Tulane to Hollywood

Hear from Tulane's own about what it takes to
build a successful career in the entertainment industry

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 1:30pm
Dixon Hall



Doug Ellin -"Entourage" - Creator & Executive Producer

Matt Rosengart - Greenberg Traurig - Partner

Nina Rosenstein - HBO Programming - Executive Vice President 

Rick Roskin - Creative Artists Agency - Co-Head of Contemporary Music 

Julie Yorn - LBI Entertainment - Producer



Doug Ellin- Los Angeles, CA

"Entourage" - Creator & Executive Producer 

Doug Ellin (Director/Writer/Producer) created and executive produced the long running hit HBO series “Entourage,” on which his feature film of the same name is based. Ellin moved to Hollywood from his native New York in 1990 to become a stand-up comedian. While working the circuit at comedy club mainstays including The Improv and The Comedy Store, Ellin took a position in the mailroom of New Line Cinema. It was through this connection to New Line’s production head Michael DeLuca that Ellin's career was able to take off, albeit in a different direction. After seeing Ellin's stand-up routine, DeLuca partially funded Ellin's comedic short film, “The Pitch,” which he wrote and directed, starring David Schwimmer, Ernie Hudson and Jonathan Silverman. The film went on to air on Showtime. Following this, Ellin was accepted as a director into the American Film Institute's prestigious Conservatory program, which he attended from 1991 to 1992. Ellin next wrote and directed another comedy short, “The Waiter,” starring Schwimmer, Jon Cryer, Paul Gleeson, Laraine Newman and Allen Garfield. In 1996, Ellin's low-budget independent film, “Phat Beach,” made its debut, starring Jermaine Hopkins, Brian Hooks and Coolio, among others. Ellin's follow- up film, “Kissing a Fool,” once again starred Schwimmer, along with Bonnie Hunt and a cast of up-and-coming stars, including Mili Avital, Jason Lee and newcomer Judy Greer. The film was released in 1998. While continuing to write and develop feature film and television projects, Ellin joined forces with Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson and created “Entourage,” which is loosely based upon their shared Hollywood experiences. The series, which completed its eighth and final season for HBO in 2011, was a critical and audience hit. Additionally, the series has been nominated for numerous awards, including Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Television Series, Writers Guild of America Awards, Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, Producers Guild Awards and Directors Guild Awards.

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Matt Rosengart - Los Angeles, CA

Greenberg Traurig - Partner 

Mathew Rosengart is a Partner/Shareholder with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP. His practice focuses on complex commercial and media and entertainment litigation, where his clients range from Fortune 100 companies to well-known producers, film production companies, and Academy Award nominated and winning actors, writers, and directors. Mathew is a former Federal Prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice, where he served as a Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney and Trial Attorney in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions. While serving with the Justice Department, Mathew received numerous honors, including the Justice Department’s Special Achievement Award for Meritorious Acts and Service and the Federal Bar Association’s Younger Lawyer Award, awarded by a panel of Federal Judges to the Top-5 government lawyers under the age of 36. In private practice and the entertainment area, Mathew has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading entertainment litigators by both The Hollywood Reporter, in its annual Power Lawyer Report (naming the industry’s Top-100 lawyers) as well as Variety, in its annual Legal Impact Report (naming the industry’s Top-50 “Game-Changing” attorneys). Named as one of California’s “Top 100 Trial Attorneys” by the National Trial Lawyers, Mathew’s recent high-profile entertainment litigation matters include a major defamation case for an Academy Award winning actor; obtaining the dismissal of an $8 million breach of contract lawsuit against an Academy Award winning writer/director; the representation of an Academy Award winning actor in an idea misappropriation case; and the representation of two noted talent managers in significant breach of contract lawsuits.


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HBO Programming - Executive Vice President 

Her current award-winning series include “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” which she also spearheaded, “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “VICE.” During her tenure at HBO, she has overseen numerous specials of note, most recently Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” “J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming,” “U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live in Paris,” “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” “The Concert for Valor” and “Beyoncé Jay Z On the Run,” in addition to notable comedy specials “Amy Schumer Live at the Apollo,” “Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles,” “Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store” and “Ferrell Takes the Field.” Rosenstein’s upcoming projects include the VICE daily news show, “Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons,” the scripted series “High Maintenance” and the highly anticipated Jon Stewart content. Rosenstein joined HBO in 1992 as director, Downtown production. In 2004, she was named director of HBO Entertainment, and was promoted the following year to vice president, HBO Entertainment. In May 2013, she was promoted to senior vice president, HBO Entertainment, and was then named senior vice president, HBO Programming later that year. Prior to HBO, she began her career in entertainment at Showtime. She graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Biology and Chemistry. span>

