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Voices from the Global Village: Gary Nadeau short film, Pizza Verdi is winning entry in the MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival

April 8, 2013

New York, NY – April 5, 2013 – The Metropolitan College of New York School for Business Media Management MBA program is proud to announce that Pizza Verdi, a short film by Gary Nadeau was judged the winning entry of the MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival.  Ice Cream, by Nicholas Santos and Not Like the Commercials, by Gordon S. Williams, were voted Second and Third Place, respectively, in the Festival as well.

“We had a record number of very solid entries this year and the competition was great.  In fact, only 8 films were selected from all of the submissions to be official entries in final consideration at the Festival,” said Kristie Velasco, Coordinator of the MCNY School for Business Media Management MBA Program, who directed the Media Management students in producing the Festival.  “The Festival is proud to be open to filmmakers around the globe and this year filmmakers from Malaysia, India, France and Serbia joined American filmmakers from around the nation in submitting shorts into the competition.  I’m just glad I wasn’t judging.”

Mr. Nadeau is an accomplished filmmaker and screenwriter who studied at NYU and has worked in Hollywood.   His film, Pizza Verdi, has won multiple awards in various Film Festivals.  “NYC is a constant source of inspiration for me and I’m very pleased Pizza Verdi was honored in the very city it was conceived,” said Mr. Nadeau.  “Thanks so much to everyone at MCNY Short Film Festival for supporting indie filmmakers everywhere.”

Accepting his prizes for Second place that night at the Festival was Nicholas Santos for his short film Ice Cream.  “It was great to compete alongside such diverse filmmakers from around the world. It’s an honor to have been selected and I’m looking forward to next year’s festival.”  A Brooklyn filmmaker, Mr. Santos studied Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College where he developed his filmmaking style.

Rounding out Third Place in the Festival was Not Like the Commercials  by Gordon S. Williams, a filmmaker who is also Studio Operations Manager at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in the Department of Communication.  Mr. Williams said, “As a filmmaker, any time you are given the chance to show your work, you greatly appreciate the opportunity.  I hope that MCNY Short Film Festival continues to give filmmakers an outlet to show their projects.  To have Not Like The Commercials screen at this festival and be selected as third prize winner is a great honor.”

The MCNY Annual Short Film Festival, which grew out a classroom project, has grown into an institutionalized platform for independent filmmakers, and provides real time project management experience for MCNY School for Business Media Management MBA students.  The students actively worked on branding, marketing and promoting the festival, soliciting film submissions, securing sponsors and established film professionals to judge the finalists as part of applied learning assignments built into their classroom studies.

The Feature Presentation at the Festival was Life Unscripted (Season 2), comprised of 6 webisodes filmed by teens for teens, produced by the Urban Actors Academy in collaboration with John F. Kenny High School for Digital Communications.  Written by MCNY Media Management MBA alumna and Urban Actors Academy founder, Maisha Azadi, Life Unscripted lets us hang out for the day with the students of L.I.F.E. Academy, where an average high school day at an urban high school is nothing close to average, and we are provided with a real life look into the students lives, as they frame issues, question their values and develop their individual perspectives, one day at a time.  She said of the festival, “MCNY’s 4th Annual Film Festival was a wonderful experience and opportunity for filmmakers, both novice and skilled to exhibit their talent to an audience that is just as diverse and eager to view and network with new talent. As with all of MCNY’s programs the seed of inspiration has been planted for a truly exceptional film experience to grow forward in the coming years! Congratulations to all who worked hard to put the festival together and I was very honored to be apart of such an impactful event.”

On Thursday night, Keynote speaker, film and television executive Peter Anthony Andrews, gave a lively presentation, peppered with many stories of his experiences, from his time working on over 20 films as writer and producer with Belafonte Enterprises, to programming some of television’s iconic shows like Chico and the Man, Quincy, Sanford & Son, Columbo, Police Woman and Little House on the Prairie during his tenure as Vice President of NBC Entertainment.  He graciously fielded questions from those in attendance at the festival and the interactive audience of the live stream of his presentation from as far as Denmark discussing all aspects of the business of the film and television industries as well as the impact of social media on film distribution and finance.

