Faculty

Led by program director Robin Howard, SULA Semester faculty are among the highest achievers in their field with years of industry experience.

William Beasley

William Beasley

WILLIAM S. BEASLEY has enjoyed a distinguished film career working in various production capacities since 1975. He was accepted into the Directors Guild of America Training Program in 1975 and upon its completion rose through the ranks of assistant directors working on such films as Up in Smoke, Breaking Away, American Gigolo and The Lost Boys. He went on to production manage and associate produce Beaches, Christmas Vacation, Arachniphobia and Basic Instinct.

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Bob Boden

Bob Boden

EMMY Nominee Bob Boden’s career in all forms of non-fiction and unscripted / alternative television programming has included senior management and production functions for a variety of television studios, networks, and production companies. He is frequently acknowledged as an industry leader in the game and reality genres.

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Steve Bradbury

Steve Bradbury

Revenue Growth. Innovative Strategy. Content Synthesis. Effective Leadership. These are the core areas of C-level expertise Steve Bradbury has successfully cultivated over 20+ years at the evolving intersection of media, content and technology.

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David Chambers

David Chambers

David Chambers is a graduate of DePauw University, majoring in Philosophy before continuing his education at Indiana University where he received an M. A. in Directing from the Department of Theatre and Drama. He then moved to Hollywood and pursued a career writing and producing many prime-time network television shows, including the Emmy Award-winning series, The Wonder Years and Frank’s Place.

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Julie Chambers

Julie Chambers

Julie Chambers started out putting on shows in her backyard when she was little. At 10, she was already working for her ballet/acrobatic teacher and has continued to enjoy a lifetime of teaching. Dreaming of opening and operating her own children’s theater, she produced, directed, wrote and acted in many children’s theater productions in Los Angeles.

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Barbara Deutsch

Barbara Deutsch

Barbara Deutsch is the creator of the Barbara Deutsch Approach, a unique teaching and coaching concept for people in the film and television industry. As a successful acting teach and coach, Barbara knows about dreams: the rewards of their pursuit, and the sorrows of feeling stuck.

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Mike Dillon

Mike Dillon

Mike Dillon received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Critical Studies from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, with a background in East Asian studies. He has taught courses on the history of Hollywood cinema, international cinema, and Japanese media cultures.

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Bobbie Eisenstock

Bobbie Eisenstock

Bobbie Eisenstock, Ph.D. teaches and consults about the social psychological effects of media and emergent interactive technologies on children, teens, and families. A focus of her current work is developing strategies to counteract potential cyber risks, manage digital footprints, and preempt technology dependency that can lead to Internet addiction.

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Linda Ellman

Linda Ellman

Linda Ellman is a three time Emmy Award-winning and Oscar short-listed veteran of television news and entertainment with more than 30 years experience in Local and Network News, Network, Syndicated and Cable programming.

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Eric German

Eric German

Eric German is an attorney at the law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. His legal expertise is entertainment, copyright and trademark counseling, transactions, negotiations and litigation, primarily in the areas of music, television, film, fashion and apparel, video games and computer software.

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David Hopwood

David Hopwood

A native of Los Angeles, David Hopwood graduated from The University of Southern California with degrees in Creative Writing and Cinema/Television. He began his career in entertainment in the training program of Michael Ovitz' Artist Management Group. There he worked for esteemed talent manager and producer Ellen Goldsmith-Vein (CEO of The Gotham Group). In 2002, he joined former studio chief Mark Canton (300, Immortals) at the foundation of Atmosphere Entertainment.

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Robin Howard

Robin Howard

Robin Howard, Director of Syracuse University’s Los Angeles Academic Semester Program, has worked in almost every field of feature film and television production over her 25 plus year career in the entertainment industry.

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Ryan S Jeffery

Ryan S Jeffery

Ryan S Jeffery (b. 1978) is an American filmmaker living in Los Angeles, California. He received a BFA from Lewis & Clark College (2000), an MFA from the Film and Video program at the California Institute of the Arts (2012), and additionally studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Jeffery’s work focuses on how political, cultural and economic structures are imprinted in the physical landscape. Jeffery has taught Film & Video in the department of Transmedia at Syracuse University, the New Genres Program at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and California State University Long Beach.

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Kip Konwiser

Kip Konwiser

For more than two decades, the Kip Konwiser has earned a sterling reputation for creative content of the highest quality, combined with a prescient business vision across the entire entertainment landscape, including feature films, television series, documentaries, new media, live events, music and dance.

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Deland Nuse

Deland Nuse

In addition to teaching for Syracuse University Los Angles, Deland Nuse is a Lecturer in UCLA’s Department of Film, Television and Digital Media. He has also taught at San Francisco State University, West Los Angeles College, The Los Angeles Film School and Loyola Marymount University.

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Steve Purcell

Steve Purcell

Steve Purcell is a Grammy, 2 time Emmy, MTV Award and Cable Ace Award-winning producer, director and editor. His credits which include hundreds of concert films, music videos, music specials as well as feature films, read like a Who’s Who of the music world. Prince’s “Sign O The Times”, Paul McCartney’s “Get Back,” B.B. King’s “The Blues Summit,” Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill-Live,” John Lennon, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, ZZ Top, Van Halen, Yanni, the list is as varied as it is long.

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Max Weinberg

Max Weinberg

Max Weinberg is the VP of Digital at Control Music Group, a collective of management and media companies working with creators in the fields of music, film, TV, branding, art and commerce. In his time with the company, Max has worked with a wide variety of artists and media entities including Phoenix, Dada Life, Tiësto, Bingo Players, Hudson Mohawke, Thump (the electronic channel of Vice), Keith Ape and Tritonal, among many others.

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