Sarasota, FL (Vocus) April 23, 2010
Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that Rainbow Entertainment Services Chief Operating Officer Ed Carroll is leading Ringling College’s Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab in April.
Mr. Carroll has built some of the most successful brands in television and has overseen the development of some of television’s most successful series, including “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Bridezillas,” “Inside the Actors Studio” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Mr. Carroll was named chief operating officer of Rainbow Entertainment Services in January 2009. He has operating responsibility for Rainbow Media’s national entertainment networks AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WEtv.
“We are excited to have Ed Carroll share his exceptional experience in building high-profile media properties with students in the Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab,” said Future Films LLC co-founder Sam Logan. “As we guide students in the program to be future leaders of our art and industry it is vitally important that they learn from, and have access to, the best minds and talents. Having Ed work with our students is an irreplaceable opportunity for them that cannot be replicated elsewhere.”
The Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab, launched this year in association with Future Films, LLC, brings some of the world’s most renowned filmmakers, producers and film industry leaders to Sarasota to work collaboratively with Ringling students teaching the process of motion picture and television development. Industry luminaries involved in the program to date include director Werner Herzog, Academy Award® nominee writer/director Oren Moverman, actor Ben Foster and producer Paul Schiff. At the core of the Studio Lab is the opportunity to provide funding to acquire exceptionally promising filmmaking projects for collaborative development by Ringling College students and industry professionals. The Studio Lab is designed to attract top-tier projects that position Ringling College’s Digital Filmmaking program internationally while spearheading economic development in Sarasota.
As Chief Operating Officer for Rainbow’s AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WEtv Networks Mr. Carroll has vital experience and knowledge to share with students in the Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab. Mr. Carroll has lead AMC to its greatest period of viewer gain and garnered unprecedented critical acclaim for its original programming – “Mad Men” is the only television series to win the Golden Globe® Award for three consecutive years for Best Television Series - Drama and AMC is the first cable network to win the Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series two years in a row. AMC’s “Breaking Bad” has won the Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (Bryan Cranston) for two consecutive years. Mr. Carroll has overseen IFC since its inception, offering viewers original programming, non-traditional comedies and non-fiction, alongside an independent film library of award-winning titles and cult classics. Mr. Carroll has strategically positioned Sundance Channel for continued growth both domestically and abroad and has recently began its global expansion with channel launches in Belgium, Canada, France, Korea and Singapore. WE tv has become one of the fastest growing networks for women and its focus on original programming, among them the breakout hits Bridezillas and The Locator, is garnering WE tv significant ratings success. While he was general manager of IFC and Bravo, Mr. Carroll successfully transformed Bravo from a small pay channel to a commercial network available to more than 68 million subscribers and oversaw the development of breakout series such as the Emmy® nominated “Inside the Actors Studio” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”
In addition to working closely with Ringling College students, Mr. Carroll will screen a pre-release episode of AMC’s acclaimed drama series “Breaking Bad” at the Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium at 6 PM on April 28th and conduct a Q&A session immediately after moderated by Sam Logan, co-founder of Future Films, LLC. Free tickets are available but seating is extremely limited. Tickets must be picked up in advance and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis (limit 4 per person) through Friday, April 23 at the Burns Court Cinema box office.
Ringling College is raising funds to finance film projects through the Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab Development Fund, proceeds of which will be used to fund a soundstage for the campus and for the creation of original scripts as well as purchasing the rights to promising screenplays, books and other creative writings which have the potential to become the basis for a film or TV production.
For more information on the program, including signing up for program updates, please go to http://www.ringling.edu.
About Ringling College of Art and Design
Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 47-acre campus now includes more than 100 buildings, and enrolls 1,320 students from 46 states and 46 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. http://www.Ringling.edu
About Future Films LLC
Future Films leverages unique opportunities in media production and content as the old models rapidly change, focusing on convergences between traditional and new media. Co-founders Sam Logan and David Shapiro are bringing to bear their extensive relationships in the film and TV industry to provide for rapid development of the Ringling Filmmaking Lab, a groundbreaking project that combines education with film development. The Lab program is designed to allow Ringling College of Art and Design students to have hands-on experience with top-tier directors, producers, writers, and cinematographers as well as help Sarasota become an integral part of the film industry.
Christine Meeker Lange