About Our Faculty

To become one of the best you have to learn from the best.

At CCH, we believe that every one of our students should have a mentor to learn from. That is why we hire accomplished professionals as faculty members. With years of experience in the film world, they are able to provide their students with the skills, knowledge, and connections they need to start their careers.  But we don’t just rely on our staff to teach our students. With the incredibly creative and diverse world that is the film industry, we understand the importance of bringing in outside entertainment professionals to give our students new prospectives and current insights. 

CCH Faculty Are Working Professionals

150

Motion Pictures

2,500

Hours On TV

200

Films Featured in Festivals

As producers, writers, directors, editors, cinematographers, and sound professionals, our faculty has logged more than 150 motion pictures, 2,500 hours of television programming on narrative series, reality and non-fiction programs, and longforms. CCH faculty have collectively created more than two dozen TV series, directed, written, photographed, edited and/or produced both studio and independent feature films, and are pioneers in Internet programming content. They have also worked as studio executives and in theater as actors, directors, producers, and playwrights from Broadway to the storefronts of Hollywood. Films from the CCH faculty have been seen in more than 200 film festivals worldwide, and the number grows yearly.

CCH Faculty Are Published

2,000+

Articles Authored

50+

National Publications

CCH faculty has authored more than 2,000 articles and reviews, both scholarly and consumer, on film, television, the entertainment industry, and art and design. Their work has been in such publications as The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Television Week, and Hispanic Business. Short stories and other works of have appeared in more than 50 national publications including Story Quarterly, Telescope, Element, LA Weekly, Life Stories, Poetsfeet,and Fiction International. Books authored include “The Great TV Sitcom Book” by Rick Mitz, (NY: Putnam, 1981, with subsequent reissues and updated versions for 10 years), and “Little Caesar: A Biography of Edward G. Robinson” by Alan L. Gansberg (London: New English Library, Lantham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2004).  More technical books include “Making the Cut:  A Guide to Becoming a Successful Assistant Editor in Film and TV,” by Lori Jane Coleman (Burlingame, MA: Focal Press, 2010), and “43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Films,” by John W. Cones, (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1995, Reprinted 2008).

CCH Faculty Have Been Honored

There are few awards offered in the entertainment industries for which at least one faculty member at CCH has not won or received a nomination.  CCH faculty has an Oscar® winner and multiple nominees.  The faculty has collectively won more than a dozen Emmy Awards and been nominated for many more. CCH faculty have been honored with the Writers Guild Award, Directors Guild Award, NAACP Image Award, Humanitas Prize, Ohio State Award, Peabody Award, DramaLogue Award, and the first ever Sonance Award for programming depicting stories about deaf Americans…the list seems endless.

CCH Faculty Are Active in Industry Service

Columbia College Hollywood faculty members maintain professional affiliations that are key not only to their careers, but also to the outreach and industry connections of the entire College community.

They are active members in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA), Women in Film, Actors Equity, FIND (international independent film organization), Hollywood Heritage, the Los Angeles Preservation Conservancy and the Perimeter Arts Collective, among many organizations.

CCH Faculty Are Recognized Experts

The expertise of Columbia College Hollywood faculty members has resulted in their participation as lecturers, panelists, panel moderators, and instructors at numerous organizations, festivals, conferences, and institutions. They have taught courses, seminars, and/or lectured at such institutions as Loyola-Marymount University, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California (USC), the American Film Institute, the City University of New York, the Dramatists Guild Foundation, the Playwrights in the Schoolroom Program, the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Claremont University, and the Conference for Theater in Macedonia.

Two CCH faculty members helped the Los Angeles City Parks create a filmmaking program for at-risk high school students. With CCH faculty assistance, the program has more than tripled in size.