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Rebecca Elias Abboud

Rebecca Elias Abboud graduated from Drexel University in 2011 with a Masters in Television Management. She graduated from Temple University with a bachelors degree in Film and Media Arts. Rebecca is currently working as a video producer for the University of Pennsylvania, creating short format online video for the university's homepage and news media. She was formally the Production Manager at MiND TV where she spent four years working on community media. Rebecca was also the video producer on The "A" Game, an educational online game for middle schoolers, which can be found on PBS Learning Media.

To see the projects Rebecca has worked on you can visit her website at www.rebeccaeliasmedia.com.


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David Diperstein

David is a multi award-winning TV/Film professional with 7 years of experience in the media following 6 years in information technology. His documentary work as an undergrad netted him the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle amongst other awards. Chasing his streak of entrepreneurship, he obtained a Masters degree in Television Management and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Drexel University and has been bringing that knowledge forward to attack creative problems from a new angle. Recently, he has served as the editor and post production supervisor of a foreign language feature film that has been an official selection in 19 festivals internationally & has won 4 awards in the first 4 months of its festival run. With dozens of projects in film and television under his belt, he looks forward to the challenges that shooting his new short, Will to Live, on film will present. He also looks impossibly young.

Production
"Runnaway"

Some men run from their pasts, while others chase it.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5pgm5B9j7Q


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Kelsey Hanley

Kelsey Hanley - CBS-3 KYW Philly

This past spring semester, I completed an internship at CBS Philly in the Public Affairs department, and worked under Joanne Calabria, Vice President of Public Affairs for CBS Television Stations, and Shelley Hoffman, Manager of Public Affairs for CBS Philly. My internship was originally supposed to be 12 weeks from January 21st to April 18th, but I was able to get it extended for 4 more weeks, ending on May 14th. I really enjoyed my time working at CBS Philly and learned a ton. The internship was an incredible learning experience, and I came out of it learning what I wanted to do, career wise.

I started my internship on January 21st, which happened to be right in the middle of winter storm Janus. The station was in full swing, broadcasting constant updates on the storm, and the energy level around the station was very high. This was such an exciting day to start my internship, as I was able to see what a television station is like during a breaking news event. Joanne and Shelley took me to the control room to watch the 12pm newscast and weather reports being broadcasted from location. I was pretty mesmerized to say the least. Sitting in the control room gave me a different perspective on reporting the news from a production side. It was crazy to see how timing was everything during each reporter’s segment. I really enjoyed my first day at the station and was very excited to go back for my 2nd day.

On my 2nd day and throughout the month of February, I was given my first big assignment of organizing all the public service announcements and keeping track of them in a binder, throwing out duplicates and expired tapes. I also had the opportunity to work on my first press release, which was for the ‘Kidcaster Search with Meteorologist Kathy Orr.’ Almost every year, CBS 3 holds auditions for young kids to showcase their meteorology skills while reporting the weather in a simulated report. The winners are then featured live on that week’s newscasts. I also was able to catch a few segments of Talk Philly in the studio and watch some live recordings being taped for different segments. Two stood out particular, which included Anchor Ukee Washington interviewing Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones, for his upcoming movie Pompeii, and an interview with the makers of Yuengling Ice cream. Everyone in the audience was able to take home samples of the ice cream as well. At the end of the month, I started on a press release for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, and was given a new, ongoing project of uploading events into the CBS 3 Community Calendar on the station’s website.

Starting in March, I began organizing all the physical copies of the talent bios, and headshots, as well as updating the talent’s on-air social media contact list. It was very cool coming into contact with a lot of the talent on a regular basis. I was also given a project to transcribe interviews for PAL Award honoree Bob Ciminelli. These interviews consisted of his colleagues and friends on his experiences within the PAL organization. My biggest project of all was the quarterly FCC reports, which consisted of transcribing and compiling newscasts into FCC ready documents for the first quarter, which were completed in mid April. I also helped out Paul Marrero of Human Resources on a project, which consisted of compiling an EEO report for the on-air talent’s public appearance events throughout the last year in the categories of education, minority, and women. In my downtime I worked on the FCC project.

