Seminars and Special Presentations

Network New York

New York City is a big part of the MEIM focus, with increasing numbers of students interning in and around the city during the summer between the first and second years, and finding jobs there following graduation. Each October, Heinz College hosts a two-day career development event called Network New York. This event, just seven weeks into the first semester of the program, gives MEIM students their first opportunity to network with potential internship sponsors and to participate in business seminars with executives in the film, cable, broadcast and interactive fields on production, distribution, finance and marketing topics.

MEIM Presents…

Throughout both years of the program, additional one-off presentations, seminars, performances and conferences introduce students to a wide array of industry professionals. This constant exposure to varying career experiences, work styles and other insights helps each student shape their vision for the kind of career that they want to build. Students who may be inspired by a particular speaker at a particular event are encouraged to make a connection to that speaker, and may find themselves actually working as an intern at that speaker’s company.

Seminar and course guest speakers have included (*CMU alumni)

Michael Agustin*
Co-Founder, GameSalad

Norman Aladjem
Founder: Innovative Talent/ Agent, Head of International Packaging: Paradigm

William Atherton
Actor, DIE HARD, GHOST BUSTERS, REAL GENIUS

Byron Austen Ashley
Talent Production Manager, Big Frame

Neil Baer
Producer: UNDER THE DOME, LAW AND ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT

Howard Ballon
EVP, National Research Group

Ferrell Barron
Producer, Disneytoon Studios: PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, THE FOX & THE HOUND 2, PIGLET'S BIG MOVIE

Eric Baum
Executive Vice-President, Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Legal Affairs

Brandon Beck
Co-founder, Riot Games

Brett Benner
Casting Director, SCRUBS

Richard Berger
Senior Vice President, Sony Digital Pictures HomeEntertainment

Bruce Block*
Producer, THE HOLIDAY, SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE, WHAT WOMEN WANT

Noel Bright
Producer, Tornante Animation/ Vuguru

Joe Boucher
Executive Producer, KING OF THE HILL

Deana Brown
Yahoo!

Nolan Bushnell
Founder of Atari, Creator of PONG

Vincent Bruzzese
CEO, C4 R&D

Sharon Chazin-Lieblein
VP of Casting, Nickelodeon

Katy Chen
Vice President of Unscripted Development, Fullscreen

Kristin Chenoweth
Actress/ Singer: WICKED, PUSHING DAISIES, GLEE

Caldecot (Cotty) Chubb
Producer: HOFFA, MALL RATS

Gregg Colvin
SVP, Digital, Universal McCann

Jeanne Cotton
Current Programming, Warner Bros.

David Courier
Programmer, Sundance Film Festival

Ellen Crawford*
Actress, ER, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

Gregg Daniels
Writer & Executive Producer, THE OFFICE, KING OF THE HILL

David Dinerstein
President, D Squared Films/Past President, Lakeshore Entertainment

Dan Etheridge
Producer, VERONICA MARS

Sam Fabin*
Director of Acquisitions, Alchemy

Eric Finkelman
Head of Creative Development, Fullscreen

Barbara Fisher
National Geographic Productions

Andy Forsell*
Senior Vice President, Hulu.com

Joe Friedman
Assistant Controller, International Creative Management (ICM)

David Gale
Executive VP MTV

David Gilison
SVP Client Consulting, Domestic Film, NRG

Pabro Gonzalez
COO and Co-Founder, Tugg.com

John Gresch*
Vice President, ARRI Lighting Products

Sheila Hanahan Taylor
Producer, AMERICAN PIE, FINAL DESTINATION

Matt Geiser
Chief Technology Officer, Legendary Entertainment

Geoff Hemwall*
Producer, CSI: NEW YORK

Norman Horowitz
Former President, CEO of MGM/UA

Ellen Huang
Executive Director/ Founder, Queer Lounge, Sundance

Kevin Iwashina  
Managing Partner, Preferred Content

Susan Kirr
Producer, Unit Production Manager

Howard Hawk Koch
President: Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Producer's Guild of America

Lakshmi Iyengar
Manager or Worldwide Acquisitions, Universal Pictures

Franz Kurath
Programming Acquisitions, AT&T

Carl Kurlander
Writer: ST. ELMO’S FIRE/  CEO, Steeltown

Michael Lambie
Producer, SocialEdge

Stuart Langley
Executive Counsel: The Walt Disney Company

Maxine Lapidus
Writer, Golden Globe Winner, Four time Emmy Nominee: Roseanne, Home Improvement

