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Industry Pro Weekend Seminars: Producing Independent Film & Media is a Course

Industry Pro Weekend Seminars: Producing Independent Film & Media

Ended Oct 20, 2019

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Full course description


October 18, 2019


3 Days


Sun Studios of Arizona



What you'll learn:

Daniel Tibbets (President-GM & Producer, El Rey Network) will take students through the process of bringing an idea through developing it into a teleplay, financing the production, shooting, editing, marketing and distribution/broadcasting.

What you'll learn:

  • Methods for identifying creative opportunities.
  • An understanding of what it takes to effectively collaborate.
  • Real world examples of effective working and collaborative practices which lead creative projects to successful conclusions.
  • Insight into critical issues for Latinx filmmakers and executives as well as a better understanding and appreciation of the Latinx market.

Who this course is designed for:

Alumni and anyone interested in working in the film and television industry.

Meet the instructors

Daniel Tibbets, Producer

Daniel Tibbets, President-GM, El Rey Network: With over 20 years of entertainment programming and producing experience, Daniel Tibbets serves as president and general manager for El Rey Network, a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy. Overseeing operations and leading the network’s growth strategy, Tibbets manages new carriage agreements, content development, program planning/scheduling, productions, acquisitions, talent relations, advertising sales, business affairs and other areas. Tibbets most recently served as chief content officer at Machinima, responsible for content strategy and development, program planning and scheduling, production, acquisitions, and business affairs. Under his leadership, he developed and put into production over 600 hours of original content for go90, Sony Vue, Youtube and other platforms including the hit series “Street Fighter: Resurrection” and “Transformers: Combiner Wars.” He segued there from Bunim/Murray Productions where he led its digital department as an SVP Digital Media, developing short-form programming for web, mobile and other platforms including branded original series “Best Year Ever” (Target) and “The Controller” (EA). Previously he co-founded and led the e-publishing company Premier Digital Publishing (acquired in 2014) and spent six years as studio chief at the innovative, first mover VOD mobile content company GoTV Networks, building it into the largest mobile media network and original content syndicator, launching over 20 original VOD channels before it was acquired in June 2011. From 2002-2005 Tibbets was vice president, production at Twentieth Television and oversaw the FoxLab, where he was responsible for overseeing over 2500 episodes of television production and developed and executive produced the first two original content mobisodes™ “Love and Hate” and “Sunset Hotel” which launched on Verizon’s early mobile platform, VCAST. This followed four-years as VP, Entertainment for Fireworks Television and VP, Papazian-Hirsch, where he sold and developed projects for syndication, cable and broadcast networks, most notable the HBO series “Rome.” Earlier in his career Tibbets served as a writer and producer on several notable television programs and specials including the Emmy®-Award winning, “Streetwise.” He produced and/or contributed to the production and development of other award-winning, made-for-television series, including “Martha Stewart Living,” “Home Again with Bob Vila,” “America’s Most Wanted,” “Good Day Live,” “Judge Alex,” “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest,” the BBC/PBS mini-series “Signs and Wonders” starring James Earl Jones and many others. Daniel Tibbets earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing with an emphasis in international marketing and business from Arizona State University.

Jason Scott, School Film, Dance & Theatre Asst Director & Asst Professor

Jason Davids Scott is an Assistant Professor and the Interim Assistant Director for Film and Media Production in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. Dr. Scott has also worked for over thirty years as a public relations/marketing consultant for a wide variety of entertainment firms, and also has experience in feature film development and short film production. His first book, "Everything But the Script: Professional Writing in the Entertainment Industry," will be published by Cognella in Fall 2019.

Adam Collis, Film Spark Director and Professor of Practice, MY

Adam Collis is a filmmaker and film professor dedicated to making distinctive feature films and to giving his students one of a kind opportunities to learn filmmaking directly from world class filmmakers from both studio and independent realms. He accomplishes this by connecting his students and Hollywood pros through video conferences, at in-class visits, and on actual feature film sets. Six months after graduating from University of South California's (USC) School of Cinematic Arts, Professor Collis directed the 20th Century Fox feature film, Sunset Strip (2000), starring Simon Baker (The Mentalist) and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyer's Club). Professor Collis has directed short form and feature length documentaries. Additionally, he earned his MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business where he led a six-month, six-person research study on new business models for Independent Films. In 2014, he produced and directed Car Dogs, starring Patrick Adams (Suits), George Lopez, Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help). Next up for Professor Collis is The Long Blue Yonder, which is being produced by Brunson Green (The Help) and has Tye Sheridan (Mud) attached in the lead role. Professor Collis also has a particular interest in helping young filmmakers get their footing in Hollywood. As a professor of practice of film directing at Arizona State University, he's created classes, programs and internships, including the successful Skype-screening series, Hollywood Invades Tempe, which hosted more than a dozen major Hollywood filmakers and executives.

Meeting Details

October 18, 2019 - October 20, 2019

Fri. 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Sat. 9:30am - 6:00pm, Sun. 9:30am - 4:30pm


Sun Studios Screening Room
1425 W 14th St. Tempe, AZ 85281