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The Emerson Experience: Boston to L.A.

Hear from acclaimed Emerson College alumni as well as up-and-coming recent graduates talk about the Boston to Los Angeles connection. You'll learn through a multi-media presentation about the ways Emerson helped to shape, support and enhance their work and goals. The event will be followed by a short reception.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

3:00 pm PST
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel
Hollywood, CA 90028


Featuring

Kevin Bright '76

"Teaching at Emerson for the last five years has been the most rewarding experience of my life."

As one of the three original executive producers behind the highest-rated comedy on television— NBC's Friends—Kevin S. Bright (along with creators and fellow executive producers Marta Kauffman and David Crane) has gained recognition as one of TV's most talented producers. After graduating from Emerson College magna cum laude in 1976, he began his career at the Joseph Cates Company, where he later produced the first six David Copperfield magic specials. He also produced specials starring Johnny Cash, Bill Cosby, and George Burns. Read more »

Read more about Bright's class featured in the Boston Globe.

Vin Di Bona '66

Vin Di Bona

"Emerson prepared me for a successful career in my field that I couldn't have achieved as rapidly without the educational program they offer."

Di Bona is a television producer for many American television shows such as America's Funniest Home Videos, MacGyver and Entertainment Tonight. Read his full credits on IMDB »

Dawn Steinberg '83

Dawn Steinberg

"I work in casting, so I work with writers, producers, agents, and actors all the time who are Emerson graduates. Both indirectly and directly, I’m always coming across someone from Emerson. And my interns are always from Emerson."

Dawn is the Executive Vice President, Talent and Casting for Sony Pictures Television. Read more »

Chrystee Pharris '98

Chrystee“The Emerson connection inspired me to not be afraid to go after my goals. Emerson alumni pushed and encouraged me, and I started working immediately out of college."

Chrystee blazed onto NBC-TV as Simone Russell on the hit daytime soap opera Passions and she returned to NBC at night creating passion with Golden Globe Nominee Zach Braff on the hit show Scrubs as J.D.'s girlfriend Kylie. Read more »


Alumni Panelists

Pat Lambert '11 (Event Host)

Pat Lambert“Hollywood has been made to be this mythical place where dreams are made and broken every day by all the movies, shows and media we watch growing up. For where I came from, it truly seemed as crazy to move west as it was in the Gold Rush. But Emerson made this town a real place, a place where family is nearby, where the first people to take your call recount stories of their Emerson connections, a sort of home away from home."
– Class of '11, Freelance Production Assistant

Danielle Bemis '08

Danielle Bemis“What they say is true: Emerson is a mafia. It is a network that fosters a feeling of family and support. No matter where you go, you will find someone who either went to Emerson or has a connection to Emerson. You are part of the family automatically. It's up to you to hold up to the extreme expectations the industry has put on the Emerson professional - we're the best of the best! I would not trade anything for my Emerson experience. It prepared me for the real world more so than I think any other institution could."
– Class of '08, Visual FX at Luma Pictures on The Avengers

Todd Strauss-Schulson '03

Todd

Todd directed his first feature film, A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas (HK3), and he’s still collaborating with many of the same Emersonians he worked with in the Little Building. Read more »

Adam Ginivisian '07

AdamAdam attended Emerson's Los Angeles program in 2007. While there, he interned with HBO. He is currently a comedy agent at ICM.

Steve Basilone '03

Steve Basilone"The education that you get at Emerson is solid. But where the school really excels is in the opportunity that it provides beyond the classroom. While working in the various clubs and organizations at Emerson, I developed friendships with some of the smartest, funniest, hard working people I've ever had the pleasure to meet."
– Class of '03, Story Editor, NBC’s Community

Annie Mebane '03

Annie Mebane"I think I made some of the most important relationships of my life at Emerson. The people are what make the school. Emerson attracts bright, motivated, talented people who know how to create their own opportunities."
– Class of '03, Story Editor, NBC’s Community


Emerson - Los Angeles in the News

Emerson Hollywood Hit"The number of Emerson graduates who have not only found work in the entertainment industry, but are wielding significant influence, has exploded in the worlds of television, film, the Web, and publishing."

Emerson College's amazing alumni network was featured in a Boston Globe article. Read more about two recent graduates and their journey to L.A. and interviews with alumni that have worked on shows like Friends, Will and Grace, The Sarah Silverman Program, Rescue Me, Colbert Report, The Simpsons and more. Read the Boston Globe article »


Why Students Love Boston

Why Students Love BostonA great mix of serious academia and a busy social life—perhaps Boston sounds a little like you. Watch our students talk about their experiences on campus.

Emerson College is centrally located in downtown Boston, at the corner of Boylston and Tremont streets and in the Theatre District. We are on the edge of Chinatown, across the street from Boston Common, and a quick walk from the Financial District, the Boston Public Garden, the Massachusetts State House, and Boston City Hall. Watch video »

Emerson Los Angeles

New Emerson Los Angeles Facility in the News

View coverage of Emerson's new Los Angeles facility. Read more »

Experience Emerson

Experience Emerson

Explore Emerson College through videos produced by award-winning faculty member, alumnus, and Trustee Kevin Bright, executive producer of Friends, the longest running comedy series in television history:

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