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 Betty Ballew

Betty Ballew is a Professor of Speech and Broadcasting    She teaches the television announcing class in the Media Arts area.  Betty attended the Pasadena Playhouse and CSULA earning her AA, BA and MA degrees in communication arts. Betty worked as an actress in feature films and television while attending school.  She was a contract player at American International Pictures.  She worked in the news department at Metromedia, channel 11 now Fox TV for several years before becoming the president of an all woman production company, TVS, Inc She has received a Drama Logue Award for Costume Design of The Three Penny.  She has also written produced and directed a history video for LAVC’S 50TH anniversary.

Robert Ballew

Robert Ballew is an adjunct Broadcasting Instructor who teaches the directing and acting classes.  He is a Renaissance man who has worked in the television and film industry for more than 35 years.  He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in at CSULA and USC. At USC he studied under a track scholarship.  His professional hats include producing, directing, acting and camera. He has traveled extensively in his work at ABC television, but continued to stay in touch with young people mentoring many interns who now are working in the business. He has been recognized with eighteen Emmys both local and national (three for best videographer of the year), two golden mike awards for feature and breaking news, two LA Press awards and the prestigious Associated Press Award for the best feature story.  Roberts hold memberships in AFT, DGA, AFTRA, SAG, ATAS, IATSE and NABET.

Joseph Daccurso

Joseph A. Daccurso, Professor Emeritus of Cinema/Media Arts, the senior most member of the department (& co-founder), joined the LAVC faculty in 1978.  Has double B.A.’s (PreMed Sciences & Literature/Creative Writing) from Northwestern U., double Master of Arts in Teaching (Literature/Creative Writing, Drama/Humanities) from Fairleigh Dickinson U., a M.F.A. (Cinema/TV Production) and Doctoral studies in Instructional Technology (emphasis in mixed-media & curriculum development for the teaching of film/TV/media) from U. of Southern California.

Among his numerous other teaching experiences are: USC’s School of Cinema/TV, Educational Technology Dept., & Urban Affairs/Urban Studies (Media Culture) Programs; California State U. (Northridge)’s School of Radio-TV-Film; L. A. City College’s Cinema/TV Dept.; Golden State Schools’ Television & Media Academy; & Director of Film Arts/Studio Workshops in Bradley U.’s School of Art, as well as having taught at several Senior High Schools in the NYC area.  He has also been a guest speaker at twenty other institutions coast to coast.  In 3 decades at LAVC, he has served as Chairman of the Departments of Theater Arts, Cinema, and Media Arts as well as been a long-time member of the Academic Senate.

Joe Daccurso has been a working professional in the film/TV/media industries since the 1960s, both at major studios & independent production houses (currently The Image Center Studios of North Hollywood).  Functioning in various capacities (producer, writer, director, camera, sound, editor, production mgr., actor), he has worked in a variety of formats/media/genres (features, movies-for-TV, commercials, music videos, corporate/industrials, educational/informational, scientific/medical, & multimedia for live theater), with a special interest in documentaries & animation of all types.  Worked also as a professional journalist, still photographer, athletic coach, theater director, ballroom dance instructor, & band leader/musician (trumpet/coronet/flugelhorn).

Among Joe’s various professional orgs (including having held office in some) have been: Digital Camera, Society, International Documentary Assoc.,  Internat. Assoc. of Animators,  Internat. Communications Assoc.,  Internat. Visual Literacy Assoc.,  Assoc. of Independent Video/Film-Makers, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, National Assoc. of Educational Broadcasters, Society of Motion Picture & TV Engineers, Ethnographic Film Assoc., American Federation of Film Societies, Society for Cinema Studies, University Film/Video Assoc., Los Angeles Film Teacher Assoc., American Film Institute (charter member).

In addition to receiving several doctoral fellowships, Joe’s many recognitions include: DV Award, Telly Award, The Communicator Award, The Videographer Award, The Accolade Award, & The Gettysburg Multimedia Award.  His films/videos have been in numerous international competitions, including: WorldFest Houston, Chris Awards/ Columbus Film Fest, Berkeley Film/Video Fest, Newport Beach Film Fest, International Family Film Fest, Hearts & Minds Film Fest, Dances With Films Fest, Port Townsend Film Fest, The Indie Gathering, Bridge Fest (Vancouver), Indie Can (Toronto).    He is also listed in several Who’s Who compendiums: American Artists, American Educators, Contemporary Media Achievement, and College Professors of Distinction. But, Joe says his greatest achievement and honor is seeing his former students’ names in screen and stage credits over the years or their having achieved productive lives.

