The members of the CSUEA Advisory Council are high profile executives, creators and trendsetters in all facets
of entertainment art who represent media giants, leading studios and independent companies. The Council helps
guide the CSU's efforts to develop mutually beneficial industry partnerships and the most relevant course and
career development standards for our students.
President, Paramount Worldwide TV LicensingLinkedIn
Dan Cohen oversees the global licensing and
distribution of all of the studio’s films, television series and other content across multiple platforms
including mobile, pay-TV, broadcast, cable and SVOD as well as emerging digital arenas. He was formerly the
Executive Vice President, Pay Television & Digital Disney/ABC Home Entertainment & Television
Distribution Cohen overseeing the in-home sales and content distribution arm for Disney. His more than 25
years of industry experience also includes roles with Viewer’s Choice, Palmer Cablevision, and Post-Newsweek
Cable. He earned his master’s in Radio & TV from SF State.
Recruiting Researcher Animation, Talent Acquisition at NetflixLinkedIn
Como develops and delivers
several large scale training initiatives, including live instruction and online classes for DreamWorks
Animation. She began her Dreamworks career as a render assistant on the studio’s first computer animated
feature film, Antz, in 1997. Como worked in Visual FX and commercials as a production manager at Stan Winston
Studios and in production technical support and training development at Digital Domain.
School Relations, Walt Disney Animation StudiosLinkedIn
Nicole's career in digital production and
animation includes experience in production management, recruiting and outreach. In her new role at Disney,
Nicole drives school outreach initiatives and connects the studio to educators and students around the globe.
Prior to joining Disney in 2017, she was a University Relations Recruiter at DreamWorks Animation. She studied
media production and history at Florida State University. Dial and her family live in Los Angeles, California.
Managing Director, Producers & Engineers Wing at The Recording AcademyLinkedIn
Droney, through the Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy, advocates and develops programs
for creative and
technical professionals in the recording industry. She worked in the industry for more than 20 years, serving
as a freelance engineer on projects for George Benson, Whitney Houston, John Hiatt, Tower of Power and
Santana, among many others. She earned a degree in broadcast communication arts from San Francisco State
President, ITV EntertainmentWebsite
Eilenberg oversees content for ITV Entertainment, whose portfolio includes Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, E!’s Rich
Kids Of Beverly Hills and A&E’s The First 48. He served as SVP of
Unscripted Development at TBS/TNT, and led development and current programming for Mark Burnett Productions,
working on The Voice, The Apprentice and Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? – earning him a Daytime Emmy
Trustee, The California State University Board of DirectorsLinkedIn
Firstenberg was President and CEO of
the American Film Institute from 1980- 2007. Her book, “BECOMING AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film
Institute,” with James Hindman, was published in 2017. Jean has also worked in public affairs television
programming and advertising, was the first woman Chair of the Peabody Awards Board, and the Director of
Princeton University’s Office of Communication. She is a graduate of Boston University’s School of
Communication and was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California State University Board of Trustees
Director of Educational Initiatives, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Bettina Fisher, Director of Educational Initiatives, currently leads
education programs for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2015, she launched the Academy’s
first annual Careers in Film Summit, an educational program to inform youth about the vast jobs in the film
industry. Held in Los Angeles, California, the day-long event features industry panels and clips on various
careers. The Summit has expanded to London as well as Atlanta and New York with half-day programs. She is also
responsible for creating and executing the curriculum for the Academy Gold Internship Enhancement and
Mentorship Program as well as managing other Academy educational outreach programs.
Bettina previously worked as a music producer and director at National Public Radio where she worked on shows
such as the Peabody Award-winning Wynton Marsalis: Making the Music, Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy
Center and Jazz Piano Christmas. She’s held other positions at Wake Forest University and American
University, where she was the Director of Strategic Programs and launched the Reel Journalism Film Festival
and Political Comedy Festival. She is a frequent juror for the LAUSD’s Student Film Festival, LMU’s Film
Outside the Frame Festival, New Filmmaker LA’s Student Film Festival as well as the Pan African Film
Bettina holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from James Madison University. She lives in the Valley
and is the proud mother of two sons, Andrew and Michael.
