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December 14, 2010

After a successful premiere of OFF CAMPUS, the cast and a new crew of Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design students are continuing to create the professional single-camera television sitcom setting with the second episode of OFF CAMPUS. The sitcom was created under the college’s Television major and led by Andrew Susskind, a veteran Television executive who served as president of Imagine Entertainment—Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s production company—and as senior vice president of Comedy Development at Embassy Television. The production of OFF CAMPUS continues the integrated and interdisciplinary learning approach that allows screenwriting and playwriting students to write scripts and film and video and television students to handle all aspects of production for the series. During the 10-week production schedule, students work in a variety of production roles: producer, director, gaffer, grip, audio engineer, lighting technician, camera operator and director of photography. Westphal College interior design students serve as art directors; Fashion students do costumes and makeup; and music industry students create the score. The set environment provides students an opportunity to learn by doing alongside a faculty with decades of industry experience. “OFF CAMPUS comes as close to a professional network primetime production experience as possible for our students” said Susskind. “The show is incredibly demanding of our students’ time, creativity and perseverance. And because we shoot only one day a week, our production faces obstacles that would challenge the most experienced professionals. I’m extremely proud of how consistently our students meet the many challenges they face with good spirits, great teamwork and impressive problem-solving skills.” In addition to Susskind, other Westphal faculty members who provided key instruction for the production were screenwriting and playwriting instructor Stacy Bronte and film and video instructor Dave Schwartz (camera and lighting.) The new season of OFF CAMPUS, cast with professional actors, continues the adventures and misadventures of recent college graduates and roommates Claire, Dean, Felix, Hailey and Nick as they grapple with the beginnings of adult life. Felix believes he’s met the girl of his dreams, whose presence in the house brings to the surface several simmering issues. In light of Felix’s new love interest, Claire and Dean try to work out their relationship problems while trying to focus on their careers. The Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies supports OFF CAMPUS through the leadership of DUTV General Manager Dave Culver. The Rudman Institute oversees the DUTV cable service, which is also available at www.dutv.org. Watch the first episode of OFF CAMPUS at http://www.drexel.edu/westphal/events/videos/offcampus.asp. OFF CAMPUS cast and crew: Principal cast (in alphabetical order): --Kat Catanakis – “Claire” -- A kind-hearted, misguided musician trying to follow her dreams, and realizing it’s not going to be as easy as she has always thought. --Jamie Kerezsi – “Hailey” -- A spunky young med student, with a sharp tongue and strong motherly instinct, beginning to understand that there’s more to life than school. --Chris Ready – “Dean” -- A cocky, bull-headed young man struggling to get out of his father’s shadow and live his own life, but unsure of what that life will entail. --Tom Saporito – “Felix” -- A slacker with a heart of gold, cut off from his family and trying to make ends meet with the least amount of work possible. --Jay Robin – “Nick” -- Fresh out of college, fresh out of money. After a fire burns down his apartment, he is forced to move in with four strangers. Unsure of who he is and who he wants to be. Production Crew: Written by: Megan O’Donnell, Angelina Zak, Harry Wodarczyk Supervising producer: Ryan Goldberg, Producers: Andrew Catania, Laurel Chadwick, Nicole Rosen, DJ Dodd, Kristina Massie, Loren McFalls Samantha Lashiavo, Kyle Thrash Directors of photography: Adam Rust, Vince Tuths, Zachary Robbin Production designers assistant directors:: Giovanna Intilli, Jessica Larson, Meridyth Roth Production sound: Philip Nolan, Mike Stone, Neil Thorsen Boom operators: Neil Thorsen, Mike Stone, Philip Nolan Camera operators: Michael Piantadosi, Clay Hereth, Max Strand, Todd Rawiszer, Vincent Tuths Stedicam operators: Clay Hereth, Andrew Catania, Vincent Tuths Lighting crew: Sean Arena, Will Poost, Mark Kenny, Jeff Wilkins Lighting consultants: Sean Arena Joe Haesler Script supervisor: Nicole Rosen Wardrobe: Andrea Gilletti Editorial: James Hall Elyssa Cusimano Post production sound mixer: Benjamin Wong Foley Artists: Richard Mach, Eric Masi Hair and make-up: Andrea Gilletti, Stephanie Metzger Craft services: Angelina Zak Color correction: Chip Murphy Set construction: Greg Simon Opening title theme: Anthony Bellotti Opening title graphics: Eric Hillegass, Chip Murphy Music composed by: Eric Masi, Eric Sanderson Stock footage provided by: Shawn McMullen DP: Bill Garvey, Francesco Pinna Faculty executive producer: Andrew Susskind Faculty advisors: David A. Schwartz, Stacy Bronte, John Avarese About the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design: Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design offers sixteen undergraduate and five graduate programs in media, design and the performing arts. Programs are taught in small studio settings, featuring hands-on learning and an award-winning faculty of industry practitioners who emphasize the use of the latest technologies. Westphal College is home to the Mandell Theater, the Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel’s television (DUTV) and radio (WKDU 91.7 FM) stations, the Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, MAD Dragon Records and Drexel’s Historic Costume Collection. Allen Sabinson is the dean of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. For more information about the College, go to: www.drexel.edu/westphal. ### News media contacts: Zeek Weil, director of communications, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design 215-895-2629 or zw36@drexel.edu Niki Gianakaris, director, Drexel News Bureau, Office of University Relations 215-895-674, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu