Students can explore entertainment industry through Hollywood P.O.V.

students with Hollywood signSUNY Oswego will again offer students an opportunity to explore the world of entertainment through its annual Hollywood P.O.V. program Aug. 3 to 14.

Students will head to Hollywood to meet and network with entertainment professionals and to participate in behind-the-scenes tours, panels and programs.

“We went to tons of great events,” said Kara Boice, a senior broadcasting major at SUNY Oswego who participated in 2007. “We went to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to see the inner workings of a large-scale live remote production, and we spoke with the producer of a new show on the Fox network called ‘Unhitched.’” 

Past events of Hollywood P.O.V. have included a question-and-answer session with producers from Paramount, Fox and CBS, and behind-the-scenes visits to shows including “Scrubs,” “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “The Shield.”

“I loved being able to go to television sets and watch the shows in action being taped,” Boice said.
Past programs also allowed students to visit the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for sessions with agents and cast members from “Alias” and “Desperate Housewives.” For a glimpse at the corporate side of Hollywood, students had a chance to analyze a PR campaign with professionals. Many connections are made possible by a large number of SUNY Oswego alumni already working in the entertainment industry.

The program is run by Douglas W. Smart, an adjunct faculty member of Oswego’s communication studies department who has more than 20 years experience working in prime-time television production and directing. Smart’s resume includes such shows as “The Golden Girls,” “Newhart,” “Benson,” “The Lawrence Welk Show” and three editions of the Academy Awards ceremony. His industry honors include an Emmy nomination for producing and directing “The Byrds Celebration” for PBS.

Students like Boice appreciated the unfiltered, firsthand look at the entertainment industry. “The trip definitely gave me a better sense of what it’s like to be in the broadcasting business,” she said. “My goal is to become a director, so watching directors in action gave me a sense of what it would be like to direct in a professional environment.”

The program has limited space, with applications accepted on a rolling basis. Two scholarships are available, and scholarship applications must be received no later than May 30.

Hollywood P.O.V. is open to any major, including students not attending SUNY Oswego, although it is designed for those with at least two years of college experience.

“I would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in television, radio, film or any related field to look into the Hollywood P.O.V. program,” Boice said.

For more information, call 312-2270, e-mail or visit

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PHOTO CAPTION: Hollywood hills—Students will travel to California for a behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry through SUNY Oswego’s Hollywood P.O.V. program Aug. 3 to 14. Shown near the famed Hollywood sign at last year’s session are, top from left, Jennifer Sorenson, Kara Boice and Concetta Inzinna; and, bottom from left, Amanda Dobek and Heath Ahnert.

(Posted: May 14, 2008)

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