Hollywood Program

Hollywood Program Board

A talented group of industry leaders helps shape and support the Penn State Hollywood Program. Members of the Penn State Hollywood Program board are:
  • Gerald Abrams ('61), Film Producer, Cypress Point Productions
    An accomplished and award-winning executive for both film and television productions, Abrams formed Cypress Point Productions in 1978. His many credits include the Emmy Award-winning "Out of the Ashes" and "Nuremberg," which was nominated for both Emmy Awards and Golden Globes.
  • Terry City ('97), Senior Vice President, Brand Partnerships, Dose
    City helps facilitate the company's relationships with online content creators who bring a wide spectrum of viewers to social media providers. he also remains active producing films through Steel Titans, the production company he started with his wife.
  • Cheryl Fair ('73), President and General Manager, KABC-TV
    Fair has been general manager of the ABC's West Coast owned and operated Los Angeles flagship since 2015. She was an executive and news producer at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia for 20 years before moving to KABC.
  • Daniel Hartman ('85), Media Consultant, Hartman Media
    During an accomplished career, Hartman has served a senior vice president of programming for DirecTV and as senior counsel for Fox Broadcasting Company. He is also a member of the Los Angeles Sports Council and Southern California Committee of Olympic Games.
  • Mark Hoerr ('87), Director/Series Post Production, Netflix
    Hoerr has spent a decade and a half in leadership and production roles in Hollywood. He joined Netflix in 2017, and before that served as vice president/post production at HBO.
  • Mike Marcus ('67), Head of Management, Echo Lake Entertainment
    Marcus joined Echo Lake in 2006 to start and helm their management division. He has more than five decades of experience, having served as the representative for clients including Mel Brooks, Tom Cruise, Sydney Pollack, Robin Williams and many more during his career. 
  • Tom Ortenberg ('82), CEO, Briarcliff Entertainment
    A respected industry veteran, Ortenberg previously served as president of theatrical films at Lionsgate Entertainment. His dozens of producing credits include executive producer for the Academy Award-winning "Spotlight" as well as films such as "Marshall," the story of Thurgood Marshall.
  • Hal Sadoff ('86), CEO, Luna Park Inc.
    Sadoff is one of the leading executives in the media and entertainment industry and has played an integral role in more than 450 productions and financings totaling over $3.5 billion. He regularly works with content producers, distributors, production companies, international sales organizations and banks, as well as all of the major and mini-major film studios. 
  • Vernon Sanders ('92), Co-Head of Television, Amazon
    Sanders oversees the creative and production units of the television operation for Amazon Prime Video. He previously worked as executive vice president of current programming for NBCUniversal. In that role, he oversaw series such as "This Is Us," "The Good Place" and the revival of "Will & Grace."
  • Paul Schaeffer ('68), Vice Chairman and COO, Mandalay Entertainment Group
    Schaeffer is responsible for all aspects of the company's motion picture and television business, focusing primarily on the corporate and business operations of those entities. He co-founded Mandalay Entertainment Group with Peter Gruber in 1995.
  • Rosemary Tarquinio ('84), Senior Vice President/Current Programs, CBS Entertainment
    In her executive role, Tarquinio regularly works with shows to keep them successful, creatively and financially. In recent years she has worked on shows such as "The Mentalist," "2 Broke Girls," "Elementary," "Criminal Minds" and "The Good Wife," among others.