A number of sponsors, including Jambox Entertainment, the IFC Center, Cacica, Elite Market Management, Mika Japanese Cuisine & Bar and Social Cinema, LLC, joined MCNY School for Business in sponsoring the Festival and supporting the efforts of the students. As in past years, the Festival was proud to welcome and Grave Shift Studios, to join returning Soi66 on the list of student companies supporting the Festival as sponsors as well.  Additional information, including winning films from prior years, is available on our website at

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Voices from the Global Village: Media Management MBA and Emergency and Disaster Management MPA programs collaborate to host/stream live SMARMIE conference on February 28, to discuss developing “Humanitarian Technologies”

March 4, 2013

On February 28, over 200 social media professionals and emergency managers converged on MCNY for the first annual SMARMIE  conference to hear speakers from around globe discuss the latest uses of social media networks as “Humanitarian Technologies” for emergency disaster planning and management.  Filmed and streamed live by faculty, students and alumni of the Media Management MBA Program, the day’s panelists included Dr. Patrick Meier, Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute, an internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience; Phil Harris, CEO of Geofeedia a special social media search and discovery service location that helps emergency responders perform situational nearness by location by establishing geo-fences around physical locations and gathering all social media from those locations in real-time; Kim Stephens, the lead blogger of iDisaster 2.0 which focuses on the benefits as well as the challenges the emergency management community face when employing new information communications technologies; and Jeff Phillips, a local Emergency Manager in New Mexico and former Chief of Response and Recovery at the New Mexico Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) who developed and utilizes the Virtual Operations Support (VOST) concept of recruiting, organizing and tasking ‘trusted agents’ to perform as social media and new technology ‘force multipliers’ in emergency operations, among others.  (The full list of conference speakers and their bios is available at

Recognizing the rapidly advancing and developing role that social media industries play in emergency and disaster response planning and management, SMARMIE began as an idea for additional collaborative learning opportunities forged between the Emergency and Disaster Management MPA Program and the Media Management MBA Program.  It was believed that, by bringing together leaders in emergency response, social media and government, a synergistic dialogue could be encouraged where the collective expertise could be shared and potentially leveraged and lead to an advantage afforded to individuals and communities responding to a myriad of emergencies and disasters.

Utilizing our Purpose Centered Education teaching model, our Media Management MBA students had been studying and exploring the substantive issues integral to this inaugural SMARMIE event through live case studies in a number of their classes since last fall.  At the same time, they have and continue to work with our Emergency and Disaster Management students on guiding the EDM students’ development of social media marketing campaigns and videos that inform about the critical necessity of business continuity planning in anticipation of disasters.  Through this process our students have been able to engage in practical application of the substantive business or emergency management concepts learned in their Dimension classes to develop real life tangible projects that might address these critical needs via their Constructive Action.

In the School for Business Media Management MBA Program, our mission is to provide students with the business skills, management tools and substantive expertise necessary to be at the forefront of emerging media trends, to navigate changes in the industry and to provide leadership to successfully take these companies into the future, while never losing sight of our own responsibility to the larger society and the ever changing media environment. The ­first of its kind in the nation, and the our curriculum is oriented towards a practitioner-based learning model where management theories are fully integrated within the curriculum and students are expected to complete their degree with a tangible outcome, developed through hands on and field learning via the Constructive Action.

Similarly, the School for Public Affairs and Administration MPA Program in Emergency and Disaster Management is an advanced degree program that opens new career tracks for recent college graduates as well as for those looking to change careers, and further develops the knowledge base of professionals already working in the fi­eld. This highly specialized degree covers the planning, management, logistics, response, relief, recovery and economics associated with managing emergency situations.

Our students continue to collaborate on other projects where the substantive learning naturally overlaps.

