A Public Relations Degree Takes Howard Alum To Hollywood

Landrie Hatcher, recent public relations graduate of Howard University, will have his hands full assisting in the production of The Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies.

Hatcher was chosen out of 2,000 applicants to intern this summer in the live television production department at Bob Bain Productions in Los Angeles, CA, which produces that awards program.

The Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies honor the technical and production aspects of television, such as hair styling, costume designing, and categories that may not be broadcast.

The Creative Arts ceremonies will take place over two consecutive nights, Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Hatcher is excited to be a part of the team this year and considers the opportunity as a huge stepping stone.

Hatcher is responsible for various tasks, including handling requests for graphics designed for television shows, and proofing presenter scripts and nominee packages.

He expressed his excitement for working on multiple projects to gain more broadcast experience.

“While working with another director of the Los Angeles Area Emmys, I was able to gain a behind-the-scenes look at live television awards show production. I saw the difference between producing a show aimed for in-person viewing versus a show for broadcast,” said Hatcher.

Although this internship has placed him in entertainment broadcast, he credits the knowledge he learned while earning his public relations degree at Howard University.

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“I definitely feel that this is proving valuable to me. A public relations degree equips you with the knowledge of various writing skills, how to express ideas, how to tell stories, and how to relate to others.” Landrie Hatcher

“Those are all transferable skills that have, without a doubt, helped me in this experience and they are useful in any career capacity.”

The Television Academy Foundation’s annual Internship Program provides 50 paid internships, at top Hollywood studios and production companies, to college students nationwide.

The prestigious program gives both undergraduate and graduate students in-depth and hands-on professional experience in a variety of television careers during the eight-week internship.

Hatcher was referred to apply for the prestigious program by his integrated marketing professor, Tia Tyree Ph.D., who had the opportunity to participate in the Academy’s faculty seminar program.

She said it was a great opportunity for the faculty to be involved in such a hands-on way.

“It’s wonderful to be a part of a program that embraces both faculty and students who are eager to connect to the entertainment industry,” says Tyree.“I gained so much knowledge in the Faculty Seminar to help in my classroom and research. It became an instant goal to help our talented students join the program to obtain the same career-changing experience.”

Hatcher plans on pursuing a career in entertainment thanks to the Television Academy Foundation internship and what he has gained from his experience at Howard University and with the faculty guidance of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications.