Meet Our Class of 2022

Fall 2022 Interns

Katherine Agnello 

Temple University -
Semester in L.A. program

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Scripted

Host Company:
EPIX/MGM

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I was inspired to look for a career in television because I love storytelling and the impact that stories and specifically TV can have. When trying to decide on a major and career path for college, my mom encouraged me to follow my love of story and television and work towards a career in production. Now I'm constantly inspired by the shows I watch, the production classes and clubs I'm involved in, and the people in my life to continue towards a career in television to tell stories I'm passionate about.

Grace Aguilar

California State University - Northridge

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Editing

Host Company:
Geiger Post

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Exploring the world through still photography had a pretty significant impact on my decision to seek a career in television. Along with photography, my mom was a major influence as well. She's exposed me to a healthy variety of television throughout my life and has continued to support my journey as a young filmmaker.

Katelyn Chong

Chapman University

Graduation Year: 2025

Category:
Scripted

Host Company:
Prodigal Entertainment

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
My high school drama teacher was my inspiration. I had always enjoyed telling stories, but he sparked my love for writing out-of-the-box stories with strong messages that could make an impact. TV was a big part of my childhood, I loved the episodes, and seeing characters grow and change throughout them. So instead of theatre, I took my love for storytelling into TV when I went to college.

Kenya Cummins

American Film Institute

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Scripted

Host Company:
Lifetime Television

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Storytelling has always been part of my life. Many of my childhood weekends were spent watching shows like The Proud Family and movies of all genres with my family. As a screenwriter, I know that my purpose is to use my passion for storytelling to ensure there is never a shortage of shows and films that showcase all shades of the black experience. I am also excited to explore creative ways to share perspective and collaborate with others as a Black woman and as a woman of faith.

Ben Dawson

Columbia College Chicago - Semester in L.A. program

Graduation Year: 2024

Category:
Editing

Host Company:
Ping Pong Productions

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Mr. Kyle Reinhart from my senior year Media Technology class in high school inspired me to seek this career path. I helped edit a lot of our morning announcements, and after talking with Mr. Reinhart about it, I realized that I liked editing, and that I could do this as a career. He was thrilled to hear my choice, saying "I'm glad you have the passion for it, because you sure have the talent for it." I've been carrying those words with me throughout my education, and I believe his belief in my work and passion helped me get to where I am today.

Sebastian Nazario-Colon

Rochester Institute of Technology (L.A. Program)

Graduation Year: 2024

Category:
Editing

Host Company:
Warner Bros./Peacock -
Mrs. Davis

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I was inspired to seek a career in television by the shows that have pushed the envelope on what television can be. Television is a storytelling medium like no other that focuses on characters and their backstories in a way that is much more in depth than what movies are capable of. Therefore, television series have the potential to be groundbreaking at a whole new level for the viewer. I've always been in love with creating audio visual experiences and the idea of editing for a television series is a dream come true because of how powerful and influential they can be.

Jamie Potter

Occidental College

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Star Trek Command Training Program

Host Company:
CBS Television Studios

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
A really impactful moment that inspired me to pursue television was when Nate Stevenson, the showrunner of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, came out as nonbinary. It made me realize that there was a space in the industry for people like me and I could be part of making my favorite shows.

Christopher Putlock

Loyola Marymount University

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Unscripted

Host Company:
Magical Elves

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Nathan Fielder is the person who inspired me to seek a career in television. He's a creator and producer who has been able to develop a character that extends beyond the scope of a TV show, and that sort of dedication--in addition to his overall genius--is something I try to emulate in my own work. He puts a mirror up to humanity and forces audiences to examine themselves truthfully through comedy, and while that can be a hard thing to look at, it's cathartic and impossible to look away.

Dakota Snellgrove

Boston University -
Los Angeles

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Star Trek Command Training Program  

Host Company:
CBS Television Studios

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Television offered me a place to recontextualize parts of my life through a fictional lens. Party Down reflected my working reality in ways I hadn't seen before, Star Trek reflected a mindset and philosophy I had seldom encountered until college, Steven Universe explored questions of identity in a very accessible way as I fully came into my own as a non-binary person. When I connect with stories like these I can't help but get fired up to contribute some meaningful work to this industry.

