September 26, 2017

CAREER Networking and Panel

Meet with Industry Professionals

USC Industry Relations - Career Talk and Network Roundtables

Please join us for a discussion on “Finding Success in the Entertainment Industry”. Learn how to find work and build a career.  Discussion followed by roundtable session with each panelist.

Panelists include: 

 ·      Rand Getlin – Producer, Sports, Digital, Branded Content
·      Deb Goldfarb – Agent, Television Scripted / Unscripted
·      Tom Shelly – Executive Producer, Director & Showrunner for Scripted / Unscripted TV
·      Todd Slavkin – Executive Producer, Head Writer & Showrunner

·      Harry Zimmerman – First AC (Career working alongside major DPs and Directors)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 
Theatre SCA  112
USC Cinematic Arts

Event Schedule:





Panel Discussion


Theater – SCA 112

No RSVP required. First come, first serve seating. Open to all USC SCA students and alumni.



USC SCA Gallery

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Limited space available.


·       Breaking into our Biz and Finding Employment
·       The Importance of Networking
·       Becoming “Staffable” and Finding Representation
·       Pitching and Getting Meetings


Each panelist will host a roundtable with 10-12 students in SCA Gallery following presentation. Bring your business cards to share and ask questions about finding work in the entertainment industry.
·       Get targeted Career Advice with Q&A
·       Share your business cards with the panelist and tables
·       Discuss Career Goals and network

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Rand Getlin is an award-winning sports reporter, analyst and producer who has covered amateur and professional athletics his entire career.  He most recently covered league-wide issues as a National Insider for the NFL Network, where he appeared on various NFL Network programs such as NFL Total Access and NFL HQ. His work has also been featured on 60 Minutes and served as partial inspiration for the HBO series “Ballers”.  Prior to joining NFL Media, Getlin covered the NFL for Yahoo! Sports and regularly appeared on The Jim Rome Show, Good Morning America, The Ed Show on MSNBC and CBS This Morning.  Getlin completed his undergrad at the University of Oregon, then continued his educational training at University of Southern California Gould School of Law.  Before his career in journalism, he started his own sports consulting firm in 2009 to help college athletes transition into professional athletics.  Getlin now resides in West Hollywood, CA and is a self-proclaimed “boost enthusiast and man with a moderate sports car obsession”.

Debra Goldfarb began her near 30-year career as a trainee in the infamous mailroom of the William Morris Agency.  As a young agent, she built her career by representing and staffing on camera talent, production companies, producers, directors, and also packaging shows in the burgeoning unscripted/alternative/reality business for the network, syndication, basic, and pay cable outlets.  After nearly eight years at WMA, Debra joined Creative Artists Agency, helped launch their alternative reality department, and proudly represented on camera talent including Leeza Gibbons, Joan Lunden, and Debra Norville and packaged multiple shows for agency clients, including Dan Aykroyd, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nelvana Animation Company (“Rolie, Polie, Olie,” “Max & Ruby,” “Dumb Bunnies”) and the estate of Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek/Earth: Final Conflict), to name a few.  In July of 2001 and after nearly fifteen years at the largest agencies, Debra joined Richard Lawrence and became a partner and co-owner of Rebel Entertainment Partners, Inc. (Rebel).  Along with a dynamic and gifted team of agents,  Rebel has firmly established itself as one of the preeminent talent agencies in Los Angeles with a client roster that boasts some of the most renowned and reputable artists in the industry.  Debra and Rebel currently focuses on the representation of production companies, executive producers, show runners, directors, hosts and celebrities specializing in non-scripted programming including reality, alternative television, talk, game, news, court and late-night intended for distribution on all platforms, foreign and domestic, digital, new media and mobile.  Rebel has also established itself as a leading agency for the representation of actors in the motion picture and scripted television business.

Tom Shelly began his 20+ year television career out of USC's School of Cinema-Television with a decade-long stint as a producer/director on America's Most Wanted. He subsequently joined Mark Burnett Productions in 2000 as one of the original producers on Survivor and was a member of the Emmy Award-winning team in 2001. He served as Exec Producer for the show from 2004 to 2007. Tom received not only his Emmy win for the show, but an additional six nominations. His relationship with Burnett dates back to the early days of Eco Challenge for Discovery Network, on which Shelly served as producer in the mid '90s.   Following his eight years at Survivor, Shelly went on to long-term deals with Endemol and NBC, where he Executive Produced series such as The Baby Borrowers (NBC), Dating in the Dark (ABC), and Love In the Wild (NBC). He also developed Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls (NBC) before becoming an Executive Producer on American Dream Builders (NBC). Shelly teamed up again with Mark Burnett when he Executive Produced the Fox/MGM series Coupled. Most recently, Tom Executive Produced the pilot Make Me a Mogul for CBS. Tom also has a film project in development with a major studio producer. He is represented by the talent agency William Morris Endeavor.

Todd Slavkin is an LA native and USC film school alum mainly known for his work in television writing.  After a ten-year career in feature screenwriting, he and his writing partner Darren Swimmer began their TV career on Smallville, where they spent seven seasons and eventually became showrunners. Since then, they have executive produced and run shows such as Melrose Place, Dominion, Defiance and Guilt. Todd and Darren are currently the Showrunners for Shadowhunters, now shooting season three for Freeform and Netflix.

Upon graduating from USC cinema school, Zimmerman began working at Roger Corman’s Concorde New Horizon ex-film student factory.  He worked as a camera assistant at first and eventually picked up enough days to join the union in 1993.  He worked a lot as a first AC and one day got a call from a cinematographer named Emmanuel Lubezki, aka “Chivo.” and got hired as part of his camera team on his first studio movie, “A Little Princess,” and the rest is history.  Chivo eventually moved him up on his first studio film as 1st AC - “Cat in the Hat.”  He pulled focus for Chivo up through “The New World” for Terrence Malick, and “Shine a Light,” Directed by Scorsese.  Since then he’s had the great fortune to work with such DP’s as Seamus McGarvey, Conrad L. Hall, Robert Yeoman, and numerous others.  He’s currently focused on his own still photography work.  Zimmerman credits the film education he received at USC as a major reason he had the chance to work with some of the best DP’s and directors in the world.




Contact Information

Name: Industry Relations
Phone: 213-740-4432