Top Industry Pros to Offer Covid-Era Career Tips to SFTV Students

To mark the final day of the spring 2020 semester, SFTV has lined up a special set of guests from our industry advisory group, the SFTV Executive Council, to share their thoughts about how the media and entertainment industry is adapting to the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19.

Students are invited to a Zoom discussion on May 1 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm about the current state of the biz, where the opportunities are, and the best ways to jump-start their film and TV careers in this shifting new world.

Steve Younger ’93, entertainment attorney, discussion moderator (left in photo)

Steve Younger is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and UCLA School of Law. He is a partner at the entertainment law firm of Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light in Los Angeles. He represents actors, writers, showrunners, directors, producers, playwrights and novelists in film, television, new media, and publishing.

Melissa Blake ’95, writer-producer (middle in photo)

Melissa Blake is a television writer-producer who has worked on one-hour dramas and half-hour single-camera comedies for broadcast television and digital platforms over the past two decades.

Upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University, Melissa got her foot in the door as an assistant in television post-production. She soon parlayed her post-production gigs into an executive assistant position at Renaissance Pictures, the former production company of producer Rob Tapert and producer-director Sam Raimi, where Melissa began writing for the company’s syndicated action-adventure shows, including Jack of All Trades, Cleopatra: 2525, and cult hit, Xena: Warrior Princess. Melissa then teamed up with her sister, Joy Blake, and together the pair staffed on several series including Kevin Hill (UPN), Night Stalker (ABC), Heroes (NBC), Ghost Whisperer (CBS), and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (CBS).

During a hiatus from writing in 2011, Melissa started teaching in the Graduate Screenwriting and Writing & Producing for Television programs for LMU’s School of Film & Television. Inspired by the creative energy of the grad students, she resumed her solo writing career on the FOX series, Sleepy Hollow. Since then, she has worked on ABC’s Wicked City and Amazon’s One Mississippi, comedian Tig Notaro’s autobiographical scripted series. All the while, Melissa has continued her collaboration with LMU, in the form of special workshops, panels, and a mentoring program, through which she pairs 3rd year MFA candidates with working writers as they transition from film school to the industry.

Most recently, in addition to developing her own projects, Melissa served as Co- Executive Producer on the first season of Netflix’s upcoming genre series October Faction and is currently Co-EP on Amazon’s new YA show, The Wilds.

Steve Mosko, CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (right in photo)

Mosko was named Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group in October 2018. Prior to joining VREG, Mosko spent 24 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, 16 of them running global television, where he rebuilt the business from obscurity into one of the world’s leading producers of content and distribution.

Mosko is credited with a visionary and decisive leadership style and the mentoring of a strong team of executives, combined with an understanding of how to engage and support creative talent. He and his team were early to embrace multiple genres of content and emerging platforms, including a rapidly growing cable industry and the advent of streaming services in today’s digital age.

Under his watch, shows such as “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul,” “Damages,” “The Shield,” and “Rescue Me” were developed and produced for cable; while “The Crown,” “Bloodline,” and “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” found audiences on major streaming platforms. Mosko and his team also produced a myriad of shows for network television and syndication including “The Blacklist,” “The Goldbergs,” and “Shark Tank;” and the syndicated juggernauts “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” along with “Dr. Oz.”

Mosko graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. In 1995, his alma mater recognized his accomplishments with their Presidential Achievement Award, and this past May he received an honorary Doctorate from the college. In 2011, Mosko was awarded an honorary doctorate by Chapman University.

An active supporter of emerging talent and education, Mosko currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Loyola Marymount University.