Students Intern on the Red Carpet

When more than 20 million people tuned in around the world to watch the 74th annual Golden Globes Awards on the first weekend of January, few of them knew the role two CSUN students played in making sure the broadcast was a success. Two weeks before celebrities hit the red carpet, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a group of international journalists who produce the Golden Globes, called CSUN Department of Cinema and Television Arts (CTVA) professor Nate Thomas for help. Thomas, head of the CSUN film production program, said the organization asked for two students who paid great attention to detail, had exceptional organizational skills and were “very mature.” He selected seniors Amanda Derzy and Amanda Nieto for the task.

Five days before the Golden Globes, Derzy and Nieto began scripting, shooting and editing promotional videos that were sent out on multiple social media outlets — a process Derzy said was made easier because of what she learned at CSUN. “The HFPA told us, ‘You guys are the social media people, so we need a video in an hour,’” she said. “A lot of things — like pacing and framing — are things we learned in the film program at CSUN.” The pair also crafted pre-made “congratulations” messages for more than 120 different nominees in 24 different categories to post on the Golden Globes’ official Twitter account, which has nearly 1 million followers.