Ken Larson
President, Kenter Consulting,

Amber J. Lawson
Managing Partner, StoryTech

Matthew Lesher*
Talent Manager, Insight Entertainment

Lauren Lloyd*
SVP of Production, Hollywood Pictures & Tristar Pictures/Columbia/Founder BigIsGood.tv

John Lynch
Head of Production, Amazon Studios

Gregg Maday* 
Producer/ Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures,

Philippe Maigret
EVP Acquisitions, Endemol Group

Carlo Martinelli
VP Development, Bona Fide Productions

Jordan Mechner
Video Game Designer/ Author, PRINCE OF PERSIA

Lee Miller*
Producer: JERRY LEWIS/ MDA TELETHON

Stacy Milner
Author: How To Be a Great Intern

Theresa Moore-King
Associate Producer: WHO  WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?

Kevin Murphy
Producer & Writer, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

Rick Nicita
Chairman and COO, Morgan Creek Pictures

Nelle Nugent
Broadway Producer: AMADEAUS, THE ELEPHANT MAN, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, DRACULA

Tommy & Codie Oliver*
Producers: KINYARWANDA, THE PERFECT GUY, 1982

Dan Pappalardo
Founder and CEO, Troika Design Group

Rick Parks*
Screenwriter, EVER AFTER, SWEET HOME ALABAMA, HITCH, FOOL’S GOLD

George Perkins
Executive Producer, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

Jason Perlman
Director, Writer, Producer, AwesomenessTV

Kristie Anne Reed*
Executive VP, Jerry Bruckheimer Television

Mike Reiss
Writer, THE SIMPSONS

Lou Romano
SVP, McCann Erickson

 

Rich Ross
CEO, Shine America/Past Chairman, Disney Studios

David Sacks
Past Sr. Vice President of Current Programming, Warner Bros.

Phil Scanlon
Festival Seminar Producer: Austin, Newport, Method, Sundance

Steve Schifrin
Vice-President, West Coast Facilities, CBS

Laura Schwartz
The White House Director of Events under The Clinton Administration

Ben Scott
Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, Paradigm Talent Agency

Steven Selikoff*
Talent & Literary Agent, William Morris Endeavor Agency

John Shaffner*
Past President of the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences/ Prod. Designer, FRIENDS, BIG BANG THEORY

Danny Sherman*
Talent Manager at Principal Entertainment

Kristen Simmons
Vice President Worldwide Motion Picture Group at IPSOS OTX

Howie Singer
SVP and Chief Strategic Technologist, Warner Music Group

Man Jit Singh
President, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Scott Shooman
EVP of Acquisitions: CBS Films

Jenny Song
Manager of Corporate Development, Sundance Institute

Aaron Sorkin
Writer, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE WEST WING, SPORTS NIGHT

Ben Stein
General Manager, 8i

Catherine Stephens
Director of Marketing and Communications, AwesomenessTV

Luke Stepleton
Brand Integration, Machinima

Rob Tokar
Former MARVEL COMICS Editor/ Editor-In-Chief of TOKOYOPOP

Nick Turner
SVP of Digital Media, Relativity Media/ Rogue

Thomas Tull
Owner, Legendary Pictures Producer/Financier: THE HANGOVER, THE DARK KNIGHT, INCEPTION

Chuck Viane
President, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Ruth Vitale
Executive Director, CreativeFuture/Past Founder and Co-President, Paramount Classics

Paula Wagner*
CEO, Chestnut Ridge Productions Producer, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

Jan Ward
Manager of Research, ABC Television

Evan Ward-Henninger
Associate Director, Film Independent

Nicky Weinstock
VP of Comedy Development, Fox Studios

Michael Weiser
President/CEO, Pinnacle Entertainment

John Wells*
Producer, Writer, Director: ER, THE WEST WING, THE COMPANY MEN

Ron Wheeler
SVP, Content Protection, Fox Entertainment Group

Rebecca Wimbrow deSouza
Recruiter, DreamWorks Animation

David Wohl
Head of Development/ Editor-in-Chief,  RADICAL COMICS

Sam Wolfson
VP, Labor Relations, Warner Bros. Television

James Wong*
Branded Content Producer, AwesomenessTV