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Hollywood producer to present seminar at Black Hills State University

Guest speaker, Emmy Award-nominee Hollywood producer Mary Jo Blue will be on the Black Hills State University campus Sept. 29, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall, room 106 to present a mass communication seminar, Producing Television Specials. Blue will explain how live TV variety and awards shows are produced. She will provide personal examples from today’s top shows, including The Golden Globes, The American Music Awards, and American Idol.

Blue will present a brief history of live production; how a live broadcast is produced; the major job positions and responsibilities in producing live television; and the latest television technologies that make live television happen. Additional topics will include production design, scheduling, scripts, staging, camera work, and television production on two sets at once.

Being involved in the television production industry for 40 years has garnered Blue a Producer Emmy nomination in 2002 for Outstanding Musical/Variety Special for “The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers.” She has produced sitcoms, award shows, children’s shows, musical specials and series, infomercials and reality television. For two years she was executive in charge, running a company that produced the Fox network series World’s Wildest Police Videos and delivered over 24 hours of prime time network programs and specials during her last year at the company.

Blue has produced documentaries starring Jean Michel Cousteau, many music specials, a talk show series, a sit com series, short documentaries for inclusion in the Miss USA Pageant, infomercials and commercials. Blue is also an associate director on many network award shows and series, including The Golden Globe Awards, The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon, The Independent File Channel Spirit Awards, and Star Search among others.

Blue has a Master of Arts degree from University of California, Los Angeles and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of South Dakota. She has held membership in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Director’s Guild of America, the Producer’s Guild of America, and the International Documentary Association.

For more information, contact or call 605-642-6750. The seminar is open to the public at a cost of $15 payable to BHSU at the workshop; BHSU students are free.

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