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New York and Los Angeles Career Treks

Each year, 10-15 Kellogg students visit M&E companies in New York and Los Angeles to network with alumni, discuss industry dynamics and trends, and learn about internship and full time opportunities. During the 2011-2012 school year, company visits included industry leaders in television, film, and news media. Highlights from each trek include:

New York: November 22nd, 2011

  • During a joint reception hosted by treks from across Kellogg, networked with alumni across M&E, Finance, High-Tech, and Marketing
  • At HBO, enjoyed a two-hour Q&A with senior executives, including Barbara Thomas (CFO and SVP, HBO Sports and KSM ’79), Peter Ban (SVP and GM, Domestic Network Distribution), and Bernadette Aulestia (SVP, Domestic Networks). Discussion topics ranged from managing relationships with cable providers to HBOGo and opportunities for digital distribution.
  • At NBCUniversal, sat down with Angela Kye Lee (KSM ’10) and other young managers across company brands, including SyFy and iVillage, to learn about opportunities and challenges in the industry for recent MBA graduates
  • At CBS, heard from Ezra Kucharz, President of Local Digital Media, regarding the growing importance of customized digital content for television affiliates and the challenge of building a start-up within an establishing corporation
  • At Dow Jones, Evan Chadakoff (‘KSM ’06) and other members of the Wall Street Journal’s strategy group discussed challenges facing the news industry and how the WSJ has been able to built its brand online

Los Angeles: January 11th, 2011

  • At Disney Imagineering, attended a panel of Kellogg alumni across the company, including John Vandermore (VP and CFO of Imagineering), Ted Chi (VP, Global Marketing), Martin Sansing (VP, Strategic Planning), Ayanna Lonian (Senior Director, Affiliate Sales & Marketing), and Britney Cook (Manager, Finance Operational Strategy). Discussion ranged from interactive gaming opportunities to Shanghai Disney Resort and to the future of ESPN
  • At Sony Pictures, Dave Renke (‘KSM 09, Director of Corporate Development) and representatives from Sony Entertainment Television and Columbia Tristar pulled back the curtain (slightly) on content development by discussing their roles in greenlighting new projects and producing new shows
  • At 20th Century Fox, executives from Fox Searchlight, Fox Sports, and Film Marketing discussed challenges facing the industry following a poor holiday season at the box office and what it takes to get hired by a major studio
  • Hosted more than 20 alumni from across the industry at an after-dinner reception in Century City. Attendees included recent and experienced alumni from Mattel, Fandango, and Warner Brothers, among others