Sunday, September 09, 2007

Pitching your project, interviewing for ESPN, developing a series: It must be fall in the Park School

In case you missed the email we sent out last week:

It's that time of year again in the Park School...heck, it's *always* that time in the Park School:

We're already got an amazing line-up of special speakers, workshops and alumni visits scheduled for the fall semester. There's something here for just about everybody -- and if you don't see an event or speaker who matches your particular interest, wait a minute; undoubtedly we're working on it.

In the meantime, mark your calendars:

Sept. 28-29, 2007

“From Pitch to Air: The Life of A Project"
1-credit mini course

Josh Beck and Doug Bailey, alum and executives at the Discovery Channel, are coming to campus to teach you how to envision, develop, pitch, structure and fund a television pilot. Students will propose their own ideas, pitch them to the television execs, and map the process that would take their ideas from successful proposal to the air -- including deal options, program structures, and funding schemes.

If you ever want to do television, and it has occurred to you that it would be good to know how it really works - inside and out - this is the course for you.

Enrollment is limited to 12 junior and/or senior Park Majors only. Register on Homer Connect starting Monday, September 10. (Yup, that would be tomorrow.)

And get there early. I have a feeling this one will fill up fast.

October 4-5, 2007

Park School National Advisory Board Ithaca Visit

The Park School National Advisory Board is a group of some of our most distinguished and successful alumni. They serve as a sounding board and professional network for the school's administration, faculty and students.

One of the reasons they're so willing and eager to help is because they value the chance to work with you, our students. So we're going to make sure they have the opportunity to spend time with you while they're on campus.

Make a note on your calendars to keep Oct. 4 and 5 open if you can; we'll let you know asap exactly when those special events are scheduled.

October 8, 2007
The Art of Interviewing

*Master Class*

Is ESPN your dream job? Come and hear Chris Martens, Senior Coordinating Producer for ESPN Classics, talk about some of the world's greatest sports interviews. He's put together a program of amazing moments in sports history, and he's going to walk you through the techniques, skills and talents it takes to be a world-class interviewer -- for sports or any other kind of programming. It'll be an amazing show, and an extraordinary learning experience.

Sign-up information and location will be available shortly.

October 26-27, 2007
The Business of Television...Program Distribution, Marketing & Series Development

1-credit mini course

For the past year, you have been telling us that you want to learn more about how the industry really works. When you get to NY or LA, you want to understand the process, the players, the structure.

We listened.

In October, David Speigelman ’80, senior VP at NewLine Cinema, is coming to campus to present a mini-course on the business side of the television industry: licensing, syndication, marketing, series development, and yes, folks, once again, that most important of all television-industry skills: pitching.

Registration information will be available shortly.

Isn't it fun to be a Parkie?


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