Television Director, Nickelodeon, Disney, AwesomenessTV & ABCDigitalLinkedIn
Flynn has directed a
wide array of hit television shows, including AwesomenessTV’s Betch Sketch, Nick Jr.’s Mutt and Stuff
(produced by the legendary Sid and Marty Krofft), TV Land’s Instant Mom. Currently, she is in preproduction
for a new show with ABCDigital. Shannon began her career on the hit series Gilmore Girls, Bernie Mac and
Arrested Development. Shannon also cofounded the Hunger Artists Theatre Company with fellow Orange Coast
College students. She is an alumna of CSU Long Beach and has a Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from the Yale
School of Drama.
Wenda Fong is a partner of The
Group, a strategic communications and marketing company. She began her 40-plus year career in television as
the producer and host of her own live, talk show series in Los Angeles and is the producer and director of
music and variety specials, awards shows, reality specials, sitcoms, talk shows, documentaries and live
events. She holds the dual distinction as being the only woman and the only person of color to have produced
the Emmy Awards. Fong was the was Fox Broadcasting’s first Executive Director of Creative Development of
Diversity and Vice President of Diversity Development. Fong also is the co-founder and chairperson emeritus of
CAPE, the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and is the largest, longest-running, and most
influential organization for Asian American Pacific Islanders in the entertainment industry. She was president
of East West Players, the nation’s oldest Asian American theatre, and co-founded Asian Americans for Fair
Media and served on the board of the Association of Asian Pacific American Artists. She was the co-chair of
the Leaders Forum and currently serves on the board of California Humanities and chairs the Programming
Committee. Fong has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1980 and is founding co-chair and
chairperson emeritus of the DGA Asian American Committee. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America
and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian American
Studies from the University of So. California.
Director, Technical Evangelist at Amazon Web Services (AWS)LinkedIn
Grignon is the President and CEO of
Nimble Collective, a virtual streaming collaborative animation platform provide creators with the tools,
processes, and advice to create and distribute their own original work. He has worked for Pixar, the Computer
Animation Lab, the NYIT Computer Graphics Lab and has served as the Head of Character Animation for
PDI/Dreamworks (previously Dreamworks) since 1988. He led the Madagascar feature animated film and television
franchise projects. Rex also taught animation for San Jose State University from 2008 to 2010.
Partner, Motion Picture & Television Participation Services, Green Hasson JanksLinkedIn
currently manages participation audits at various studios including 20th Century Fox, Sony, and Starz. He has
over 18 years of accounting experience serving clients in the entertainment, financial services and real
estate industries. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Fraud
Examiner and is Certified in Financial Forensics. Haimoff holds an accounting bachelor’s from CSU
Deputy Director of the California Film CommissionLinkedIn
Eve Honthaner has been the Deputy Director of the California Film Commission since 2013. Having previously
come from an extensive background in production management, she worked in various saff positions and in every
freelance capacity from PA to line producer. She worked for companies such DreamWorks and Legendary Pictures
and on films such as Titanic, Just Married and Tropic Thunder. She’s the author of two entertainment industry
standards: The Complete Film Production Handbook (4th Edition) and Hollywood Drive: What it Takes to Break in,
Hang in & Make it in the Entertainment Industry (2nd Edition), both published by Focal Press. For the past
19 years, Eve taught a course she created for USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program called “Breaking
Into The Industry.” She has lectured at other colleges and universities throughout the country and is a member
of the Producers Guild of America.
Chief Operating Officer, DMG Entertainment North AmericaLinkedIn
DMG is a global entertainment and media
company with diverse holdings across motion pictures, television, comic book publishing, music, gaming,
creative management and entertainment-themed properties. Hung was SVP & GM of Marvel Studios and has over
15 years of entertainment management experience. He also served as the executive director of business
development with the Motion Pictures Group of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Director of Global Business Development at Sandbox VRLinkedIn
Steve Ip co-founded a content marketing
company that developed the first discovery marketing engine for virtual and augmented reality applications. He
leads strategy and partnership initiatives. His viral-content marketing background garnered millions of
organic impressions from various music projects, viral videos, published articles and independent games. Steve
is also a writer for VRScout and co-founder of BoxCat, an award-winning independent mobile games developer.
Steve graduated from CSU Los Angeles with a B.A. in Music.
