Successful alumni will be on campus on Friday, March 10 for panel discussions, networking, informal sessions, and more.  This is your opportunity to explore the fields of media and entertainment, hear about opportunities, and learn about pathways to success. See below for participating alumni and bios as well as the list of events!

Patch Culbertson ’08.5
Director of A&R
Republic Records

Full Bio Here

Gretchen Eisele ’90
Independent Executive Producer/ Showrunner at Pulse Films

Full Bio Here

Jackie Hurwitz ’07
Producer at Part2 Pictures
Founder at Third Wish Media

Full Bio Here

Richard Coolidge ’87
Senior Producer
PBS Newshour

Full Bio Here

Emmanuelle Saliba ’11.5
Senior Editor, NBC News

Full Bio Here

Friday, March 10

9:00- noon

Resume Review Office Hours (Adirondack House)

If you are interested in a career in media & entertainment, don’t miss this chance to get valuable feedback on your resume from Middlebury alumni currently employed in the industry.  Resume reviews are private, one-on-one conversations and around 20 minutes in length.

Pre-registration is required. Sign-up for a slot ASAP (Search Media and Entertainment Professional Network).

1:00-1:45 p.m.

The Music Industry - Trends, Roles, and Skills  (Axinn 229)

Patch Culbertson ’08.5, Republic Records, will speak to the trends in the music business, the A&R role at a record label with regards to talent scouting and album development, the types of entry level roles that would be perfect for liberal arts majors, and the skill sets that help when first starting in the industry.

2:00-2:45 p.m.

Inside Television Program Production  (Axinn 229)

How do series and specials get made? What kinds of jobs exist in that world, what skills are necessary to get them, and who are the big employers? Gretchen Eisele, ’90 will describe the landscape of television production, the difference between scripted and unscripted, live and taped programming.  She will explain the process of how shows get developed and commissioned, and break down what the different jobs that exist.   Finally, she will teach students about the process of making television - from creating a vision, to shooting in the field, writing and editing a project. 

3:00-3:45 p.m.

The News (Axinn 229)

Richard Coolidge ’87, Senior Producer, PBSNewsHour and Emmanuelle Saliba ’11.5, Senior Editor Social Newsgathering, NBC News will talk about news literacy in the new world of news and fake news, the role of social media in content gathering, the differences between short, medium, and long form news program production, and the challenges of television in a fragmented media environment.

4:00-4:45 p.m.

Perfecting the Pitch - Documentary Film Production (Axinn 229)

Jackie Hurwitz ’07, Producer at Part2 Pictures, Founder at Third Wish Media will discuss one of the most common questions she is asked: “How do I turn my idea into a film?” This workshop will be a hands-on demo of the pitching process. We'll talk about what makes a strong pitch and pick apart some episode concepts. If you have a passion project in the works, this is a great place to get feedback!

5:00-6:15 p.m.

UpNext: Plenary Session - Alumni Panel (Axinn 229)

When it comes to the media & entertainment field, there is a broad variety of ways to pursue your interests and find outlets for your abilities; very much aligned with a liberal arts education. What are the different elements of the business, what are the trends shaping the industry, and what do they mean for future roles in the business?  Hear from a panel of Middlebury alumni with a variety of backgrounds who now have careers across a wide spectrum within the industry.  Then stay for a social event to get to know these professionals and ask questions over light snacks and beverages.

A Conversation With:

  • Patch Culbertson ’08.5 - Music
  • Gretchen Eisele ’90 - Television
  • Jackie Hurwitz ’07 - Film
  • Richard Coolidge ’87 - News
  • Emmanuelle Saliba ’11.5 – News/Social Media
6:15-7:00 p.m.

UpNext: Student/Alumni Networking Reception (Axinn Winter Garden)

All professionals in attendance for the program and students.