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  • NYFA Veterans Coordinator Interns with “The Daily Show”

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    NYFA Veteran Affairs Coordinator, Christopher Paparis

    Christopher Paparis, Marine Corps veteran and Veterans Coordinator at the New York Film Academy New York City campus was invited to the 2016 Veteran Immersion Program, a joint collaboration between “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (TDS) and American Corporate Partners (ACP). Chris participated in a seven-week internship where a group of 15 other veterans were able to observe, learn and contribute with all members of the crew—from pre-production to the live taping of the show!

    Only 16 veterans are accepted into the competitive internship each spring. Those invited are able to interact with the producers and writers during round-table discussions focused on that evening’s show. Veterans participating in the program do more than just sit on the sidelines and observe during these meetings—they are encouraged to participate and chime in with their own ideas! The purpose of the Immersion program is not only to introduce veterans to the television industry, but also give them an opportunity to showcase their talents.

    “It was eye opening to sit in that room with all the writers and producers and see how the spontaneity of the Daily Show’s humor comes about. As an aspiring writer and producer, it provides me a sense of clarity knowing that the training I received at NYFA has prepared me well for this opportunity,” said Paparis. “Meeting Trevor Noah was a blast and really funny; he brought a lot of energy into the meetings I attended!”

    Over seven weeks, the vets are given a crash course in television production and networking, with the opportunity to speak and learn from professionals about the logistical, creative, and technical aspects of TV. During the final week the interns attend a career fair attended by hiring executives from Viacom, Disney/ABC and Time Inc., as well as Comedy Central.

    New York Film Academy’s Veterans Services staff continually train to support the military service members, veterans and their family members that become part of the NYFA educational community.

    The New York Film Academy proudly serves military veterans and has been privileged to enroll more than 1000 veteran students at our campuses in New York City, NY; Los Angeles, California and South Beach, FL., since 2009. NYFA has full time support personnel and dedicated Office of Veterans Services at each of its three domestic locations.

    In order to best serve NYFA’s student veteran population, staff members go through a rigorous training learning about veterans’ benefits, mental health resources, and often attend special professional development events and conferences.

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    September 1, 2016 • Community Highlights, Faculty Highlights, Veterans • Views: 5318

  • Trevor Noah Will Take Over The Daily Show

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    Since Jon Stewart announced his retirement from The Daily Show, the Comedy Central news entertainment program he’s hosted since 1999, speculation has been wild with who would replace him. It’s been especially of interest because there was no clear frontrunner. John Oliver, who filled in for Stewart two summers ago to much acclaim, would have been that frontrunner if his own HBO news program, Last Week Tonight, wasn’t becoming a bigger and bigger hit with each passing week.

    Stephen Colbert may have been expected to leave his own follow-up Report to return and helm The Daily Show, but David Letterman quashed that possibility when he and CBS chose Colbert as his successor for The Late Show. Colbert’s mainstream talk show will air later this year.

    Focus then shifted to the correspondents on The Daily Show, including long-time veterans and real-life married couple Jason Jones and Samantha Bee. Jones will be starring in a new NBC sitcom and Bee will be helming a new talk show on TBS directly competing with The Daily Show. Fellow correspondent Jessica Williams was predicted to host in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, but Williams quickly responded herself that she was too inexperienced for the job.

    So, after a weekend plus of rumors, current correspondent Trevor Noah will be replacing Jon Stewart and hosting the venerated show sometime next year. Though Noah is only 31 and has only been on the show since October, he has hosted a nightly talk show before, in his native South Africa. Noah has also been making a name for himself as a stand-up comedian and is currently touring in Dubai. Comedy Central choice in selecting Trevor Noah, a young, talented, up-and-coming South African star, also signals their effort to broaden diversity in all of their programming.

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    March 30, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4334

  • John Oliver in for Two More Seasons of ‘Last Week Tonight’

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    john oliverWith the recent announcement of long-time news satirist Jon Stewart stepping down from his Comedy Central show, The Daily Show, much speculation has surrounded the notion that former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver would fill Stewart’s shoes.

    However, with Oliver hosting a successful weekly show of his own, Last Week Tonight, on HBO, one could argue why Oliver would leave a good thing. After all, don’t fix what isn’t broke. Well, rumors came to a close with Deadline’s report that HBO has in fact renewed Last Week Tonight for two more seasons.

    Season three will air on HBO in 2016, followed by season four in 2017. “We are incredibly proud to have John as part of the HBO family,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo says. “His unique ability to deliver socially significant commentary week after week, along with his innate comedic brilliance, puts John in a class by himself.”

    Oliver’s show has become quite popular with Stewart’s demographic as well as the writing community in general. The Writer’s Guild recently awarded the show with Best Comedy/Variety Series award.

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    February 19, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4637