One Day Immersion in TV, Cable and Digital Entertainment
Building upon the momentum of the past ten years of producing and sponsoring collegiate lectures and forums, The Cable Center was a proud sponsor of One Day Immersion in TV, Cable and Digital Entertainment (ODI) 2015. College students are the industry's future executives, thought-leaders, technology innovators and are changing the way media is consumed. ODI connects this highly motivated audience searching for knowledge and opportunity, with unprecedented access to top digital television executives. Through that connection, ODI provides executives exposure to the next generation of industry leaders as they develop strategic relationships.
“In New York City and in their home base of Denver, The Cable Center continues to support connecting smart people in the industry with students around the country. Their commitment to education and the future of the industry is admirable,” said Dolly Wolf, producer of ODI and owner of Dolly Wolf Enterprises, LLC.
Last year, there were two One Day Immersions; ODI Wild West held in Denver on Friday, October 9 at The Cable Center and the main event in New York City on Friday, October 23 at Pace University. Both events were free for students and live video was streamed for those who were unable to attend in-person. In addition to sponsoring both events and hosting ODI Wild West, The Cable Center presented a panel at ODI in New York City discussing “Virtual and Augmented Reality in the Business World.” Pictures and video of the event will be available soon.
Presented by Dolly Wolf Enterprises annually in New York City, One Day Immersion is an intensive program for university students and recent grads to hear and learn from cable and digital TV industry leaders. The One Day Immersion program includes interactive panel discussions providing insights and opportunities into this innovative and fast-moving industry, career networking sessions, focused "up close and personal" lunches with executives and real opportunities for students to network and find job opportunities.
Since its inception in 2013, more than 5,000 in-person and over 2,000 via live video streaming, undergrad and graduate students from over 100 colleges and universities across the U.S. have participated in the One Day Immersion conference. A multitude of majors have been represented including journalism and mass communications, media studies, TV, film, production, business, technology, engineering, legal, and finance.
The conferences have featured over 100 media executives from some of today's top companies representing a wide variety of career paths and disciplines, and have resulted in numerous successful job placements, internships and mentoring matches.
One Day Immersion 2014
The 2014 One Day Immersion conference, held October 24th, was a sell-out event that featured networking opportunities, interactive panel discussions with media executives and moderated by millennial fact-finders, and the chance to learn about internships and job opportunities.
The day's agenda included panels on How the Industry Operates – The Creative Side: How to Plan Now to Get Your Foot in the Door; How the Industry Operates – The Business Side; Essential Research: Launching New Ideas and Seriously Cool Careers; Creative Technology Innovation: And The Evolving Job Opportunities; Some Straight Up Career Advice: A Road map to Give Yourself the Best Advantage; and Leadership - Examples, Styles, and Ways to Take On a Leadership Role, Now.
The event again featured speakers from some of today's most successful entertainment and media companies, including Google, REVOLT TV, Oxygen Media, HBO, A&E Networks, MTVN, SiriusXM Radio, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Cooking Channel and more.
The day culminated with an afternoon keynote by acclaimed television and online producer Michael Davies from Embassy Row. Davies has been key in transforming the television and digital landscapes and bringing alternative ideas to the mainstream. Recent television credits include: "Watch What Happens Live," Bravo's late-night phenomenon that is produced from Embassy Row's intimate in-house studio in Soho, the upcoming competition series "The Job" for CBS, the critically-acclaimed "The Glee Project" for Oxygen, "Kathy" for Bravo and "The Talking Dead," the companion show to the hit series "The Walking Dead" on AMC. Embassy Row also creates successful online programming, including the web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" featuring iconic comedian Jerry Seinfeld and celebrity guests. Davies talked about lessons he has learned throughout his career as he was interviewed by Evan Shapiro, President of Participant TV and Pivot TV.
One Day Immersion 2013
The inaugural One Day Immersion program offered college students and recent grads unprecedented access to some of today's most successful entertainment and media imaginative thinkers. Held November 8 at the McGraw-Hill Conference Center, the day included sessions on How the Media Industry Works: Advice on Setting You Apart in the Job Market; Innovation in Entertainment: Where Creative Meets Technology; Jump-start Your TV, Cable & Digital Entertainment Career in College; TV Next – The Revolution On Your Screens; The Role of Brand: Setting the Voice and Vision of Your TV Experience; YOU as a Brand, and Some Straight Up Career Advice; and Building a Network for the Next Generation: The Launch of Pivot.
In addition to speakers from companies such as HGTV & DIY Network, ION Media Networks, Scripps Networks Interactive, HBO, ARRIS, AOL, IFCtv, USA Network, Comedy Central and Pivot, the program featured a keynote from Meghan McCain. McCain, political columnist, author, award-winning blogger and host and Executive Producer of Raising McCain on Pivot TV, shared anecdotes from her career and advice and tips on how students can create their own voice in today's cluttered media world, as well as held a brief question and answer session.
One attendee last year said, "I especially appreciate the diversity of not only the panelists in terms of gender, race, age and experience, but also diversity of students. Students from community colleges to Columbia Business School were present, which provided a great opportunity to network and learn."