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Warner Bros. Hosts Its First-Ever Studio Day

The Next Great Storytellers  / Posted on February 19, 2020

Nearly 200 WB First Cut program participants were welcomed to the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank for WB’s first-ever Studio Day. The day was designed to give high school students with an interest in production careers an opportunity to learn about various pathways the entertainment industry has to offer. Through programs like WB First Cut, WB aims to create access into the entertainment industry for emerging voices and talents.

 

Students kicked off the day with “Behind the Credits,” a career insights panel featuring five creatives whose roles have contributed to several of the most successful television shows produced by Warner Bros. Television: Nkechi Okoro Carroll (Executive Producer + Showrunner, “All American”), Tara Hernandez (Co-Executive Producer, “Young Sheldon”), Christina Kim (Writer + Executive Producer, “Blindspot”), Jaffar Mahmood (Producing  Director, “Young Sheldon”) and Eric Wallace (Executive Producer + Showrunner, “The Flash”). During the panel, each person spoke openly about their roles in which many of the students in the audience aspire to be one day. They also gave candid advice while discussing their unique career paths that led them into the industry.

Put your head down, do the work, do it with gusto, embrace and be open to things happening in a way that you may not have planned.
Eric Wallace, Executive Producer + Showrunner, “The Flash”

Throughout Studio Day, students attended four 40-minute production-focused sessions where they were able to gain insights and hands-on experiences in the setting of a working studio lot. These aspiring filmmakers participated in post production sessions on WB’s dub stages and color grading suites, a tour of soundstages and backlot sets, production assistant training and a presentation on making a studio movie.

During lunch, a nonprofit resource fair was held to give students a chance to engage with organizations like Film2Future, Hollywood CPR, National Association of Latino Independent Producers and NewFilmmakers Los Angeles—all of which provide education and training opportunities beyond the classroom experience.

Peter Dodd, Warner Bros. Pictures’ VP of Development & Production, closed out the day with “See Yourself in the Work We Do,” a conversation about the importance of representation in film. During the discussion, Dodd shared his experience as a former agent and now a studio executive. The conversation was a reminder of the progress the entertainment industry has made and the work it must continue to do as we strive to create a more inclusive environment.

The students are our future storytellers, so bringing them to Warner Bros. allows them to speak to the professionals and ask them questions like, ‘How did you get this job? What do I need to do to better prepare myself for this?’ Their eyes are opening to the possibilities, and they are realizing that everyone has a story to tell.
Dr. Steven McCarthy, Director, Arts Education Branch, Los Angeles Unified School District

WB First Cut provides filmmaking curriculum, skills and expanded industry opportunities to high school students as they pursue additional schooling and careers in storytelling. Now in its third season with partners Los Angeles Unified School District and nonprofit Ghetto Film School, the program first launched in 2018. Learn more about our WB Good programs by visiting this page.

  • wb-studio-day-non-profit-fair Students attend nonprofit resource fair during Studio Day.
  • wb-studio-day-behind-the-credits "Behind the Credits" Panel: (L-R) Niko Mason (Chuck Lorre Productions), Nkechi Okoro Carroll (Executive Producer + Showrunner, "All American"), Tara Hernandez (Co-Executive Producer, "Young Sheldon"), Christina Kim (Writer + Executive Producer, "Blindspot"), Jaffar Mahmood (Producing Director, "Young Sheldon"), and Eric Wallace (Executive Producer + Showrunner, "The Flash).
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  • wb-studio-day-sound-stage Students participate in a session on WB’s dub stages.
  • wb-studio-day-see-yourself-in-the-work-we-do "See Yourself in the Work We Do:" (L-R) Stacey Hoppe (VP of Corporate Responsibility, WarnerMedia) and Peter Dodd (VP of Development + Production, Warner Bros. Pictures)