Hartford, Connecticut, March 29, 2016 — Trinity College alumni, parents, and faculty members gathered on March 3 at Sony Pictures Plaza in Culver City, California, for the Los Angeles Entertainment Industry Panel and Reception. The event, hosted by the Trinity Club of Los Angeles and the Trinity College Film Studies Program
, featured several accomplished Trinity alumni with careers in entertainment.
The panelists were: Stephen Gyllenhaal ’72, a film and television director, writer, and producer; Julia Pistor ’83, executive producer at Mattel; Marc Rashba ’87, vice president of the TV and customer marketing group at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Aroop Sanakkayla ’01, an entertainment consultant at Roopster Entertainment; and Max Weisz ’08, internet personality and video artist known as MaxNoSleeves. Christine Ragasa ’98, principal of the public relations firm Christine Ragasa Global, moderated the event, and Madalene Spezialetti
, associate professor of computer science and director of Trinity College’s Film Studies Program, gave the welcoming remarks.
The audience had a chance to ask the panelists questions during the Q&A portion of the event. The Trinity alumni offered valuable insights into the entertainment business, and discussed some of the ways in which their Trinity education helped them along their paths. “I think Trinity is a differential,” Rashba said. “Trinity gives you a little bit of a unique position. One of the things I liked about Trinity was… the small population of the school.”
Michael Gilman ’76, P’05 and Jim Hazelton ’93, of the Trinity Club of Los Angeles, wrapped up the program with their closing remarks.
Many of those in attendance at the panel and reception felt inspired by the stories and advice shared by fellow Bantams. One person said, “In L.A., when you come out here it’s easy to feel like the industry is very overwhelming, especially if you’re from the east coast. And to see that there’s other people who came from where you came from and did it, it’s just really exciting.”
Below is a video featuring some highlights from the event.
Written by Elizabeth Goetz ’16