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About the Institute

Message from the Leadership Team


We live in a time of pervasive media and persistent entertainment, waking up to our smartphones and falling asleep to social media. In between, we are texting, browsing, listening, posting, and streaming using individually owned, permanently connected, mobile, interactive digital devices. Behind those devices, other technologies have significantly lowered the barriers and costs of media and entertainment production, while the internet has disrupted traditional distribution channels and players. For digitally savvy creative artists, entertainment entrepreneurs, lawyers, and executives, this is a time of attractive alternative paths and unprecedented opportunity.

Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture resources for students - Pepperdine UniversityAt Pepperdine, we can be immersed in the digital disruption of entertainment and media, while taking time to reflect on the next waves that we envision for these fields. We can explore the kinds of stories do we want to tell, what impact we have on society, and how we can enable successful careers in the creative economy.

The Institute for Entertainment, Media and Culture (IEMC) is committed to developing more thoughtful interaction with and reflection upon the intersection of media, technology, entertainment, and culture. We examine why we watch what we watch, play what we play, listen to specific types of music and podcasts, and choose certain apps for convenience. At IEMC, we study emerging media and the shaping of entertainment for the (un)common good, forging a brighter future for our community and for society.

Our vision for IEMC is to enable the emergence of a new generation of multi-disciplinary Pepperdine graduates, who are uniquely positioned for impactful leadership roles within the transforming, converging, and expanding sectors of media and entertainment, and who will be distinguished by their commitment to values-centered stewardship of the sectors' cultural and societal impacts.

We aim to accomplish this vision by facilitating the education and development of business-savvy creative artists, creative entrepreneurs, entertainment executives and lawyers by fostering:

  • the design and delivery of a portfolio of curriculum and pedagogical innovations across the degree and certificate programs at Pepperdine's five schools
  • close relationships with and involvement by industry stakeholders
  • appropriate applied research and "thought leadership" on the business, creative, legal, psychological, and policy issues associated with media and entertainment

Join us at IEMC to shape enriching educational experiences that will cultivate creative artists, educate entertainment entrepreneurs, lawyers and executives, mentor media makers and managers, and enrich culture and society. We look forward to your participation and engagement.

John Mooney, Executive Director

Craig Detweiler, Creative Director

Joi Carr, Academic Director for Film Studies, Seaver College Humanities and Teacher Education Division

Theresa de los Santos, Academic Director for Journalism, Seaver College Communication Division

Nelson Granados, Academic Director for Graziadio School of Business and Management

Victoria Schwartz, Academic Director for School of Law

Kathryn Linehan, Assistant Director