Unscripted Programming Executive Robyn Lattaker-Johnson to headline the Newhouse School’s 14th Annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media

Unscripted Programming Executive Robyn Lattaker-Johnson will come to Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications as a guest of the school’s 14th Annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media, hosted by COM Assistant Professor Charisse L’Pree. The conversation will take place on Wednesday Feb 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3.

Lattaker-Johnson has over 20 years of experience in entertainment spanning programming, development, current and physical production. A television development executive for the past 15 years, Robyn’s focus has been unscripted content. As Vice President of Unscripted Programming at the Syfy network, an NBC Universal Comcast company, she oversaw the day-to-day creative and production aspects of top reality series such as Face Off, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, Ghost Hunters, Wizard Wars and Paranormal Witness, among others.

Prior to joining Syfy, Lattaker-Johnson was an independent producer developing nonfiction content and digital properties. She was the show runner of BET’s Comic View: One Mic Stand hosted by Kevin Hart. While Senior Vice President of Original Programming at BET Networks she spearheaded the network’s most successful and acclaimed original series including Baldwin Hills, American Gangster, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, Hell Date, Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown, Season of the Tiger, Ballers, Take the Cake and Sunday Best, a franchise still airing on the network.

Lattaker-Johnson has an MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Film Directing, and graduated cum laude from the University of Washington with a BA in Communications, Broadcast Journalism.

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Fight Brainwashing; A Lesson for Media Communicators with Thomas Burrell

Founder of Burrell Communications, one of the largest multi-cultural marketing firms in the world, and author of Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of the Black Inferiority Complex, joins COM346 to talk about his book and the current state of American Media.

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The Future of TV with Kim Daniels

Kim Daniels, Digital Producer for Marriage Bootcamp on We TV, joins COM107 to share her experiences in the world of unscripted programming. She has also worked on Dirty Jobs, The Bachelor, and Ghost Hunters. She talks about her place at the intersection of broadcast and digital media, and the future of television.

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