Director of Programming Operations, Sony Pictures EntertainmentLinkedIn
Jackson has over 20 years of
broadcast experience. He served as the manager of broadcast operations at FOX, director, Broadcast Operations
at CBS Sports in New York, and has held senior positions at Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Omnibus
Systems and Technical Digital Content Delivery. Jackson has extensive international television experience in
Asia, Latin America and Europe. Doug earned his master’s in Radio and Television from San Francisco State
GM / VP of Business Development, Phase Two; Partner / VP of Strategy & Growth, HOLOGATE; Board Delegate,
Katano is a media entrepreneur, solutions architect, and educator with over 20
years of experience in the areas of production, visual effects, stereoscopic 3D, and virtual reality. Gregg
has been a thought leader in the virtual reality community. He has recently co-founded, MELD, an agency that
is combining the latest VR & AR technology, creative minds, and customer service to help brands achieve
unparalleled engagement with their customers. He is currently partner and chief business strategist of the
very first and leading Google-certified partnerthat producesGoogle’s‘Cardboard’ virtual reality viewers. He
studied Radio, Television & Film at Cal State Long Beach, Film Production at the University of Southern
California and online/blended instruction at Otis College of Art & Design.
Executive Director, Los Angeles, SAG-AFTRA and Dynamic Board DirectorLinkedIn
Morden Kichaven is one of
the entertainment industry and labor’s leading women executives. SAG-AFTRA Los Angles represents over 80,000
actors, broadcasters, dancers, singers, stunt-persons, voice-over and recording artists. Morden Kichaven holds
duties in the collective bargaining process, operations, governance, member programs, public policy, labor and
industry relations, communications, and organizing. She has also served as an executive for numerous notable
independent film production and distribution companies orchestrating several award-winning marketing and
strategic partnerships, and has been recognized with numerous civic and community honors.
Creator CBS Diversity Writers Program - Director WGA Showrunner Training Program - Entertainment Career
Having worked as a senior level television development executive for eighteen years
(including her posts at CBS and as head of Steven Spielberg’s first Amblin Television), Carole has heard over
3,000 pitches, bought hundreds of projects and was involved in developing dozens of television series. Now an
international speaker and entertainment career coach, she teaches aspiring and established creative
professionals how to navigate the often mystifying field of the entertainment industry. Her book, Hollywood
Game Plan: How to Land a Job in Film, TV and Digital Entertainment, is assigned as a textbook in
film/television classes at colleges and universities throughout the U.S.
Larry is the President of Production at SXM, a production company specializing in helping brands fuse
entertainment, advertising and technology. Larry has produced series, branded entertainment and commercials
for some of the world’s leading brands, networks and studios, including: Disney, NBC, CBS, VEVO, Dailymotion,
MTV, DEFY Media, Comedy Central, Verizon go90, Amazon, Complex Media, IKEA, Mountain Dew, Samsung, Coca-Cola,
Verizon and Smuckers. Larry has produced projects with Directors such as James Franco and Joseph Gordon
In addition to his work at SXM, Larry also serves as Co-Founder and Executive Director of NewFilmmakers Los
Angeles (NFMLA), an organization committed to highlighting emerging filmmakers worldwide. He’s a member of the
Producers Guild of America (PGA) and has served as a Faculty Member at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
and L Art University in Shanghai and Beijing.
Global Head of Education at Unity TechnologiesLinkedIn
Jessica has spent over 15 years overseeing
companies and teams that design, develop, market and distribute high impact learning offerings to the global
education market. In her work at Unity Technologies, Common Sense Media, GlassLab, Scientific Learning, and
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, she has worked to improve learning outcomes and earning potential for all learners
worldwide by blending effectiveness with ground-breaking engagement. Jessica is a graduate of the UC Berkeley
Haas School of Business, where she received a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on
entrepreneurship and education. She lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband and two young sons.
Producer & Executive - Motion Picture, TV, DigitalLinkedIn
Luisi is a film, television & digital
producer and executive who has served in a producing capacity on over forty productions. As an executive, Mr.
