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Hollywood 101 feat. Eddie Gamarra '94 and Damon Ross '94 (Workshop)


Tuesday, May 4, 2021


8:00 pm


Main Building Virtual Room 1

Join Eddie Gamarra '94 (VP, Studio Development at Viacom CBS Kids & Family) and Damon Ross '94 (Producer at DreamWorks Animation) as they provide practical advice and information to help you pursue a career in Hollywood and the entertainment industry more broadly. They will review the basic aspects of the industry/Los Angeles community from where to live to popular entry-level internships and jobs to pursue to break into this field. They'll also share some of the top books, podcasts, and trade sites that you should familiarize yourself with if you're hoping to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Eddie and Damon would very much appreciate receiving questions from students in advance. Please feel free to add any questions you have about Hollywood or the entertainment industry more broadly into the 'Comments' section for this event on Handshake!

A former college professor, Eddie Gamarra is VP of Studio Development for a new line of business as part of ViacomCBS's Kids & Family Studio. Working across the Nickelodeon and Awesomeness TV brands, Eddie identifies, acquires, develops and sells live action films and TV shows. Prior to Nickelodeon, Eddie was most recently a Literary Manager at The Gotham Group, a multi-faceted management and production company representing some of the most creative and successful screenwriters, directors, animators, authors, illustrators, publishers, and animation studios around the world. With a primary focus on children's & family entertainment, he worked with numerous New York Times best-selling authors and illustrators as well as Oscar, Emmy, Caldecott, and Newbery award winners and nominees. He is also the Executive Producer of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy from 20th Century Fox based on the NY Times best-selling book series, as well at Disney+'s production of Jerry Spinelliís iconic love story STARGIRL, and Henry Selick's stop motion feature collaboration with Jordan Peele WENDELL AND WILD for Netflix. Dr. Gamarra received his BA from Vassar College, a Masters from NYU and a MA/ PhD from Emory University.

Producer and former Senior Development Executive at DreamWorks Animation with over 25 years of experience in the family movie space. Damon began his career as a development executive at Nickelodeon Movies, where he honed his instincts for narrative storytelling and commercially viable family films. Over his career, Damon shepherded numerous live-action and animated movies from inception through to theatrical release including, among others: The Boss Baby, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Turbo, Nacho Libre, and Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events. Damon has strong ties to talent, and has worked closely in a creative capacity with some of the industry's top comedic writers and directors. He also has over 22 years of experience in the children's publishing arena, having identified and optioned numerous high-profile bestsellers. He's currently producing The Bad Guys for DreamWorks Animation based on the NY Times bestselling book series by Aaron Blabey.

Jannette Swanson

Career Development Office