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Film and Television Summer Institute – Creative Producing

College students study the role of the creative producer or executive while engaging in entertainment industry internships

Study the contemporary film industry while building relationships with industry professionals

As of 5/23/2024, the Creative Producing Summer Institute is closed to new applications.

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.

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.

Program Fee
Ackerman Student Union Fee
Ackerman / Kerckhoff Seismic Fee
Wooden Center Fee
Undergraduate Student Association Fee
Document Fee (incoming UCLA students only)
Total Estimated Fees:
* Fees only apply for certain student types

Meet your instructors

Instructors for the UCLA Film and Television Summer Institutes are UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media faculty.

Alex Franklin

Instructor – FTV 183A Creative Producing

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.

Bobbie Lucas

Instructor – FTV182 Creative Producing

Bobbie Lucas specializes in film and television development, producing and distribution. She has interned and worked across the industry at both independent production companies such as: Made Up Stories, Color Force, Is Or Isn’t Entertainment, Whitaker Entertainment, and Blumhouse and larger studios including: Lionsgate, Warner Bros., and ABC Signature. She holds an M.F.A. in Film, Television and Digital Media Producing from UCLA and a B.A. from Vassar College where she double majored in Economics and Film Studies. Her Vassar College thesis focused on examining how the changing economics of the entertainment industry have led to disparities for women filmmakers over the course of film history.

Nickolas Hoffmann

Instructor – FTV 104 Symposium

Nickolas Hoffmann is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned a BA in Linguistics and History. After a brief foray into the Legal field, he redirected his focus to the film industry, attending the UCLA TFT Producers Program and receiving his MFA in Film Production in 2019. During his time at UCLA, he interned at Warner Bros. and Legendary, where he received first-hand experience in creative development at a studio level while assisting on projects like DETECTIVE PIKACHU (2019), DUNE (2021) and GODZILLA VS. KONG (2021).

Upon graduation, Nickolas began working in creative development at 20th Century Studios (née 20th Century Fox), with a focus on genre content. Since beginning his tenure at the studio, he has worked on projects for both theatrical, such as THE BOOGEYMAN (2023) and the upcoming THE FIRST OMEN (2024), as well as for streaming, including NO EXIT (2022) and NO ONE WILL SAVE YOU (2023). He is also a member of 20th Century Studio’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative, shedding light on underrepresented filmmakers and screening their films for executives across the numerous Disney banners.