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Producer, Alumnus Teitel Teaches SiLA Class


Bob Teitel and Semester in LA's Spring 2013 Producing class. From left: Rod Grable, Kendall Williamson, Bob Teitel, Kenneth Savoca, Joseph Williams, Keunho Shin. | Photo: Jason Parker
Bob Teitel (BA '90), producer of Barbershop, Soul Food, Notorious, and many other films, was a smash hit teaching the Creative Producing master's class during fall 2012 as part of Semester in LA.  

The inaugural students in the Creative Producing master's program graduate this spring, and most of the class already have either a job in the industry or projects in active development with working producers.

Teitel has been a tremendous supporter of Columbia College Chicago and is leading the charge to produce more projects in Illinois. He understands that he has to work both inside and outside the system to get his distinctive brand of movies made.

Several weeks ago, Teitel hosted a re-election event for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. It was a who’s who of Chicagoans in the industry including Jeff Garlin, Billy Zane, HBO Films President Len Amato, Teitel’s producing partner George Tillman, former Illinois Film Commissioner Brenda Sexton, and Chaz Ebert.

Recently, Teitel heard final pitches from the students in an undergraduate Semester in LA producing class and had some terrific suggestions for them: “It’s a competitive industry. You’ve got to work harder than everyone else if you want to succeed. If one of my 'A' list writers feels the need to jump on an executive’s desk to sell his project, then students can learn to be unforgettable too. If you’re going to say your project is a cross between Bridesmaids and The Hangover, you better make me laugh.”

Teitel is living proof that a strong education at Columbia College Chicago mixed in with collaboration, hard work, and talent can lead to a fulfilling and exciting career in the entertainment industry.