Dante Basco Speaker Event on Monday, Oct. 14th

UME is proud to co-sponsor the Dante Basco Event!

When: Monday, October 14 from 7-9 PM | Where: Class of 49 Auditorium


Come meet Dante Basco, the keynote speaker for the Penn Philippine Association’s Filipino American Heritage Month

You may know him as Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation (Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender). You may know him as Jake Long the American Dragon (Disney). You may know him as Rufio, leader of the Lost Boys in the 1991 Peter Pan movie titled Hook. Regardless, Dante Basco will be at Penn to talk about his entertainment career, answer questions, and meet his fans! Be sure you don’t miss out on this event!

Co-sponsored by Penn Philippine Association, SPEC, Year of Sound, Cinema Studies Program, Asian American Studies, Harrison College House, Collective for Asian Pacific Events, and PAACH.


UME Internship Panel

When: February 13th at 4:00 PM

Where: JMHH 240

Join us on February 13th at 4pm for an internship panel featuring undergraduates who have experience working in the entertainment industry. Get all the information and ask students questions that you have about breaking into the industry!  Each panelist will talk about their experiences in their respective media field–both the positives and the negatives. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

Our Panelists

Julie Young– First/Associate Producer, PBS Frontline Documentary

Nick Mishkin– Intern, Atlantic Records

Natalie Bartlett– Intern, NBC’s The Today Show

Hanna Bottger– Intern, NBC International Bureau in London

Joe Pinsker–  Intern, Rolling Stone

RSVP to our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/482738625120752/


It will be held in The Hall of Flags in Houston Hall. More details to come!

Media and Entertainment Week: Complete Lineup of Events!

Penn Media & Entertainment Week Presented by Alpha Kappa Psi and the Wharton Undergraduate Media and Entertainment Club

RSVP for any/all Penn M&E Week events (and visit our Facebook Page).We are experiencing high demand, and space is limited. Walk-ins are welcome.Like the Alpha Kappa Psi Aspire to Excellence Speaker Series page.
Monday, November 12, 7:30-8:30PM, Jon M. Huntsman Hall G06

Allison Shearmur (C’85), Film Producer and Former President of Production at Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate Films

Ms. Shearmur is the former President of Production at Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate Films, where she oversaw the production of The Hunger Games. She has also worked for Universal, Walt Disney Pictures and Columbia Pictures, having overseen the production of films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Bourne Identity and the American Pie trilogy. Ms. Shearmur’s visit has been made possible with generous contributions from the Penn Cinema Studies Department and is co-hosted by the Alpha Kappa Psi Aspire to Excellence Speaker Series.

Jon M. Huntsman Hall, The Wharton School

3730 Walnut Street/Locust Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104


CHANGED TO MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19th Tuesday, November 13, 6-11PM, Houston Hall of Flags

Gaming Day with Ubisoft and EA

Enjoy the latest games from Ubisoft and EA. Giveaways will be provided.

Houston Hall of Flags

3417 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104


Wednesday, November 14, 6-7:30PM, Jon M. Huntsman Hall G60

Matt Apfel (Chief Digital Officer) & Jonathan Seiden (VP/Director of IP), CORE Media Group (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance?)

Matt Apfel (Chief Digital Officer), Penn Law ’90, and Jonathan Seiden (VP/Director of Intellectual Property), Penn Law ’01, of CORE Media Group will speak on their experience in television production and entertainment law. CORE’s portfolio includes American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance? and MBST Talent Management, which represents talent such as Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Woody Allen. Mr. Apfel produced Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and the OJ Simpson Trial for Court TV and also founded WeMix.com with Ludacris, while Mr. Seiden has counseled Muhammad Ali Enterprises and Elvis Presley Enterprises in the acquisition of IP and merchandise licensing.

Jon M. Huntsman Hall, The Wharton School

3730 Walnut Street/Locust Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Thursday, November 15, 7-9:30PM, The Rotunda

SPEC Concerts Presents: Penn Music Collective

The Penn Music Collective, hosted by SPEC Concerts, the Vagina Monologues, Alpha Kappa Psi and Wharton UME, presents four Penn music groups/solo artists: Marigolds, Rail 3, Sarah Lindstedt and Slow Dance Chubby. Proceeds will benefit the Vagina Monologues. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Feel free to view the Facebook event for the Penn Music Collective here.

The Rotunda

4041 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Friday, November 16, 12:30-2PM, Jon M. Huntsman Hall F70

Denmark West, Former Executive Vice President, MTV Networks and Former President, BET Digital Media Division

Denmark West is the former President of BET Digital Media Division, where he was responsible for the online, mobile, VOD and ad network businesses. Prior to BET, Mr. West was an Executive Vice President at MTV, where he wrote the strategy for games and social media outreach and oversaw the Global Digital Media Division. Prior to MTV, Mr. Westt worked at Microsoft, Smith Barney and Goldman Sachs. He received an AB in Applied Mathematics and an MBA from Harvard University and is currently a principal at Forrer Street Co. where he advises business and not-for-profit organizations on capital raising, strategic relationships, customer development, product road maps and new business lines. He also invests in selected early stage start-up opportunities.

Jon M. Huntsman Hall, The Wharton School

3730 Walnut Street/Locust Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

RSVP for any/all Penn M&E Week events (and visit our Facebook Page).We are experiencing high demand, and space is limited. Walk-ins are welcome.