 

Richard Holdridge

Richard Holdredge, Professor Emeritus of Education, joined the LAVC faculty in 1980 as Director of theLearningCenter.  He earned a B.A. in Speech/Radio, Television & Film from theUniversity ofWisconsin and an M.A. in Cinema from theUniversity ofSouthern California. He augmented his education with certificates in “Webmaster/Web designer” and “Interactive Multimedia” at the UCSB Extension Program. Holdredge first taught Cinema 101 as an adjunct in 1995, and later Media Arts 102 starting in 2000. Mr. Holdredge’s media work has been mainly in medical education, which began with nine years at theMedicalSchoolat USC, and continued with many free-lance projects at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Currently Holdredge has retired after nine years as Director of the IDEAS Grant atValleyCollege, and plans to teach part-time and consult with the IDEAS program, as well as resume his flying lessons.

Daniel Nyiri

Daniel Nyiri is an Assistant Media Arts Professor and the Statewide Director for the CALIFORNIA MEDiA ARTS CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION Program, based at Los Angeles Valley College, serving University, Community College and High School students and faculty in all aspects of career training in Media Arts and Entertainment.  Nyiri has also worked with Richard Holdredge and Dan Watanabe at the IDEAS Center at Valley, and continues as an instructor in Cinema, Broadcasting and Media Arts.  He was elected vice-chair of the Directors Guild of Great Britain from 1997 to 2000, and served on the board of Directors of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (LA) from 1995 to 1997.  Prior to his training at the London Film School, he worked as a cameraman, writer and director in France, Hungary, Israel and the UK.  He also has extensive advertising and movie marketing experience, working with the Hollywood studios, HBO,  Showtime and the Discovery Channel. He participated in the National Film and Television School NSCTU training program in England, and in the Association of Cinematograph and Television Technicians Training Scheme.  Nyiri holds a  Masters degree in the Art and Technique of Film Making from the London Film School, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Bristol, England, where he studied Classics - Greek, Latin, Language, Literature and Philosophy.  In 2011 he was elected to the Board of Directors of The Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education.

Scott Mason

Scott Mason is an adjunct Broadcasting Instructor who has been teaching Broadcasting at LAVC since 1996, and has been in the radio business since age 16.  His first job was at LosAngeles radio station KKDJ (now KIIS-FM) as a request line operator.  Mr. Mason achieved his First Class FCC licenses while still attending Van Nuys High School. After a short amount of time as a weekend DJ in Lompoc, CA, Scott was on the air in Los Angeles on Radio Station KGBS and also worked as an engineer. At age 19 he was hired at radio station KROQ as Chief Engineer and DJ. Mr. Mason is currently R egional Director of Engineering, which also includes the planning, and execution of capital projects for 50 radio stations from Seattle to Phoenix including L.A. Stations KNX, KROQ, KLSX, KTWV,    K-Earth, and Arrow-93. Scott has been a certified Emergency Medical Technician for 12 years, often volunteering his EMT skills in the Trauma Center at Northridge Hospital Medical Center.

 Scott Merrifield

Scott Merrifield is an adjunct Broadcasting Instructor who has been teaching at Valley College for several years while he works as an engineer in broadcast television.

 Douglas Rye

Douglas Rye is an adjunct Broadcasting Instructor that has taught voiceover classes in the Media Arts department since 1998. His education includes graduating from The Lawrenceville School, studying drama at New York University School of the Arts, attending the University of Vermont.  He received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of New Orleans. Doug has worked in the music business, on production crews including the original Woodstock Festival and touring with acts ranging from The Grateful Dead to Mel Torme. His extensive voiceover credits include a recurring role as protagonist John Clark in Tom Clancy’s “Rainbow Six/Rogue Spear/Blackthorn” CD ROM series. Other clients include Lexus, Levi’s, Tecate, Motorola, Time Warner Cable, Bank of America, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, NBC Television, and an animated Japanese television.