Matthew Stewart

University of Southern California

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Scripted

Host Company:
Entertainment One

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Television is the most popular medium of long-form narrative storytelling. Now more than any time in history, television affords storytellers the ability to take risks, question formats, and push the envelope forward. I was told as a kid that I couldn't spend my whole life watching television. I appreciate the sentiment of my parents and teachers, but I can't think of a more exciting future.

Jared Tetreau   

Emerson College -
Los Angeles

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Scripted

Host Company:
Disney ABC

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
My high school drama teacher was my inspiration. I had always enjoyed telling stories, but he sparked my love for writing out-of-the-box stories with strong messages that could make an impact. TV was a big part of my childhood, I loved the episodes, and seeing characters grow and change throughout them. So instead of theatre, I took my love for storytelling into TV when I went to college.

Virgil Wade

Loyola Marymount University

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Scripted

Host Company:
Valhalla Entertainment

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
When I was in high school, Lois & Clark was one of the hottest shows on Sunday nights. The best part wasn't the show, however; it was the Monday morning discussions I'd have with my high school crush. I've always wanted to be the person telling the story, the person who inspires that chess nerd to talk to the cheerleader because it turns out they both like the same show!

Summer 2022 Interns

Oluwadara Adedara

University of Southern California

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Casting 

Host Company:
Kim Coleman Casting

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
My desire to be a part of the television industry came from when I would be left at home and turn on Disney Channel. I didn't see many people who looked like me by watching Disney Channel. I then realized that dark skin, plus-sized, Black women weren't on television as much as they should be and if they were, it was to fit a certain stereotype. I knew that I had to be the change that I wanted to see in the industry and that is why I've decided to pursue multiple facets in the industry to make sure that other Black girls watching TV can make sure that there is a place for them in this world.

Chelsea Allen

California State University - San Diego

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Writing (Comedy)

Host Company:
Abbott Elementary

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
My first television love was old sitcoms that my parents would show me as a kid. Later on, it was people like Dan Levy, who created a show with groundbreaking LGBTQ+ representation, who inspired me to pursue a career in television. From then, my love of screenwriting grew and I knew that my ultimate goal was to become a showrunner one day.

Tristan Asuncion

University of North Carolina - School of the Arts

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Editing

Host Company:
Ping Pong Productions

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I am inspired by the vast array of different genres that you are able to work in for television. I am also an aspiring editor, and television is a great way to explore what type of projects I would like to work for. There is also a power when it comes to television since it's a way to bring people together. I have bonded with my friends and family over television and I want to be a part of making it too.

Lauren Azrin

Dartmouth College

Graduation Year: 2025

Category:
Development (Unscripted)

Host Company:
Magical Elves

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Television has influenced my life in immeasurable ways and acts as a cathartic constant that I know I can always turn to. It has also brought me closer to so many people in my life. Being part of TV creation would be a way for me to do for others what so many other TV shows have done for me.

Jace Begaye

New Mexico State University 

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Production - Animation (hand drawn)  

Host Company:
Bento Box

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
If I were to pinpoint what specifically inspired me to seek a career in creative media, it would be cartoons. Not surprising since I graduated with an animation degree but the ability to bring images to life, whether they be drawn, sculpted, or photographed, it all absolutely astounds me. With each year comes new content, new stories, new experiences and I am excited to see my future in it!

Tia Black

Boston University

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Production Management

Host Company:
Shondaland

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Growing up, I was obsessed with shows on the CW like Supernatural, Smallville, One Tree Hill, and The Vampire Diaries. Though I loved them, I recognized that there were few characters of color on these shows. I am pursuing a career in television to ensure that shows in all genres depict an accurate and increased representation of underrepresented groups.

Jamie Bokman

State University of New York - Stony Brook

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Development (Scripted)

Host Company:
The Wolper Organization

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Television is my love language! It's served as part of the foundation for almost every significant relationship in my life. Since I've struggled with social anxiety for many years, I've found that the times I'm most comfortable in conversation are when I'm talking about television—finding that special moment when I can connect and say "I've seen that too!" Witnessing first-hand television's ability to bring people together and build relationships is what inspired me to seek a career in the field.

