Robin Forman 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. Beginning her entertainment career in post-production, Ms. Howard worked her way up to producing and then to become Executive Vice-President for Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Productions and then for Mark Rosenberg & Paula Weinstein’s Spring Creek Productions. Culminating her entertainment career as President of Spring Creek Television, she developed and served as Executive Producer on IRON JAWED ANGELS for HBO. This $25 million film about the women’s suffrage movement in America, starring Hilary Swank and Angelica Huston, had its World Premiere at the renowned Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for 5 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, and the prestigious Humanitas award. Additionally, because of its inspiring message, it is routinely screened in Women’s studies programs in colleges and universities throughout the nation.
Since retiring from the film industry, Ms. Howard continued to pursue her love of teaching. She began her academic career with a production course at UCLA. She has been teaching “The Business of Development, Production & Post-Production” for the Los Angeles Semester program of her beloved alma mater, Syracuse University since the program’s inception. Her classes are designed to expose students to the many facets of the industry as well as to provide meaningful interactions with accomplished professionals. Ms. Howard has maintained her deep connections to many working professionals and former colleagues in the industry, whom she calls upon regularly to speak in her classes thus maximizing her students’ immersion into the entertainment industry. In July of 2013 she became the Director of the LA Semester Program.
Ms. Howard was raised in Brooklyn, New York and received a BA in Television/Radio from Brooklyn College and a Masters degree from Syracuse University where she attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications on a Teaching Fellowship. She moved to Los Angeles in 1976 ready to begin a career in the movie business.
Ms. Howard began her career as a Post Production Supervisor for Marble Arch Productions where she worked on both features and television. After leaving Marble Arch she continued as Post Production Supervisor on many high profile feature films including Sydney Pollack’s Academy Award winning epic, OUT OF AFRICA. In 1985, Mr. Pollack asked Ms. Howard to join the new company he was forming for Universal Pictures with his partner Mark Rosenberg, former head of production for Warner Bros. As Executive Vice President of Mirage Productions, Ms. Howard ran the day-to-day operations of the company as well as serving as Associate Producer on THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS, starring Jeff Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer, and WHITE PALACE starring Susan Sarandon and James Spader.
When Mirage Productions was dissolved in 1989, Ms. Howard moved on to line produce the feature film CRISSCROSS starring Goldie Hawn. In 1990, Ms. Howard was reunited with Mark Rosenberg when he and his wife Paula Weinstein formed Spring Creek Productions for Warner Bros. They asked Ms. Howard to join their executive team to run their company as well as produce movies. As Vice President for Spring Creek, Ms. Howard managed all the company’s financial, contractual, personnel, organizational and business affairs. At the same time she Co-Produced the feature film FEARLESS starring Jeff Bridges and directed by Peter Weir. In addition, she produced several television movies including BECAUSE MOMMY WORKS starring Anne Archer, and CLONED starring Elizabeth Perkins for NBC as well as HBO’s THE CHEROKEE KID starring Sinbad, Burt Reynolds, and James Coburn.
In 1997, Ms. Howard created Spring Creek Television for Ms. Weinstein and in 1999 was promoted to the position of President. In addition to IRON JAWED ANGELS, which was given special recognition by the United States Women’s Congressional Caucus and screened in the Library of Congress, the company produced GIVING UP THE GHOST, a romantic comedy starring Marg Helgenberger and Alan Rosenberg as well as IF YOU BELIEVE, a Christmas fable, both for Lifetime.
Before being appointed Director of the Syracuse University, Los Angeles Academic Semester, Ms. Howard completed eight semesters as Adjunct Professor with the program, teaching “The Business Of Development, Production And Post-Production” to undergraduates who spend a semester in Los Angeles learning about the entertainment industry through class study as well as internships at a wide range of media companies. As Director, she proudly supports SULA’s “Scholarship in Action,” mission to provide both a practical education and a pathway for students to begin their careers in the entertainment industry.
Ms. Howard is a member of the Producers Guild of America, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and The Paley Center for Media.