Graziadio School of Business and Management
An Executive Professor in Digital Media and Entertainment, Melva Benoit brings a wealth of experience as a consultant for the Media and Entertainment industry. With over two decades of television and media research experience, she has held senior executive positions in major broadcast, cable and digital networks including FOX Broadcasting, NBCU, MTV Networks, Disney/ABC TV Networks and Turner Broadcasting. Melva is a senior media executive with a passion for research, content creation and strategy. Currently, she advises various senior management of startup to Fortune 500 companies through her consulting practice - The Marian Dupree Group.
As an Executive Professor in the business school, Victor A. Kaufman is Vice Chairman of Interactive Corp. (IAC) and serves in the Office of the Chairman. He has served in that capacity for almost 20 years. He has been a director of the Company since December 1996. In addition, he serves as Vice Chairman of Expedia, Inc.
Prior to joining IAC, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Savoy Pictures Entertainment, Inc. Mr. Kaufman was also the founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. from 1983 to December 1987, at which time he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Tri-Star's successor company Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc.
As an adjunct faculty of digital supply chain management, Devendra Mishra is the Executive Director of the Hollywood IT Society (HITS) and Chief Strategist of the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA). Prior industry roles include president and COO of such companies as LIVE Entertainment, VCL-Carolco, Lieberman Enterprises, Technicolor Worldwide Media and Distribution, Strawberries Records and Tapes, and Stan Lee Media.
School of Law | Sports and Entertainment
Roger Cossack, LL.B. | Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in Residence, Media and the Law
Roger Cossack, LL.B. Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in Residence, Media and the Law was a prosecutor and a defense lawyer during his 22 years of practice, and in 1984 he argued U.S. v. Leon before the Supreme Court. Prior to beginning his private practice of law he served on the faculty of the UCLA Law School. In 1994 he joined CNN as the co-host of Burden of Proof and also was the CNN legal analyst. From 1994 to 2001 Professor Cossack covered all of the major U.S. legal events including breaking the Bush v. Gore decision, the impeachment of President Clinton, and the disputed election of 2000. Since 2002 he has served as the legal analyst for ESPN, reporting on how the law applies in various ways to sports.
Marc P. Goodman
Marc P. Goodman BA, University of California, Los Angeles MA, JD, University of Southern California General Counsel Pepperdine University Course: Entertainment Law Seminar– Music
William Nix is Adjunct Professor and Industry Advisor to Straus Institute's EMS Project, the Chairman of Creative Projects Group, a Producer and an investment banker with extensive experience in corporate formation, operations and business affairs, as well as an attorney experienced in complex negotiations, litigation and dispute resolution in the entertainment, media, sports, intellectual property and creativity fields.
Over the course of his career, William served has Co-Chair of BakerBotts' Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group, as VP of Legal and Business Affairs for NBA Properties and as COO of the network of nearly 2,000 employees and representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America's global Content Protection Group. He has worked closely with Internet/Software businesses as a strategist and operational advisor for many years. He is Executive Producer of the 2015 Annie-nominated feature film release, produced with Salma Hayek, based on Kahlil Gibran's iconic work "The Prophet," and the Producer of numerous other dramatic and documentary feature films and television productions. His work involves both traditional media and multiple content delivery platforms and technologies. Having worked with both major studios and independents for several decades, including most recently Participant Media, he and his colleagues develop and produce innovative new content for global audiences to experience.
Rob Rader BA, magna cum laude, Harvard University MA, Stanford University JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School Private Practice, Pepperdine University Course: Entertainment Law Seminar: Special Problems in the Film Industry
Seaver College | MFA in Cinematic Media Production
Justin Bell is a creative feature film and television producer based in Los Angeles. Currently in post-production on BAFTA-winner Michael Radford's Elsa & Fred, starring Academy Award-winners Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. Bell is also in post-production on writer/director Steven J. Kung's feature debut, A Leading Man. In 2011, Bell completed two NBC movies as an associate producer, Field of Vision and Game Time. Justin is a member of the Producers Guild of America. In addition to producing, he serves as Director of the Act One Producing & Entertainment Executive Program. A graduate of the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts (MFA), Bell received the USC Special Project Grant, and was voted Most Outstanding Filmmaker by his peers.
Samantha Olsson Shear
Samantha Olsson Shear started at Kickstart in 2005. She's currently the head of development for feature film and television at Kickstart Productions. In addition, she is the managing editor of the Kickstart Publishing division. Prior to joining Kickstart, Samantha was an Executive at Clifford Werber Productions. Previous to that she worked as an executive at Zucker-Netter Productions, as well as in development at Red Hour Films. Samantha holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA from the prestigious Peter Stark Producer's Program at the University of Southern California.
Seaver College | MFA in Screen and Television Writing
Three-time Emmy winner Dick Blasucci has written and produced such shows as MADtv, The Simpsons, Muppets Tonight, SCTV, The Larry Sanders Show, Phenom, and The Tracy Ullman Show. A frequent collaborator with Martin Short, he has produced Martin Short: The Freedom Hum and I, Martin Short, Goes Home.
An American screenwriter, director, producer, and songwriter who came to prominence by writing the screenplay for the 1995 film Braveheart. His work on the film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and a Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay Adapted Directly for the Screen. He directed The Man in the Iron Mask, We Were Soldiers, and Secretariat.