Ainsley Bronskill

California State University - Northridge

Graduation Year: 2024

Category:
Agency

Host Company:
Authentic Talent & Literary Management

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
What inspired me to seek a career in television was my never-ending curiosity of media production behind the scenes. I wanted to learn everything about how what is seen on screen is brought into existence from day one. Five years since I made this decision, my path has led me to major in Entertainment Media Management in the hopes that I could later enter television production as an agent or producer either here or in Seoul, South Korea.

Megan Butt

University of California - Santa Barbara

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Agency

Host Company:
Allegory Creative Management

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I grew up in a family with deep ties to theater, so an appreciation for entertainment and the performing arts was ingrained in me from a young age. While the rest of my family was involved in live theater, I felt a deeper connection to movies and television. My family's love of the arts laid the foundation for my interest in this career path, and I am endlessly grateful for their support.

Zoe Cannon

Loyola Marymount University

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Sound

Host Company:
Smart Post West

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Having television to turn to whenever I needed it and the comfort and encouragement it gave me inspired me to pursue a career in television. As I've grown older and been in college, television has grown into a medium I explore to comment on universal themes, social and introspective issues. By pursuing a career in television, I'm now not only able to review existing content but be intentional with projects of my own. The idea of being able to be part of the team on projects that also give joy, encouragement, and food for thought to their viewers is enough for me to be happy with my decision to work in this industry.

Callie Carpinteri

University of Florida

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Development (Scripted)

Host Company:
Phony Content

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
As a child, watching television shows with my family is how we would connect and bond, even when our hectic lives were sometimes pulled in different directions. As I got older, the television shows I loved gave me an outlet to discover myself and inspired me to pursue my own passions. Seeing strong female leads on TV chasing their dreams gave me the courage to do the same no matter what obstacles I may face. I had always had a love for storytelling and realized that I wanted to create the same kind of diverse, character-driven shows that would empower people the same way the shows I love did for me.

Rebecca Chiafullo

Hofstra University

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Editing

Host Company:
Geiger Post

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
My high school teachers Mr. Ferone and Mr. Noble and my parents Laura and Anthony have ultimately inspired me to chase my dreams in this industry. Since the start, they always believed in my creativity, drive, and excitement in this field. Their continued support through all the unknowns of developing a career in television is what continuously inspires me to put my best foot forward and continue to strive to do more.

Harry Cohen

Drexel University

Graduation Year: 2024

Category:
Production - Animation (CG)  

Host Company:
Lex + Otis

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
My discipline is animation, and I've always been interested and inspired by animation, both on television and off. Specifically, Stephen Hillenberg, the creator of Spongebob Squarepants, has been a huge inspiration for me in animation. His creative vision and unconventional background gave me the courage to seek a creative career and strive to do what I love.

Grant Cotter

Los Angeles City College

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Getting Real: Unscripted (Development)

Host Company:
Bunim-Murray Productions

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I'm an only child raised by a single parent, so the TV was my babysitter. My family became the families I saw on sitcom reruns. When I got older I wanted to create television shows that could invoke the same feeling in others.

 

Gabriela Furtado Coutinho

Northwestern University

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Development (Children's Programming)

Host Company:
Cloudco Entertainment, LLC

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I feel television is a most accessible medium for storytelling: global streaming became a bridge for me between Brazil and the US, and television characters like Elmo and Mickey have always smiled with my brother, even as he is turned away in other settings for his disability. This kind of unprejudiced love and expansive reach has inspired me to imagine what possibility children's television contains. Could children's television programming offer the seeds to reimagine how we care for one another, break down historical harm, and hold onto radical hope? While this medium already beautifully asks these questions, I'm eager to join the field, help push the boundaries of conversation, and always uplift innovation and quality in programming - for our youth deserve only the most thoughtful, helpful, and ear-to-the-ground storytelling..

Julian Crosby

University of Miami

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Writing (Comedy)

Host Company:
Kripke Enterprises

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
More than anything, I was inspired by my own personal addiction to television. I figured I ought to turn my slightly compulsive binge-watching habits into a career so my parents couldn't gripe about it any longer. But I was also in a large part inspired by my friends in college, particularly the relationships I've formed with other Black filmmakers and artists on my campus. Their creative genius, boldness and relentless pursuit to follow their dreams continues to inspire me every single day.

