Tulane to Hollywood

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

Friday, April 28, 2016 at 12:00pm
Qatar Ballroom, Lavin-Bernick Center





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..


Matt Rosengart - Los Angeles, CA

Greenberg Traurig - Entertainment Litigator 

Mathew Rosengart is a partner at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where in addition general litigation, his practice focuses on entertainment and media matters. Before entering private practice, Mathew served as a Trial Attorney at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and also as an Assistant United States Attorney. While serving with the Justice Department, Mathew received the Federal Bar Association’s Younger Lawyer Award, in which he was recognized by a panel of federal judges as one of the nation’s top 5 government litigators under the age of 36. He has also been ranked by The Trial Lawyers Association as one of the “Top 100” Trial Lawyers in California, featured as a “Power Player” by Los Angeles Confidential Magazine and included in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyer Report,” which lists the “Top 100” attorneys in the entertainment industry, as well as Variety Magazine’s “Legal Impact Report,” which lists the “Top 50” most influential or “Game Changing Attorneys” in the industry. In the entertainment litigation area, Mathew has successfully represented many Academy-Award nominated writers, directors, and actors in high-profile cases involving major motion pictures, Broadway plays, and television shows. Some more recent litigation matters included a lawsuit against the lead actress on the CBS show The Good Wife (which was featured in The Hollywood Reporter and Good Morning America) and his representation of the writer-director of a major motion picture, starring Matt Damon and Anna Paquin (which was covered by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times). Mathew is also a sought-after legal commentator, regularly appearing on television and being quoted on entertainment-related issues in publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.

Roskin, Rick (2016)

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.

Julie Yorn - Headshot - December 2014-2

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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