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RIP Adelaide Smith, MCNY School for Business, Media Management MBA, Class of 2011

September 28, 2012

To members of the MCNY Community:

It is with great deep sadness and personal regret that I report the passing of MCNY School for Business Media Management MBA alumnus Adelaide Smith, who died from complications of Congestive Heart Failure Wednesday night after collapsing last Sunday evening.

As many may not be aware, Adelaide was committed to her studies in the Media Management MBA program and extensively planned her move to NYC back in 2007 from Chicago after graduating from DePaul University. She often expressed that after raising her children and putting them through Ivy League graduate schools, she decided that it was time to return to school to get her BA and MBA and that with the knowledge in Media and Business that she would acquire studying in our program, she would be able to have a positive impact on the media and the lives of underprivileged communities with the hope of empowering her community through her Constructive Action venture Universal Sustainable Enterprises, LLC.

A diagnosis with Congestive Heart Failure interrupted her studies in 2008 and forced her to move out to California with her daughter to recuperate, but she made sure to tell me that she would return to complete her Media Management MBA degree when she was able. It took two years, but in 2010, Adelaide returned, and although it was often difficult to balance her medical condition, personal obligations and her studies, Adelaide made it a point to return to the school to proudly display her new MCNY Alumni identification and report how proud she was to have accepted her MBA from Drs. Thompson and Depoo in 2011. Those of us who knew Adelaide personally will smile and not be surprised to hear that she also informed me at that time of her detailed long term plans to redesign the layout and overall look of the actual identification card to be more fitting with the “proper stature of the program and school.”

Adelaide stayed connected to the Media Management program, often returning to inform us of whatever project she was working on at the moment and to offer any assistance that she might be able to give. She actively assisted in soliciting sponsors for last year’s Film Festival and vigilantly attended every event that was held by the School for Business. The last time we spoke this summer, she wanted marketing data about the Media program and the film festival, informing me that it was her intention to secure a corporate naming sponsor who could underwrite the long term institutionalization of the film festival.

Our condolences go out to her family and friends. The viewing and services will be held at the House of Hills Funeral Home at 1000 St. John’s Place in Brooklyn on this Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Viewing will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a service at 7 p.m.

Burial will be conducted on Monday.

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SAVE THE DATE MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival April 4 and 5, 2013

September 22, 2012

MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival, April 4 and 5, 2013

Be sure to mark your calendars to Save the Date for the Metropolitan College of New York 4th Annual Short Film Festival scheduled for April 4 and 5, 2013 at Metropolitan College of New York. Come join students as they present the best entries and announce the winning Short Film submission. The annual festival, which grew out of an in-class live case study, is organized and planned by students in the Media Management MBA program, and provides opportunities for experiential learning opportunity for students to engage in practical applications of the theoretical business and media topics learned in class.

Last year’s festival, with a theme of New Faces in Film, featured entries from 7 different countries and was supported by established entertainment industry leaders and corporate and community sponsors. MCNY was proud to welcome award winning filmmakers Danielle Lurie, Parris Moore, Michael Pinckney, financier Ritika Hiranandani and Oscar® nominated filmmaker Samuel Pollard, among the speakers at the 3rd Annual Short Film Festival.

The MCNY Media Management MBA students were also honored to work with Kraft, Essence, Tourism Malaysia, Subway, Lords Bakery as well as MCNY Media Management MBA graduates/entrepreneurs Little Kingdom, Cinematiq, Soi66, Yamerra and the Crosby Collective as sponsors of the festival and in support of the efforts of our students in organizing the festival.

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Voices from the Global Village: Oscar® nominated Sam Pollard to speak at MCNY 3rd Annual Short Film Festival April 12, joins filmmakers Danielle Lurie, Parris Moore, and Ritika Hiranandani to speak April 13; sponsors line up to support the Festival.

