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BECA examines future of media, entertainment

March 15, 2006

Image of the flier for the BECA Department's 60th anniversary conference The Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) Department will celebrate its 60th anniversary by exploring the future of media and entertainment at a March 22-23 conference in the Creative Arts building. "Changing Channels: Braving the New World of Byte-Sized Media" will feature panels of industry leaders, including many graduates of the department, discussing such topics as iPods, high-definition television, video games and broadcast journalism.

Emmy Award-winner Peter Casey (B.A., '75), cocreator and executive producer of "Frasier," will host the conference and serve on a panel titled "Changing Media, Changing Careers: Reflections on the Art of Success."

David Sacks (B.A., '67), Warner Bros. Television senior vice president of current television programming, will also join this panel. He has served on past career panels for the department and recalls them being helpful when he was a student.

"I remember the fear and anxiety I had (about becoming successful in the television industry)," Sacks said. "It was nice and interesting to hear people talk about the business. If I can affect one student and (plant) advice in the back of their minds, then that's good."

Other panelists include William Randolph Hearst III, partner of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers; Emmy winner Brent Stranathan (B.A., '75), CBS vice president of broadcast distribution; Charlie Stockley (B.A., '94), Electronic Arts lead sound designer; and Sandra Thomas, KDTV-Channel 14 news director.

Shelly Palmer, managing partner of Advanced Media Ventures Group and author of "Television Disrupted: The Transition from Network to Networked TV," will deliver the keynote speech.

Tickets for "Changing Channels" range from $8 to $25 and may be purchased by calling the College of Creative Arts Box Office at (415) 338-2467 or sending an e-mail to:

The largest and most influential program of its kind in the West, the BECA Department has graduated some of the top names in broadcast journalism, entertainment television and new media, including Bay Area news anchor Frank Somerville, Oakland Athletics play-by-play announcer Glen Kuiper, and CNN Headline News anchor Mike Galanos. BECA faculty members are authors of some of the most widely used textbooks on radio and television performance, broadcast news writing, television production, electronic field production and media aesthetics.

-- Matt Itelson


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