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Alumni Interview: Molly Wilson

June 23, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

ALUMNI INTERVIEW: MOLLY WILSON   What was your major and when did you graduate? TV Production/Broadcast Journalism – 2007   Where do you work now? I work at Warner Bros. Television in Current Programming   What do you like most about your job? I love the fast pace the world of TV offers.  The problems

What’s a Showrunner? (Part 2)

June 17, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

Here's a link to a great round table discussion where some of today's top TV writer/producers reveal how they do it on a daily basis. Roundtable: Seth MacFarlane, Ryan Murphy, Chuck Lorre, Doug Ellin, Steve Levitan, Linda Wallem — Th livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com By Matthew Belloni "This place looks like Johnny Sack's office," Seth MacFarlane noted at

Chapman Ad Club takes 1st place at Nationals

June 11, 2010 by | Kudos!

Chapman University’s Ad Club just won the entire NSAC competition, placing first at the National level!  Congratulations to the entire team, faculty advisor Cory O’Connor, and the dedicated Chapman fans throughout the campus: you’ve all worked so hard – you deserve it! What is the NSAC?  It’s the National Student Advertising Competition, a national program

A TV Series based on a Tweet? On CBS!?

June 10, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

A TV SERIES BASED ON TWITTER POSTINGS?  AT CBS???      Yep – that’s exactly what this fall will bring.  CBS has ordered a half-hour comedy for fall based on the popular series of Twitter postings &*$! My Dad Says.      At first blush, this seems crazy – using something as slight as Twitter postings to

Cross Cultural Film-Making

June 9, 2010 by | Beyond Dodge

TV Students Robert Amidon and Ashley Young are off to Korea with Prof. James Gardner as part of a Korean exchange program where Chapman students make a short film with Korean students from Seoul Institute of the Arts, then the Korean students come to Orange and make a film with the Chapman Students! Television students

Creating Your Own TV Series

June 3, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

CREATING YOUR OWN TV SERIES For professional TV writers the Holy Grail is creating your own series – coming up with the concept and characters, pitching and selling it to a network, writing and producing the pilot, then making it to the fall schedule – and hopefully 10 years on the air. Here at Chapman,

Chapman Alum Realizing His Field of Dreams

June 3, 2010 by | Kudos!

Jeff Levering (TBJ, 2005) is one of alums working in sports. Jeff chose the hyper-competitive field of play-by-play, passing on easier paths with Fox Sports and the NFL Network. And in a few short years Jeff has made it to second base, landing the play-by-play gig with the Springfield Cardinals, the AA-affil of the St

TV and Getting Lucky

May 25, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

My friend Neil Landau (author of the hot new book 101 Things I Learned in Film School – check it out) says that to make it in the entertainment industry, you need luck.  BUT: Neil has a very specific definition of luck.  It’s LUCK = PREPAREDNESS + OPPORTUNITY.  You never know when opportunity might knock,

Cecil Awards 2010

May 21, 2010 by | Alumni

Dean Bassett gave a heartfelt introduction to this year's Cecil Awards, mentioning – among other things – the exciting developments coming to Dodge College, including the advent of 3D and the inclusion of a 3D production class in next year's course catalog.  Finally, he asked everyone in the theater to turn, stand, and congratulate the

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