April 2, 2012

Award winning and Oscar® nominated filmmaker Samuel Pollard, is confirmed to join Danielle Lurie, Parris Moore, and Ritika Hiranandani as speakers at the Metropolitan College of New York’s 3rd Annual Short Film Festival on April 12 and 13 from 6-9pm in the school’s Conference Center at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY.

This year’s festival, with a theme of New Faces in Film, continues to grow and gain the support of established entertainment industry leaders and corporate and community sponsors. MCNY is proud to welcome Essence, Tourism Malaysia, Subway, Little Kingdom, Cinematiq, Lords Bakery, Soi66 and Yamerra as they join returning sponsors Kraft and the Crosby Collective to support the efforts of our Media Management MBA students in organizing this year’s festival.

About the Panelists:

Sam Pollard is an accomplished film and video editor and a documentary producer/director whose work spans almost 30 years. He began his career in 1989 with Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads and received an Emmy® for an episode he produced. Between 1990 and 2000, Pollard edited a number of Spike Lee’s films: Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Girl 6, Clockers, Bamboozled and received an Oscar® nomination for 4 Little Girls. He recently won his sixth Emmy® for best editing on the HBO documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama. His most recent film, Slavery By Another Name, premiered on PBS in February of this year.

Slavery By Another Name — Director: Samuel Pollard

Parris Moore, who holds an MBA in Media Management from MCNY, produced the film Black Ninja, and is a Producer of the film Kinyarwanda, which debuted at Sundance in 2011 and was released in theaters by the AFFRM in December 2012. The film won the World Cinema Audience Award in the Dramatic Category in Sundance and was nominated for 3 NAACP awards. Kinyarwanda is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the madrassa of Nyanza during the Rwandan genocide. It recounts how the Imams opened the doors of the mosques to give refuge to the Tutsi and those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing.

Kinyarwanda — Producer: Parris Moore

Danielle Lurie has been named as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ’25 New Faces of Independent Film,’ and a fellow of IFP’s 2011 Emerging Visions symposium. Her debut short film, In the Morning, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and has won nine film festivals to date, including ‘Best Narrative Short’ at the Oscar® qualifying Nashville Film Festival. On the narrative side, Danielle has written screenplay adaptations of Jamaica Kincaid’s novel, Lucy, to star Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) as well as an excerpt of Nicholas Kristof’s best selling book, Half the Sky, directed by Marisa Tomei and Lisa Leone, for a PBS series. Danielle is also adapting another Nicholas Kristof NY Times article into a full-length screenplay that she will direct titled Usha, set in the slums of India. She is also attached to direct the film adaptation of Marina Budhos’s book Ask Me No Questions, produced by Jane Startz.

In the Morning — Writer/Director: Danielle Lurie

Ritika Hiranandani is an independent filmmaker and distributor serving US and Bollywood markets. She is President and CEO of Atlantic-Crossing LLC, a technical services company that offers software-consulting services to corporate clients including Western Union, Godrej, National Stock Exchange of India, Tata, and Videocon. Through her most recent company, Atlantic Crossing Productions, she partners with leading international television and film production and distribution companies and broadcasters who have been involved in producing motion pictures, soap operas, reality television, game shows, tele-films, title animations and related software for companies ranging from NBC to Turner Broadcasting as well as numerous production, advertising, public relations and media companies in both the US and India. Her recently distributed films include Lava-Kusa: Warrior Twins, and Bruce-The Challenge.

Lava Kusa: Warrior Twins

The festival, which is organized and planned by students in the Media Management MBA program, provides opportunities for experiential learning where students can engage in practical applications of theoretical topics learned in class. “We are honored to host these accomplished film professionals to speak with our students and guests at the Festival and provide a forum for them to share their insights and wisdom on becoming future business leaders and navigating this rapidly changing time of convergence, globalization and digitization in the film industry,” says Kristie Velasco, Adjunct Professor & Coordinator, Media Management MBA Programs for MCNY.

