HOLLYWOOD—Hollywood Center Studios has
partnered with Mount St. Mary’s College to provide production space to students
participating in the school’s Masters
of Fine Arts Program in Film and Television
. Beginning this fall, graduate
students will have access to Hollywood Center Studio’s unique Stage 12 for use
in producing student films and other projects.
“Hollywood Center Studios is very pleased to work with Mount
St. Mary’s College in training tomorrow’s filmmakers,” say Vice President of
Sales Richard Schnyder. “We are very impressed with the school’s program, which
emphasizes hands-on learning experiences in professional environments. Here
they will have access to world-class facilities that are used every day for the
production of television shows, films, commercials and other productions.”

Hollywood Center Studios’ Stage 12 is a 4,400 ft2
dedicated green screen stage with a 3-wall, hard cove cyc, one of the largest
of its kind in Southern California. The stage is ideal for visual effects
applications and many other types of production. Hollywood Center Studios is
also providing space for use in classroom instruction.
“Hollywood Center Studios is providing our students with a
professional space in which to learn and develop skills that are critical to
their future careers,” says Mount St. Mary’s College Department Specialist
Mary-Kate Fitzpatrick. “It’s a place where filmmakers are born.”
Founded in 1925, and with campuses in downtown Los Angeles
and in Brentwood, Mount St. Mary’s College will launch its MFA Program in Film
and Television this fall in Hollywood. The two-year, weekend program is
designed for working professionals and aims to prepare them for high value careers
in the entertainment industry. Students will have access to state-of-the-art
production facilities and classes taught by industry veterans with gear that
includes RED, ARRI Alexa, Blackmagic and Canon cameras, and Avid and Pro Tools
Building on the school’s highly regarded undergraduate
program in film and television, the MFA program will be led by Program Director
Ron Fernandez, a screenwriter and filmmaker who worked as a professor at USC
and other universities before coming to Mount St. Mary’s College. Kelby Thwaits
will serve as Technical Director and Certified Avid Instructor. Other faculty
will include directory Tommy O’Haver and writer/producer Don Whitehead.
“Mount St. Mary’s College is delighted to be part of the
rich history of Hollywood Center Studios, whose legacy stretches from Laurel
and Hardy comedies to I Love Lucy to
the countless movies and TV shows filmed there over the years,” said Fernandez.  “We look forward to building a strong
partnership and to train the next generation of artists and media
Now in its 95th year, Hollywood Center Studios
has a rich and colorful history that mirrors that of Hollywood itself. Built in
1919 by an associate of Charlie Chaplin, the studio has provided stages and
production space for some of the most notable film and television productions
of the past century. Currently, the studio hosts television productions for
Disney, Comedy Central and others, as well as many commercial and film
About Hollywood Center Studios
Hollywood Center
Studios has a rich and colorful history that mirrors the development of
Hollywood and the growth of the entertainment industry.  The studio has
played host to some of the most notable productions of the past century,
including such iconic television shows as I Love Lucy, The Addams Family,
Jeopardy, Rockford Files
and Mad TV, and classic film productions
such as When Harry Met Sally and The Player. In recent years, Hollywood
Center Studios has continued to grow and modernize to support its large
television clientele which includes Disney, NBC, Comedy Central and MTV.  Hollywood Center
Studios remains a vital part of the Hollywood community and a place where
entertainment history continues to be made every day.
Hollywood Center Studios is located at 1040 N. Las Palmas
Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90038. For more information, call (323)
860-0000 or visit www.HollywoodCenter.com.
About Mount St. Mary’s College
Founded in 1925 in Los Angeles, Mount St. Mary’s College
offers a dynamic learning experience in the liberal arts and sciences, with a
focus on preparing the next generation of citizen leaders. As part of its
Graduate Programs, the Mount offers an accredited MFA in Film and TV, which
provides working professionals with the opportunity to earn their degrees while
learning from successful entertainment figures. 
Based in historic Hollywood, the co-ed MFA program provides students
with access to sound stages, classrooms and internships in the heart of the
media capital of the world. For more information about Mount St. Mary’s, visit
To learn more about film programs at the Mount, visit film.la.edu.
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