: Maya and the Three
Meet some of the creatives behind the Netflix animated event Maya and the Three, about a warrior princess on an epic quest to save humanity from vengeful gods of the underworld. Voiced by entertainment luminaries including Zoe Saldana, Rita Moreno, Alfred Molina, Diego Luna and more, learn about the show’s journey from concept to story to screen. Series creator and director, Jorge R. Gutierrez, is an Emmy-winning alumnus of two Television Academy Foundation programs: an intern in the Internship Program (1999) and a winner of a College Television Award (2001).


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


More to be announced


updated 10.20.21

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