Jessica
Curney   

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Development (Children's Programming)

Host Company:
Moonbug Entertainment

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Growing up, the only escape I had from my flawed environment was a small box TV where I immersed myself in countless hours of my favorite TV shows. I was so inspired by what I saw that I began to write my own shows. What started off as a way to imagine me in a completely different world, my love for TV turned into a deep passion that I couldn't ignore

Luke D'Agnese

Chapman University

Graduation Year: 2024

Category:
Development (Scripted)

Host Company:
Almost Never Films

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Watching cartoons like Phineas and Ferb, Gravity Falls, and Over the Garden Wall at a young age made me want to create television more than anything. Now older, watching shows with my family and friends has given me a sense of wonder and joy that I want to give back to others. TV resonates with me because of the medium's power to bring people together over the course of multiple seasons to enjoy various complex characters, imaginative worlds, and great stories. I love TV's puzzle-like structure, and I am inspired by the possibilities it offers.

Manuel Diaz

Pasadena City College

Graduation Year: 2025

Category:
Foster Youth in Entertainment (Corporate Social Responsibility)

Host Company:
Endemol Shine

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I have always loved communicating and telling stories to others. Being able to not only convey my stories but also help others do the same is empowering. Also, I was TV shows nonstop.

Kaitlyn Dillon

Virginia Tech

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Interactive Media

Host Company:
Getty Images

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Growing up, my dad starred in local commercials for his car dealership. It was so cool being able to see him on television and he even brought me along to see the production process. I have loved the art of creating media ever since.

McKenna Farlow

University of North Carolina - School of the Arts

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Design (Art Direction/Set Decoration)

Host Company:
James Pearse Connelly

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I have held a deep fascination and admiration for the art medium of film and television since I was a little kid. When it comes to my schooling, I am a Design and Production student over at UNCSA (which focuses on the theatrical), but I have had the incredible opportunity to also invest my education in some classes with the School of Film. I prioritized those extra classes for myself because of my piqued interest in the medium and my desire to further push my storytelling skills. In the classes I have taken, I have made wonderful partnerships with my professors, and Eve Cauley, one of the production design faculty members, really encouraged me to apply for this internship!

Lilah Feitner

Clark University

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Development (Scripted)

Host Company:
Prodigal Entertainment

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Storytelling has always captivated me. The many mediums of written, staged, and documented storytelling drove my interest in media studies, writing, and film. Films and shows are a wholly immersive means of narration. I wanted to be involved in the fabrication of stories told through film.

Isabella Fenn

Columbia University

Graduation Year: 2024

Category:
Development (Scripted)

Host Company:
Daniel L. Paulson Productions, Inc.

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Mindy Kaling! Watching a wonderful woman of color be funny and take up space in The Mindy Project showed me that I could do the same in a space that is usually closed off to women of color. I've always loved comedy and Mindy opened the door, saying I could create in that space too! I'm more than excited to show other unrepresented people that they can create and participate too!

Elizabeth Fox

Stanford University

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Development (Scripted)

Host Company:
Valhalla Entertainment

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
When I was a kid, for a while I really wanted to be an architect. I soon found I was more interested in the imaginary people I pictured inside the houses I was designing than the houses themselves. I realized I want to design stories instead of buildings, and I became enthralled by a different kind of blueprint: television scripts. From physics to philosophy, I've always possessed a wide range of intellectual interests, but my main creative interest is decidedly storytelling; the television industry provides an exciting space where I can pull together all of my interests in the form of on-screen stories that I hope audiences will find not only enjoyable but thought-provoking.

Michelle Fredericks

University of California - Irvine

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Physical Production/
Business Management

Host Company:
Hulu

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
My family nurtured my healthy love for television and its connective power. My mom was born in the Philippines and my dad here in the U.S., but they both grew up watching TV shows like Hogan's Heroes, M.A.S.H, and Gilligan's Island. It's amazing to hear them talk about their shared memories of these shows despite the thousands of miles between their childhood homes. In the age of streaming, our love of TV shows is connecting us more than ever, and I could not be prouder to have the opportunity to be a part of this industry.

Violet Garner

California State University - Long Beach

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Diversity & Inclusion Unscripted (Development/Casting)

Host Company:
High Noon Entertainment

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I have been inspired to seek a career in television by a motivation to increase diversity and inclusion both on- and off-screen. This has been especially fueled by Indigenous creators, such as Taika Waititi, who have aided in creating further demand for normalizing representations. I hope to contribute to this positive growth throughout my career, with an emphasis on Native communities.

