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.
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.
Developing the Pitch
EP Budgeting and Scheduling
Story & Script Analysis
Cinematography for Producers
Film Festival Procedures
Introduction to Screenwriting
Pitching for Producers
Producing Reality Television
Industry Speaker Series
Producing Documentaries and New
Directing for Producers
Finance, Marketing, and Distribution
Short Film Production
Developing the Pitch for Producers Pitch Fest
Editing for Producers
Line Producing Essentials: Scheduling and Budgeting
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.
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:
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:
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 was associated with such films as Wall Street, Reversal of Fortune, and Blue Steel.
Nick Yellen: The President of NYCA, a NYC based literary agency representing screenwriters, playwrights, TV writers, novelists, and directors in the sale and licensing of their work. Previously Nick founded Edwards-Yellen Entertainment, a literary management/film and television production company based in Los Angeles. While there the company had a 2-picture production deal with ABC-TV producing “I Know What You Did” with Rosanna Arquette. They also produced the VH1 TV movie “Out of Sync” and “Retribution” for the SAT1 cable network. Nick also produced the James Franco-starring feature “If Tomorrow Comes.” The company had development deals with many of the major networks and studios including ABC, Hearst Entertainment, VH1, Phoenix Pictures, Edward R. Pressman, Warner Bros., Alan Landsberg Productions, The David Wolper Organization, Lifetime Network, All Girl Productions and Wilshire Court. Prior to this Nick worked on the movies “Intent” for Columbia Tri-Star Home Video and “Bikini Carwash 2” for Imperial Entertainment. Nick also helped produce the musicals “Lucky in the Rain,” for the Goodspeed Opera House “Say Yes” at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.
Nick started his career in film and television at International Creative Management (ICM), then the world’s largest talent agency. After leaving ICM, Nick was an artist manager at Geffen Records. Before entering Film and TV, Nick was a Radio disc jockey in Saratoga, NY and San Antonio, TX.
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.
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.
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
Assistant Production Coordinator
Assistant to the Director
Production Office Coordinator
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.