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Entertainment Executives and CSU Meet to Address Industry Trends and Needs

Entertainment Executives and CSU Meet to Addresses Industry Trends and Needs
CSU officials and entertainment industry leaders came together for the third annual meeting of the CSU Entertainment Industry Advisory Council. From left to right: Charles Reed, CSU chancellor; Garrett Ashley, CSU vice chancellor of University Relations and Advancement; Marilyn Friedman, head of outreach at DreamWorks; Rex Grignon, head of character animation at DreamWorks; Stuart Tenzer, founder at Coast Road Media LLC; Anay Tarnekar, associate director of Documentary Film Insitute at SFSU; Wayne Alexander; David Hughes, COO at Film West LLC; David Sacks; Ephraim Smith, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer; Robert Corrigan, president at SFSU; and Frank Estrada, corporate strategic sourcing at The Walt Disney Company.

March 30, 2011

Entertainment industry professionals from companies including Disney, DreamWorks, Comcast, HBO and Paramount Studios met with California State University officials on March 29 for the third annual meeting of the CSU Entertainment Industry Advisory Council. The industry group, composed of entertainment industry leaders, works with CSU to offer insight into the state of the industry, provide media internships and advise the university on how best to prepare students.

CSU Chancellor Reed outlined for the group the state's proposed budget cut to the CSU of $500 million, and also addressed the ongoing work in streamlining the process for community college students coming to the CSU.

Marilyn Friedman, head of DreamWorks' outreach program, updated the group on the status of CSU campus collaborations, such as DreamCrits. The unique program is an educational initiative where professionals review and critique the work of animation/illustration students attending San José State, San Francisco State, Cal State Northridge and Cal State Fullerton.

The CSU Entertainment Industry Initiative has provided more than 250 campus visits by industry professionals, placed students in more than 1,200 internships and facilitated the purchase of laptops and software, as well as offer invaluable insight for students seeking careers in the media industry.