Wendy Finerman Speaker Event

UME is proud to announce that Wendy Finerman (W ’82), the Academy Award winning producer of Forrest Gump, is coming to speak at Penn! In addition to Forrest Gump, Ms. Finerman also produced films such as The Devil Wears Prada and P.S. I Love You.

Join us at 5:30 PM on Thursday, October 24th in Claudia Cohen G17 to hear Ms. Finerman speak about her career in the entertainment industry!

RSVP on the Facebook event page.

This event is co-sponsored by Wharton Women and Wharton Supply Chain Organization.



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.

Wonderful Wharton Wednesdays: The Evolution of Sports Media

For anyone interested in hearing top executives from the sports media world speak about the changes in the industry over the last two decades, this is the event for you! Come hear Len DeLuca, former Senior Vice President of ESPN and Derrick Heggans, former General Manager of AOL Sports speak about their times as executives at top sports media corporations as well as their current endeavors in sports entrepreneurship and management! Food from Jimmy Johns will be served!

Date: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Place: JMHH 255

RSVP on Facebook!

Discussion items will include:

  • Challenges and opportunities for networks, distributors and content creators
  • Content innovation
  • Enabling technologies
  • Trends in digital media
  • Digital media analytics
  • Social media integration
  • Rights valuation / negotiations
  • DRM / piracy concerns

Sponsored by:

Undergraduate Media & Entertainment Club

Undergraduate Sports Business Club

Phi Gamma Nu (Professional Business Fraternity)


DigiCon: The Wharton Undergraduate Digital Media Conference

The Undergraduate Media and Entertainment Club invites you to DigiCon, our cornerstone Spring Event. Featuring speakers and various panels, it will be held Friday, April 5th, in Huntsman Hall.  The conference’s objective is to talk about the changes in the entertainment industry with the rise of the digital revolution. Food will be served.  

We will be featuring the keynote speaker Murray Hidary, CEO & Founder of iAmplify. In addition, we will bring in panelists who will talk about their unique experiences utilizing digital media to produce new, creative content as well as the business behind developing digital platforms.

Click here for the Facebook Event. RSVP to the event by filling out the form below.

Keynote Speaker: Murray Hidary, CEO and Founder of iAmplify

The panelists will include:

Josh & Mike Greenfield and Adam Saewitz: “The Brothers Green” YouTube webseries

Rob Michael Hugel: Comedian; Creator & Star of “I Hate Being Single;” Directed “Broad City” episodes; Acted in “Very Mary-Kate” (Web Series on College Humor)

Garance Doré: Producer of “Pardon My French”

Tanya Louneva: Pandora

Maria Diokno: Editor-in-Chief of My Damn Channel

Mara Winokur: VP of Digital at Starz Media

Nicole Michalik: AKA Nik the Web Chick, Clear Channel Communications/iHeartRadio (Social Media Manager)

Full Conference Schedule:

1:00 pm: Keynote Speaker Presentation: Murray Hidary

2:00 : Variety in Digital Media Content Panel: The Brothers Green, Rob Michael Hugel, Garance Doré

3:00: Break; hor d’oeuvres will be served

3:20: Digital Media Platform Panel: iHeartRadio, Pandora, My Damn Channel, Starz Media

4:30: Networking session

5:15: Closing remarks

Spring GBM and Oscars Discussion

Join us on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 7:30pm-9:30pm in JMHH 250 for UME’s first GBM of the semester! 

UME invites all club members and interested students to attend our GBM to learn about events and activities coming up in the future. In addition, we will be hosting Professor Decherney and Professor Mazaj of the Cinema Studies Department to provide insightful commentary and analysis on the outcomes of the 85th Academy Awards Ceremony!

Check out our Facebook Event.

UME is proud to be one of the largest student-led media & entertainment organizations at the University of Pennsylvania. We explore numerous channels of the M&E industry, including music, film, gaming, and television. By leveraging close relationships with our vast and enthusiastic alumni network, we aim to connect current members with past members who have already succeeded in the industry.

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