Entertainment Industry Faculty

Margaret Kerrison, M.F.A.

Film, Television, Interactive Media Writer

Margaret Kerrison on IMDb

Margaret Kerrison is a writer for film, television, experience design, and digital media. She received her M.F.A. in screenwriting from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts, where she was awarded the only television writing scholarship in her class. She optioned two of her feature scripts to USC Stark Producing, and was nominated by the writing department for the David & Lynn Angell Student Comedy Fellowship. Her feature script Empress Wu was a finalist for the FOX-sponsored New Writers Award (2008), and her romantic comedy script Making Perfect was a finalist for the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City (2008). Kerrison was a screenwriting fellow at Film Independent’s prestigious Project: Involve (2007-2008) for diverse filmmakers. She has written more than 80 animated episodes for children’s television in the U.K., Singapore, China, Malaysia, Korea, and the Ukraine, and has developed story bibles for various children’s shows. She was an associate producer for the educational science television series Wired Science for PBS, and was a research producer on the medical thriller series Virus Hunters for Animal Planet. She won a Themed Entertainment Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Integration of Technology and Storytelling for her work at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. She was also a writer for the award-winning website of the first season of The X Factor USA (2011). Kerrison is currently working on a rewrite of a road trip feature film for an independent producer and is rewriting her optioned script Making Perfect, scheduled for production in 2014. She is also developing an original children’s animation series, The Fantastic Tales of Tofu and Tempura.  When she’s not writing, she’s traveling, visiting museums, and finding her next creative project.

Rebecca Brown, M.F.A., M.B.A.

Film and Television Producer and Writer

Rebecca Brown on LinkedIn

Rebecca Brown is co-founder of Stylopik Entertainment, where she oversees the creative development of the company’s film and television projects. She has won several producing awards for her short film projects, including a student Emmy for her work on The Replacement Child, and has worked at NBC Studios, The Weinstein Company, and MTV Networks. She is also currently an executive producer with The Disney Company.

Brown holds an M.F.A. from the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts. She also holds a MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and a B.S. from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Brown is professionally mentored by Mark Johnson and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Mick Kelly

Writer, Comedian

Mick Kelly on IMDb

Mick Kelly is a writer in Los Angeles, California, and has written for The Simpsons, Ugly Americans, The Huffington Post comedy website, and various interactive games, as well as countless screenplays in development.  In addition to writing, Kelly flexes his comedy muscle at the improv group, The Upright Citizens Brigade.  He has worked on such films as Donnie Brasco, The Devil’s Advocate, The First Wives Club, Armageddo, and The Simpsons Movie.  He got his start in television as a writer’s assistant on the first season of Malcolm in the Middle.

Linda Yvette Chavez

Industry Executive

Linda Yvette Chavez on LinkedIn

Linda Yvette Chavez is vice president of programming at Comediva, an entertainment company that creates and distributes fiercely funny, premium comedy content, where she contributes to strategy and development and helps shape the brand's voice in the digital landscape.

Comediva’s content has garnered millions of views and has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Mashable, The Huffington Post, CNN, Gizmodo, Glamour, and more. She also has more than 10 years’ experience creating media for the Latino community and currently serves as a creative director and executive producer for Univision's first English-language online video network, FLAMA—a premium destination for millennials that enjoy Latino-driven content.

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