Meet Our Class of 2022

     

 

Katherine Aranda

University of California - Los Angeles

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Development - Scripted (Spring)

Host Company:
Valhalla Ent.

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I feel honored and validated that my hard work and passion for television are recognized by the Television Academy. It is rewarding to know that they believe in my potential to become a studio executive and to be an agent of change to promote diversity and inclusion behind the scenes. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to continue honing in on my creative skills and to meet new people that will help me rise up in the industry.

Kenneth Beckford

University of California - Los Angeles

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Development - Scripted (Spring)

Host Company:
Prodigal Ent.

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Issa Rae and Donald Glover are two of my biggest inspirations in television. They showed me and the rest of the world that black characters can be vulnerable, multidimension, and awkward. It inspired me to seek a career in television so that I could use my own perspective to shine a light on diverse storylines as well as be able to put on for future generations of black creatives.

Ayana Daniels

California State University - Fullerton

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Star Trek Command Training Program (Spring)

Host Company:
CBS Television Studios

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Since adolescence, I have been interested in television and pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. As a young black woman, I needed to see women like me in positions of power. Watching Keke Palmer in True Jackson VP instilled in me that your talent and ambition can aid in your success despite your background or experience. Even though True Jackson was in the fashion industry, the show's message was transferable. True Jackson VP taught me at a young age that I already had the power to make an impact in the world because of my determination.

Aubrey Gilman

University of California - Los Angeles

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Development - Unscripted (Spring)

Host Company:
44 Blue Prod.

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I grew up with a passion for entertainment but always imagined it to be so far-fetched. What really inspires me to continue to pursue careers in the entertainment industry is my elementary-aged self who dreamed of immersing herself the world that television and Hollywood creates. I have always had similar goals, dreams, and desires as to what I wanted my future to be like and entertainment has always been a huge influence on what I want to achieve.

Yameen Hameed

Chapman University

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Development - Scripted (Spring)

Host Company:
Prodigal Ent.

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I've been interested in storytelling since childhood, starting with the comics I drew in my notebooks. I love how each creative medium has its own unique strengths, so it took me a while to figure out what my career path should look like. There was no big moment of epiphany, but over time, I learned to appreciate television as one of the most versatile and collaborative ways to tell a story.

Rose-Emma Lambridis

Boston University

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Development - Children's (Spring)

Host Company:
Moonbug Ent.

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Growing up watching Avatar the Last Airbender inspired me to get lost in imaginative worlds and create art that tackled heavy topics with a sense of humor.

Vivian Rhodes

California State University - Northridge

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Star Trek Command Training Program (Spring)

Host Company:
CBS Television Studios

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I have always wanted a career involving storytelling. When I first started watching TV (at the age of twelve) I was immediately drawn to the opportunities and possibilities of the medium. Since then, I have found something inspiring and exciting in every TV show I've watched.

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