Advisory Board members 2007-2008
Advisory Board Chairs
- Laurie Fruth, Director, UNLV-TV
Laurie Fruth is the director of the UNLV TV Program and Assistant Director of the School of Journalism and Media Studies. As a faculty member with the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism, she teaches classes in videotape editing and program development. She works with students and members of the campus community to produce original, innovative programming for two educational cable channels. She holds a bachelor of science degree in medical communication from The Ohio State University and a master of arts degree in mass communication from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Advisory Board Members
- Randy Winchester, MIT, Cable Team Lead
Randy Winchester is Team Leader for MIT Cable Television at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT Cable provides service to approximately 7,000 campus residents and operates MIT's broadcast connections to the outside world.
- Don Tillman, USC Trojan Vision adviser
Don Tillman began his career as a radio announcer on "Chicago on the Line" before rising to Vice President and General Manager. Mr. Tillman then led the operation of multiple television stations, including KTTV Los Angeles for both Metromedia and FOX. Serving as an integral member of the startup of the FOX network, Mr. Tillman also created the long-running FOX series "Comic Strip Live." In 1993 Don founded McCarty and Company, a television consulting firm. Their client list, in addition to the University of Southern California, includes Jonathan Goodson Productions, Comedy Central, and NBC Productions. Mr. Tillman has served the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as Governor, Vice President, and Treasurer and is currently a member of the Academy Television Board. Mr. Tillman's numerous honors include four Emmy Awards, five Angel Awards, and three Telly awards. Commissioned by USC, Don Tillman began Trojan Vision with 8 volunteers and no facilities. Now, Trojan Vision has become the envy of many colleges and universities around the world, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the heart of Los Angeles; student programming continually reaches over three million potential viewers. Don Tillman's greatest joy is seeing Trojan Vision students grow and move on to prominent careers in the television industry.
- Andy Robinson, General Manager, Orange TV, Syracuse University
Andy Robinson has been working in television for 30 years. After graduating from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 1977 he spent 27 years working in a variety of positions in broadcasting, cable and private television production. An award winning producer, director, editor and videographer, Andy has also carved out a second career in freelance sports television production. Since 1982 he has worked on shows for ESPN, ABC, NBC, Fox Sports to name a few, as a director, camera operator, editor and replay specialist on college football and basketball, the NFL, NBA, NHL and many other sports.
In 2004 Andy was brought on as General Manager of the Orange Television Network and tasked to build Syracuse University's student cable television station. Launched in 2005, OTN is on the air 24 hours, seven days per week with a variety of student-produced programs. He supervises a staff of 18 at OTN and enlists the programming energy and support from the 250 student staffed Citrus TV, another vital contributor to the media landscape at Syracuse. Andy is also an adjunct professor at Syracuse University and Cayuga Community College.
- Kathleen Barber, FSU Film School, Florida State University
Kathleen (Kathy) Barber works directly with the Dean of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts (The Film School) in coordinating student film festival submissions for advanced projects and thesis films produced in the Undergraduate and Graduate programs in the College of Motion Pictures, Television and Recording Arts. She also coordinates Film School special events such as, screenings and receptions, graduation, and Film School participation in university-wide events such as "Seven Days of Opening Nights". Kathy acts as the College's liaison to other campus departments, to the press and the general public.
A Florida native, Kathy received her Associate in Arts Degree in Film from the Tallahassee Community College and her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Film from the Florida State University Film School. She has been part of the FSU Film School staff since December 1996 and has lived in Tallahassee, Florida for over 35 years.
- Brian Rodenbeck, Producer, Vanderbilt Television
Brian Rodenbeck has worked in television for most of his natural life. First appearing on screen at the age of eight, he appeared in numerous local and national commercials while growing up in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia.
Currently a Senior double-major in Communications and Film Studies at Vanderbilt University, Brian is a pivotal leader at Vanderbilt Television and is the Creator and Executive Producer of "West End," a sitcom based on the satirical and cynical (but consistently comical) adventures that encompass college life. "West End" is the most successful show Vanderbilt Television has ever produced and one of OSTN's leading primetime programs.
Aside from Vanderbilt Television, Brian is the former starting right wing on the Vanderbilt Men's Ice Hockey Team and a leader for Vanderbilt's Student Government Associations. Brian currently works in Comedy Development for Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, and has recently been offered a position onthe Writing Team on the set of "Grey's Anatomy" at ABC's Prospect Studios in California.
- Liz Alper, Producer, Emerson College Television (ECTV)
Liz Alper is a Junior Television/Video major at Emerson College. Currently, Liz serves as the Director of Special Productions on the Emerson Independent Video Management Board, as the Senior Producer of "Speechless," one of The Emerson Channel's four shows, and as director of "The Ladies' Room," another one of The Emerson Channel's four shows. Liz is also currently the Assistant Director to Boston's only 9AM News show, "Good Morning Emerson!" Emerson's only sitcom, "The Daily Grind," and the Book Assistant Director for "Zebro" a sketch comedy show produced by the Emerson Channel and acclaimed producer Kevin Bright ("Friends", "In Living Color").
Liz is also currently producing several projects, including a video tour for the Daniel Webster house in MA, an AIDS awareness PSA feature some very well know Broadway actors, and is executive producing "Best Semester Ever!" a recap show of the fall semester of Emerson College.
- Orcun Unlu, Producer, Cable 13, Duke University
My name is Orcun Unlu and I am a junior at Duke University, double majoring in Political Science and Economics. I am currently the Chair of the Board of Cable 13, Duke's student-run television station. (www.cable13.com). Founded in 1976, Cable 13 is the oldest student run TV station pioneering with its varied and non-stop programming. Under the recent leadership, Cable 13 has grown to more than 100 people to work on 25 original television shows. From covering student bands to Duke's famous basketball program, newscasts to talk shows, game shows to reality shows, Cable 13 reflects all the aspects of student life at Duke.
My favorite position in a production is hosting, but I can't deny the excitement of directing a multi-camera live show. I am from Istanbul and I interned assisting productions at CNN-Turk and Channel D, the biggest network in Turkey over the past few summers. I am also currently producing and hosting a music show for Turkey's Dream TV.