The Teachers

Nina Zacuto

NinaZacutoNina Zacuto covered news in Los Angeles and throughout the world for thirty-one years. In 2007, she retired from NBC News after twenty-five years as a producer in the network’s Burbank bureau. Among her many assignments at NBC News, she was Coordinating Producer for network coverage of the 1988 Olympics is Seoul and Calgary, the 20th Anniversary of Earth Day, the arrest and trial of the Unabomber, the disappearance of Elizabeth Smart, and the arrest and trial of Michael Jackson. She produced numerous stories on a variety of subjects from domestic violence and immigration to hurricanes and fires. She began covering technology in the early 1990’s and continued to cover that beat throughout the popularization of the Internet and evolution of digital media and communications. Ms. Zacuto’s broadcast news career began in 1976 at KHJ Channel 9 News, and she worked as an assignment editor and producer at KNXT (now KCBS), both Los Angeles stations. She served on the board of the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California. As a member of the Bench, Bar, Media Committee, she helped to get cameras into courtrooms in California. Ms. Zacuto graduated from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She is currently a Board member of Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS). Now a freelance photographer in Los Angeles, Ms. Zacuto is working on a multimedia documentary about a homeless family shelter.


Ron Taylor


Ron Taylor was most recently Vice President, Diverse Programming at Fox Broacasting Co. Ron has worked as a network and studio development executive, as well as a TV series writer. He was VP, Development and Current Programming at Columbia-TriStar where he developed series for cable TV, including Strong Medicine on Lifetime and Street Time on Showtime. Ron was one of the first executives hired at UPN and was instrumental in creating that network from 1994-97.Ron has also been a development executive at Warner Bros and Disney, anda writer of produced episodes for such series as RenegadeForever Knight,Covington Cross, and The Sentinel.He wrote the short film Brothers of the Borderland which is presented daily at the NationalUnderground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Nadine Mendoza 


N.F. (Nadine) Mendoza was news editor at TV Guide, and on staff at The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, and In Touch Weekly. She’s been a freelance editor and writer for MSN’s Wonderwall, Inside TV, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Emmy, Animation, among others. She was a long-time reviewer for The Hollywood Reporter, and has maintained a daily entertainment/lifestyle blog since 2004.



Jon Katzman

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Katzman began his career in Australia where he worked with local channels creating the Channel 10 Broadcast Network. Next he worked at NBC, where he was admitted into the prestigious associates training program under NBC chairman Brandon Tartikoff. JKatzmanThe NBC Program gave Katzman a terrific overview of the Entertainment Industry. While at NBC, he assisted Tartikoff with the development of shows such as Shannon’s Deal, Saved by the Bell, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He went on to Warner Brothers to become vice-president of comedy development and current programming where they produced almost half of all shows on the air including Friends, ER, and Full House. As the first television executive hired and eventually the senior vice president of long-form programming at Regency Television (A joint venture between News Corp. and Regency Enterprises), Jon developed TV projects such as Roswell, Malcolm in the Middle, Bernie Mac, The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, Noriega, and many others. For the last eight years, Katzman has been the Executive Director of Columbia College Chicago’s prestigious “Semester in Los Angeles” program – which provides opportunities for over 250 students a year and has launched hundreds of careers. Katzman Executive Produced the noteworthy FX film Redemption, starring Jamie Foxx. He also produced the reality series The 5 Coolest Things, starring Matt LeBlanc for Discovery and the movie The Man in the Mirror – the Michael Jackson Story for VH1. He has also produced several independent feature films, including projects with Pauley Shore and current Modern Family star Julie Bowen. Katzman has produced legit theatre, web series, and the Third Screen Film Festival – according to Withoutabox the longest continuously running online film festival. Currently, Katzman is developing a movie based on one of Jack London’s last books with the producers of the Rocky franchise, has been commissioned to write a feature Screenplay, and has several other projects in development. Katzman attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, received his B.A. in history of ideas from U.C. Berkeley, and his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School.


Andy Wallenstein

AndyAndrew Wallenstein is the recently appointed co-Editor-in-Chief at Variety in Los Angeles, where he covers digital media and television. Before joining Variety, he was senior editor at PaidContent. In 2006-07, he co-hosted TV Guide Network’s “Square Off.” Wallenstein spent eight years at the Hollywood Reporter, rising from TV reporter to TV features editor to editor of the paper’s website. He has also written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Business Week. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.