Entering Entertainment: Panel & Networking Event – Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 5pm


Entering Entertainment: Panel & Networking Event

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
5-7 p.m.
UC San Diego, Price Center West Ballroom B

Join UCSD Alumni, Career Services Center, Department of Communication, Triton TV, and Undergraduate Communication Society to learn how to forge a career in entertainment. Hear a panel of experts discuss entertainment career paths, experiences that will help build your resume, and ways to navigate this competitive field, then get a chance to network in small groups with professionals and recruiters to get answers to your specific questions. Career participants will represent various areas of entertainment, from film and television production and agency work to digital media, public relations, and sports.

Steven B. Cohen, ’78, Communication-Visual Arts – MOTION PICTURES & TELEVISION Solutions Architect, Daystrom Technology Group, and President, Cohen Communications Steven has more than 30 years of experience in developing technology solutions for entertainment, including solutions for sound and picture editorial, calibrated on-set dailies review, remote collaboration, digital cinema distribution and media storage. He has provided technology solutions to many leading filmmakers, including James L. Brooks, Richard Donner, Michael Bay, Tony Scott, David Fincher, Gore Verbinski and Bret Ratner. One of his most cherished contributions to the Motion Picture Industry is as Executive Producer of The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, a documentary that highlights the art and history of Cinema Editors.

Rachel Axler, M.F.A. ‘04, Playwriting – TELEVISION Television Writer/Producer and Playwright Rachel is a television writer/producer and playwright, whose recent credits include How I Met Your Mother, New Girl, Bored to Death, and Parks & Recreation. She got her start in 2005 writing for The Daily Show, an ambition she had harbored since working on her M.F.A. at UCSD. In 2006 and 2009, she won Prime time Emmy Awards for her work as a part of The Daily Show’s writing team. Since then, Rachel returned to the west coast, where she now writes television scripts in Los Angeles, fitting in her own playwriting projects on the side.

Panel Moderator:
Chris Biele, ’07, Communication – BROADCAST MEDIA Freelance Reporter, FOX5, and Marketing Communications Associate, MJE Marketing Services Chris is a proud graduate of Sixth College. While balancing a full course load, he worked part-time at CBS8 in San Diego as a writer and production assistant. He moved to Palm Springs after graduation to start a career as a television news reporter. There he earned an Emmy Award for his coverage of an inmate escape in Coachella Valley. Chris then worked in Sacramento at the FOX affiliate and then back in San Diego as a reporter at FOX5. He now works at MJE Marketing in San Diego and continues to freelance as a reporter at FOX5.

Networking Session:
Taylor Baldwin, ’96, Communication
Media Director and News Anchor/UT-TV, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and President/Owner, Taylor-Made Productions, Inc.

Shannon Bradley, ’80, Communications/Sociology
Producer, UCTV Prime, UCTV, and Senior Producer, Public Affairs, UCSD-TV

Jane Lee, ’13, Communication
Multimedia Journalist and Content Editor, Bay City Television, Inc. (San Diego 6 – The CW)

Alex Matthews, ’06, Visual Arts Media
Senior Producer – Director, UC San Diego, and Freelance Photographer – NBC 7 SoundDiego, NBCUniversal

Ricardo Sandoval, ’95, Communication
Technician/Director, NBCUniversal

Lorelei Bunjes, ’02, Communication
Vice President, Digital Services, IDW Publishing

Cassie Stark
Publicity & Promotions Coordinator, Allied Integrated Marketing

Robin Wang, ’12, Management Science
Publicity & Promotions Coordinator, Allied Integrated Marketing

Steve Godwin, ‘95, Biochemistry and Cell Biology Senior Video Producer, Competitor Group

Doug Sain, ’89, Urban Studies and Planning – Jenelle – need bio President and Producer, Sains Films Inc.

Alex Goodman, M.F.A. Theatre Management Corporate Relations Manager, La Jolla Playhouse

Hayley Elwood, ’10, Communication
Contributing Writer, San Diego Chargers Football Co.

Stephen Nagler, ’79, Communication
Owner, SCN Communications

Jerry Sonnenberg, M.F.A. ’01, Theatre Design-Scenery and Lighting Production Designer/Art Director

Michelle Dederko, ’11, Literature/Writing Editor, DiscoverSD, and Multimedia Lifestyle & Entertainment Reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Check out the flyer:
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