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Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Discovery and USC Partner to Support Student Filmmaking

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! August 11, 2014 at 1:13PM

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are setting their sights once more on the young and tech savvy. USC's School of Cinematic Arts and New Form Digital -- a studio created from Discovery Communications, Howard and Grazer -- are partnering on a year-long program that will support the distribution of student-made programming.
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Ron Howard and Brian Grazer
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer


Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are setting their sights once more on the young and tech savvy. USC's School of Cinematic Arts and New Form Digital -- a studio created from Discovery Communications, Howard and Grazer -- are partnering on a year-long program that will support the distribution of student-made programming.

Under directors Jack Epps Jr. and Michael Fink of USC, 15-20 students during the 2014-2015 school year will develop and pitch their projects. Three will be selected to be developed and produced as web series during the second semester of the program. New Form will evaluate the content and oversee distribution via digital platforms.

SCA professors David Goetsch ("The Big Bang Theory") and David Isaacs ("Cheers," "M*A*S*H") will instruct the Writing classes and Sean Mullin ("Sam & Amira") will instruct the Production class.

More on New Form here.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.