Film and Television Summer Institute - Creative Producing



The Creative Producing track lets college students study the role of the creative producer or executive while participating in entertainment industry internships. In class, students study the history of the Hollywood studio system and gain a critical perspective of the contemporary industry. In their internships, students apply those skills “on the ground” and build important relationships with industry professionals. In this way, the Creative Producing track is the perfect combination of theory and practice and contributes to a well-rounded liberal arts education that will benefit a wide range of majors from the humanities.

Participants of the Creative Producing Track will receive UCLA credit for the following courses:

  • Film and Television 101A - Symposium (1 unit)
  • Film and Television 183A - Introduction to Producing (4 units)
  • Film and Television 188A - Special Courses in Film, Television, and Digital Media: Power, Identity, and Justice in the Film Industry (4)
  • Film and Television 195 - Professional Internship (2 units)


In the exclusive Summer Institute Symposium, students from the Creative Producing track meet and listen to some of Hollywood’s most accomplished professionals. High-wattage guests have included Eric Heisserer (writer, Arrival); Steven Canals (creator and EP of Pose on FX); Jeff King (Executive Producer of The Umbrella Academy on Netflix); Agents from CAA, ICM, Paradigm, and UTA; Simon Kinberg (Writer/Producer, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Martian); Zak Penn (Writer, Ready Player One); and many others.

Guest speakers will also visit the FTV 183A virtual classroom. Past guests have included executives, coordinators, and more from companies like Sony, Paramount and Paramount TV, ABC Studios, and Netflix; agents and managers from top companies, and the professionals behind such shows as Modern Family, Marvel’ s The Runaways, and more.


Creative Producing students pursue remote internships at entertainment companies during the day. Once students are enrolled in the Creative Producing Summer Institute, they will receive an introductory email from the Summer Institute Internship Coordinator. Our coordinator will work closely with each student, helping them to prepare their cover letter, resume, and interview techniques as well as guide them in the internship search process. While our coordinator may have leads for certain internship opportunities, the onus is ultimately on the student to secure an internship. International students may pursue local internship opportunities. Students may complete a research paper instead of participating in an internship.

In the past, Summer Institute students have interned at companies such as NBCUniversal, United Talent Agency (UTA), MGM, Sony Pictures Studios, Mandalay Entertainment, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Wonderland Sound & Vision (Lethal Weapon TV Series, Supernatural), Comedy Central, Chernin Entertainment (Hidden Figures), DeLine Pictures (Ready Player One) and many others. Students are responsible for applying for their internships, and our internship coordinator advises and assists students throughout the process. However, because summer is a very competitive season for internships, early registration is required to ensure sufficient lead- time for the application process.

Hollywood and the Industry

During the weekly Summer Institute Mixer, students network with alumni and students from other UCLA Film and Television Summer Institute tracks via Zoom.

Students will also participate in Professional Development workshops on Digital Technology and Pitching and the Industry.

Ever wondered how the ads on your Youtube video knows what kind of shows and movies you watch? Advertising and technology are becoming savvier to the way movie-goers and streamers are consuming content. With the rise of social and digital platforms, television and film marketing are keen to the social and cultural ways they capture audience attention to promote their shows and feature films. In the Digital Technology and the Changing Hollywood Landscape workshop, students explore how Hollywood studios, networks, and streaming platforms have adjusted to changes in digital technology and culture and how these ongoing changes have impacted the industry through distribution, exhibition, and marketing. It will also take a dive into the rise of streaming platforms and what kind of digital marketing tactics they use to address audience awareness and streaming viewership.

In Pitching and the Industry, students will get the inside scoop from a seasoned industry professional on how projects are pitched and sold in Hollywood.

Schedule and Syllabus


NOTE: All course meeting times are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). If completing the program in a different time zone, please make sure to account for the time difference. The program schedule is subject to change.

