Tulane to Hollywood

Hear from Tulane's own about what it takes to
build a successful career in the entertainment industry

Thursday, April 24, from 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Kendall Cram, Lavin-Bernick Center

Moderated by Matt Rosengart (A&S '84), Entertainment Attorney, Greenberg Traurig


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). See more...

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 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, 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. See more...

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. See more...

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. See more...

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. See more...


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