Media Industry Conversations
Industry professionals discuss today's evolving media landscape.

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Media Industry Conversations

About Media Industry Conversations (MIC)

MIC offers students from UT Austin's Department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) and the Moody College of Communication opportunities to engage with a wide range of industry professionals to discuss today's evolving media landscape. MIC guests, many of whom are prominent RTF and Moody College alumni, hail from Texas, Los Angeles, New York and beyond.

Each fall semester, MIC sessions are a component of RTF 347P, The Business of Hollywood, taught by media studies professor Alisa Perren. A limited number of MIC sessions also are scheduled each spring semester. Keep an eye on this webpage and on our Twitter feed (@RTFMIC) for updates about upcoming guests as well as new podcasts.

MIC is generously supported by both RTF and the Moody College of Communication. Assistance with guest coordination is provided by screenwriting professor Cindy McCreery.

Selected MIC sessions are recorded and published as podcasts, available for free on SoundCloud. The Fall 2020 sessions are going virtual! 


Primary Course Instructor and MIC Organizer: Alisa Perren
Faculty Collaborator: Cindy McCreery

Coordinating Assistants: Lesley Willard, Kate Cronin
Teaching Assistants: Alex Remington, Brett Siegel
Guest Support Assistant: Ben Harizman


For general questions regarding the course or Media Industry Conversations, please contact Alisa Perren at

Past Guest Archive

For a listing of guests from previous semesters, see our archives.

Fall 2020 MIC Speakers

Aug. 31 - Launching Your Career, Corporate Side (Panel)

Guests include Nora Bess (Marketing Coordinator, HBO), Caterina Nasr (A&R Manager, Elektra Music), Daniel Tuggle (Associate, Content Strategy & Analysis, Netflix), Lauren Zimmer (Creative Department Manager, The Third Floor)
5:00–6:15 pm

Sept. 9 - Launching Your Career, Screenwriters & Agents (Panel)

Guests include Davia Carter (Katy Keene), Jim Ehrich (literary agent, Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston), Britta Lundin (Betty), Cindy McCreery (RTF faculty member, Haven)
3:00–4:15 pm

Sept. 14 - Catherine Hardwicke

Director, Twilight, This Is Us
5:00–6:15 pm

Sept. 21 - Felicia D. Henderson

TV Writer/Producer/Director, Next, The Punisher, Soul Food
5:00–6:15 pm

Sept. 28 - Jerren Wright

Business Affairs Executive, Amazon Studios
5:00–6:15 pm

Oct. 5 - Gaylyn Fraiche

Vice President, Film & Television, Hello Sunshine
5:00–6:15 pm

Oct. 12 - PJ Shapiro

Entertainment Attorney, Ziffren Brittenham, LLP
5:00–6:15 pm

Oct. 19 - Luis Ribeiro

Managing Partner/Executive Producer, LOBO
5:00–6:15 pm

Oct. 26 - Raymond Mansfield

Producer and Founding Partner, QC Entertainment
5:00–6:15 pm

Nov. 2 - Tahirah Gooden

Manager of Original Studio Films, Netflix
5:00–6:15 pm

Nov. 9 - Shira Rockowitz

Director of Creative Producing and Artist Support, Sundance Institute
2:00–3:15 pm

Nov. 9 - Kevin Rowe

Literary Manager and Producer, Elia
5:00–6:15 pm

Nov. 16 - Tery Lopez

Director, Inclusion and Equity, WGA
Co-Sponsored by the Latino Media Arts & Studies Program
5:00–6:15 pm

Nov. 23 - Casey Cannon & Van Ling

Casey Cannon (Producer, RanchWorks Picture Show; visual effects
producer) and Van Ling (writer/director, Cliffs of Freedom; visual effects supervisor)
5:00–6:15 pm

Nov. 30 - Scott Grogin

Executive Vice President, Communications, CBS Distribution
5:00–6:15 pm

FALL 2021 - Jordan Levin

General Manager, Rooster Teeth
5:00–6:15 pm