Luisi most recently served for seven years as President of WWE Studios, where he oversaw worldwide strategy
for a diverse slate of projects released theatrically, direct to home and across digital platforms by means of
strategic partnerships. Prior to joining WWE, Mr. Luisi spent twelve years at The Walt Disney Company, most
recently as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations for Miramax Films.
Mr. Luisi has been actively engaged in the field of education throughout his career. He served as an adjunct
professor in the Entertainment, Media and Technology (EMT) program at New York University Stern School of
Business for over a decade, and currently serves as an adjunct professor at USC’S School of Cinematic Arts, a
position he has held since 2014. In addition, Mr. Luisi is a member of the Industry Advisory Board for Dodge
College of Media Arts at Chapman University, a member of the Advisory Board for the California State
University Entertainment Alliance, and a member of the Board of Trustees of The San Diego Junior Theatre, the
oldest youth theatre program in the United State of America. Mr. Luisi is a member of the Producers Guild of
America, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film & Television Production from New York University Tisch
School of the Arts, and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law.
President, General Manager Los Angeles Local Media at UnivisionLinkedIn
Patiño is the senior vice
president and general manager of Univision Local Media Los Angeles (formerly known as Univision Television
Group (UTG)), at Univision Communications Inc, the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Univision
Local Media owns and/or operates 128 local television and radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and
Puerto Rico. Mr. Patiño is responsible for the day-to-day management of station operations, sales, news,
marketing and promotions for in Los Angeles
Digital Media Producer, NetflixLinkedIn
Ramirez has a wealth of experience in digital video production
and distribution, as well as localizing content. He establishes and maintains partnerships with distributors
and vendors for Netflix and has served as a digital content specialist for the Global Indies and Latin
America. Before joining Netflix in 2012, Ramirez was a manager and home entertainment associate producer for
VIZ Media and a video production coordinator for LiveNote. Ramirez earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast
& Electronic Communications Arts from San Francisco State University.
Director, Education Programs at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences FoundationLinkedIn
Robinson is the Director of Education Programs for the Television Academy Foundation. In this capacity, she
oversees the Foundation’s highly rated summer Student Internship Program, the annual Faculty Seminar, the
Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship Program, the Visiting Professionals speaker program and Alumni engagement.
Nancy is also responsible for educational outreach and creating alliances with colleges/universities
nationwide. Nancy is a graduate of UC San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts/Media
Senior Manager, Product & Portfolio Management | Global Dist. Business Operations & Strategy | The
Walt Disney CompanyLinkedIn
Rodriguez advises on international distribution and content acquisitions
related to The Walt Disney Company’s Media Networks and Studio Entertainment divisions, including its scripted
and non-scripted television and motion picture portfolio. Before joining Disney, he was a Director of
International Business & Legal Affairs at Paramount Pictures, a Business Affairs associate at Tribune
Entertainment, and a Manager at the American Film Institute. He holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los
Angeles (2000) and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (1997).
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Warner Bros. Digital NetworksLinkedIn
As Senior Vice President of
Marketing, Katie Soo is responsible for overseeing marketing, business intelligence, and publicity across the
Warner Brothers Digital Networks (WBDN) portfolio to develop and launch initiatives that strengthen the
relationship with consumers. Soo plays a key role in enhancing brand awareness and exploring opportunities
that help innovate the way consumers experience content through WBDN’s wide portfolio of assets.
Prior, Soo was the Vice President of Consumer Marketing at Fullscreen Media, overseeing Originals and
Content Marketing, Social, and PR. Before that, she was Head of Digital & Social at Hulu where she led
efforts to innovate, create and scale the digital vision across Brand, Originals, Content, and Product. Prior
to Hulu, Soo was an early hire at Dollar Shave Club where she served as Head of Social and built the startup’s
marketing roadmap from the ground up. Soo is still actively involved in startups, serving both as an advisor
and mentor to a handful of companies and has been recognized for her work in both creative storytelling and
Senior Director, Sales & Business Operations, Fox SportsLinkedIn
Mr. Threatt is an innovative
Organizational Sales Executive and trusted advisor with a demonstrated record of success and keen ability to
understand business needs, challenge assumptions and see things from a fresh perspective. Passionate about
continuous improvement for brands & companies through gap fit analysis, consulting, design and process
implementation with outcomes that drive results.