The sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles is probably most known for Hollywood, the section that is home to the entertainment industry. Because of this, many talented celebrities, actors, artists, musicians, producers, directors and showrunners, some of them SUNY Oswego alumni, call Los Angeles their home.
Before walking across the stage at graduation, students considering relocation can experience Angeleno culture at Hollywood POV, an exclusive behind-the-stage look at big-budget movie and television studios offered by Oswego’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts (SCMA).
Students apply to the annual three-week summer session course, which starts with classroom instruction and culminates with a 10-day visit to Los Angeles, full of sightseeing, networking and studio visits—made possible by the alumni and friends of Oswego.
Janice Simcoe ’83, account director for Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group and SCMA advisory board member, has worked with the Hollywood POV team for several years to answer questions and provide a tour of Walt Disney Studios. Simcoe handles marketing and promotion of the entertainment giant’s parks and resorts.
“I wanted [Hollywood POV students] to see what happened to someone who was in their shoes,” she said in a 2013 interview with OSWEGO Alumni Magazine.
Other professional visits have included television sets such as “The Big Bang Theory,” “Friends,” “Mom” and “The Price is Right,” as well as iconic entertainment establishments such as The Academy of TV Arts & Sciences, Nickelodeon Animation Studios and Warner Brothers Studios, to name a few.
The program was founded in 2005 by School of Communication, Media and Arts Dean Emeritus Fritz Messere ’71 M’76.
—Tyler Edic ’13
Read more about LA-area alumni in Oz to LA: The Road From Campus to Cali.