By April, I was assigned two more press releases to complete for the 2014 PAB Awards and the Big Brother 16 casting call being held at Revel Casino in Atlantic City. I was really able to learn a great deal about what goes into drafting a press release, as Joanne gave me full rein on creating them and the she would sit me down and show me what I needed to correct. As time went on, I got better and better at writing them. It was very beneficial in my learning process in the individual attention she gave me. Joanne also gave me two other assignments, in which I had to compile information for all of the CBS Local Television Stations in creating Excel spreadsheets for the revenue generated from events and PSA’s on a corporate level.

From mid April to mid May, the planning and coordinating for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event took full swing. I was involved in meetings for the coverage and communications aspect of the event from start to finish. I was able to see all the different aspects that went into a public affairs event, and got to work the event on May 11th. My job at the event was to work the “selfie” booth and manage the crowds. Someone form the on-air talent team would appear every 30 minutes for the crowd to line up and take a picture with. The step and repeat ended up being a huge success, and Joanne and Shelley, along with the web department, officially decided to implement it at all of their events. The step and repeat used the hash tag #cbs3selfie, which became the go-to hash-tag from now on for anyone wanting to upload a picture or post to social media while at a CBS Philly related event. It was very interesting to see how a local television station utilized social media into their communications outreach plan, and greatly benefitted them to them point of being a large success.

All in all, my internship at CBS Philly was an incredible experience. I learned that I would like to be in a communications and public affairs role at a television station or network, and be involved with events. I learned so much about drafting press releases, and would like to have writing be a large part of my future career. On the last day of my internship, I was offered a position as a Sales and Political Compliance Assistant for National Spot Sales for CBS Television Stations. Shelley recommended me for the position, which proves that hard work really does prevail in the end. I’m so excited to continue working at CBS and am very excited where this start in the company will take me.




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Rebecca Henshell

Rebecca Henshell

Rebecca Henshell graduated from Drexel University in 2011 with a Masters in Television Management. In 2007, she graduated from Temple University with a bachelors degree in Journalism. Rebecca is currently working as the Senior Acquisitions Coordinator with NBC Sports Network. She aspires to continue working in programming acquisitions and content development within the television entertainment business.

Thesis
"The Impact That Talent/Audience Interactions Have on the Reality Television Landscape" (2011)


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Ryan Maguire

Ryan Maguire

Ryan Maguire is an award-winning social media professional with a background in television news and video production. Currently the lead Digital Content Strategist at the University of Delaware, Ryan focuses on creating strategies and developing shareable content through social and multi-media.

After graduating from the University of Delaware in 2007, Ryan worked as a producer/reporter at WHYY-YV, a PBS-affiliate, in Delaware, before starting Drexel’s Masters in Television Management Program in 2009.

He then went on to turn social media into a professional career path through his work as an Associate Producer at 13 WHAM News in Rochester, New York, as well as on the assignment desk at NBC 10 in Philadelphia. In 2011, Ryan returned to the University of Delaware to build out the University’s first strategic social media initiative as the institution’s first Social Media Editor.

In 2014, Ryan completed his thesis, Social Media and the Local Television Audience, which draws from his professional television news and social media experience and looks to map out the ideal social media relationship viewers would prefer to have with their local television news outlets—with the goal of aiding News Directors tasked with creating or revamping their station’s social media strategy.


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Chris Palo

Chris Palo

Chris graduated with his MS in Television Management and MBA in 2007, while working at the Paul F. Harron Studios as the Senior Production Manager.
In 2009, Chris joined The American College Studios and TheWealthChannel.com as the Director of digital media. Chris was brought on to revamp and expand the studio, online video presence and content on TheWealthChannel.com. While straddling the line between management and production, Chris produced and directed content for clients including Aflac, General Mills and Waste Management, designed and executed mobile video course delivery for the CFP® and ChFC®, and managed major studio and post-production upgrades.
In 2011, Chris took over as Executive Producer of TheWealthChannel.com, overseeing all content production and providing a new vision for the future. Chris and his team focus on creating important, impactful content and getting that content in their audience’s hands.

Production
The Wealth Channel


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Aby Rao

Aby Rao is a senior associate in the Information Protection and Business Resiliency group at KPMG. In this capacity, he works with various Fortune 500 companies to improve and safeguard their critical infrastructure from IT security attacks. He was awarded KPMG’s prestigious Encore award four times in the past two years for superior individual and team performance. He is a member of the Information Systems Security Association, Information Systems Audit and Control Association and Project Management Institute. He was also invited to write on various security issues and topics for the Hakin9 and PenTesting magazines.

