Exclusive event focuses on students learning about entertainment industry
GRAMBLING, LA – One of Hollywood’s major studio heads will visit Grambling State University next week.
Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios, will talk with students March 21 about the media industry.
"It’s rare that a major Hollywood studio executive visits any HBCU campus to talk with students, so we’re thrilled that Ron Meyer has chosen to visit Grambling State University," said Frank G. Pogue, the university’s president. "In the short amount of time our students will have with him, we know they will get information and gain knowledge that they can’t get anywhere else."
Meyer and his teams have produced and distributed blockbuster and award-winning movies including the, The Fast Five series, Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Despicable Me, Identity Thief and Ted. In addition, Meyer is responsible for Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Theme Parks, as well as Universal Studio locations in Singapore and Japan.
Meyer’s former colleague at NBCUniversal, Paula Madison, former NBCUniversal executive vice president who with Meyer discussed this fantastic opportunity to meet with Grambling’s students. Madison’s family owns the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and is a major investor in The African Channel, a cable network in the top 20 U.S. markets and the Caribbean.
Meyer prides himself on creating an engaging, encouraging and supportive work culture, once saying his role was like being the coach of a talented Super Bowl team. The visit includes a student question-and-answer with Meyer at 11:30 a.m. The program will be divided into two segments: the first part with Madison interviewing Meyer and a second part with Madison moderating the discussion featuring questions from students.
"After visiting the campus for the first time last year, I knew I would return and I knew who I wanted to have along for the trip," said Madison, who is the Sparks’ chief executive officer. "There was no question that I wanted Grambling students to hear and see Ron. I know they will enjoy him, be challenged by him and learn a great deal about the film industry."
Prior to joining Universal Studios in 1995, Meyer was president of Creative Artists Agency Inc., which he founded in 1975 with four colleagues who also were agents at the William Morris Agency. The firm became the preeminent talent agency, representing many of the industry’s most influential and talented actors and other film and television professionals. Previously, Meyer worked at William Morris as well as the Paul Kohner Agency, where he had worked as a messenger.
Madison, an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), visited the mass communication department last year as a part of a Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism visiting professional program. She spent the day talking with students about business and business journalism, sports and sports journalism and how to best prepare for media careers.
Because space will be limited, the university’s Office of Public Relations and Communications asks that interested students email firstname.lastname@example.org, including “#UniversalStudios” in the subject line and providing:
(b) classification (sophomore, senior, etc.)
(c) home city/town
(e) email address
(f) telephone number
Email requests without "#UniversalStudios" in the subject line may not be honored. Seating will be based on a first-come, first-served basis. Location specifics will be shared with the first students to submit their information, until capacity is reached.
No audio or video recording will be allowed. No digital recorders, cameras or cell phone recordings. No external media will be permitted.
Though this is not a career fair and no internships and jobs are being offered, this is a wonderful and rare opportunity for Grambling State University students to hear directly from one of the nation’s most influential media executives. Meyer is expected to talk with students about what it takes to be successful in media. Students are encouraged to look at the company’s various internships and jobs at http://www.nbcunicareers.com/.
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