Maggie Geiler

NYU Journalism Graduate School

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
News (Broadcast)

Host Company:
KABC 7 News

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I grew up watching the Today show every single morning. I remember being fascinated with what was going on in the world and always knowing I wanted to be a part of news. When I was 13, I visited New York City for the first time. Forget the American Girl Doll store - I wanted showbiz, baby! My one request was the Studio 1A Today show plaza. After making my grandparents wake up at 5:00 a.m. to stand in the snow for three hours, I finally met Al Roker. I remember thinking, "I don't know how, but one day I'm gonna be a part of this world." I ended up getting to intern with Today 11 years later! Al, Hoda Kotb, Clarissa Ward, Oprah, Maria Shriver, and Kathie Lee Gifford all inspire me to seek a career as a journalist due to their ability to empathize with what's happening in the world, their love for people, and their authentic kindness and compassion.

Cole Giacobbe

Chapman University

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Development (Scripted)

Host Company:
Pine Tree Entertainment

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
In seventh grade, my teacher told me I could never make a career out of entertaining my friends. Ten years later and I am making a career doing exactly that. That same passion for entertaining has inspired me to pursue a career in the best storytelling medium around.

Sonia Gonzalez

University of California - Los Angeles

Graduation Year: 2024

Category:
Development (Scripted)

Host Company:
FX

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
While studying abroad, befriending my foreign classmates was facilitated through the language and mannerisms I adopted from binge watching French television series. And they were equally keen on studying up on American shows to learn more about me. Worlds apart, and yet TV closed the gaps between us. I want to be part of creating the content that connects people despite the many differences that may exist among them.

Logan Johnson

New York University

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Music

Host Company:
Mark Isham

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I was ALWAYS caught watching television, even past my bedtime. At a young age I fell in LOVE with the theme songs from a lot of classic TV shows (Bewitched, I Love Lucy, Maude, Golden Girls, Good Times, The Cosby Show (Season 6), Cheers, etc.) Those songs inspired my dream to write my own iconic theme song one day!

Eren Joyce

Marquette University

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Development (Children's Programming)

Host Company:
The Jim Henson Company

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I've always had a deep love of storytelling, no matter the form it takes--books, TV shows, even tabletop role-playing games. As I was growing up, I knew I wanted to find a career that would allow me to hone that love. Every single story I was enamored with as a kid remains a huge sources of inspiration for me to this day.

Mia Karle

New York University

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Development (Scripted)

Host Company:
Tapas Media

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I grew up with my dad on the local news, so watching him every evening made the world of television familiar yet obscure enough to spark my curiosity. When I began writing scripts, I knew I wanted television to be the home for my stories, because through my dad I learned it is a place to build connections with others.

Candice Lewis

Full Sail University

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Star Trek Command Training Program

Host Company:
CBS Television Studios

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
My late grandmother is my inspiration for a career in television. She was the family story sharer, and she would tell stories of rich history and culture that would stick with me through my life. My hope is to one day match her greatness.

Melanie
Mendoza-Lopez

Woodbury University

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Getting Real: Unscripted (Development)

Host Company:
Endemol Shine North America

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I knew that I loved filmmaking and I knew one day I wanted to be on set or helping develop the ideas for new TV shows. It would be pretty cool to be a part of creating one that millions of people watch and love. I've seen a lot of behind the scenes of creating a show and I want to be a part of that.

Citlali Vazquez Negra   

California State University - Fullerton

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Production (Virtual and Augmented Reality)

Host Company:
Scanline

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
The internship is a chance for me to use my knowledge in benefit of the company I am working with and a way to learn from professionals about their workflow. The obstacles I had to overcome was needing to figure out everything for myself as I am a first-generation college student and American. It was a lot of trial and error with a ton of different softwares and practices thrown at me, but I was able to get by however I could.

Julius Nicoloro

Rochester Institute of Technology

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Development (Scripted)

Host Company:
Entertainment One

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I've always been enthusiastic about both storytelling and learning, which can be experienced fantastically through audio-visual media. I delighted in watching BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs when I was 3 years old. As I became older, I began watching other shows that demonstrated the power of television as a storytelling medium.