While at Drexel University, Aby was an employee at the LeBow College of Business and also completed a Masters in Television Management. He was an adjunct professor at the College of Media and Design. He was awarded the Most Outstanding Masters Student in Arts and Humanities during the 2008-2009 academic year.

During the evenings and weekends, he moonlights as a film director and producer. His short mockumentary-style film Singhing Bee, which focused on spelling bee champions, was screened at four different national and international film festivals. He is currently developing his first narrative feature film entitled Parallel Parking, which will be shot in 2014. Several of his short documentaries were included in the programming at the Philadelphia public TV station WYBE. He is also known for his video arts collection, which was displayed at various exhibitions organized by City Without Walls Urban Gallery, Asian Arts Initiative and Kean University. He also owns a new media, film and video production company in Durham, NC called Verve Films.

In his spare time, Aby enjoys traveling and outdoor activities with his wife. He also enjoys doing volunteer work at film festivals and other organizations in Durham.

Resume
Rao - Arts Resume
Rao - Professional Resume


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David Salzberg

David Salzberg

David Salzberg began his career as a management consultant in the Information, Communications, and Entertainment Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. His experience encompasses technology, business analysis, strategic communications, and integrated marketing with such companies as HBO, Swiss Bank, Prudential, and Keller Williams Beverly Hills. In keeping with his passion for digital and social media, David has worked on social media marketing, interactive, and mobile app projects for ABC, Style, and Warner Bros, and HGTV. He recently produced a web-series called "Howard Gets an Interview". David holds an M.S./M.B.A from Drexel University in Television Management and a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Production
"Howard Gets an Interview"

"Howard Gets an Interview" follows the trials and tribulations of Howard Zitter, as he tries to land a job in corporate America; the only problem is Howard can't seem to catch a break.

http://www.youtube.com/user/HowardsInterviews
http://blip.tv/howardgetsaninterview
http://www.facebook.com/HowardGetsAnInterview

The series was inspired by my interview experiences when I moved to LA in 2010. After graduation from Drexel, I began collaborating with David Craig (a producer who was one of the adjunct professors in our program) on developing a few reality programming ideas. We pitched a show to some of the networks and he encouraged me to make the move to LA. When I arrived, the economy was really bad, and there were little or no jobs to be found. I took David's advice of literally having coffee with anyone and everyone that would meet with me and so began my interviewing journey. I began reaching out to people in the industry for informational interviews and "meet and greets". I was relentless and sometimes had 3-4 meetings a day, every day. Eventually, I got a break and started working for a production company doing social media marketing and audience development. Along the way I realized that rather than asking someone for their approval to create a project, that I could, and should do it myself. The interview experience is often awkward, unpleasant and amusing and everyone can relate to it. I thought back upon all of my interviews and realized that I had a show there. I found a writer to collaborate with and we began the process of hiring cast and crew. We had an amazing experience shooting the series and I am very proud of what our team has accomplished. I sincerely hope you enjoy it!


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Skerritt

Yannick Skerritt

Yannick Skerritt graduated from Drexel University in Winter 2011 with a Masters in Television Management. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelors degree in Communications and English Writing. Yannick is currently working as a Production Assistant at Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. Yannick aspires to continue to produce content in the field of sports broadcasting, specifically in reality show and documentaries films as seen on HBO (Hard Knocks, 24/7) and ESPN (30 for 30).


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Shengrui Wang

Career Path

Shengrui Wang started her career in 2008 with an internship at the Centre City Film and Video, Philadelphia. As an aspiring newcomer she took the initiative to grasp her activities of handling research on a variety of topics relevant to production. She transcribed, labeled and logged tapes for postproduction by collaborating with other interns to accomplish assigned tasks. With this experience she went on to work on a project as a production assistant in the Philadelphia 48 hour film known as “We’re All Gonna Die”. Here she carried the responsibilities of preparing set props for the movie, assisting with the music and talent rights clearance as well as facilitating communication between different groups of the production crew.

While she was gaining experience outside the campus, the university decided to give her a major project called the ‘Ink not Ink’, which was a Chinese contemporary art exhibition on world tour. As the lead producer, write and correspondent for the event, Shengrui was able to act as a liaison with officials from the Chinese embassy and she was able to conduct on-air interviews with all major participants.

