Happy Valley to Hollywood

On Friday, October 26, the Penn State College of Communications presents Happy Valley to Hollywood, featuring Penn State Alumni in the entertainment business. This panel of Penn State Distinguished Alumni and Emmy Award winners will discuss their road from Penn State student to Hollywood force.

Gerald Abrams, a 1961 Penn State graduate, and founder of Cypress Productions, has been a television producer for more than four decades.

Carmen Finestra, a 1971 Penn State graduate, was a writer and producer for “The Cosby Show” and “Home Improvement”. Today, Finestra co-owns a production firm with actor Tim Allen.

James P. Jimirro, a 1958 Penn State graduate, was the creator and founding president of The Disney Channel and Walt Disney Home Video, and is currently chairman of the board of National Lampoon.

Amanda Gifford, a 2004 graduate of the College of Communications and director of national weekend programming for ESPN Radio, will serve as moderator.

The 75-minute program will begin at 3pm in the Playhouse Theatre. The program is free and open to the public, and tickets are not required.

For more details, visit the Happy Valley to Hollywood Facebook page.

About: Heather Blackmon-doForno

As a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band, I quickly grew to appreciate the dedication and pride each Big Ten Marching Band exhibits, as well as the traditions, history and culture of each school they represent. Being a passionate world traveler, my trips to Big Ten schools have always involved an effort to go beyond the game, scoping out the best local places to eat, delving into local history, viewing the campus architecture and learning about quirky folklore.