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Tulane to Hollywood

Panelists


David Lonner

Oasis Media GroupDavid Lonner (A&S '84) – Founder, Oasis Media Group

David Lonner is the founder of Oasis Media Group, a management and production company based in Los Angeles. Under Oasis’s banner, Lonner represents writers, directors, and producers in the film, television, and online content arenas. Prior to founding his own company, Lonner was a talent agent at William Morris Agency from 2003-09 where he served as co-head of the Motion Picture Department. He was previously a partner at Endeavor for 7 years where he established their Motion Picture division in 1996. Lonner also spent several years in Creative Artists Agency’s Motion Picture department and began his career at ICM. Over the course of his career as a talent representative, David has discovered and nurtured the careers of JJ Abrams (TV Shows: Lost, Alias, Fringe. Movies: Star Trek: Into Darkness, Star Trek, Super 8, Mission Impossible 3), Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways), Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Jon Turteltaub (Cool Runnings, National Treasure), Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), Michael Tolkin (The Player), Rob Minkoff (Lion King, Stuart Little), and Audrey Wells (The Truth about Cats and Dogs). In addition, Lonner is a committed philanthropist working with numerous organizations.  He serves as a former board member of the Early Childhood Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and former chairman of the entertainment division of the United Jewish Fund. Additionally, he is a board member of Yemin Orde, American Pardes Foundation, and Entertainment Industry Foundation. Lonner grew up in Long Island, New York. He is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts. David is married to Janet Lonner and they have four children together.

Chris Petrikin

20th Century FoxChris Petrikin (A&S '88) – Chief Communications Officer, 20th Century Fox

As Chief Communications Officer for 20th Century Fox Film Corporation (which includes Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000, Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation, Fox International Productions and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) Petrikin oversees the studio's internal and external corporate communications, corporate affairs, philanthropy and media strategy. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for the William Morris Agency. A former journalist, he was Executive Editor of Inside.com and Inside the Magazine, News Editor and Senior Reporter for Variety, and has written for or contributed to the Los Angeles Times, GQ, Esquire, Premiere Magazine, Salon.com and National Public Radio, among others. He graduated from Tulane with a degree in English.

Meryl Poster

Meryl Poster (NC '86) – President of Television, The Weinstein Company

Meryl Poster was named president of television for The Weinstein Company in February 2011. Her long time association with Harvey and Bob Weinstein began in 1989 at Miramax Films where Poster in less than ten years rose through the ranks to become Co-President of Production. She began her career in 1986 as a trainee in New York at the legendary William Morris Agency mailroom. Poster is known throughout the industry for her strength as a leader and her ability to identify and nurture emerging talent. On the marketing side, she developed game-changing Academy Award® campaigns raising the bar for the industry. In her current role, Poster’s purview includes oversight of all development and production for a wide array of programming including the reality powerhouse, Project Runway. Poster has remained the franchise’s steward, creating successful extensions of the original format including After the Runway and more recently, Project Accessory and Project Runway All Stars. She has spearheaded the launch of VH1’s highly-rated series, Mob Wives and its spin-off series Big Ang and Mob Wives Chicago. Poster is also responsible for the unscripted series Trailer Park: Welcome to Myrtle Manor on TLC, Rodeo Girls on A&E, Supermarket Superstar on Lifetime, and the new series Project Runway: Under the Gunn on Lifetime. Poster is also active in scripted television, having paired with Gilmore Girls writer and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino on an adaptation of The Nanny Diaries for ABC. Currently in development is an original series based on the epic adventures of Marco Polo scheduled to premiere on Netflix in late 2014.
While at Miramax, she produced Cop Land, Beautiful Girls, Marvin’s Room, Bounce, Kate and Leopold, The Shipping News, and An Unfinished Life. She was also the executive directly overseeing Miramax’s numerous other productions during her tenure including Shakespeare in Love (Academy Award® winner Best Picture 1998); Good Will Hunting (Academy Award® nominee Best Picture); The Talented Mr. Ripley; Emma, Wings of the Dove, Serendipity, Cold Mountain, Shall We Dance, Finding Neverland, and Flirting with Disaster. During Poster’s tenure, she executive produced the Academy Award winning Best Picture Chicago and Academy Award nominated Cider House Rules and Chocolat. Poster founded and served as President of Superb Entertainment, the television and film production company with production deals at NBC, Universal Media Studio and Universal Pictures. At NBC Universal, Poster was responsible for acquiring and developing In the Heights, the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, for the screen. She brought in screenwriter Marti Noxon (Glee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to create Bravo’s upcoming scripted drama The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, and she executive produced the television pilots Fashionality for Bravo and Style Council for MTV. Poster continues to be a leading woman in Hollywood. She has been featured in Premiere, W, Vanity Fair, Mademoiselle, Elle, Gotham and Glamour magazines. She has been named one of the most powerful women in entertainment by Crain’s, and was ranked in The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 for five consecutive years. She was honored in 2002 with The Muse Award from New York Women in Film and Television. She is a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Women In Communications, and serves as a Vice Chair on UJA-Federation’s Entertainment, Media, and Communications Executive Committee. Meryl Poster takes great pride in her best productions: her daughter Ava (15) and son Jedediah (12). They reside in New York City.

