MIT Sloan MBAs break into media and entertainment, network with the industry's top executives in LA

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 9, 2003 — MIT Sloan's savviest MBAs will flock to LA January 12-14 to meet with movers and shakers from the entertainment and media industries. The LA MediaTrek is an annual event that brings a group of the School's most entertainment and media-focused students to Hollywood to explore careers.

The MBAs will visit with media/entertainment companies and meet with executives and alumni who work in the media and entertainment fields, which are of increasing interest to MBAs who have been finding fewer of the jobs more typically sought by MBAs.

Among other places, the MBAs' job hunt will bring them to Disney Studios, ABC Cable Television, Universal Studios, Sony Picture Imageworks and Sony Pictures Digital, the Screen Actor's Guild, G4 Media and Disneyland (schedule below).

MIT Sloan's MBAs are particularly well positioned to break into the media and entertainment industry. MIT Sloan's curriculum is differentiated from other programs by its emphasis on creative management, quantitative analysis, and technology. As these skills have played an increasing role in media and entertainment, the demand for MBAs, especially from MIT Sloan, has increased Kenny Lee, MBA '04, a Trek participant, worked as an independent filmmaker before pursuing his MBA. “I came to MIT Sloan because I have been observing a rapid integration between entertainment and technology,” says Lee, “Entertainment is such a relationship-based business that we have to work hard to get to know as many people as we can.”

Students will also network and mingle cocktail-style with MIT Sloan alumni from the LA area at Saddle Ranch, Universal CityWalk, at 8 p.m. Monday, January 12.

For over fifty years, the MIT Sloan School of Management, based in Cambridge, Mass., has been one of the world's leading academic sources of innovation in management theory and practice. With students from more than 60 countries, it develops effective, innovative, and principled leaders who advance the global economy.

Students available for interviews, contact Paul Denning.

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MIT Sloan founder Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. was dedicated to the innovation ethic. “Too often,” he said, “we fail to...pay tribute to the creative spirit.”

For Media Inquiries

Paul Denning
Director of Media Relations
Tel: 617-253-0576
Fax: 617-253-5875
E-mail: denning@mit.edu

Patricia Favreau
Associate Director of Media Relations
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