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Producing School at New York Film Academy

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Producing School

In the film and television industries, the producer is the driving force, the creative spark that gets a production off the ground whose business know-how is what brings the many disparate elements together. At his or her heart, a television or film producer is a creative entrepreneur, an artistic business person who is comfortable working with both creative and business-minded individuals. The producing school at the New York Film Academy is designed to cultivate the next generation of producers who excel at not only working in film and television, but also in newer mediums such as web series. Under the instruction of our professional and experienced faculty of television and movie producers, our students not only learn the fundamentals of producing and get hands-on experience producing original films, but also learn how to navigate the industry.

Producing Courses

After enrolling in a producing course at the New York Film Academy’s producing school, students can expect to take the following courses depending on which workshop or program they take.

Producer’s Craft Developing the Pitch EP Budgeting and Scheduling
Case Studies Producer’s Roundtable Film Finance/Distribution/Marketing
Entertainment Law Story & Script Analysis Cinematography for Producers
Hands-on Sound Film Festival Procedures Introduction to Screenwriting
Hands-on Camera Pitching for Producers Producing Reality Television
Hands-on Lighting Industry Speaker Series Producing Documentaries and New
Film Exhibition Directing for Producers Finance, Marketing, and Distribution
Business Affairs Short Film Production Developing the Pitch for Producers Pitch Fest
Internship Editing for Producers Line Producing Essentials: Scheduling and Budgeting

Producing Classes

Students who wish to enroll in the New York Film Academy’s producing school can do so throughout the year. More information on the start dates and tuition for each producing class at our NYC campus can be viewed here.

Producing Degrees

Students enrolled at the New York Film Academy’s producing school in NYC can choose to apply their coursework toward credit in one of the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus degree programs, including:

Producing Workshops

Students interested in making a four- or twelve-week commitment to their production studies are advised to look into a short-term producing workshop at the New York Film Academy.

Producing Programs

Designed for students wishing to make a longer time commitment to their studies, the producing school at the New York Film Academy offers the following one-year producing programs.

Producing Faculty

Our experienced and prestigious faculty of working producers, filmmakers, and entertainment lawyers guide students through the intensive New York Film Academy producing school curriculum. In addition to their commitment to teaching and mentoring NYFA students, instructors are also active and prominent members of the entertainment industry. Dedicated to providing students with as well-rounded and in-depth an education as possible, the Academy’s producing school faculty include:
NYFA producing school co-chair Neal Weisman Neal Weisman: Possessing over twenty years of experience in film and television production, Weisman servers as co-chair of the producing school. Some of his noteworthy production credits include The Politician’s Wife, which was the winner of BAFTA and International Emmy Awards for Best Drama Serial, Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio, and True Stories. He also served as the Vice President of the Edward Pressman Film Corporation where he helped oversee such films as Wall Street, Reversal of Fortune, and Blue Steel.

NYFA producing school co-chair Nicholas Yellen Nicholas Yellen: Having worked as a producer and agent for over fifteen years, Yellen got his start producing such musicals as Lucky in the Rain and Say Yes before co-founding the literary management and film and television production company Edwards-Yellen Entertainment. Now based in New York City, he is the president of the NYC-based literary agency NYCA where he represents writers in selling and licensing their work.

NYFA producing school faculty member Elena Paul Elena Paul: Currently serving as the Director of Legal and Business Affairs for the world-renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc., Paul has spent the past two decades as a leading practitioner in entertainment law. Prior to joining Alvin Ailey, Paul was the Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and before that, was the Executive Director of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. She has worked as a legal and business advisor to such arts and cultural organizations as The Sculpture Center, Ballet Next, and The Center for Photography at Woodstock.

Producing Alumni

Throughout its history, the producing school at the New York Film Academy has consistently graduated driven and well-trained alumni who have gone on to work on such productions as the following.

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Saturday Night Live

House Hunters International

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Career Opportunities

In addition to immersing students in the day-to-day demands and challenges they will face as producers, New York Film Academy’s producing school faculty also prepares graduates for the obstacles and opportunities they will encounter. Students are thus trained in the many areas of film and television production and can pursue the following positions and companies that our graduates have.

Feature Film Producer Line Producer Assistant Production Coordinator
Story Editor Production Assistant Assistant to the Director
Television Programming Associate Producer Production Office Coordinator
Staff Producer Production Coordinator Co-producer

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Contact Us

To gain more information about the New York Film Academy’s producing school, please give us a call at our NYC campus at +1 (212) 674-4430 or follow the links below to request additional materials.


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