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. Seating for all sessions takes place on a first-come, first-serve basis. 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.

All MIC sessions are recorded and published as podcasts, available for free on SoundCloud


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

Coordinating Assistants: Kate Cronin, Tim Piper, Lesley Willard


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

Past Guests

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

Fall 2019 MIC Speakers

Sept. 16 - Screenwriting Panel

Guests include Kell Cahoon (Psych), Andrew Logan (Chappaquidick); Cindy McCreery (Haven, RTF Associate Professor), and Shireen Razack (New Amsterdam)
5:00–6:15 pm, BMC 1.202

Sept. 23 - Stephanie Simon & Taylor Kitsch

Guests include Stephanie Simon (Founder & Partner/Manager, Untitled Entertainment) and Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, True Detective)
*5:15–6:30 pm, BMC 2.106
*Note time & location changes

Sept. 30 - Carrye Glazar

Executive Producer, ACCTV
5:00–6:15 pm, BMC 1.202

Oct. 7 - Ross Richie

CEO, Boom! Studios
5:00–6:15 pm, BMC 1.202

Oct. 14 - Lucy Huang

Production Executive, Amazon Studios, TV Comedy
5:00–6:15 pm, BMC 1.202

Oct. 21 - PJ Shapiro

Attorney, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
5:00–6:15 pm, BMC 1.202

Oct. 28 - Michael Grillo

Producer, Avengers: Endgame, Ant-Man
4:30–6:15 pm, BMC 1.202

Nov. 4 - Christine Vachon

Producer, Carol, Mildred Pierce
co-sponsored by the
Michener Center for Writers and
Center for Women's & Gender Studies
5:00–6:15 pm, BMC 2.106

Nov 11 - Felicia D. Henderson

TV Writer/Producer, The Punisher, The Quad
5:00–6:15 pm, BMC 1.202

Nov. 13 - Kyle Davies

President of Domestic Distribution, Paramount Pictures
3:00–4:15 pm, BMC 1.202

Nov. 18 - Gaylyn Fraiche

Vice President, Film & Television, Hello Sunshine
5:00–6:15 pm, BMC 1.202

Dec. 2 - Jamie Moore

Senior Vice President, Branded Content, Viacom Velocity
5:00–6:15 pm, BMC 1.202

Dec. 9 - Jordan Levin

General Manager, Rooster Teeth
5:00–6:15 pm, BMC 1.202

Spring 2019 MIC Speakers

Mar. 27- Courtney Kivowitz (BS '94)

Manager/Partner, MGMT. Entertainment
4:00–5:15 pm, BMC 1.202