Each Year, Senior-Level Television Students Are Chosen To Carry On The Tradition Of Making This Complex Telethon A Reality

The 16th Annual Friends of Max Kolb Telethon

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2017 Production Team

Nicole Vuono

Nicole Vuono

Producer

Nicole is in her final year in the LHSOC, finishing up a Bachelor of Science in Video/Television and a minor in Business & Design. She is currently a co-producer for HEAT’s Thursday Nite Live, along with previous producer credits for For Your Island and Advanced German. She is a teaching assistant in both the television and journalism departments, and can usually be found next to one of the chyron computers. Outside of Hofstra, she has interned with STARZ and LIVE with Kelly. Having worked on the Telethon since her first year in what was then Dempster Hall, she could not be more excited to be working on this incredible production one last time with the most incredible team.

Nick Proto

Nick Proto

Director

Nick is a senior working towards a Bachelor of Science in Video/Television and Film student. He is the General Manager of the HEAT Network in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. As GM, Nick supervises the direction of five, student-run television programs in conjunction with the organization’s branding and social engagement. He is eager to apply his passion for live television production to The Max Kolb Telethon as the show’s director, as he has done so for the multiple HEAT shows he has previously directed. Currently, Nick is interning with Marvel Entertainment in their video department and is focusing on a career in video and television producing post-graduation. He considers the opportunity to direct the Max Kolb Telethon’s 16th and final show an absolute privilege, and aspires to create a magical and thrilling experience for viewers working alongside his talented teammates.

Peter R. Gershon

Peter R. Gershon

Faculty Advisor

In a teaching career spanning 42 years, Dr. Peter Gershon has won four distinguished teaching awards at the University level. He has produced and directed two documentaries for public television, but his effect on the television industry is much greater, with former students in every facet of television and advertising from NY to LA. This past January, he again accompanied twelve of the best students in the LHSOC for the third annual “Hofstra in LA Program”. He was the LHSOC’s 2004 and 2015 “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” and has been involved with The Friends of Max Kolb Telethon since its inception in 2001. His hope for this year’s telethon is the same as it is every year: that it continues to provide a lifeline for those who might otherwise be forced to choose between their love of film-making, and paying the bills. He is retiring this summer and this will be his last semester working with the incredible television production students at Hofstra’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.

Bobby Mitchell

Bobby Mitchell

Production Manager

Bobby Mitchell is senior video/television Bachelor of Science major with a minor in creative writing. He is the Production Manager for The 16th Annual Max Kolb Telethon. As an active member of the HEAT network, he serves as Program Director where he is in charge of technical aspects of productions. He has interned at ABC as a Field Operations intern, and at Silver Cup as a Lighting and Grip intern.

Rachel Beaton

Rachel Beaton

Associate Producer

Rachel is currently working towards a Bachelors of Science in Video/Television and Business. She is a Director for Hofstra's Thursday Nite Live, Hofstra Today, and Sports Beat as well as a web manager for Hofstra Today. Rachel has interned for Mr. X Gotham, a VFX company working on such features as Collateral Beauty, Mena, and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, as well as interning for Diamond Grade Media as an editor. She is currently developing her passion projects in virtual reality design and plans to pursue the industry further after graduation. She hopes to bring her talent and experience to this year's telethon to make it an unforgettable legacy. She is blessed to be apart of the Max Kolb tradition and is grateful to have the best team to work with as she ends her time at Hofstra.

Salvatore Guardino

Salvatore Guardino

Associate Producer

Salvatore is Video/Television & Business major with a minor in Legal Studies in Business. Salvatore is the Production Manager for the HEAT Network’s Two Weeks Notice, and the Graphics Coordinator for Thursday Night Live, in addition to being involved in numerous other HEAT programs as a Technical Manager, a Director, and Graphics Operator. He is also the President of Hofstra Concerts, where he produces the largest on-campus event, Hofstra Music Fest. He is also the former producer of 88.7 FM WRHU’s, Daily Top 40 program, Off The Charts. He has interned for Big Tent Entertainment, a marketing agency in New York City, and is currently interning for Cox Media Group Long Island, the operator of Long Island’s two largest radio stations. Salvatore has long-term aspirations of studying law after graduation, and ultimately working in-house somewhere in the Entertainment Industry. He is eager to be a part of the production team for The 16th Annual Friends of Max Kolb Telethon, and excited to work with so many talented individuals during his last semester at Hofstra.

Arianna du Manoir

Arianna du Manoir

Premiums and Fundraising Manager

Arianna is currently a senior majoring in Video/TV and Business and is the Premiums and Fundraising Manager for this year's Max Kolb Telethon. Throughout her last four years at Hofstra, Arianna has been involved in many of the HEAT shows including TNL, Hofstra Today, and Sports Beat, working as a camera or a stage manager. Arianna has interned at Eurosport, the largest sport's broadcast network in Europe, William Morris Endeavor, and at ABC within the casting department. Looking towards the future, she hopes to continue working in casting as well as continue her involvement helping The Westside Children's Center based in Los Angeles. She could not have imagined a better way to finish her last semester at Hofstra and is tremendously honored to be a part of putting together the last Max Kolb Telethon.

Brett Savoie

Brett Savoie

Package Producer

Brett is a senior Video/Television and Film student at Hofstra University. During Brett's time at Hofstra, he has been the Video Coordinator for Hofstra Today, the Head Editor for For Your Island, as well as an editor for Advanced German. Now, Brett is very excited to be the Package Producer for The 16th Annual Friend of Max Kolb Telethon. Currently, Brett is interning at The Dr. Oz Show, and hopes to pursue a career in television post-graduation. Brett is excited to work on this year's Telethon, because it was the first show he worked on here at Hofstra, and it will be the last show that he works on at Hofstra. He's also excited to put both his film knowledge as well as his television knowledge to the test, and help make the final Telethon a memorable one.

Ani Ghazarossian

Ani Ghazarossian

Technical Assistant

Ani is a senior B.S. Video/Television major at Hofstra University. Ani is the production manager for Hofstra Today and is actively involved in crewing other HEAT shows as well as the graphics production for shows such as Thursday Nite Live and Sports Beat. She has previously worked as a Technical Assistant for the Intermediate & Advanced Level Television Production Classes in The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. In addition to her work at Hofstra, Ani is currently a Video Production Intern at CBS in Local Digital Media. Ani completed Advanced Television Production II in the Spring of 2016 where she produced the other RTVF 165 legacy program, Live From Studio A. She was the Chyron Operator for The 15th Annual Friends of Max Kolb Telethon and is excited to be returning as the technical assistant for the Spring of 2017. She looks forward to working with her classmates on a telethon whose impact goes beyond the walls of The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.

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