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Tulane to Hollywood: A Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Building: Woldenberg Art Center, Freeman Auditorium
Location: uptown campus

Hear from Tulane alumni about what it takes to build a successful career in the film and television industry.  

Moderated by Professor Beretta Smith-Shomade, Communication Department Chair.  Free and open to the public. 
Panel participants:

  • Jimmy Horowitz '83 - President, Universal Pictures
  • David Lonner '84 - President, Oasis Media Group
  • Steven Pearl '85 - Co-Owner/Producer/Writer, Scarlet Fire Entertainment
  • Chris Petrikin '88 - Senior Vice President, Fox Filmed Entertainment
  • Harold Sylvester '72 - Actor/Writer/Producer; President, Bayou Teche Productions

A reception will follow the panel discussion.  

Sponsored by the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Cocurricular Programs and the School of Liberal Arts.

Panelist bios:

Jimmy Horowitz ’83, President, Universal Pictures
A key member of Universal for nearly two decades, Horowitz is involved in all of the movie studio’s business initiatives and helps manage day-to-day business operations.  Under his leadership, Universal Pictures Stage Productions has enjoyed a growing live stage business, having had its biggest critical and commercial success with Wicked, which has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, and Billy Elliot, which won 10 Tony Awards.  Prior to Universal, Horowitz served as counsel for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), and earned his JD degree from George Washington University Law School.  He graduated cum laude from Tulane University in 1983 with a BA in political science.
David Lonner ‘84, CEO, Oasis Media Group
David Lonner is the founder of Oasis Media Group, a management and production company based in Los Angeles. Under Oasis’ banner, Lonner represents writers, directors, and producers in the film, television, and online content arenas. Prior to founding his own company, Lonner was a talent agent at William Morris Agency from 2003-09. He was previously a partner at Endeavor where he established their Motion Picture division. Lonner also spent several years at Creative Artists Agency and began his career at ICM. Lonner is a committed philanthropist working with numerous organizations.  He is a former board member of the Early Childhood Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and former chairman of the entertainment division of the United Jewish Fund. Additionally, he is aboard member of the Phase 1 Cancer Institute, American Pardes Foundation, and Entertainment Industry Foundation. Lonner graduated from Tulane with a BA in Sociology.
Steven Pearl ‘85, Co-owner/Producer/Writer, Scarlet Fire Entertainment
Since graduating from Tulane with a political science degree, Steven Pearl has become a film and television producer and writer, and the co-owner of Scarlet Fire Entertainment, which was founded in 2006 with his production partner Allan Loeb. Through Scarlet Fire, Pearl is working on projects for Working Title Films (Universal), Disney, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Lionsgate TV and 20th Century Fox TV Studios.  He also co-wrote the screenplay and produced So Undercover, the upcoming film for singer/actress Miley Cyrus which was partially filmed on Tulane’s campus.
Chris Petrikin ‘88, Executive Vice President, Fox Filmed Entertainment
As Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications for Fox Filmed Entertainment (which includes Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight and Twentieth Century Fox Animation), Petrikin oversees the studio's internal and external corporate communications and strategy.  He previously served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for the William Morris Agency.  A former journalist, he was also executive editor of and Inside the Magazine, news editor and senior reporter for Variety, and has written for or contributed to the Los Angeles Times, GQ, Esquire, Premiere Magazine, and National Public Radio, among others.  He graduated from Tulane with a degree in English.
Harold Sylvester ’72, Actor/Writer/Producer, President of Blue Bayou Productions
Harold Sylvester is a veteran actor, screenwriter, and Emmy Award-winning writer/producer, whose credits include 17 feature films and more than 400 T.V. shows.  His film credits include An Officer and a Gentleman, Uncommon Valor, and Corrina, Corrina.  On T.V., he has starred and guest-starred in programs such as Hill Street Blues; Murder, She Wrote; NYPD Blue; A Different World; The Army Show; City of Angels, where he also served as a writer/producer; and Married…With Children, where he played the role of Griff, a shoe salesman working with Al Bundy (Ed O'Neil).  Also a successful screenwriter, Sylvester has sold several screenplays:  Passing Glory, a TNT original movie about a New Orleans high school basketball game between a black high school and a white high school based on a true story; Fast Girls, about a girls’ track team; and The Muhammad Ali Story.  He graduated from Tulane with a major in Theatre.


Sponsored by: Newcomb-Tulane CollegeSchool of Liberal Arts

Admission: Free
Attendance: Open to the public
Open to: Alumni, Faculty, Graduate students, Parents, Prospective undergrads, Staff, Undergraduates, Visitors

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