JHU Arts Entertainment Media Entrepreneurship (AEME) Group Event

Over the past several months, I’ve been helping to set up an affinity group for the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association to bring together alumni who work in areas related to the entertainment industry.

For the past several weeks, we’ve been making plans for our first official event to be held in conjunction with a week long Intersession course being offered by the Film and Media Studies Program at Hopkins.  We’re happy to announce the details for this event on January 7th and hope everyone can join us. There will be a panel discussion as well as ample time to chat with a variety of fellow alumni, current students, and faculty.

Are you a member of the Arts, Entertainment, Media, or Entrepreneurship communities in Los Angeles?

Join us as we welcome Linda DeLibero, Director of the Hopkins Film and Media Studies Program,​ and current Film majors from the Film and Media Studies Intersession Course for a diverse and dynamic panel discussion featuring creative and successful Hopkins alumni working in the industry. Learn relevant information, make connections with fellow LA area alumni and talk with the current students.

Hosted by:
Donald Kurz ’77, Johns Hopkins University Trustee and School of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board Member, and
the Arts Entertainment Media Entrepreneurship Affinity: LA Group

January 7, 2016
6:30 pm
at Omelet, LLC, 3540 Hayden Avenue, Culver City, CA 90232
No Charge for alumni and guests

RSVP now for this event.


For more information:
Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association AEME LA Reception
Office of Alumni Relations
800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)


As part of the reception, we’ll have a panel discussion with a variety of local alumni who work in the entertainment and media sectors.


Jason P. Somerville, ’97
Founder and Managing Partner, EIG
Mark Swift, ’93
Dalia Ganz, ’05
Director, Digital & Partnership Marketing at ABC Family
Mitch Tenzer, ’75
Partner, Ziffren Brittenham, LLP
Sunny Boling, ’99
Casting Director


A number of students from Hopkins will be in attendance at the event as part of an Intersession course being offered by the department. The listing for the course follows:

The Entertainment Industry in Contemporary Hollywood

This week-long course in Los Angeles gives students inside access to the entertainment industry through daily meetings and workshops with key figures in film, television, new media, and music, many of them JHU alums: directors, producers, screenwriters, studio executives, agents, exhibitors and more. We will visit studios, major agencies and production companies, and will end the week with a JHU networking event and panel discussion with alumni who work in film and television.The course runs from January 4 -8. Open to all Film and Media Studies majors and minors, with preference given to seniors. Students outside FMS may apply if slots remain open after all FMS students have registered.

Course Number: AS.061.377.60
Credits: 1
Distribution: H
Days:  Monday 1/4/2016 – Friday 1/8/2016
Times:  M – 9:00-4:00PM | Tu- 9:00-4:00PM | W- 9:00-4:00PM | Th- 9:00-4:00PM | F- 9:00-4:00PM
Instructor: Linda DeLibero



The event was a wonderful success.  I wanted to share a few of the photos I took during the panel discussion:

Students, alumni, and faculty look on at the Johns Hopkins Arts, Entertainment, Media, and Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion


Johns Hopkins Arts, Entertainment, Media, and Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion featuring Dalia Ganz, Mark Swift, Jason Sommerville, and Sunny Boling.


Omelet group photo
Here’s just a few of the many alumni who came out to the LA meetup at Omelet! It was a pleasure to see so many graduates interested in helping the current students and young alumni break into the film industry. — with Amelia Voos, Lydia Youngman, Dael Norwitz, Cole Spivak, Juliana Veracka, Taylor Veracka, Errol Koenig, Elena Thompson, Chris Aldrich, Howie Mandel, Evelyn Jerome Alexander, Josh Siegel, Don Kurz, Grant Lease, Linda DeLibero, Kathryn Alsman, Mark Swift, Brian J. McConnell, Will Mason, Josh Raphaelson, Caitlin Duffy and Jess Ambrosetti at Omelet.

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Chris Aldrich

I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal processing, IndieWeb, theoretical mathematics, and big history. I'm also a talent manager-producer-publisher in the entertainment industry with expertise in representation, distribution, finance, production, content delivery, and new media.

36 thoughts on “JHU Arts Entertainment Media Entrepreneurship (AEME) Group Event”

  1. Looks like a terrific event! Wish I could attend.

    1. I’ll be there! 🙂

    2. Brian Udoff says:

      As long as my work schedule stays clear! #freelancelife
      Psst – Thomas Meaney

      1. Ahhhh, cool! (Also, nice comment whisper.) 6:30 in Culver might be tough from Glendale, but a man can try. If I can’t make it can you Facetime me in? You’ll just have to hold your phone up the whole time.

        1. Hey dude I’m coming from Topanga, also not geographically desirable for Culver City but #priorities.

    1. I wish, Chris – I’m based in London now. Next time!

  2. Kevin Kilner, you should know this is happening. Hope you and Jordan are having a Happy New Year!

  3. Julie Dangel Milberg, Dave Dittell, Dikega Hadnot, Howie Mandel, Hopefully you all received the email invitation for this event recently…

    1. Howie Mandel says:

      wouldn’t miss it

  4. Andrew Coles, Anna Prebluda, Cari Lynn, Chris Boone, Correne Kristiansen, I hope you’re all available and coming to the JHU/Entertainment event on Thursday. 🙂

    1. Chris Boone says:

      Wish I could, but the commute from Albuquerque is just a bit too far. Thanks for keeping me in the loop.

    2. Cari Lynn says:

      I’ll be there!

  5. How about you Caitlin Duffy, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jeffrey Blitz, Jane Miller, Josh Siegel, Justin Brannock, Michael Szeto, Morgan Lucas, Sarah Gubara, Steve Tsai? I’m running out of time to call everyone personally, but hopefully you can make it to the event on Thursday night.

    1. Thanks Chris! Is it possible to arrive later than the 6:30, or is that a hard start time? It’ll be difficult for me to get there from work by that time, but I can try.

      1. I’m sure it’ll start with drinks and mingling followed by some intros and then the panel discussion with liberal amount of mingling following that. So show up when you can. Out of curiosity, did you get the email invite about a week or so ago?

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