Tracie Savage

Tracy Savage is an adjunct Media Arts Instructor who has worked in Broadcast Journalism in Los Angeles since 1991. Since then, she has covered nearly every major news story, both local and from around the world. She has reported LIVE from the scene of BREAKING NEWS, from floods to fires to riots. Tracie currently can be seen LIVE every morning on Time Warner Cable, Channel 101, broadcasting “Beat the Traffic”. For the previous 8 years, you could hear Savage daily on KFWB Radio, as the Afternoon Drive News Anchor. By the time Tracie joined KFWB, she was already a household name in Southern California. Savage spent 7 years at KNBC-TV as a Reporter and Weekend Anchor. Before that, she worked at KCAL-TV for 4 years. Recently Savage began covering sports, producing and hosting an LA Dodger’s Pre-Game show for 5 years. She earned a Golden Mike Award for Sports Reporting in her first year as a Sports Anchor. Savage was on the air the historic night Barack Obama was elected President and the day Michael Jackson died. For the past year, she has produced a weekly entertainment segment, “Kids in the Biz” featuring a top Los Angeles Talent Agent, Judy Savage. She has reported on the aftermath of the 911 tragedy and the Bernard Madoff investment Scandal. She was the principal field reporter for the O.J. Simpson civil and criminal trials and the Heidi Fleiss trial, covering all three from opening to closing. She reported live from the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, which included the night of the Olympic Park bombing. Savage also went on site to Oklahoma City following the 1995 bombing of the Federal Building. Savage has interviewed some of the most well known newsmakers of our time, including celebrities such as Anthony Hopkins, sports stars such as Steve Garvey, and even former Presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Savage has earned a total of 4 LA Area Golden Mike Awards and 2 LA Area Emmy Awards. As a direct result of her work during the O.J. Simpson trial, and her refusal to reveal sources, she was honored with the “Bill Farr Award” by the US Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association in recognition of “professional journalistic integrity”. Tracie Savage grew up in a “show biz” family, doing her first TV commercial at the age of two. She went on to appear in numerous commercials, TV shows and movies. But, she is perhaps best “known” for her co-starring role in “Friday the 13th, Part 3  

 

Chad Sustin

Chad Sustin, Adjunct Professor of Cinema/Media Arts, began teaching at LAVC in 2010. His career as a filmmaker, educator, and multi-platform storyteller over the last two decades has taken him in different and fulfilling directions. Beginning in production during film school, he worked on several commercials and independent features. He then quickly settled into the world of post-production.

At Complete Post, he started from the bottom and quickly moved up through the Telecine Department, ultimately landing the post of Project Manager. In this role he managed mostly feature trailer projects in addition to the handling of clients such as Dreamworks, Showtime, and Candid Camera.

At Technicolor, he held the post of Supervisor for the Studio Advertising Services department coordinating feature trailer finishing work for Sony Pictures, DreamWorks, Universal, and various independent production companies.

At both Dreamworks and as an independent Post Production Coordinator, Chad worked on the following feature films: Stranger than Fiction, Stay, Blades of Glory, Dreamgirls, Disturbia, Norbit, Things We Lost in the Fire, The Heartbreak Kid, and The Kite Runner.

Throughout these years, Chad also worked on several digital and 16mm short films and industrials as a Writer, Director, Producer, and Editor winning an 'Audience Choice' award for his undergrad thesis.

Chad's foray into education has landed him jobs instructing a myriad of filmmaking classes here at Valley College and other various institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, and Film with an emphasis in Film Production and a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Cinema.

Chad is very passionate about instructing all aspects of filmmaking. He has found unparalleled enjoyment in passing this knowledge and passion along to the next generation of filmmakers, delighting in new ways to inspire and invoke their creativity.

 

 Dan Watanabe

Dan Watanabe is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Broadcasting and Media Arts who came to Valley College after extensive experience in development, production and distribution, both in the office and on the set. For eleven years, he served as the "current" and new program development executive at FremantleMedia (formerly Pearson Television, All American Communications and Scotti Bros. Pictures), the production company behind Baywatch and the hit series American Idol, both in scripted and unscripted programming. In addition to being Vice President of Current Programming for Baywatch and other scripted shows, he served as back-up booth person on Family Feud and To Tell the Truth and helped in the development of demo reels for NATPE. Currently, he also serves as a consultant for CRC Entertainment, an independent production company that has just completed a feature film (Boilermaker) and has worked on a horror anthology television series pilot starring Robert Forrester. He has also written audience research reports for OTX Research. But he considers all of that just preparation for his true vocation/avocation as a teacher at Valley. 

 


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