Mathew Rosengart

Matt Rosengart (A&S '84) – Entertainment Attorney, Greenberg TraurigGT

Mathew Rosengart is a partner at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where in addition general litigation, his practice focuses on entertainment and media matters.  Before entering private practice, Rosengart served as a Trial Attorney at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and also as an Assistant United States Attorney.  While serving with the Justice Department, Mathew received the Federal Bar Association’s Younger Lawyer Award, in which he was recognized by a panel of federal judges as one of the nation’s top 5 government litigators under the age of 36.  He has also been featured as a “Power Player” by Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. Rosengart previously served as a partner and Co-Chair of the Entertainment & Media Litigation Department of a national law firm with several hundred attorneys.  In the entertainment area, he has successfully represented many Academy-Award nominated writers, directors, and actors in high-profile cases involving major motion pictures, Broadway plays, and television shows.  Rosengart’s recent matters have included a lawsuit against the lead actress on the CBS show The Good Wife (which was featured in The Hollywood Reporter and Good Morning America) and his representation of the writer-director of a major motion picture, starring Matt Damon, Anna Paquin, and Mark Ruffalo (which was covered by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times).  Mathew is also a sought-after legal commentator, regularly appearing on television and being quoted on entertainment-related issues in publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.

Rick Roskin

Rick Roskin (A&S '87) – Music Agent, Creative Artist AgencyCAA

Rick Roskin is a Music Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Roskin is based in Los Angeles and represents many of the world’s top musicians, advising artists on concert tours and booking appearances. Roskin began his career in 1988 as a CAA mailroom trainee, and was promoted to agent in 1991. His client roster includes such artists as Eric Clapton, Kid Rock, Santana, Iron Maiden, Cheap Trick, Kesha, Counting Crows, Kelly Clarkson, Tom Morello, Marilyn Manson, and Slipknot, among others. In addition, Roskin was instrumental in co-founding CAA’s Warped Tour in 1995, a lifestyle concert tour that combines rock bands, extreme sports and corporate sponsorships.  The tour was acquired by Launch Media in 2000. Roskin is a graduate of Tulane University with a B.A. in Political Science.


 

Dawn Steinberg

Dawn Steinberg (TU Parent) –  EVP Talent & Casting, Sony Pictures TelevisionSony

Dawn Steinberg is executive vice president, U.S. talent and casting, Sony Pictures Television (SPT). In this position, Steinberg works closely with casting directors, writers and producers, and oversees casting of all current SPT series, pilots, movies for television and miniseries, as well as SPT's projects in development for network, cable and first-run syndication. Steinberg has been instrumental in the casting of Joel McHale in Community, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad as well as Chris Messina and Rose Byrne in Damages. Steinberg has also greatly contributed to the casting of shows such as Happy Endings, Justified, Masters of Sex, The Goldbergs and The Blacklist.
Steinberg joined SPT in July 2003 as senior vice president, talent and casting. Prior to that, Steinberg served as a casting consultant for NBC Studios, overseeing all studio casting for the fall 2002 and 2003 pilot seasons and assembling the casts for the Peabody Award-winning Boomtown, featuring an ensemble headed by Donnie Wahlberg and Mykelti Williamson; Las Vegas, starring James Caan; and Happy Family, starring John Larroquette and Christine Baranski; among others. In addition to heading up NBC Studios casting for the last two pilot seasons, Steinberg served as casting director for the highly anticipated NBC comedy Coupling. From 1998-2000, Steinberg was senior vice president, talent and casting, at Artists Television Group, supervising casting and talent development on such series as The Street, Madigan Men, The Fighting Fitzgeralds and Grosse Pointe. Before joining ATG, she served as senior vice president, casting, for Big Ticket Productions, casting the series pilot for UPN's Moesha and discovering Mo'Nique, star of the comedy series The Parkers. Steinberg began her career in New York City, casting off-Broadway theatrical productions and operating a theater company called “The West Bank Café with Lewis Black. She moved to Los Angeles in 1991 and worked as an independent casting director in both motion pictures and television. A native New Yorker, she holds a bachelors degree in communications from Emerson College in Boston.

