Next Wave in Entertainment
Pepperdine has deep roots in the entertainment industry, from seminal television producers like George Schlatter to executives like Rob Moore, vice-chair of Paramount Pictures, to stars like Tia and Tamera Mowry. To celebrate Peppperdine's 75th anniversary, we are honoring our brightest lights and inviting some of our sharpest alums to share their expertise. Waves Weekend offers a great opportunity to usher in the Next Wave in Entertainment. Join us from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, October 13th in beautiful Elkins Auditorium for retrospectives, panels, and a networking reception.
2pm - A Conversation with Legendary Producer George Schlatter
George Schlatter, GPC '49, has been responsible for hundreds of hours of television series and specials. He changed the face of television when he created and produced such breakthrough series as LAUGH-IN and REAL PEOPLE. Schlatter has received numerous honors and awards including 25 Emmy Award nominations, five Emmys, three Image Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Television Critics Awards, the International Radio & Television "Man of the Year" Award, Directors Guild Award, Producers Guild "Man of The Year" Award, as well as many others. In 1989, he was awarded a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. In 1992 Paul Newman and Frank Sinatra, on behalf of the Scott Newman Center, honored him with a tribute dinner for his showmanship and involvement to so many charitable causes. In 1996, the Museum of Television & Radio did a special tribute to him for his contributions in the world of television.
George Schlatter created and established the AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS, an annual televised event designed to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of comedic actors and performers. "Of all the work I've done, I am perhaps most proud of my involvement in the early careers of performers like Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, Roseanne, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, and others who have gone on to greater heights. Working with stars is rewarding, but helping to create stars is the most fulfilling of all accomplishments."
Schlatter produced the Emmy-winning special SINATRA 80 YEARS: MY WAY, MUHAMMAD ALI'S 50th & 60th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS, the AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD SALUTES TO DUSTIN HOFFMAN and to HARRISON FORD, THE 54th PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL OPENING CEREMONIES OF GEORGE W. BUSH, and NANCY REAGAN: A LOVE STORY.
Schlatter played football at George Pepperdine College and started his entertainment career in the theater department. He is married to former actress Jolene Brand who was a regular on the Ernie Kovacs Show and they have two daughters. Andrea Justine is a champion equestrian rider. Their daughter Maria is an Emmy award winning television producer.
3pm - PANEL DISCUSSION: The Next Wave in Entertainment
Julie D'Antoni Donovan, SC' 94 is executive producer for Rhythm & Hues' Film division, overseeing film production, along with various duties in client relations and content development. She is currently the lead executive for the studio's work on "R.I.P.D." (Fox) and "Chronicle" (Universal Pictures).
In her former position as head of production, Julie managed the studio's wealth of visual effects producers and production staff, to insure efficient pipelines and successful delivery of each individual show in production. During her tenure in this position, Julie's teams delivered more than 20 feature films, including "Yogi Bear," "Fast and Furious," "State of Play."
Joining Rhythm & Hues in 2004, Julie served as digital producer on "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." She was promoted to vfx producer on "Night at the Museum" and repeated that role for "The Incredible Hulk."
Julie began her career at Industrial Light + Magic, where she was VFX production manager on "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones," and vfx associate producer on "Twisted," "Van Helsing" and "Peter Pan."
Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Pepperdine University.
Adam Housley joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 2001 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent. Housley covered the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, reported in both English and Spanish during the Chilean Miners rescue and, earlier in 2010, reported live from Haiti after the deadly earthquake.
During his tenure, Housley was the first American reporter to provide live streaming video reports from Venezuela during the protests against President Hugo Chavez. He was also the first reporter allowed on a U.S. warship during a defense missile launch. In 2006, Housley reported from Nicaragua and El Salvador on the war against drugs and secured an exclusive interview with Sandinista leader, Daniel Ortega.
Additionally, Housley provided extensive on-site coverage in and around Thailand during the wake of the Southeast Asia tsunami tragedy. He also reported internationally during Operation Iraqi Freedom from Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain and the Persian Gulf and has spent time covering the war on terror from Pakistan, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Prior to his career in television, Housley played professional baseball and was drafted by the Montreal Expos and played for both the Milwaukee Brewers and the Detroit Tigers organizations. He was a Junior Olympic baseball All American in 1988.
Housley received Bachelor degrees in both political science and telecommunications. Housley and is a two-time media fellow at Stanford University. Adam and his wife, Tamera Mowry, SC '03 are expecting their first child.
Cliff Roberts, SC '95 is an agent in the Motion Picture Literary Department at WME--William Morris Endeavor. Roberts started off in the mailroom at William Morris in 2000 and was promoted to agent in 2002.
His clients include Ben Affleck (Argo), Tate Taylor (The Help), Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend For The End of The World), Dana Fox (What Happens in Vegas, Couples Retreat), Adam McKay (The Other Guys), Peter Sollett (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist), Elizabeth Meriwether (No Strings Attached), Shauna Cross (Whip It!), Adam Cooper & Bill Collage (Tower Heist), Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec (Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol), Tony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus), Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge) David Stem and David Weiss (The Smurfs) Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans, Pacific Rim), Seth Lochhead (Hannah), Carlton Cuse (Lost) Kyle Killen (The Beaver and Lonestar), Josh Marston (Maria Full of Grace), Gavin Hood (Wolverine), Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark Shadows), David Katzenberg (The Hard Times of RJ Berger), Jason Lew (Restless) and Morten Tyldum (Headhunters).
His clients work has garnered more than $3 billion in worldwide box office and over 10 Academy Award nominations.
Roberts majored in English at Pepperdine and graduated with honors from Georgetown Law School. Prior to joining WME, he worked at the White House under the Clinton administration.