Shengrui had a dream to change the Sesame Street for her country people. She believed that the Chinese children were not portrayed in this television series effectively. By expressing this view, she landed the greatest opportunity to work in the Sesame Street Workshop in New York during July 2010 to February 2011. Working under the Sesame Street Chinese section she rewrote the lyrics of Sesame Street songs into Chinese, she provided voice direction and accent correction for voice talents, assisted the development of the 2-year curriculum and also provided scripts as well as test voice-over for animation and games.

In a coproduction with Sesame China, she was involved as a translator for Sesame China team at the Henson Workshop and provided cultural consulting and language assessment for content review.

She also translated and voice recorded for the Sesame Gala video and conducted on-air interviews with all major participants for the Sesame International Licensing.

With this wonderful experience absorbed and nurtured in the United States, she moved back to China with her confidence level boosted and filled with aspirations to reach greater heights. She joined the Sesame Street China in Shanghai as she always wanted to and worked there between the duration of March 2011 to June 2011. Here, she was involved in providing consultation and feedback on Sesame Street Chinese production matters, including collaboration with Executive Producer. She shot video footage while in China for possible use as pilot and to help determine future approach, and as reference media for Sesame Workshop within the lesson plans for Sesame Street Chinese. As a liaison for Sesame Street Chinese while in China she executed creative, production, and administrative assignments as requested.

Shengrui currently works as a Production Assistant at Shanghai Artown Entertainment Co., Ltd since May 2011. Her duties in this job include providing scripts for plays of the Le Guo Children Theater. This venture was a continuation of her Sesame Street dream and she created activity plans for kindergartens. Conducting a research on educational media, she translates the Sesame scripts into Chinese for subtitles and also provides English voice-over for various projects.

Thesis
"Integrating Chinese Culture Into Sesame Street” (2011)

Production
"Ink Not Ink"
PDF: INKnotINK


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Eric Yarsinsky

Eric Yarsinsky

Eric Yarsinsky graduated from Drexel University in 2011 with a Masters in Television Management. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Management Information Systems from the University of Delaware in 2008.

While at Drexel, Eric participated in two internships at local Philadelphia television stations. The first was in the Finance Department at Fox 29 where he prepared the station's internal audit and test of internal controls in accordance with Sarbanes-Oxley. The second internship was in the Programming and Research Departments at CBS 3/CW Philly where he created ratings/share reports for various programs and time periods.

Currently, Eric works in Sales and Marketing Research for NBC Sports at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. He is responsible for evaluating and reporting on program/network performance and other market research.

Thesis
"Interactive Advertising for Local News Broadcasts: An Exploration of Potential" (2011)


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Dongchen Zhang

Dongchen works for Hubei Satellite TV Channel where she is one of the directors/editors for a new program titled, Mediation: Face-to-Face. The orientation of the program: Harmony around the world.
This program launched in January 3rd, 2012 on Hubei Satellite TV Channel. Its former program was named as Mediation Scene, which had been broadcast on Hubei Local TV Channel for almost one and half year since it launched on October 2010. The program is aired at 10:00pm, Tuesday/Wednesday each week.

It’s more like a talk show program. Most of the content of this program is to resolve family conflicts among modern marriage in China, such as divorce dispute, contradictory feelings among siblings, problems between mother and daughter-in-law, etc. The program helps our audience to learn how to have a happier and healthier marriage and live. The audience rating of the program was high when it launched on Hubei local TV Channel and it also has a good rating on Satellite TV Channel. The similar programs are “Jeremy Kyle Show”, “Maury Show”, and “Divorce court”.

I’m one of the directors and editors in this program group. We call it the “Director Responsible System”. Every single director is responsible to the whole process of the production of each episode, which includes preliminary topic choices and contacts, recording, script writing, site direction of the recording of the episode, and the editing of the episode. Therefore, I’m the person in charge for my own episode mostly.

Hubei Satellite TV Channel covers 98% cities in China; the newest orientation of the channel is rooted in Hubei, developed in the central plains of China, and its purpose is to show China’s face to the world.

The Web site of the channel: http://ws.hbtv.com.cn/
And the web site of the propaganda film of the program: http://ws.hbtv.com.cn/content/2012-01/10/content_1947812.htm

Thesis
"A Case Study of China Multimedia Mobile Broadcasting (CMMB)” (2011)

Production
"Ink Not Ink"
PDF: INKnotINK


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