The School of Media Arts & Studies recently observed Communication Week with the Scripps College of Communication on March 24-28 which saw several exciting events celebrating the achievements of our students and alumni.
Kate Farrell (pictured below), an Ohio University alumna as well as a four-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer, visited classes on Tuesday, March 25 and also presented to a packed Studio C on her life in television.
Kate is one of a trailblazing group of women who have reached the position of producer in sports television and was part of five Olympic production teams. Her credits include projects for HBO, CBS, NBC, and ABC. Kate is currently executive producer at WE tv and responsible for overseeing a number of reality shows including the current hit SWV. She is known within the industry for her commitment to bring authentic stories to the forefront, from profiles of world-class athletes to the challenges faced by female soldiers returning home from Iraq.
Kate provided students with an inside look at the role of the producer, and the challenges and rewards that are part of intense creative work. Students genuinely appreciated the insight she provided and some ongoing mentoring relationships were formed.
Mountain Stage is the longest running, live music performance program on public radio and on Thursday, March 27, we were joined by Larry Groce, a co-creator and the current host of Mountain Stage, Francis Fisher, a co-creator and recording engineer, and Michael Lipton, lead guitar player in the Mountain Stage band and associate recording engineer, for an all-access discussion on the show. Students and members of the community alike were treated to stories from the show's creators and learned about the process and challenges of producing a music show with multiple acts in front of a live audience. We got to see why, after 30 years, Mountain Stage is still the place “where musicians come to play.” We're especially privileged that the Mountain Stage crew allowed us to record the event which you will find embedded below.