The event is free and open to the public. Information is also available on our school Facebook page at

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Voices From the Global Village: Media Management MBA Program Coordinator/Adjunct Professor Kristie Velasco has been awarded a research grant by MEIEA®!

January 18, 2012

As part of their 2011-2012 cycle of Research Grants, the MEIEA® Grant Award Committee has approved awards for the 2011-12 academic year. Among the recipiants were Storm Gloor (University of Colorado, Denver), Monica Herzig (Indiania University), and Kristie Velasco (Metropolitan College of New York). (

The Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA®) is an international organization that was formed in 1979 to bring together educators with leaders of the music and entertainment industries. The primary goal of MEIEA® is to facilitate an exchange of information between educators and practitioners in order to prepare students for careers in the music and entertainment industries.

In April, 2011, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) announced that it would be restructuring the categories for the Grammy Awards distributed each year for music recordings in the industry. Pronounced as part of an evolution process begun in 2009, the number of the categories that are awarded in 2012 will be decreased to 78 from 109. Working with MCNY MPA/MBA, Media Management grad Nathasha Cresap, the MEIEA® grant will defray the costs to conduct research and develop a conceptual paper providing a legal, statistical and socio-economic/political impact analysis of the restructuring of Grammy award categories by NARAS.

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Voices from the Global Village: MCNY Media Management MBA and Adjunct Professor Paula Landry publishes new book!

September 24, 2011

Congratulations PAULA LANDRY!

We are so proud of MCNY Media Management MBA Paula Landry for publishing her book Scheduling and Budgeting Your Film: A Panic Free Guide which is being released on October 3 by Focal Press.  (It is available in hard copy and electronic formats directly from the publisher as well as from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retail outlets.)  Paula is a film and music producer who creates commercials, multimedia concerts, films both short- and long-form, and branded videos for the Internet. Her movies have premiered at Sundance and gone on to win awards worldwide.

Also a very valued member of the MCNY adjunct faculty in the Media Management MBA program, Prof Landry’s film industry classes are always student favorites and provide our Media MBA students an insider’s view of the workings, business and economics of the film industry.  This is Prof. Landry’s second book, having co-authored, This Business of Film: A Practical Guide to Achieving Success in the Film Industry with Stephen Greenwald in 2009.

According to the Publisher, Scheduling and Budgeting Your Film: A Panic Free Guide isthe Holy Grail for filmmakers.”

Budgeting and scheduling are easy in principle but hard in practice. The successful producer has a solid plan for juggling dozens of activities and costs while retaining the flexibility to cope with those inevitable last-minute changes and stay on course.

Other resources look at budgeting and scheduling in isolation; this book is unique in covering the two closely intertwined activities in a single volume. Readers get both topics for the price of one book; competitors cover each topic separately. All the fundamentals of line producing are covered in a quick-reference format and the tips apply no matter what kind of scheduling or budgeting software you’re using.

• Useful tricks of the trade show you how to squeeze the most of a limited budget and tight schedule
• Includes specific tips for film, video, shorts, online projects, corporate and educational video, and docs
• Companion web site features useful forms/templates, and 60 minutes of video demonstrating line producing techniques and case studies—see the principles put to work!
• Includes sample budgets/schedules from different types of projects that you can adapt and use for your own project


In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Landry is currently president of Idea Blizzard Productions, a media-consulting company, and also heads a commercial-music enterprise, FireStorm Productions. She has produced media projects for American Health and Fitness, Fit TV, the Odyssey Channel, Pearson Television, and several Fortune 500 companies. Landry has also consulted on media projects for Carnegie Hall, Christie’s auction house, Details magazine, Entertainment Weekly, G&H Media, Loosely Translated Productions, Mullen & Company, Tribe Pictures, and numerous political campaigns.

I personally applaud Prof. Landry’s ongoing achievement; she is an inspiring and dedicated role model for students in general and for all women in the film and media industries.


Kristie Velasco,

Coordinator, MCNY Media Management MBA Program

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