Faculty and Instructors

Alex Franklin

Alex Franklin is a lecturer in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media where he teaches graduate-level courses about the development and production of feature films and television projects. He also teaches several courses for the UCLA Summer Institute, for the Undergraduate Honors Collegium and the Department of Global Studies at the UCLA International Institute. His courses include “Hollywood and Cultural Diversity in America,” “Hollywood and Global Responsibility” and “Hollywood and America’s Global Image.” In these classes, students explore Hollywood’s portrayals and representations of different countries, races and groups, and their impact on our culture. In 2018, Franklin was awarded the Eugen Weber Honors Program Distinguished Teaching Award for his work with the Honors Program at UCLA. He began his entertainment industry career in Hollywood at New Line Cinema where he assisted senior VP of production Richard Saperstein on the feature film Frequency and on the Denzel Washington film John Q. He then moved with Saperstein to Artisan Entertainment where he became a creative executive. At Artisan, he worked with Kevin Feige and the Marvel team developing numerous titles including The Punisher. He subsequently moved to Lionsgate Films where he worked with noted genre producer Peter Block on numerous horror and genre titles including the Saw franchise. After Lionsgate, Franklin worked at Dimension Films on the reboot of the Halloween franchise with director Rob Zombie, and on the Scary Movie franchise, which fulfilled a lifelong dream of working with director David Zucker (Airplane,The Naked Gun). His last film as a development executive was Youth in Revolt, directed by Miguel Arteta. Currently, Franklin works at at Zero Gravity Management overseeing their production department. Franklin is a graduate of Harvard University and has an M.F.A. from the USC Peter Stark Producing Program.



After successful completion of the program, participants of the Film and Television Summer Institute will be awarded units of college credit in the form of a letter grade for FILM TV 188A, 101A, and 183A and Pass/No Pass credit (or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory if you have a Bachelor's degree) for FILM TV 195.

As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the faculty.

The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. Grades A, B, C, and D may be modified by a plus or minus suffix. In addition, the following grades are used to report the quality of student work at UCLA:

F Fail
I Incomplete
DR Deferred Report
P Passed (achievement at grade C level or better; used only for undergraduate study)
NP Not Passed (used only for undergraduate study)
S Satisfactory (achievement at grade B level or better; used only for graduate study)
U Unsatisfactory (used only for graduate study)


Calculating Grade Point Average

Grade points per unit are assigned by the Registrar as follows:

A+ 4.0 B+ 3.3 C+ 2.3 D+ 1.3 F 0.0
A 4.0 B 3.0 C 2.0 D 1.0 NP 0.0
A- 3.7 B- 2.7 C- 1.7 D- 0.7 U 0.0

The grade-point average is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of units attempted. For example, if you earn a B- in a 4-unit course and an A in a 5 unit course, your GPA would be 30.8 (2.7 x 4 units + 4 x 5 units) divided by 9 (total number of units taken). i.e., 3.42.

Note: DR, I, and NR are disregarded in determining the grade-point average. NR indicates that no grade was received from the instructor.

Transferring Credit

UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).

UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.

Grading Basis

Some Summer Institute courses offer P/NP grading as an option. If eligible, you may contact the UCLA Summer Sessions Office ( and request to change the grading option from letter grade to pass/no pass (or satisfactory/unsatisfactory, if you have a bachelor’s degree) prior to the program start.

Courses taken on a P/NP or S/U basis might not count toward graduation requirements. Please be sure to consult your school if you are considering this grading option.

For more information on grades, see the UCLA General Catalog.


Grades earned during the summer are recorded on an official University of California transcript. Students can view grades on MyUCLA after the instructor reviews all completed course work and assigns a grade.

The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. The transcript lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order. Note: Official transcripts are NOT automatically sent to you or your home institution.

Students are assessed a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma, and much more. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form in person at the Registrar's Office. Additional charges may be assessed. Transcript Request Forms can be also picked up at 1113 Murphy Hall between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Current or incoming UC students will have all UCLA summer activity appear automatically on the home UC campus transcript, and the grades earned at UCLA are included in the home UC campus grade-point average.








Program Dates

JUNE 21 - JULY 30, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JUNE 21 - JULY 30: Creative Producing Summer Institute

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.