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Top Entertainment Business Leader Jay Samit to Speak at CSULB College of the Arts Commencement Ceremony May 28 at 9am

Picture of Jay SamitLONG BEACH, CA  (May 2010)    The College of the Arts at California State University, Long Beach celebrates the graduation of its 2010 class with commencement exercises beginning at 9am on Friday, May 28. The ceremony, along with CSULB's other eight graduation ceremonies, takes place in the central quad of the CSULB campus, located to the northeast of the University Library. Jay Samit will deliver the commencement address to the graduating students. Jay Alan Samit is Chief Executive Officer of Long Beach Studios, anticipated to be the largest independent production facility in the world.

A media innovator, Samit has spent the past 25 years pioneering new forms of film, video, and music production and digital distribution. He has been responsible for the development of new business models for the global digital distribution of music, video, and mobile. As Executive Vice President of Sony Corporation of America, he built and ran their digital initiatives. As Global President of Digital Distribution & Development for EMI, he broke new ground for the music industry with forays into wireless over-the-air provisioning (OTA), ringtones, streaming radio, secure peer-to-peer (P2P) and subscription business models. At Universal Studios, Samit built one of the first online million-member social networks.

Following an invitation by President Clinton to lead the White House's Initiative for Education & Technology, Samit spearheaded the effort to create Internet access for America's schools. His other charitable work includes the first Internet Charity Auction for Tsunami Aid with NBC and the Concert for Hurricane Relief with MTV. He sits on the board of the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation and is a 25-year member of the Writers Guild of America, with numerous feature film credits. Samit is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of UCLA.               

For more information regarding CSULB Commencement ceremonies, visit www.csulb.edu.