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Rick Roskin - Los Angeles, CA

Creative Artists Agency - Co-Head of Contemporary Music 

Rick Roskin is Co-Head of Contemporary Music at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Roskin works in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s top musicians, advising artists on concert tours and booking appearances. Roskin began his career in 1988 as a CAA mailroom trainee, and was promoted to agent in 1991. His client roster includes such artists as Eric Clapton, Kid Rock, Eagles, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Santana, Iron Maiden, Cheap Trick, Kesha, Counting Crows, Kelly Clarkson, Tom Morello, Prophets of Rage, Marilyn Manson and Slipknot, among others. In addition, Roskin was instrumental in co-founding CAA’s Warped Tour in 1995, a lifestyle concert tour that combines rock bands, extreme sports and corporate sponsorships. The tour was acquired by Launch Media in 2000. Roskin is a graduate of Tulane University with a B.A. in Political Science.


Jack Sussman - Los Angeles, CA

CBS - Creator & EVP Specials, Music & Live Events 

Jack Sussman was promoted to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment in March 2006. He reports to Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. In this expanded position, Sussman, who has been head of CBS specials since 1998, also serves as the Network's chief liaison to the music industry, working with managers, recording artists, record labels and music suppliers to identify new and established performers whose music or personal appearances can be integrated into the Network's primetime series, movies, specials and live events. Sussman also works with CBS's interactive division to identify music-related content for wireless and the Internet. Sussman continues to oversee the Network’s blue chip events and specials such as "The Grammy Awards," "The Tony Awards" and "Kennedy Center Honors" as well as CBS's annual presentations of "The People's Choice Awards," "The Academy of Country Music Awards," "Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show" and "Home for the Holidays" as well as holiday programming. In addition to specials and music, Sussman remains CBS's executive in charge of live event entertainment programming, such as "Survivor" finales and reunion specials. While at CBS, Sussman has spearheaded successful specials featuring some of contemporary music's top stars in their first network television special including Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Ricky Martin, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Elton John and Tina Turner. He has also been responsible for some of CBS's highest rated and most critically acclaimed specials including "The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers" which was seen by more than 30 million viewers, "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special," "I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special," "CBS At 75" and the "AFI 100" specials, and, most recently, "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America." Sussman joined CBS in August 1998 as Vice President, Specials, from Cinecanal where he led the programming and creative services reorganization of the Latin American movie channel that is jointly owned by Universal, Paramount, MGM and FOX. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, Specials in 2000. From 1996-97, Sussman was Vice President, Head of Programming for MTV Latin America, responsible for production and original programming, development, music programming, scheduling, talent and artist relations, news and on-air promotion. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Production and Original Programming at VH1 from 1992-95, where he developed and produced new series and specials. Sussman’s background also includes positions at CNN and NBC News. As an executive producer/producer, his credits include "The VHI Honors," the live concert series "Centerstage," "Paul McCartney at the Hollywood Bowl," "MTV Latin America: MTV Unplugged," "Conversations with The Rolling Stones," "Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope Tour" and "Stand Up Spotlight." Sussman serves on the Executive Committee of the Cedars Sinai Sports Spectacular, is a Board member of the Academy of Country Music's Lifting Lives and is on the Board of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Sussman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (B.A., radio, television and motion pictures).

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Julie Yorn - Los Angeles, CA

LBI Entertainment - Producer 

Julie Yorn has spent over twenty years as a producer, executive and manager in Hollywood. She oversees the production division of LBI Entertainment. Most recently, Yorn produced the Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, HELL OR HIGH WATER. Previously, Yorn produced THE OTHER WOMAN, WE BOUGHT A ZOO, UNSTOPPABLE, RED RIDING HOOD, BRIDE WARS, and MAX PAYNE. Additional credits include FIRST SUNDAY, THE CLEANER, COMANCHE MOON, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS, COME EARLY MORNING, WONDERLAND, THE CAVEMAN’S VALENTINE, EVE’S BAYOU, and TREES LOUNGE. Before focusing exclusively on producing, Yorn was a talent manager for many years. A native of New York City and a graduate of Tulane University, Julie now resides in Los Angeles with her daughter Sammi.

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