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November 14, 2022

CNTV 457 Entertainment Entrepreneur

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We encourage you to take the following course to enhance your careers & propel your dream projects forward!

To D-clear for this course, please email with course number & your Student ID number. Grads and Undergrads eligible - Thank you!



CNTV 457 |Wednesdays 6pm-9pm | SCA 108


This course will cover the practical aspects of why it is essential to be entrepreneurial within the changing landscape of the entertainment industry. Whether you strive to be a content creator, producer, writer, director, or an executive, this course will help you identify how and why you should be creating your own projects. It will get into the benefits and pitfalls of why you should develop your own content, companies, and/or partnerships. It will also dive into the practical and real issues facing you as you leave USC SCA and begin to work in the entertainment industry. Where should I work? How do I make my projects? In addition, key aspects of the producing process from both a creative and the business executive side will be covered, in the Film, TV, VR and digital media spaces. The class will be broken down into 3 sections, “The Creative Process,” “Moving from Script to Production,” and “Festival, Marketing, and Selling your Project.”


Each class will feature panels or select speakers of industry professionals. Including top talent, producers, directors, studio executives, heads of production companies, lawyers, agents, etc. Past speakers have included filmmaker Jon M. Chu, agents from WME, CAA, UTA, and executives from Netflix, Amazon, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, Sundance Institute, and many more.  


The class will also partner students together to create a final project presentation that will be presented to a group of industry executives.



Taught by Jason Michael Berman, President of Mandalay Pictures. Berman is currently producing AIR JORDAN for Amazon Studios and Skydance, directed by Ben Affleck, written by Alex Convery (USC SCA Alum), and starring Matt Damon, Viola Davis, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Chris Tucker and Chris Messina. He was named in the 2016 Variety Dealmakers Impact Report, and in Variety in 2011 as one of the Top Ten Producers to Watch.


Berman has produced SURROUNDED awaiting release from MGM/Amazon, directed by Anthony Mandler and starring Letitia Wright, Jamie Bell and Michael K. William.


Berman recently produced Edson Oda’s (USC SCA Alum) Sundance award winning film Nine Days starring Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgård, and Benedict Wong, Olivier Megaton’s The Last Days of American Crime starring Edgar Ramirez, Prentice Penny’s (USC SCA Alum) Uncorked, Cindy Chupack’s Otherhood, Clark Johnson’s Juanita, Jonathan Helpert's IO, Gerard McMurray's  (USC SCA Alum) Burning Sands, Ryan Koo's Amateur, Eli Craig's (USC SCA Alum) Little Evil, and Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation. 


Berman’s past producing credits include Approaching the Unknown, Mediterranea, The Benefactor, Little Accidents, The Dry Land, Jess + Moss, Seven Days in Utopia, Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, LUV, and Struck By Lightning.


Berman is in development on projects for Amazon, Netflix, Sony, Apple and a24.


Prior to producing, Berman worked at the William Morris Agency, MGM Studios, and for writer/director Gary Ross. Berman is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and the Producers Guild of America. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, where he is now an adjunct professor. Berman helped to develop and start the Catalyst program at the Sundance Institute.

Contact Information

Name: Patrick Fritz