Interpersonal Skills Matter in the Media Business

By: Media Management Association This summary statement was a fitting conclusion for the presentation of Revolt Media & TV's James Brown to the members of the Media Management Association on Tuesday, March 3. Brown, currently the EVP of Content Distribution at this content creation company, explained his professional journey from Bell Atlantic to ESPN to Revolt and offered advice to students interested in working in the content distribution business. While working at Bell Atlantic in the 1980s and 1990s, Brown remembered being a part of a select group of managers [...]

2020-03-06T11:07:57-05:00March 6, 2020|Media Management|

MMA Meeting: Marketing in the Intersection of Media and Technology

By: Micaela Wenger The Media Management Association invited Comcast's Javier Garcia to discuss how marketing and branding strategies can enhance, and even reposition, assets in a fast changing technological environment. Garcia, a senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Florida region, has worked for Comcast for the last five years. Before joining the cable company, he took on various positions at Yahoo! for eight years. His presentation was especially timely as multichannel video programming distributors are facing significant decline in pay-TV subscription due to accelerated cord-cutting trends. First, [...]

2020-03-02T14:11:17-05:00March 2, 2020|Media Management|

UMTV Receives 11 Nominations for NBS-AERHo Awards

By: Jabria Roscoe UMTV received 11 nominations in ten different categories from the NBS-AERho National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition. NBS-AERho is a national organization that recognizes the work of college students working toward a career in electronic media. The winners will be announced at the NBS-AERho 78th National Convention, held March 11-14 in Los Angeles. UMTV has been nominated in categories that include Video Feature Segment, Video Newscast (live), Video Newscast (prerecorded), Video Documentary Program, Video Sports Segment, and Video Sports Program. UM senior lecturer and UMTV faculty advisor, [...]

Reflections on the 2020 NATPE Conference Internship

By: Delaney Huffman Every year, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) offers a competitive internship program that allows selected students to attend the conference and develop a greater knowledge of the television buying and distribution processes. For more information, please contact Ana Francois, assistant professor of practice, at a.francois@miami.edu. This year, Delaney Huffman, a University of Miami junior with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and History, agreed to share her experience as an NATPE intern. The January 2020 National Association of Television Producing Executives (NATPE) Conference spanned [...]

2020-01-27T11:40:40-05:00January 27, 2020|Media Management|

Nobody’s Going to the Movies, Yet Everybody’s Watching Movies

The rise of video streaming services was discussed during a meeting on tech trends before the CES International consumer technology conference held in Las Vegas earlier this month. Photo: Associated Press By Michael R. Malone University of Miami film and media specialists discuss the dynamics—competition, quality, and delivery options—that are revolutionizing the film and TV marketplace. The Golden Globes annually light the fanfare fuse that sizzles all the way to the Oscars on Feb. 9. At the Globes ceremony this year, host Ricky Gervais used his pulpit, in twisted fashion, to [...]

2020-01-15T10:40:08-05:00January 15, 2020|Media Management, Motion Pictures|

Two UMTV Shows Nominated for College Television Awards

By: Karina Valdes Two UMTV shows, NewsVision and SportsDesk, were each recently nominated for a Television Academy Foundation College Television Award. The College Television Awards recognize excellence in student production, with this year’s nominees selected out of 374 submissions from 112 schools across the nation. NewsVision and SportsDesk are the only two UMTV shows airing live. NewsVision staff were nominated in the News category for their work on MSD Massacre One Year Later. “This recognition impacts everyone who spends countless hours every week volunteering to produce each episode of NewsVision [...]

Successfully Thriving for 28 Years (and Counting) in TV Sales

For the last Media Management Association meeting of the fall semester, Freda Pedrique-Valdes, senior account manager at Telemundo 51-NBCUniversal (WSCV and WTVJ), shared her insights about the changing practices in television sales. But while students constantly seek new educational and professional opportunities to strengthen their resumes, Pedrique-Valdes admitted having no resume. She has been working for the same renowned Telemundo-NBC company for over twenty-eight years. How did Pedrique-Valdes end up in her long-standing position? During her last year as a graphic design student at International Fine Arts College in Miami, Pedrique-Valdes was approached [...]

Alumnus Hosts Morning Show, Wins Big at KBA

In the race to land a job after graduation, some students can only dream of one day hosting a television show. But there was Tej Joshi, B.S.C. ’19, right as he was graduating from the University of Miami, the host of SoKY Sunrise, the morning show for south-central Kentucky’s NBC affiliate television station, WNKY 40.  “It’s a really fun show that I’m happy to be a part of,” said Joshi. What’s more, SoKY Sunrise was recently awarded Best Morning Show at the Kentucky Broadcasters Association Excellence in Broadcasting Awards in Florence, Indiana— [...]

Amazon Prime Video Executive Shares Recipe for Success

On November 7, Maria Sanchez, Miami-based head of Prime Video Direct Latin America at Amazon, spoke about her 25-year career in the television distribution industry with members of the Media Management Association. Growing up in Spain, Sanchez always knew that her calling was to work in the entertainment business. After completing her bachelor's degree in film and television from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Sanchez moved to Los Angeles where she worked for several companies for nearly nine years. “When I worked for the small companies, they took me to other [...]

Alumna’s Passion for Radio Comes Full Circle

When Amber Robertson, B.S.C. ’12, graduated from the University of Miami, she had no idea what she wanted to do or who she wanted to be. The only thing she did know was that she wanted to leave her hometown of Miami behind to find opportunity and adventure. Seven years, two cities, and eight job titles later, Robertson visited UM last week to give career advice to anxious undergrads.  “If you want to pivot, your 20s are the perfect time to do it,” said Robertson during her presentation to members [...]