Alumni News

Film Executive Glenn Gainor Credits His Years at CSUN with Influencing His Movie-Making Decisions

March 21, 2016

Glenn Gainor

As president of physical production for the Sony Pictures’ company responsible for such popular hits as The Perfect Guy, The Wedding Ringer, Think Like a Man, Friends with Benefits and Death at a Funeral, Glenn Gainor could spend his days working in his office on the Sony lot, taking only an occasional glance out a window that offers him a bird’s eye view of the soundstages where such film classics as The Wizard of Oz and Singing in the Rain were made. Read more

Alumni’s Film Punches The Global Ticket

October 15, 2015

Smith and Gonzalez

Gonzalez ’13 (Screenwriting) and Smith ’12 (Screenwriting) share a passion for and bachelor’s degrees in screenwriting, but their paths to Hollywood were remarkably different. It is precisely that diversity — a 10-year age gap and different upbringings and ethnic backgrounds — that make them marketable. Read more

TLC’s Casting Boss: CTVA Alum, Andrew Strauser

October 7, 2015

Andrew Strauser

Not long after graduation from California State University, Northridge, Strauser struck gold in the entertainment industry. He worked his way up the proverbial Hollywood ladder to become vice president of talent development and casting for TLC, bringing personalities such as “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro to the masses. But, like many people trying to break into the industry, it was a struggle getting there — from the month he arrived in California. Read more