Tag Archives: Film/Radio/Television

Career Conversation with Academy Award Winner Rodney Rothman’95 (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Rodney Rothman ’95 is a director, writer, and producer who most recently co-wrote and co-directed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. He previously served as a producer or writer on the films 22 Jump Street, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Popstar, and Get Him to the Greek. In television, Rothman was hired as a staff writer at The Late Show with David Letterman when he was 21 years old. At 24, he was promoted to head writer, making him the youngest head writer in the program’s history. While serving as head writer, he was nominated for five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program and helped the show win three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, Comedy or Musical Program. In addition, Rothman served as a writer and a supervising producer on the series Undeclared and created the HBO comedy pilot $5.15/Hr. along with director Richard Linklater. Rothman is the author of the best-selling nonfiction humor book Early Bird. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and McSweeney’s Quarterly. His piece “My Fake Job” was included in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, edited by Dave Eggers.

Rodney will discuss his career journey, lessons learned, skills needed to succeed in the business, and advice on how to get started in the industry!

Date: Thursday, March 12

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location: CCI Library

Lunch will be provided!

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United Talent Agency – Monday, February 10 (virtual session)

UTA is one of the entertainment industry’s premier talent and literary agencies, representing many of the world’s most widely known artists, storytellers, entertainers, and brands. Join us for an open discussion featuring Michael Sheresky, Motion Picture Partner & Agent, about life working at a leading talent agency and how you can join the team.

Date: Monday, February 10

Time: 7pm-8pm

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Career Conversation with Writer, Director and Entrepreneur Ryan Koo ’03 – Wednesday, January 22

Ryan Koo is the writer and director of AMATEUR, a 2018 Netflix Original Film and a Sundance Screenwriters Lab selection. Koo won the Webby Award for Best Drama Series and was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Film for his web series THE WEST SIDE. He is also the Founder and CEO of the popular filmmaking website No Film School.

Please join us for a Career Conversation with Ryan Koo to discuss his career journey, lessons learned, skills needed to succeed in this business, and advice on how to get started in the industry!

Date: Wednesday, January 22

Time: 1pm-2pm

Location: CCI Library (Adirondack House)

Lunch will be provided!

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Video Content Intern, Disney Theatrical Group – Summer 2020

Job Summary:

Disney Theatrical Group operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher and is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises, bringing live entertainment events to a global annual audience of more than 19 million people in more than 50 countries. Under the Disney Theatrical banner, the group produces and licenses Broadway musicals around the world, delivers live shows globally through its license to Feld Entertainment, and licenses musical titles for local, school and community theatre productions through Music Theatre International.

DTG is committed to providing the highest quality career training and development for the widest, most diverse group throughout their career trajectory. DTG’s summer internship program provides undergraduate students with an immersive view of theatre administration through on-the-job experience, educational seminars, and individual and collective projects. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented in the field of theater administration, inclusive of race, ethnicity, class, gender identity or expression, ability, and sexual orientation.

Be a part of something big…
Disney Theatrical Group is currently seeking a passionate self-starter for a summer internship in the marketing department. This role is part of DTG’s Creative Services within the marketing department and focuses on video production, post-production, and motion graphics. The Video Content Intern will work to produce high quality digital content to support marketing, press, licensing, and other departments at DTG.

Responsibilities:

Make an impact by…

  • The video content intern will learn how Disney Theatrical Group creates and utilizes digital media to support THE LION KING, ALADDIN, and FROZEN.
  • The video content intern will develop and deliver video content for DTG’s social channels, assist in the various roles of video production, create animated digital assets, and learn to manage and distribute video content to fulfill the daily needs of the company.

Basic Qualifications:

You bring…

  • Genuine interest in the theatre industry
  • Interest in video production and post-production
  • Experience working with Adobe Premiere and After Effects
  • Solid understanding of social media and relevant platforms
  • Experience in video production and with DSLR cameras
  • Basic understanding of video compression settings a plus
  • Creative and collaborative spirit, positive attitude, eager to learn
  • Love for Disney properties is also a plus!

Additional Information:

Program Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must possess unrestricted work authorization
  • Must provide full work availability from Tuesday, May 26, 2020 through Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Must provide own housing and transportation to/from work. Positions are in New York, NY.
  • At the time of application, must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college/university taking at least one class in the semester/quarter (spring) prior to participation in the internship program.

A day in the life…

  • Disney Theatrical Group has an open office environment. The noise level in the office varies from minimal to high depending on level of activity. Employees are welcome to utilize headphones.
  • Interns will frequently collaborate in small groups, sometimes with executive leadership, in hands-on workshops, or on their final group presentation. These meetings are informal and facilitated by a member of the Education team, and you will be encouraged to ask questions and participate alongside your peers.

