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Industry Insider Panel

Boston College Arts Festival, Thursday April 27-Saturday 29

Honored alumni guest Tracey Wigfield '05 will participate in a panel of "Industry Insiders" about the current state of the television production and screenwriting industry and what it's like to work in the television arts. Interested in forging a career in the television/film or entertainment world? This is the event for you! The panelists joining Nick Scandalios are Jim Fagan '07, Philip Gilpin Jr. '03, and Richard Lawson '05. See below for more information on their work.

Hosted by Film Department Professor Mary Conroy.


Friday, April 28, 2017

2:00 PM

Stokes Art Tent

Boston College Arts Festival


Jim Fagan
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Jim Fagan '07

Television Writer/Director/Producer

Jim Fagan has written, directed, and produced prime-time series, live specials, webisodes, and documentary events (and incredible -- he swears -- unaired pilots), for ABC, Comedy Central, MTV, AMC, and PBS, among others. Jim is the development writer at Sharp Entertainment and is a co-founder of New York Picture Company, with whom he continues to create challenging and satisfying original and branded work. He's a seasoned live improv performer, and has a BA from BC and a MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio. Jim lives with his incredible wife Carolyn, who he met at Boston College, and their really cool 1 year old daughter Cathryn in NY.

You can check out Jim's website here.

Philip Gilpin Jr.
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Philip Gilpin Jr. '03

Executive Director of ITVFest, the Independent Television Festival

Philip is a native Bostonian and an alum of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics. After leaving BC in 2003, he moved to Los Angeles and learned the secrets of the industry as a Participations Analyst in the Business Affairs division of HBO where he was responsible for financial analysis of HBO's major production and talent contracts (Sex and the City, Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Curb Your Enthusiam, etc.).

In 2008, Philip left HBO to return to his creative roots and pursue life in the non-profit sector. In 2012, he found himself in the beautiful town of Dover, Vermont where he was hired as the Executive Director of the regional area's Chamber of Commerce. Soon after, he Founded the Green Mountain Marketing Group, a private economic development firm focused on rejuvenating Southern Vermont's failing economy. Among the projects Philip developed, the most successful are the area's website, and the Green Mountain Adventure Challenge (an annual summer hiking event).

Having attended the first ITVFest in Los Angeles in 2006 and recognizing its unique indie vibe, Philip worked with the festival's Founders to move ITVFest out of Hollywood. Now after four successful years in Vermont, ITVFest has rooted itself in Manchester for years to come. Philip's vision with iTVFest is to give independent episodic creators a year round home for production, writing and distribution - much in the way that Sundance does for film.

You can learn more about ITVFest by checking out the festival website.


Richard Lawson '05

Television Writer at Vanity Fair

Richard Lawson (A&S '05) is the film and TV critic for Vanity Fair. In the past, he has written for the Guardian, Gawker, The Atlantic, and Out magazine. His first book, a Boston-set young adult novel called All We Can Do Is Wait, will be published by Penguin in February 2018. 

You can follow him on Twitter here.