Director Glenn Weiss will provide insight on the making of live televised musical productions
WHAT: Emerson College Los Angeles is offering a free public discussion with Emmy Award–winning director Glenn Weiss on the challenges and opportunities that live television presents for musical productions in today’s media landscape. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit http://connection.emerson.edu/peterpanlive.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 21, 7:30–9:30 pm
WHERE: Emerson College Los Angeles, 5960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
WHO: The discussion will be led by 11-time Emmy Award-winner Glenn Weiss, who recently directed Peter Pan Live! on NBC. Weiss is a director and producer, known for his work on America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back, the Emmy Awards, and the Tony Awards, among other programs and events.
HOW: To register for the event: http://connection.emerson.edu/peterpanlive.
WHY: Producing a full–scale live musical for television presents unique challenges. Live acting. Live singing. No “do-overs.” In 2013, NBC broadcast The Sound of Music live on television with nearly 18.6 million viewers tuning in for the performance—the first live movie event of its kind in more than 50 years. Following the successful presentation of The Sound of Music Live!, NBC decided to bring the classic Broadway musical Peter Pan to television. The show-stopping musical, which starred Allison Williams and Christopher Walken, was produced on a $10 million budget. It was broadcast live from the Grumman Studios in New York on December 4, 2014, with more than 9 million viewers watching. Glenn Weiss will discuss the exciting challenges of live television and provide exclusive behind-the-scenes insight about what it takes to direct a musical for TV.
PARKING: Paid public parking lots are available at the Hollywood Palladium and Fonda Theatre. After parking, check in with security in the second floor lobby at Emerson College Los Angeles.
About Emerson College Los Angeles
Based in Boston, Emerson College, the world’s premier center for the study and practice of communication and the arts, was the first East Coast college to establish a residential study and internship program in Los Angeles in the 1980s. The College’s new permanent facility, located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, represents a significant commitment to the city and to the entertainment and communication industries. Designed by internationally renowned architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects, the Gold LEED–certified facility had its grand opening in March 2014. More than 4,300 Emerson students have already participated in internships at renowned film studios, media outlets, marketing agencies, and related enterprises in LA. For more information on Emerson College Los Angeles, visit www.emerson.edu.