“We were mirroring life,” said groundbreaking Emmy and Peabody award-winning writer, producer and social activist Norman Lear. The 93-year-old creator of All in the Family and The Jeffersons stopped by SFTV for the fifth season of the Hollywood Masters to talk about his exceptional life and career, and how television mirrors life – all with a Lear-esque sense of humor, of course.
The Hollywood Reporter has released their annual “Top 25 American Film Schools” list, and Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television continues to be ranked among the best programs in the nation, coming in at number 8. This year’s rankings were based on interviews with academic experts, industry professionals and scores of film school alumni.
The article features an interview with LMU alumna/award-winning producer Effie Brown ‘93, and highlights SFTV’s student-to-teacher ratio and growing programs and facilities, saying, “The school — based in Westchester, Calif., remains smallish — 12 students per teacher — but its curriculum continues to grow. It’s launching a facility in neighboring Silicon Beach and new certificate programs in documentary and digital storytelling and media.”
“We are thrilled to be included among the top schools educating today’s young filmmakers, creators and storytellers. It’s gratifying to have our stellar programs recognized by the industry, and an honor that speaks volumes about the efforts of our faculty, students, donors and industry partners,” said Stephen Ujlaki, dean of the School of Film and Television.
This marks the third year in a row that SFTV has earned one of the top spots on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual film school list. Last year, the outlet praised SFTV for its strong internship program and access, saying “the school is wired into the industry like few others.” In April 2016, USA Today ranked SFTV number 6 in “The 10 best U.S. Schools for Pursuing a Film Degree.”
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Digital entertainment studio Legion of Creatives (LOC) has named LMU School of Film and Television (LMU SFTV) alumna Isis Grills the first-ever recipient of their student digital development deal for her web series Jamal and Me. The award was presented in conjunction with SFTV’s “Writing for Digital Platforms” class launched and taught by writer/producer Noam Dromi this past Spring. Graduate students enrolled in the course spent the semester creating a series for a digital media platform, and the LOC team chose one final project to develop and bring to the market.
“As the media landscape continues to evolve, it’s essential that writers learn the necessary skills to best tell their stories across multiple platforms. The students in our inaugural digital writing course all rose to the occasion,” said Dromi, one of the co-founders of LOC.
“Very few experiences in my creative journey have been as valuable and rewarding as writing in the digital entertainment course. I feel very fortunate to have worked under the guidance of someone as supportive and knowledgeable as Noam Dromi, while in the company of incredibly talented classmates. This course provided just the right mix needed to spark creativity, embolden risk taking and release my true voice. I’m equally humbled and grateful to have been selected for a development deal with Legion of Creatives,” said Grills, who earned an MFA in Writing and Producing for TV this past May.
Jamal and Me is a comedic digital series about an irrelevant actress who decides to revive her life and career by adopting an African American child—following the trail blazed by the likes of Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron.
Actor, comedian and LOC President Orlando Jones said, “Isis’ script ably demonstrated her understanding of how to engage a digital and mobile audience, but her masterful use of humor to talk about many of today’s social issues really stood out. Viola Davis’ Emmy® speech reminded us of the need to ensure opportunities for all voices, and we’re honored to support a woman of color who is destined to be a force to be reckoned with as a writer and producer.”
The partnership between LOC and SFTV supports the school’s commitment to helping students develop their unique voices and the skills needed to succeed in today’s creative economy. “We are thrilled that Legions of Creatives is fostering the growth of our young storytellers and visionaries,” said Stephen Ujlaki, Dean of LMU SFTV, adding, “We congratulate Isis on her success and look forward to championing her work throughout her career.”
About Legion of Creatives
Legion of Creatives (LOC) is an immersive content studio working with the world’s leading storytellers. Recognized as a market leader in multi-platform narrative programming, LOC’s principals won the first ever Primetime Creative Arts Emmy award for virtual reality storytelling in 2015. The company has brought together some of the best writers, producers, creators and consumer brands in entertainment to launch a global media business that will create, own and distribute premium programming tailor made for today’s digital and mobile natives. LOC’s business and production model disrupts traditional media’s current approach to producing and distributing alternative content formats through the use of proprietary technology, digital strategy and integrated marketing expertise. Legion of Creatives was founded by former Walt Disney Company Executive and President of K.O. Paper Products, Jay Williams; Actor/Writer/Producer Orlando Jones and Digital Guru/Writer/Producer Noam Dromi. Roberto Orci serves as the company’s Executive Creative Director.