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         WashU Entertainment Network Event Highlights​


Fireside Chat with WashU parent Clarissa Weirick on Entertainment Law​— July 20, 2020

​The WashU Entertainment Network and the Alumni Association hosted a virtual event on July 20.  Clarissa Weirick, WashU parent and retired General Counsel of the NBCUniversal Filmed Entertainment Group was interviewed by active HollyWU, the Los Angeles Entertainment Network, alumna volunteer Ellen Eichner, JD '15. Clarissa Weirick discussed her wealth of knowledge regarding marketing and distribution within entertainment law. She has been working in transitioning physical to digital distribution since 2001. Some of the first digital deals she worked on as an entertainment lawyer were with Apple, Amazon and Netflix while at Warner Bros.​​



E​ntertainment Networking Reception with Alumni and Current Students
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Santa Monica, CA

The WashU Los Angeles Network and the Alumni Host Committee gathered in Los Angeles at Starz Entertainment for an evening of networking with alumni, parents, and current WashU students exploring careers in the entertainment industry. Current students were interested in meeting and mingling with alumni and parents during their visit to Southern C​alifornia as a part of the Career Center Road Shows, where they would learn about careers in the entertainment industry.

Seventeen current students and fifty-five local alumni and parents enjoyed networking together. All attendees heard brief introductions from the Alumni Host Committee who represented Starz Entertainment, Disney, freelance writing, music production, and a talent agency.

We are very thankful to Russell Schwartz, AB ’77, Senior Vice President and Head, Original Programming Business Affairs, Starz Entertainment, for hosting us at the Starz Entertainment offices in Santa Monica.



Alumni and Parents Entertainment Panel: Inside the Minds of Producers
Monday, November 4, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

T
he WashU Los Angeles Network and HollyWU hosted a Networking Reception and an Alumni and Parents Sharing Knowledge Panel discussing the significant role, responsibilities, and knowledge base of producers working in various platforms, including television, fiction film, documentary film, and new medias. The panel was moderated by
Allison Rawlings, AB ’02, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications for NBC Entertainment.

Thank you to our panelists:

Laura Gutin Peterson, AB ’98, Executive Producer, Black-ish, ABC
Julie Rowen, WashU Parent, Producer and Filmmaker, Blue Collar Productions
Mark Rowen, WashU Parent, Co-Founder at The Weekender Network and President of Blue Collar Productions
Ben Tritle, AB ’94, Senior Producer, Let's Make A Deal (CBS)



A Conversation with Andrew Karpen, BSBA 88, CEO, Bleeker Street Media
Thursday, June 27, 2019
New York, NY

The WashU Entertainment Network and WashU New York Network hosted “A Conversation with |
Andrew Karpen, BSBA 
88, CEO, Bleeker Street Media.” Andrew Karpen is the CEO of Bleecker Street, an independently financed distribution company based in New York City. Karpen’s company has released Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace, Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, the Academy Award-nominated Captain Fantastic, starring
Viggo Mortensen, and the hit thriller, Eye in the Sky
Karpen has over 20 years of experience in film and television.
He was previously Co-CEO with James Schamus of Focus Features, which he joined in 2002 as COO and was responsible for the company’s finance, operations and strategic planni
ng. ​

The evening began with a networking reception at the Roosevelt Hotel followed by a conversation with Andrew, moderated by Nivedita Kulkarni, BSBA ’07, Chair, WashU Entertainment and Media Network. 


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Annual Los Angeles Film and Entertainment Beach Bash
Each year in mid-August


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