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Distinguished Speaker Series - The Business of Entertainment

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 4:30pm

Zoom Webinar

Learn the behind-the scenes-stories of all that goes into creating some of Hollywood's most popular movies and television shows! 

Our panel of incredibly talented CSUN alumni will share their experiences, how they built successful and diverse careers in entertainment and what it takes to make some of America’s greatest productions. The panel will be moderated by Nazarian College alumnus Bruce Gersh (Accounting ’91), Strategic Advisor and former President of PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly and PEOPLE en Espanol and Four M Studios at Meredith Corporation. Gersh is an Emmy-winning media and entertainment executive with experience spanning a broad range of business units, platforms and genres.

Meet the Panelists:

  • Louis Santor (Accounting ’89), Chief Operating Officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment which has produced over 85 films since its establishment in 1986 including Joker, The Matrix series, the Sherlock Holmes series, the Ocean’s series, and The Lego Movie. The films in the Village Roadshow library have achieved 24 number one U.S. box office openings and received 37 Academy Award nominations, 17 Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards.
  • David Knoller (Theater ’86), prolific producer, director and writer of televisions show including Carnivale, Power, and Big Love, Freaks and Geeks and Lovecraft Country on HBO.
  • Wendy Knoller (Radio/TV Production ’87), who created a highly successful career in post-production.  She made her producing mark on long-running television shows including Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Friends, for which she earned an Emmy for Best Comedy Series. Together, Wendy and David run Knollwood Productions.

Requests for accommodations can be made to two weeks prior to the event.