Nicholas Niera

California State University, Long Beach

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Diversity & Inclusion Unscripted (Development)

Host Company:
44 Blue Productions LLC

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Videography is a passion of mine, and television has become an attractive niche because of how dominatingly popular TV shows have grown to be in recent years. Additionally, I became interested in TV at a young age thanks to my mom and her work at KRON4. She always spoke highly of her time spent in that field, and I am sure that I will too.

Christina Oyelola

American Film Institute

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Casting

Host Company:
McNulty Casting Inc.

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Viola Davis said it best, "there is something about seeing someone who looks like you that makes it more tangible...you need to see a physical manifestation of your dream." Seeing Issa Rae and Michaela Coel tell their stories and introduce the world to the multi-dimensions of black women inspired me to pursue a career in television. Their work influenced me to embrace the experiences and complexities that I face in my own life. In my view, Issa and Michaela laid the foundation for modern-day black female creatives and I hope to follow in their footsteps in my career.

Kyle Penix

University of California - Riverside

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Production (Live Television)   

Host Company:
Bob Bain Productions

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
To be honest, I hadn't seriously considered a career in television until about May of last year. I'd always been a bit afraid because the industry seemed so cutthroat and unstable. However, at the end of Spring 2021, I surprisingly scored a development internship for the summer at an entertainment company who's content I grew up loving as a kid. I met some pretty amazing people who encouraged me...and the rest they say is history.

Monica Pineda

University of California - Riverside

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Getting Real: Unscripted (Development)

Host Company:
World of Wonder

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I am such a fan of reality television because of the people and ideas that come about from it. Seeing so many competitions, life stories, and celebrations made me realize that I wanted to be a part of the process and hopefully be a voice for more diverse stories to be told.

Caoilfhinn Rauwerdink

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Writing - Drama

Host Company:
The Penguin

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
Storytelling has always been an important part of my life, whether it be through books, films, television, musicals, or another medium. Taking in this range of stories was what inspired me to write from a young age. As I grew up, I saw how television sparks meaningful conversations about the world while bringing people together and entertaining them. Seeing the impacts of television and visual storytelling, as well as how it connects people and exposes them to new perspectives, inspired me to pursue television screenwriting to share new stories about the world influenced by my family background and life perspective growing up in the midwest.

Alexis Rios

Western Carolina University

Graduation Year: 2022

Category:
Star Trek Command Training Program    

Host Company:
CBS Television Studios

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I have always been a creative person and have wanted to work in the entertainment industry from a young age. Film was a great combination of different creative arts I already loved but aside from that it was an art form that was accessible to almost everyone. This was important to me because from a young age I understood that film and television was beyond a source of entertainment for people; it was a tool. Film gives you the opportunity to help people feel represented, seen, and understood, and those feelings can become some of the most important things when facing some of the hardships the world brings with it.

Alexandra Siambekos

Syracuse University

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Production (Documentary/Nonfiction/Unscripted)

Host Company:
Herizon Productions, LLC

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
To capture someone's way of life and translate it onto a visual medium is powerful. I realized this at 16, when I held a 35mm film camera for the first time as I followed my grandparents around. The negatives revealed everyday vignettes that encapsulated their spirit and told their story. At that moment, I knew I had to pursue nonfiction production.

Brittannie Travis

University of Cincinnati

Graduation Year: 2023

Category:
Design (Costume)

Host Company:
Gordon Group Associates

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I love the aspect of using storytelling to create messages and meaning beyond myself. Growing up, I attended schools and activities with a very diverse population. So, television series with a multidimensional ensemble cast (i.e. A Different World, Degrassi, On My Block, Outerbanks) were the narratives that I gravitated toward watching and now designing. I enjoy costuming characters with diverse personal stories that can connect or relate to the humanity within others.

Renee Xiang

DePaul University

Graduation Year:
2025

Category:
Production (Commercials)

Host Company:
Radical Media, et al.

What inspired you to seek a career in television?
I've always loved television, but it wasn't until I started considering a career in film and TV that I began to see the medium as a powerful tool for change. Television especially is such a uniquely influential art form, I truly believe that it has the potential to create awareness and incite change within our social landscape, and I'm extremely eager to be a part of that change. As tempted as I am to name every single TV show that I've drawn inspiration from, the list would go on for days, so here are a few of my favorites at the moment: Fleabag, Chernobyl, Arcane, The Good Place, and The Queen's Gambit.

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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.

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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