Launching Your Career Panel (Corporate) - Aug. 30, 2021

Launching Your Career Panel (Corporate)

When: Monday, August 30, 2021 - 5:00-6:15 pm CT

Please join us for a Q&A session where recent grads 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) discuss their careers, the scope of their work, and their views on the media industries.


Speaker Biographies 

Caterina Nasr (Senior Manager, A&R, Elektra Music)

Caterina Nasr is a Senior Manager of A&R at Elektra Music Group (Elektra Records, Fueled by Ramen, Roadrunner Records) based in New York City. Originally from Houston, Texas, Caterina’s love for music sparked from a mix of early 2000s top 40 radio, her sibling’s pop punk CD collection, and 2010s fan girl Tumblr. While going to college at University of Texas at Austin, she began to pursue the music business world interning at C3 Presents, Austin City Limits Radio, and CAA. Her passion for songs and artist development led her to a job right out of college at Warner Music Group at Elektra Records/Fueled By Ramen home to Twenty One Pilots, Brandi Carlile, Young the Giant, Panic! At the Disco and more working on the A&R team under President Gregg Nadel . Her first year at Elektra, she helped sign alternative pop band The Band CAMINO and is now working with artist such as Chloe MoriondoBrynn CartelliSebastian Javier and more. Caterina’s goal is to make records that are as formative to people today as the songs/albums she loved growing up and discover artists whose talent and drive can touch fans across the globe.


Vance Nguyen (Assistant to VP & Executive Director of Development, 20th Century Animation)

Vance Nguyen graduated UT with a degree in RTF in 2019. In his junior year, he landed a full-time job as a content producer/jr. showrunner for the Austin media company, Rooster Teeth. After graduating, he has moved to Los Angeles to work as a PA on the Netflix Original, Space Force, starring Steve Carell. He then decided to take on more of an office role as the Executive Assistant to Head of Voiceover at A3 Artists Agency (formerly Abrams) to learn more about the ins and outs of the entertainment industry. As of 2021, he left A3 to become the assistant to the Vice President of Production and Executive Director of Development for 20th Century Television Animation/Disney. Along with helping keep track of production for The Simpsons, American Dad!, Family Guy, etc., Vance is also assisting in the search and development of upcoming adult animation series.


Lauren Zimmer (Television Scripted Assistant at Creative Artists Agency)

Lauren Zimmer is Television Scripted Assistant at Creative Artists Agency based in Los Angeles, CA. Before moving to CAA, she was a visual effects production coordinator and department manager at The Third Floor. Most of her work focuses on pre-visualization and virtual production. She has worked on various shows, including Ready Player OneSpider-Man: Far From HomeTerminator: Dark Fate6 UndergroundRise of the Tomb Raider, and Ghost of Tsushima. Most recently, she works as the Creative Department Manager at The Third Floor Inc. where she works with senior supervisors and department heads to establish better workflows for the company. She hopes that whatever is next she can help continue to contribute to the importance of storytelling in the film & television industry.


Hemrani Vyas (Assistant Manager of Programming, TCM)

Hemrani Vyas is the assistant programming manager for TCM based in Atlanta. She is responsible for creating and maintaining both the US and Canadian network schedules as well as content curation. She completed her Masters of Arts in Communications from Georgia State University (2015) with a focus on Film and Television where she also taught courses on Film History and Television Analysis. Her interests include classic film history, feminist humor, and their intersection in digital culture.

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. 20 - Keli Lee

Founder & President, Infinite Possibilities Enterprises
3:00–4:15 pm CT

Oct. 25 - Colby Gaines

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

Nov. 1 - Brandt Joel

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

Nov. 8 - Lucy Huang

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

Nov. 12 - A Studio Manager's Intro to Post Production for Scripted TV

Michelle Trujillo McKibben (Manager, Original Series Post Production, Netflix)
12:00–1:30 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