Jack Sussman

Jack Sussman (TU Parent) – EVP Specials, Music & Live Events, CBSCBS

Jack Sussman was promoted to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment in March 2006.  He reports to Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. In this expanded position, Sussman, who has been head of CBS specials since 1998, also serves as the Network's chief liaison to the music industry, working with managers, recording artists, record labels and music suppliers to identify new and established performers whose music or personal appearances can be integrated into the Network's primetime series, movies, specials and live events. Sussman also works with CBS's interactive division to identify music-related content for wireless and the Internet. Sussman continues to oversee the Network’s blue chip events and specials such as "The Grammy Awards," "The Tony Awards" and "Kennedy Center Honors" as well as CBS's annual presentations of "The People's Choice Awards," "The Academy of Country Music Awards," "Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show" and "Home for the Holidays" as well as holiday programming.  In addition to specials and music, Sussman remains CBS's executive in charge of live event entertainment programming, such as "Survivor" finales and reunion specials. While at CBS, Sussman has spearheaded successful specials featuring some of contemporary music's top stars in their first network television special including Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Ricky Martin, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Elton John and Tina Turner. He has also been responsible for some of CBS's highest rated and most critically acclaimed specials including "The Carol Burnett Show:  Show Stoppers" which was seen by more than 30 million viewers, "Michael Jackson:  30th Anniversary Special,"  "I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special," "CBS At 75" and the "AFI 100" specials, and, most recently, "The Beatles:  The Night That Changed America." Sussman joined CBS in August 1998 as Vice President, Specials, from Cinecanal where he led the programming and creative services reorganization of the Latin American movie channel that is jointly owned by Universal, Paramount, MGM and FOX.  He was promoted to Senior Vice President, Specials in 2000. From 1996-97, Sussman was Vice President, Head of Programming for MTV Latin America, responsible for production and original programming, development, music programming, scheduling, talent and artist relations, news and on-air promotion. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Production and Original Programming at VH1 from 1992-95, where he developed and produced new series and specials.  Sussman’s background also includes positions at CNN and NBC News. As an executive producer/producer, his credits include "The VHI Honors," the live concert series "Centerstage," "Paul McCartney at the Hollywood Bowl," "MTV Latin America:  MTV Unplugged," "Conversations with The Rolling Stones," "Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope Tour" and "Stand Up Spotlight." Sussman serves on the Executive Committee of the Cedars Sinai Sports Spectacular, is a Board member of the Academy of Country Music's Lifting Lives and is on the Board of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Sussman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (B.A., radio, television and motion pictures).

David Wisnia

David Wisnia (L '99) – EVP Business Development, CBS CBS

David Wisnia is Executive Vice President, Business Development, CBS Corporation. In this role, he works closely with the Company’s senior management as well as across various CBS Corp. divisions (CBS News, CBS Interactive, CBS Global Distribution, CBS Radio, etc.) on strategic development initiatives for the Company. He also acts as point person for CBS on all business matters related to TVGN (formerly the TV Guide Network), a basic cable programming service in which the company maintains an equity position. Wisnia joined CBS in August 2011 as its Executive Vice President, Affiliate Relations for the CBS Television Network, supporting the President of Affiliate Relations in negotiating new affiliation pacts, helping to oversee the department’s operations and personnel, and serving as a senior liaison to the Affiliate Board and station/group owners. Prior to CBS, Wisnia served as Senior Vice President, Distribution, Sales & Marketing/Head of North American and UK/European Operations for News Corporation's Star TV, where he oversaw STAR’s Los Angeles, New York and London offices as well as day-to-day operations of those region's businesses, including P&L, affiliate relations, advertising, marketing, local programming, as well as strategic planning for growth in each region. Before working at Star TV, Wisnia was Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs for Fox Cable Networks, where he helped oversee the business and legal affairs department for Fox Sports International/FUEL TV cable television channels, domestically and internationally. During this time he managed the day-to-day business and programming operations of the Fox Sports channel in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey as well as worked as the lead attorney in negotiations with major sports leagues (including MLB, NBA, NFL, NASCAR and the PGA). Wisnia previously worked as Director, Associate Director and Attorney for the division. Wisnia earned his J.D. from Tulane Law School and his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine.


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