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Peter Stark Overview Video
Program Information

Chair Lawrence Turman on the value of a film school education: "To be with like-minded, focused, future comrades exercising, honing your creativity whilst learning the practical business matters to enable you to make a living doing what you want to do with/in your life."

A creative and entrepreneurial self-starter, the producer has the talent for turning his or her artistic vision into a tangible product-and, for a good producer, a critical and/or commercial success. The Peter Stark Producing Program will expose you to the full spectrum of the entertainment business and creative development. You'll learn every step of the process, from nurturing and developing an idea to outlining an international distribution and marketing campaign. You'll discover and hone the creative, entrepreneurial, and managerial skills needed for success in defining and pursuing the career path of your choosing. Your classes will cover entertainment history, economics, and law; studio management; budgeting; marketing; and independent producing. You will know how to skillfully, and practically, take a project of any media- film, television or interactive-from script to screen, large or small.

The Peter Stark Producing Program believes in the primacy of ideas and imagination. Its graduates work around the globe as media creators, scholars, and executives, and are counted among the most prestigious alumni networks in the world.

The curriculum places equal emphasis on the creative and the managerial so as to enhance and develop artistic skills and judgment while providing a sound background in business essentials. Courses are continually updated to ensure that the Stark Program remains responsive and cutting-edge current.

The first class of Peter Stark graduates received M.F.A. degrees in 1981. Today, graduates are entrenched throughout the industry as creative executives, in marketing, production, distribution and business affairs. Some are writers and directors, a few are agents or managers, and, of course, many are producers. Stark graduates have won major awards, including Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes.

Ray Stark, the late distinguished producer, and his wife, the late Frances Stark, made substantial early contributions to the program. For their generous, ongoing support, the program is named to honor their son, Peter, who died in 1970.

The program was created and founded by the late A. D. Murphy, who was its director until the end of 1989. He was succeeded by Charles M. Powell, who served as director until his death. Since 1991, the program has been under the direction of producer Lawrence Turman.

Degree Offered
  • Master of Fine Arts
Contact Information

Graduate Peter Stark Producing Program
School of Cinematic Arts
Richard Shepherd, Associate Director
University Park, SCA 366
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211
Phone: 213.740.3304
Fax: 213.745.6652