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

Raine Group: Intro Discussion & Case Study Presentation

The Raine Group: Introductory Discussion and Live Entertainment Thesis Case Study Presentation

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm, Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Location: F38 Huntsman Hall

Greek Lady will be served

The Raine Group, a global merchant bank focused on the digital, media & entertainment, and sports & lifestyle sectors, will be discussing the investment idea generation process through an analysis of the Live Entertainment industry on Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm.  There will be a Q&A session with members of The Raine Group following the general discussion.  Students of all years are welcome, and seniors are encouraged to bring resumes!  One of the major focus sectors of The Raine Group is digital design, so we’re encouraging interested DMD students.

Please RSVP if you’re interested:

The Raine Group

The Raine Group is a global merchant bank focused exclusively on the digital, media & entertainment and sports & lifestyle sectors. The firm was founded by industry veterans Joe Ravitch and Jeff Sine, in partnership with WME Entertainment, the leading talent agency, in 2009. The team includes 45+ investment banking and private equity professionals across four offices (New York, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and Beijing) with deep sector-specific relationships and experience, making Raine a trusted advisor and financial partner of choice in its sectors of focus.

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!

UME Blog: Film Friday

Today is Film Friday!

Don’t miss out on seeing Titanic in 3D, playing at the Rave near campus for a limited time.

Movies opening this week…

The Lucky One: Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks and starring Zac Efron, this film would be great for this week’s date night.

Chimpanzee: Disneynature’s latest documentary follows the life of Oscar, an adventurous and loving chimpanzee.

Darling Companion: This comedy stars Diane Keaton and will be especially enjoyable for doglovers.

The 2012 Alumni Performing Arts Career Symposium

UME is proud to co-sponsor the 2012 Alumni Performing Arts Career Symposium

Join these fantastic alums on Saturday, March 24 from 2 to 5 pm to hear about their career journeys in the arts:

*Carol Fineman – VP for Theatre, Scott Sanders Productions. NY
*Victoria Frings – Actress. NY/Philly
*Trish Sie – Choreographer, Director, Writer, Producer. LA
*Michael Sluchan – VP, Original Scripted Series Programming at USA Network. LA
*Jason Wiley – VP of Marketing, Bad Boy Entertainment. NY

The symposium will take place in the Platt Student Performing Arts House (3702 Spruce – just west of the Quad). The panel will answer general questions and Q & A from the audience for the first 90 minutes and then there will be about 90 minutes of networking time.

Please come prepared with relevant questions. Check out the Career Services Networking page for tips.

Co-Sponsors include: Career ServicesCollege Alumni Mentoring Series, the Theatre Arts ProgramCinema Studies, The Heather and Todd Lieberman Fund, SPEC Connaissance, The Undergraduate Media and Entertainment Club, and College Houses and Academic Services.

Visit the facebook page for full bios of the panel.

Free Advanced Screening of “Jeff Who Lives at Home”

SPEC Film Society Presents: “Jeff Who Lives at Home” starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms, and Susan Sarandon.

Wednesday, March 14 @ 7:00PM, Rave Theater