Industry Connections

Connecting with people for advice, support and professional input is critical to success in media. The School of Cinema and Media Arts has ties with many talented and successful industry professionals, bringing them in as class guests, event speakers and mentors.

Guests and Speakers

Best in the Industry

Influential artists and executives from every facet of media have come to Biola as prestigious guests.

Destin Cretton

Director

Short Term 12, The Glass Castle

Rob Liefeld

Creator

Deadpool

Tony Bancroft

Director and Animator

Mulan, Disney

Tony Hale

Emmy Award Winning Actor

Arrested Development, Veep

Steve Oedekerk

Creator/Producer

Jimmy Neutron

Dan Lin

Producer

The Lego Movies, Sherlock Holmes

Steve Tompkins

Writer/Producer

The Ranch, Two and a Half Men

Ryan Coogler

Director

Black Panther, Creed

Marc Forster

Director

Finding Neverland, World War Z, The Kite Runner

Gavin O’Connor

Writer/Director

Warrior, Suicide Squad

DeVon Franklin

Executive/Producer

Columbia, Franklin Ent.

Sean Astin

Actor

Lord of the Rings, Rudy

Atticus Shaffer

Actor

The Middle

Howard Kazanjian

Producer

Indiana Jones, Star Wars

Valentina Garza

Writer/Producer

Simpsons, Jane The Virgin

Justin Chang

Film Critic

LA Times

Claudia Puig

Film Critic

NPR, USA Today

Michael Uslan

Producer

Batman films

Joe Whitmoore

VP Marketing

Paramount

Michael Klausman

President

CBS Studios

Mike Polydoros

VP Distribution

Lionsgate

Scott Derrickson

Director

Dr. Strange, Sinister

Kevin O’Connell

Academy Award Winning Sound Mixer

Hacksaw Ridge

Tony Bill

Academy Award Winning Producer

The Sting

Joe Alve

Oscar Nominee

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Glen Keane

Academy Award winning Director

Dear Basketball with Kobe Bryant

Ron Husband

Animator

Disney

Frank Montaño

Academy Award nominated Sound Mixer

The Revenant, Birdman

Joe Alves

Production Designer

Jaws

Catherine Hardwicke

Director

Twilight, Red Riding Hood

Barry Berg

Producer/UPM

Clueless, Black Knight

Scott Thaler

Production Manager

Avengers, Star Trek, Black Panther

Allegra Clegg

Production Manager

Transformers, Hancock