Remote Pitt in LA

Enhance your spring semester with courses that focus on Los Angeles. Students will have the opportunity to select a single  (3-credit) course or up to three courses that focus on Los Angeles. Courses on this program are ideal for any student interested in film, entertainment, media, music, business, human resources, writing and urban studies. 

 

The Pitt in LA program is ideal for students looking to gain a meaningful industry experience or an understanding of the complex issues this sanctuary city continues to face. This inter-disciplinary program is designed for students from a variety of academic backgrounds. Courses will be led by experienced industry professionals, local faculty and feature guest lectures from other industry professionals. Students will also collaborate on industry-specific group projects.

Students will not be able to self-register for courses on this program. To Schedule courses, a special permission number is required. Students must reach out via email to Tim Crawford: timcrawford@pitt.edu, or Hillary Koller or Rick Moslen (Pitt Business students) for a special permission number. Students must be in good academic standing in order to receive a permission number.

IMPORTANT: Due to the nature of this course. Students will not be permitted to drop any of these courses after December 4, 2020

 

 

What You'll Accomplish

As an engaged and active participant in this program, students will have the opportunity to develop:

  • Understanding of the process by which film and TV shows are made from idea to post-production
  • An in-depth overview of the film, media and entertainment industries from a management and content creation perspective
  • To understand and enhance interpersonal and managerial skills as they are used in the entertainment industry and beyond.
  • To understand the strategic management practices of the film/tv/entertainment industry including distribution, entertainment law, human resources and business affairs utilized in the industry.
  • Students will recognize distinct experiences, perspectives and issues--informed by immigration status, race, gender, sexuality and ethnicity, or other differences among individuals or communities--as a part of the fabric of the American body politic.

 

What You'll Study
  • There are three courses offered on the program. Each course is for 3 credits.
  • You may sign up for all three courses (9 credits), or a single individual course (3-credits)
  • The courses will be offered 1-2 times each week. Please note, due to the time difference of the faculty, your courses will start later in the evening.
  • If you are seeking to count these courses towards a major, minor or certificate requirement, please meet with your respective advisor to discuss the program and what the courses will fulfill for you.

Students will not be able to self-register for courses on this program. To Schedule courses, a special permission number is required. Students must reach out via email to Tim Crawford: timcrawford@pitt.edu, or Hillary Koller or Rick Moslen (Pitt Business students) for a special permission number. Students must be in good academic standing in order to receive a permission number.

Inter-Disciplinary Studies in Film, Media & Entertainment Management (Meets Virtually Tuesdays & Thursday: 9:00-10:30 PM EST) (BUSHRM1684)

In this course students will get an in-depth overview of the film, media and entertainment industries from a management and content creation perspective. The overall theme will be the business of “the business”. Students will learn from professionals working in various roles throughout this field. The industry is very complex with many people, deadlines, projects all at different stages of development. Students will learn that the key to any successful business/project are effective project management coupled with strong creative material. The course will be led by a working executive in the entertainment industry and include a series of guest lectures on key topics related to entertainment management. Students will learn from interacting with each guest lecturer and learning about their day-to-day work and experiences in each aspect of field and their path to their current roles. The course recognizes that opportunities for positions in entertainment industry are far greater than being in front of/behind the camera.

Please note: this course is for Sophomores and above. Non-business students may receive special permission to enroll in the course. 

 

The American Film Industry (Meets Virtually Wednesdays: 6:30-10:20 PM EST) (ENGFLM1480)
This American Film and Television Industry course is designed to demystify the film and television business, and give students a sense of the process and structures in which films and television shows are made and brought to market.  They will explore the roles of the key personnel on a movie or television show from conception to completion including cinematographers, editors, writers, producers and directors.  They will learn from guests speakers including leading practitioners in the field as well as examine the roles of agents, managers, lawyers and executives and learn how decisions are made from greenlight to distribution.   
 
Students will learn about the history of the entertainment industry from the studio system to present day and consider the disruptions of the film business today. .  This three credit course aims to give a unique exposure to various aspects of the entertainment industry, building on Pitt Film and Media program’s desire to offer “a liberal arts education with professional outcomes.”   For the class, students will be required to do a project which is reflective of what they learn about the world of film and television. 
 
Hear from students who took the course in summer 2019 in Los Angeles: 

Sanctuary Cities-Los Angeles: Politics, Policy and Social Justice (Meets Virtually Mondays: 7-10:00 PM EST) (URBNST0428)

This seminar will engage students in a study of the concept of Sanctuary Cities and immigration policies, and other issues related to notions of safety, security and freedom for all communities. Students will examine laws and policies in related to this topic, as well as consider the historical context and current impacts on U.S. society and diverse communities within it.  Using an interdisciplinary selection of texts, legal and policy documents, and other sources, including recent news articles, the seminar will delve into the evolving notion of sanctuary for immigrants and other communities, as a vehicle among other efforts for social and racial justice prominent in the national discourse at this moment.  The course combines lecture, in-class discussion, presentation and workshop-style activities; independent and peer-learning opportunities; synchronous and asynchronous class activities.

