Notable Alumni

Hollywood is practically synonymous with the film and television industry, which has been instrumental in popularizing and marketing California around the world. The CSU is as critical a supplier of job-ready graduates in this industry as it is in the other drivers of California's knowledge-based economy: 44 percent of California's bachelor's degrees in media, culture and design studies graduated from the CSU. Additionally, 74 percent of California's communications bachelor's degrees are awarded by the CSU, as well as 86 percent of the graduates in radio and television broadcasting. 

Visit the CSU website to read more about notable alums from the CSU system working in the industry. Learn more about how the CSU prepares students for successful careers in arts & media on the ​CSU Entertainment Alliance​ website.​ 


Notable Alumni:

Elle (Itkoff) Alexander
Actress, Stuntwoman, Stunt Coordinator

Guy Bee
Director, Producer, Camera Operator

Giacun Caduff
Academy Award-nominated Producer (La femme et le TGV)

Scott Einbinder
Producer (Killer Joe; True Blue)

Gregory Irwin
First assistant camera (2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Camera Operators)

Mark Steven Johnson
Writer, Director, Producer (Grumpy Old Men; Simon Birch; Ghostrider; Killing Season)

Karen Baker Landers
Academy Award-winning Sound Editor (The Bourne Ultimatum; Skyfall)

J.F. Lawton
Writer, Director, Producer (Pretty Woman; Under Siege)

Bob Read
Producer (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; Chelsea Lately)

Stu Rosen
Producer, Actor (Dusty's Treehouse)

P. Scott Sakamoto
Camera operator (2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Camera Operators)

Ron Simonson
Primetime Emmy-nominated Visual Effects Supervisor (Angels in America)

Steven Spielberg
Academy Award-winning Director, Producer (Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan)

Masanobu Takayanagi
Cinematographer (The Grey; Silver Linings Playbook; Black Mass; Spotlight)

David Twohy
Writer, Director (The Chronicles of Riddick franchise)

Robert S. Woods
Daytime Emmy Award-winning Actor (One Life to Live)