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Hollywood Stars Come Out for Ravalli County Students - MAPS Media Institute

November 20, 2009

Every month, notable Hollywood pro’s lecture at the MAPS Media Institute facility in Hamilton. The purpose of this guest professional program is to share real world industry lessons, perspective and experience and also provide a network of contacts that can benefit MAPS students in the future.

This November, Jeremy Sauter, came to MAPS. Jeremy is former senior vice president of creative advertising at Paramount Pictures and is currently exclusive to Paramount as a Missoula-based marketing consultant.

Jeremy’s most recent movie campaigns include this summer’s hits “Monsters vs. Aliens”, “Star Trek”, “Transformers” and “GI Joe”. He attended The University of Montana from 1981 to 1985 studying Radio-TV.

In October, writer Jim Kouf was a speaker. Jim’s successful career as a screenwriter is highlighted by the films “Rush Hour”, “National Treasure” and “Con Air”. Among the many topics discussed, Jim emphasized the competitive reality of the movie business and encouraged student writers to also take advantage of opportunities in television; Jim’s television credits as an executive producer/writer include: “Ghost Whisperer” & “Angel”.

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Says MAPS President, Peter Rosten: “During my tenure in Hollywood, I was fortunate to make many industry friends who love to come to Montana and meet and speak with our kids. One important message we want our students to ‘get’ is that if they work hard, they can compete in the entertainment or any industry.

Future guests include: Producer, Jerry Molen (“Schindler’s List”, “Jurassic Park), Cameraman, Martin Schaer, (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Professor Scott Douglas, (U of M Entertainment Business Management Program), Editor, Dennis Virkler, (“Batman”), Peter Schneider (Former President of Walt Disney Pictures), Producer/Production Manager, Helen Pollak, (“GI Joe”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) et al.