The Sidney Poitier New American Film School

Highlights from 2020-21

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Award-winning screenwriter

Peter Murrieta, professor of practice in The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, signed a first-look deal with Universal Television to develop content for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. In September 2020, the Netflix show “Mr. Iglesias” that he was screenwriting for won an Imagen Award for best primetime comedy, adding to Murrieta’s list of accomplishments that includes two shared Primetime Emmys for “Wizards of Waverly Place” in 2009 and 2010. 

Creative industries 

ASU announced the new Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management in the Creative Industries (MGCI). Powered by Thunderbird, the MGCI is a collaborative effort between two ASU colleges, linked together through The Sidney Poitier New American Film School. Ted Hope, the former co-head at Amazon Movies, joined ASU as the marquee professor of practice in the new program. Based in downtown Los Angeles at the ASU California Center in the historic Herald Examiner building, the program is designed for learners interested in pursuing global leadership and management careers in entertainment, film/television/new media, music, VR/XR/MR, gaming, design, dance, fashion, theater, sports, themed entertainment and the arts. Learn more.

Film clubs

During the 2020-21 academic year, ASU students with a passion for film had a number of opportunities to connect with each other, learn and share work thanks to six different student-led film or film-oriented organizations, including some housed in The Sidney Poitier New American Film School. Clubs include space for students to network, screen student films, get feedback on scripts, learn about filmmakers, explore the entertainment business and more. Representatives from each club formed a coalition and launched the Film Alliance for the clubs to work together to foster inclusivity, collaboration and community service. Learn more about the student film clubs at ASU

Creative Industries photo courtesy of Ted Hope.
Student filmmakers photo courtesy of  Maroon and Gold Entertainment club.