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CAAN Connect


The West Coast office of Alumni Relations is hosting the 7th Annual CAAN Connect for you to network with industry insiders who can open doors and introduce you to people who can actually move your career forward. The CAAN Connect allows you to meet entertainment industry professionals in a speed networking type setting.

You can sit down 1-on-1 with industry pros who are normally impossible to meet. Pitch your project. Pitch yourself.

All creatives need representation. All scripts need a green-light. All aspiring professionals need an interview. This is your opportunity to move your career forward.

Take a look at some of the professionals* who YOU could meet with:

2014 Industry Professionals
  • Roberto Alcantara (BA '06) VP, Scripted at Marblemedia
  • Andy Coleman (BA '05) Talent Agent, ICM
  • Amberlee Mucha (BA '07) Talent Development Producer at Discovery Communications
  • Derek Van Pelt (BA '06) Manager/Producer at Levity Entertainment Group
  • Brendan Kane (BA '05) Partner at Prototype Builders
  • Jonathan Weber (BA '03) Manager/Production Coordinator at Key Creatives
  • Michael Flavin (BA '07) Director of Development, Cider Mill
  • Bobby DeLeon ('92) Development Executive at Infinitum-Nihil
  • Zach Bradshaw (BA '03) Head of Development at Silver Screen Pictures
  • Orion Barnes (BA '97) Talent Agent
  • Brent Madison (BA '11) Partner at American Black Market
  • Matt Laesch (BA '05) VP, Programming and Development, NEXT Entertainment/Warner Horizon Television
  • Michael Pio (BA '05) Literary Agent, Innovative Artists
  • Lena Waithe (BA '06) Writer/Producer
  • Brian McCurley (BA '08) Manager, DMG Entertainment
  • Kyle Heller (BA '08) Partner, Varient
  • Gina Reyes (BA '05) Manager, Fox Writers Intensive
  • Jill Adams (BA ‘11) 3 Arts Entertainment
  • Liz Norman Uhl, Executive VP, Inphenate Entertainment
  • Catherine Redfearn, Creative Executive, Wind Dancer Productions
  • Judd Payne, Producer/Head of Production, Wind Dancer Productions
  • Eben Kostbar, Head of Production at Fine Brothers Productions
  • Diana Romero (BA ‘03) Owner/Producer dreamFILM and Programming Director for Sunscreen FF West - will accept submissions and waive the fee at the event!
  • James J. Gutierrez (BA ‘97) Executive Producer, Billy Bob's Gags to Riches (Discovery,) Black Jesus (Adult Swim)
  • Meghan Mathes (BA ’09) Manager of Development, Evolution Entertainment
*All panelists are subject to change at any time.

Participation in this event requires 3 STEPS:

1st: Click on the REGISTRATION tab above and RSVP.

2nd: Download the APPLICATION and submit it to sschroeder@colum.edu.

3rd: Attend a REQUIRED "pitch practice" meeting (select your timeslot on the application.)

Download your application now, and RSVP to secure your spot ASAP! This event is $25 to attend. Registration ends Monday, June 16 at noon!

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to register a guest, that guest must be paid for AND meet with each panelist WITH YOU. This event is strictly for Columbia College Chicago alums.

Business attire and business cards required.

6-6:30pm : Cocktail Reception
6:45pm : Industry Professional Introductions
7-9pm : Assigned networking (brief one-on-one conversations)
9-10pm : Reception

Primary Contact
Sarah Schroeder
 Date: 6/17/2014
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Writers Boot Camp at Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Building I
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tel: 310.998.1199 or 800.800.1733

Building Directions:
Once you are on Michigan
Go straight into Bergamot parking area
Make a left towards Building I

Driving Directions:
10 W to Cloverfield exit
Make a right onto Cloverfield
At the first light/intersection
Make a right onto Michigan,
Make a Left into Bergamot Station lot