Alumni News

Two CTVA Alumni Recognized with 2020 Emmys

October 8, 2020

Two Emmy statues

Two CSUN Cinema and Television Arts alumni were recognized for their work in the television industry at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. Read more

Alumna Laura Gonzales promoted to new position at Disney

July 15, 2020

Laura Gonzales

Congratulations to Laura Gonzales for starting a new position as Director of Operations and Events at Disney Television Animation Read more

Senior Ravhel Granillo will be attending UCLA graduate program

May 22, 2020

Rachel Granillo

Graduating senior Ravhel Granillo will be attending the Production and Directing Program at UCLA in the fall.  Read more

Alumna Cat Rodriguez Has the Opportunity of a Lifetime

July 15, 2019

Cat Rodriguez

The CSUN alumna found her passion for the craft of storytelling from the work of Alfred Hitchcock. His films became her gateway into CSUN. CSUN helped give Rodriguez skills and confidence, leading to what has been a successful career in the entertainment industry. Read more

Lara Ameen (MFA Screenwriting) chosen for the 2018 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship

August 21, 2018

Lara Ameen

AAPD is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship! In 2018, AAPD was able to offer eight (8) NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarships thanks to the generous support of NBCUniversal. Read more

John Hampian has been named VP of Long-Form Physical Production at Lucasfilm

John HampianJohn Hampian (Alumnus from CSUN CTVA Television Production Option) has been named VP of Long-Form Physical Production at Lucasfilm.  Previously he had been the production manager for the entire run of Mad Men (2007-2015). 


Variety Compares CSUN Alum’s Film to “Gravity,” “Apollo 13”

February 8, 2018

Klim Shipenko

Like many children growing up in the 1980s and ’90s, Klim Shipenko was fascinated by outer space. But, unlike his peers, he wasn’t fascinated by the stars or the planets — he was captivated by “the unsolved mystery of space,” he said.“[My] imagination was drawing images of what might be there, beyond the black mass. Read more

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