Hollywood P.O.V. offers intimate look at entertainment industry

imageStudents from SUNY Oswego and other colleges can get an inside view of the entertainment industry through Oswego’s first-ever Hollywood P.O.V. summer session, from Aug. 1 to 14 in Los Angeles.

The session “is kind of a study-abroad type program,” immersed in the entertainment capital instead of a foreign country, said program coordinator Doug Smart of SUNY Oswego’s communication studies department. The program is a collaboration between that department and the college’s Office of Continuing Education.

Smart brings a lot of experience—and contacts—from the show-business industry to Oswego. He has three decades in creative and teaching positions in the industry, including directing or associate directing shows that included “Empty Nest,” “Golden Girls,” “Newhart” and “Benson.” He has also developed and supervised Emmy-earning and award-winning student-created news and entertainment programs.

Students signing up for the program will have special events hosted by some of Smart’s contacts as well as SUNY Oswego alumni like Brian McAloon, director of “The Late Late Show” on CBS, and Steve LeBlang, senior vice president of strategic planning and research for the F/X Network.

In addition to panels and presentations by industry members, behind-the-scenes tours and other special events, Smart said the class will incorporate Southern California sightseeing. Expected destinations will include Sunset Strip, the Hollywood Bowl and the beach at Malibu.

“It gives quite an incentive” for current and prospective students, he said, “something to work toward, a target, a goal.”

Since Adam Campbell-Schmitt would like to become a sitcom director after graduation, he said he sees this summer session as a huge opportunity. “Hollywood P.O.V. offers me the chance to do something I couldn’t normally do unless I went to school in Los Angeles: have access to industry professionals and get my foot in the door,” said the junior broadcasting major from Portland, Ore. “I believe that by making this experience available at our school, it puts us a step above other broadcasting programs in the Northeast.”

Emma Kennelty, a junior broadcasting major from Highland Mills, looks forward to the session giving her an up-close look at how the business works. “I think this experience would be one of a kind, and I am positive that if I went, I would learn things I couldn’t learn in my classroom,” she said.

Smart stressed that Hollywood P.O.V. is not just for broadcasting majors. Aspects of the programs will appeal to those interested in public relations and publicity, journalism, writing or performing, he said. Students from other colleges are welcome as well, and participants can receive three college credits.

A deadline of May 27 for applicants is encouraged, with acceptance determined on a rolling basis. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

For more information, call the SUNY Oswego Office of Continuing Education at 312-2270 or visit www.oswego.edu/summer.

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(Posted: Apr 20, 2005)