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Tim Crawford

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, and I am the Assistant Director for Domestic Study Away Programming. I have experience running international study abroad programs and programs here at home in the United States. I was fortunate to have many experiential learning opportunities, both international and domestic, during my college career. Being from a small town in Central Pennsylvania, my experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and helped open my eyes to different cultures and career opportunities I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous experiential learning opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure. I love traveling, hate sitting still and love doing anything outdoors, in all seasons. Personally, I’m on a quest to visit as many national parks as possible. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study away programs, answer any of your questions and help you find the right opportunity. Please reach me via email at timcrawford@pitt.edu

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Rick Moslen

I’m Rick, and I’m an International Programs Manager at Pitt Business. I have managed international programming, advised & taught international students, and helped others strengthen their cultural competancies for over seven years. My international interests began as an undergrad, and since then I’ve explored over 26 countries and have experienced everything from presenting on a panel at a music festival in Spain, to studying traditional dance music in Peru, to getting chased by monkeys in Malaysia (not recommended), to hiking to the top of Table Mountain in South Africa. Fun fact: I love turbulence on planes (it’s like getting rocked to sleep).

Feel free to contact me at rickmoslen@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-5476.

 

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Your In-Country Contacts

Ross Pollack

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Ross oversees all aspects of human resources and administration for Lionsgate’s global operations including its joint ventures. He joined the Company in 2014 and is part of its corporate senior management team and Executive Committee reporting to Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer.

 

Ross was a key member of the team responsible for the successful acquisition and integration of Starz in December 2016, the largest deal in the Company’s history. He and his Human Resources team have developed and expanded the Company’s employee diversity initiatives, revamped its total reward programs, and launched a series of successful health and wellness offerings to enhance employee well-being and productivity. Ross serves as the Company’s Executive Sponsor of LG Vets, an Employee Resource Group that focuses on the recruitment of, develops a community for and works on issues associated with veterans, including their families and supporters.

 

Ross has been a leading human resources, licensing and operations executive in the entertainment industry in the U.S. and internationally for more than 20 years. Between 2009 and 2012, he helped turn around Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures Limited as its CEO, restructuring the company’s operations, expanding its content distribution networks and achieving profitability. He was instrumental in orchestrating Celestial’s channels merger with Lionsgate, Saban Capital and Tigergate that formed the Celestial Tiger Entertainment platform in 2011.

 

Ross previously spent 13 years with Sony Pictures Entertainment as a human resources and licensing executive, including six years in Hong Kong.  As Senior Vice President, Distribution—Asia from 2003 - 2009, Ross successfully repositioned Sony Pictures Television International as the “Asian Hollywood Studio” which included launching & staffing three international TV licensing offices (i.e., in Mumbai, Singapore & Seoul) leading to five consecutive years of record revenue and three straight years of record studio market share. Ross joined Sony Pictures as Vice President, Total Rewards, in 1996 and was named Vice President of International HR and Operations in 1998

 

Carl Kurlander

Carl Kurlander,  is a Senior Lecturer and faculty adviser of the student organization Pitt In Hollywood.  Carl is a screenwriter  and TV writer/producer who has worked on projects under contract for Disney, Universal, Sony, Paramount, Orion, Fox, CBS, and NBC Studios.  Since he began teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, his credits include producing "The Polio Story: The Vaccine that Changed the World" which aired on the BBC and Smithsonian Channel,  "My Tale of Two Cities", a comeback story about Pittsburgh which played 26 cities across North America,  "Burden of Genius" about transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl which won the Cleveland Film Festival, the feature "The Rehabilitation of the  Hill", and the Starz TV series "The Chair" which won Best Reality Program from the TV Critics' Association.  He is also the co-founder of the Steeltown Entertainment Project, a non-profit which since 2003 has been helping build a thriving film and TV industry in southwestern Pennsylvania.  

 

 

Eileen Ma

Eileen has worked for over twenty years as a community organizer, campaign director and non-profit executive, serving primarily low-income, immigrant and LGBTQ communities of color.  Her professional experience includes working for many labor unions and community-based organizations, such as API Equality-LA where she served for several years as Executive Director and contributed to highly-lauded efforts to achieve equality and visibility for API LGBTQ communities.  Most recently, she worked as staff attorney for Advancement Project – National Office on voting rights and immigrant rights, and Advancing Justice LA’s National Voting Rights Project. She is originally from Somers, New York, is Chinese American and speaks Mandarin and Spanish.  She earned a JD from Loyola Law School (2013) and a BA from Columbia University (1993

You will pay your regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to your in-state or out-of-state residency status. There is no additional cost for you.
 

What Else You Need to Know
  • Students will not be able to self-register for courses on this program. To Schedule courses, a special permission number is required. Students must reach out via email to Tim Crawford: timcrawford@pitt.edu, or Hillary Koller or Rick Moslen (Pitt Business students) for a special permission number. Students must be in good academic standing in order to receive a permission number.
  • IMPORTANT: Due to the nature of this course. Students will not be permitted to drop any of these courses
  • No travel is involved, and there is no additional cost for you.
  • The program dates and calendar are aligned with the University of Pittsburgh academic calendar for the spring 2021 term.
  • Students must apply for the program via Pitt's study abroad website. Enrollment will be handled by our office. However, you should speak to your advisor about this program and registering for your other Flex@Pitt courses.
  • Please note, due to the time difference of local faculty and guest speakers, your courses will start later in the evening.