Recruitment Timeline

  • Application Deadline: February 7, 2020
  • Interview: March, 2020
  • Decisions Made: April 10, 2020

About Disney Theatrical Group:

The Disney Theatrical Group, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises, producing and licensing live entertainment productions and events around the globe. Its nine Broadway titles, including the current Broadway productions of The Lion King, Aladdin and this year’s Frozen, have been seen by over 160 million theatergoers worldwide. The division also delivers live shows through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and Marvel Universe Live. Additionally, the division licenses full-length and junior and kids adapted titles for regional, school and community theatre productions.

If you are interested to learn more about this opportunity and Disney, please contact alum August Laska ’17 at august.laska@gmail.com before you apply.

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Career Conversation with Screen Writer and Television Producer Showrunner Jeff Bushell ’94

Jeff Bushell is a screen writer and television producer showrunner who has written for Jim Carrey, Will Farell, Joaquin Phoenix, Anna Farris, Bernie Mac, James Franco and Kamil Najani.  Earlier this year, Jeff sold his spec BAD DOG to Lionsgate with Seth Rogen’s  Point Grey producing along with Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell’s 3Pas Studios. Jeff also wrote the Black List script RICKY STANICKY which Peter Farrelly is attached to direct as well as Disney’s BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA.  On the television side, he was an Executive Producer/showrunner for Nickelodeon BELLA AND THE BULLDOGS and was the Co-Creator and Showrunner for MARVIN, MARVIN. He also previously served as a Consultant for DRAWN TOGETHER on Comedy Central, and as Executive Story Editor for WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU and Story Editor for THE BERNIE MAC SHOW, both on FOX.

Please join us for a Career Conversation with Jeff Bushell on Tuesday, January 21 from 12pm-1pm in the CCI. He will discuss his career journey, lessons learned, skills needed to succeed in this business, and advice on how to get started in the industry!

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Midd Alum offering an NBC News Partnerships Summer Internship opportunity

NBC News partnerships consists of a small team of veteran producers and journalists who manage the editorial relationship between NBC Network shows (TODAY, Nightly News, Meet the Press, Dateline, Original NBC Social/Digital) and our 200+ local affiliate stations across the country. Our goal is simple: amplify the reach of NBC reporting on both the national and local level. Our intern plays a crucial role in reaching this daily goal. 

Intern Purpose & Responsibilities (Job Description):

-Populate and analyze daily airings reports via Excel

-Research local stories, websites and stations nationwide

-Send daily alerts increasing local social media engagement

-Assist in producing crosstalks (live hits) and interviews

-Transcribe meetings, interviews and show content

-Meet and assist on tours with visiting affiliates

-Assist on special events and in control room

Qualifications:

Must have knowledge of current events

Previous work experience in an office/newsroom environment

Previous internship experience

Strong writing skills

Strong research skills

Social media/digital skills

Familiar with various online news websites

Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines

Strong work ethic

Additional Information About the Opportunity:

Interns have the ability to attend daily production and editorial meetings. Attend Q&A sessions and meetings throughout the internship with various NBC News correspondents, producers, Senior staff, visiting correspondents etc. Have the unique opportunity to observe firsthand all the platforms of NBC through the News Partnerships team.

Education Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

If you would like to apply to this great opportunity to work with a Midd alum, please e-mail your cover letter and resume to Christine Schozer ’13 at at Christine.Schozer@nbcuni.com and copy agomez@middlebury.edu

The Television Academy Foundation offers 50 television industry internships in over 20 disciplines each summer.

These eight-week, paid positions at major media companies provide professional experience, career development and networking opportunities to talented students nationwide.

The application deadline for all internship opportunities is Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 5:00PM (PT).

CATEGORIES FOR THE TELEVISION ACADEMY FOUNDATION INTERNSHIP PROGRAM INCLUDE:

Agency • Animation • Casting • Choreography • Cinematography • Design (Art Direction/Set Decoration, Costume Design) • Development (Animation, Children’s Programming, Movies for Television, Scripted Series, Unscripted Television, Virtual and Augmented Reality) • Directing • Editing • Interactive Media • Music • News (Broadcast News, Entertainment News) • Physical Production/Business Management • Production (Commercials, Documentary/Nonfiction, Live Television, Movies for Television) • Production Management • Program Planning and Scheduling • Public Relations/Publicity • Sound • Writing (Comedy, Drama)

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