Kevin Jarzynski - October 18, 2021

Kevin Jarzynski (Senior Development Executive, Amazon Studios)

When: Monday, October 18, 2021 - 5:00-6:15 pm CT
Note: Speaker sessions are subject to change based on evolving guest schedules.

Please join us for a Q&A session where we discuss Kevin Jarzynski’s career trajectory, his roles and responsibilities, and his views on the current state of the media industries.

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Speaker Biography

Kevin Jarzynski (B.S., RTF ‘01) is a Senior Development Executive in Amazon’s Genre TV Department. The department’s focus is on producing original, premium shows within the sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and superhero genres. Kevin is the point executive on Amazon’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, having spent 10 months in New Zealand with the show after assembling the core creative team, including longtime collaborators JD Payne & Patrick McKay (showrunners) and Lindsey Weber (NWEP), and leading development. In addition, he is also in production on high-profile adaptations of William Gibson’s The Peripheral with Kilter Films (Westworld) and showrunners Scott Smith (A Simple Plan) & Greg Plageman (Person of Interest), and  Brian K. Vaughn’s smash comic Paper Girls with showrunner Chris Rogers (Halt and Catch Fire). Amongst his slate, Kevin is currently developing adaptations of Fallout, based on the ongoing video game series, and My Lady Jane, an enchanted coming-of-age dramedy set in Tudor times based on the New York Times Bestselling novel.

Previously, Kevin was at Bad Robot for 10 years, starting as an assistant and then being promoted several times as a Feature Film Executive, having worked with top tier talent such as Edgar Wright, Justin Lin, Billy Ray, and Mark L. Smith. He was an executive on Star Trek Beyond and Overlord, among others. Prior to Bad Robot, Kevin started his career as an assistant at Kopelson Entertainment after having interned there.

Fall 2021 MIC Speakers

Aug. 30 - Launching Your Career, Corporate Side (Panel)

Guests include Caterina Nasr (Senior Manager, A&R, Elektra Music), Vance Nguyen (Assistant to VP & Executive Director of Development, 20th Century Animation), Lauren Zimmer (Television Scripted Assistant at Creative Artists Agency), and Hemrani Vyas (Assistant Manager of Programming, TCM).
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Sept. 13 - Launching Your Career, Screenwriters & Agents (Panel)

Guests include Davia Carter (executive story editor, Debris), Jim Ehrich (literary agent, Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston), Kim Tran (staff writer, Space Force), Cindy McCreery (RTF faculty member, Honey Girls)
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Sept. 20 - Mark Hoffman

Chairman, CNBC
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Sept. 27 - Ginny Morris

Chair/CEO, Hubbard Radio, LLC
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Oct. 4 - Mindy Kaling

Actress, writer, producer
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Oct. 11 - Tahirah Gooden

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

Oct. 18 - Kevin Jarzynski

Senior Development Executive, Amazon Studios
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Oct. 25 - Colby Gaines

Executive Producer and Founder, Back Roads Entertainment
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 1 - Lucy Huang

Production Executive, Amazon Studios
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 8 - Brandt Joel

Agent & Partner, WME/Endeavor
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 15 - Maru Buendia-Senties

Senior Post Production Executive, Amazon Studios
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 22 - PJ Shapiro

Entertainment Attorney & Managing Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 29 - Kyle Davies

Distribution and Exhibition Executive
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Dec. 6 - Jordan Levin

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