Penn Media & Entertainment Week Presents the Former President of Production at Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate Films

Penn M&E Week is presented by Alpha Kappa Psi and the Wharton Undergraduate Media & Entertainment Club

November 12, 7:30PM, JMHH G06

RSVP now to secure your spot.High demand has resulted in limited seating. Walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
Allison Shearmur (C’85) is Former President of Production at Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate Films.Ms. Shearmur has also worked for Universal, Walt Disney Pictures and Columbia Pictures, having overseen the production of films such as The Hunger GamesThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonThe Bourne Identity and the American Pie trilogy. Made possible by the generous contributions of the Cinema Studies DepartmentThe Penn M&E Week Kick-Off Event with the Former President of Production at Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate Films is hosted by the Alpha Kappa Psi Aspire to Excellence Speaker Series and the Undergraduate Media & Entertainment Club. 

General Body Meeting

To all our new members, welcome to the Undergraduate Media and Entertainment Club (UME)! 
The UME Executive Board has been working diligently to bring you UME’s most exciting year yet.  To learn more about UME and how to get more involved, meet members of our board, and network with other students interested in media and entertainment, join us for our first GBM of the year this Wednesday, September 19th at 8pm in JMHH F38.
Why get involved in UME? 
  • You get access to private NYC industry trips to places like the Today Show, Warner Music Group, CAA, Sony, MTV, and more
  • We’re connected with some of the most powerful Penn alums in the industry such as Bruce Resnikoff (President, Universal Music Enterprises), Daniel Belson (Executive Director, Warner Bros. Entertainment), Douglas Belgrad (President, Columbia Pictures), Gary Ross (Screenwriter/Director of films such as The Hunger Games), Stacey Snider (CEO, DreamWorks), Allison Shearmur (President of Production, Lionsgate)… the list goes on!
  • We bring you some of the best media and entertainment-focused events on campus
For a more comprehensive list of events UME has organized, check out our website, last year’s Penn M&E Week website, and like our Facebook page!
Can’t wait to see you at our GBM this Wednesday!
– The UME Board

*** The Undergraduate Media and Entertainment Club – A Wharton student-led initiative

UME Blog: Sneak-Peek Sunday

This week’s:

Sneak-Peek Sunday
Do you love the Beatles? Be sure to check out The Beatles: The Lost Concert, a documentary that charts the birth and impact of the band and contains unseen footage of their first concert ever! The documentary will be in theaters May 17th at our own Rave Theater as well as at the Ritz downtown. If you’ll be in New York, try to catch the special World Premire at the Ziegfield Theater on May 6th!

UME Blog: Spotlight Saturday

Spotlight on…..

Beyonce Knowles

People named Beyonce as world’s most beautiful woman of 2012 this week.

Beyonce Knowles is quite the triple threat: she is a mega-millionaire singer, songwriter/producer, and actress. She rose to fame with the success of Destiny’s Child. After releasing her own solo album Dangerously in Love in 2003 and creating two wildly successful hits in the album Crazy in Love and Baby Boy, she established herself as a Billboard #1 hit singer. Her subsequent albums and songs after Destiny’s Child disbanded were all top hits (ex. Irreplaceable, Single Ladies etc.). She broke the record of most Grammy awards won in one night in 2010.

Movies wise, she has been quite successful, appearing in numerous Hollywood blockbusters. She first made her noticeable splash in the movie industry in Austin Powersin 1999. She then went on to a string of movies in various genres including the comedy Pink Panther, the musical Dream Girls and portraying the famed Etta James inCadillac Records. She was seen most recently playing the wife of the main character in the movie Obsessed, a remake of Fatal Attraction.

Beyonce is married to rapper/musician Jay-Z and gave birth to her first child Blue Ivy Carter in 2012. Such a short post can’t completely capture the inspirational spirit of Beyonce’s musical work and her personal glamor, but congratulations Beyonce! Hope to see more of her mind-blowing music, acting performances and her stories as a new mom!

UME Blog: Sneak Peek Sunday

Do you love music and film? If so then take a study break and check out the Philadelphia Film Society’s 2012 XPN Music Film Festival! This is an expansion on the Philly Film Festival and explores movies defined by great soundtracks. The festival will run from April 26-29 and many screenings are right on campus in the Annenberg Performing Arts Center. And don’t miss out on the student discount when purchasing your tickets!

See here for a more detailed schedule of the upcoming screenings: http://xpn.org/concerts-events/music-filmfest-2012/film-descriptions

UME Blog: Spotlight Saturday

Spotlight on…….

Angelina Jolie

It’s fair to say that the hottest Hollywood celebrity news this week is about an inanimate object instead of an actual personality, and that much talked about object is (drumroll please) – Angelina Jolie’s engagement ring.

Reportedly, Brad Pitt spent an entire year perfecting the design of the ring, which costs a whooping $250,000 or more, with jeweler Robert Procop. The ring consists of an emerald cut of the main diamond with baguette cut diamonds forming the band of the ring; the entire ring is 16 carats.

So a little bit on the lady who got the world’s sexiest man alive to propose to her, give her a 16-carat diamond ring, and adopt/have a soccer team of kids together. Angelina Jolie is Hollywood blueblood: she is famed actor Jon Voight’s daughter, though she has had a strained relationship with her father. She gained recognition through her roles in George Wallace, Gia and Girl, Interrupted, with the last one earning her an Academy nod. Her rebellious behavior, especially during her younger years, were quite controversial: she reportedly shared a lip lock with her brother once on the red carpet, carried Billy Bob Thorton’s (her then husband) blood in a vial around her neck, and stated to her interviewer that she found knifing herself “liberating”. She was then propelled to mainstream Hollywood stardom through her role as Lara Croft and has been the top female choice for many Hollywood action blockbusters such as Wanted and Salt. She earned tabloid notoriety when Brad Pitt broke up with his then wife Jenifer Aniston after working with Jolie on the steamy action film Mr. and Mrs. Smith. However, Hollywood’s resident bad girl has lately been much praised for her work with the UN for peace and international development and has adopted numerous kids from developing countries.

Congratulations Angelina! Keep fighting and adopting!