Entertainment & Media Studies

Entertainment &
Media Studies

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84th Annual Peabody Award winners announced

The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced the 34 winners elected to represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and streaming media during 2023. The winners were […]

Profiles of Tenacity: Ray Wheeler

Third-year EMST student Ray Wheeler shares his experience in the film program and his love for writing screenplays. He encourages other students to watch films, find their niche in the […]

Lauren Musgrove directs first feature film

While Lauren Musgrove is already an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, co-owner of a film production company called Purple Magnet Productions and instructor of courses in production basics and cinematography, she is […]

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Profiles of Tenacity: Siena Miyamura

Siena Miyamura is a fourth-year entertainment and media studies student. Siena Miyamura is a fourth-year entertainment and media studies student. She encourages students to go outside their comfort zones and […]

A group photo of all members of the NMI capstone Tranquil Study team.

NMI students create study app for Apple Vision Pro

The app, Tranquil Study, was one of the first 600 applications available on Apple Vision Pro’s app store on the day the product was released. It was last summer, June […]

Profiles of Tenacity: Amanda Whylie

Amanda Whylie is a third-year Entertainment & Media Studies student and serves as the vice president of The Industry. Read on as she shares her story in Grady. Why did […]

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Keith Wilson and former student Nate Sizemore reconnect in the film field

In late November, Keith Wilson, an assistant professor in the Entertainment and Media Studies Department at Grady College and an active director, producer and visual artist, was on a Zoom […]

Profiles of Tenacity: Timi Meade

Third-year EMST student Timi Meade values the friends and connections she’s made during her time at Grady and encourages students to get involved and meet people in the industry. Why […]

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Inside Booker T. Mattison’s filmmaking and teaching processes

Listen to the full episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Booker T. Mattison, an associate professor in the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies at Grady College, teaches screenwriting and directing for the […]

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Bulldog 100 Honoree Interview: Trevor Williams (ABJ ’02, MA ’04)

This is one of a series of interviews honoring Grady College alumni who have been recognized as Bulldog 100 recipients in 2024. The Bulldog 100 is sponsored by the UGA Alumni Association […]

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Peabody adds to Board of Directors; names David Kramer to Chair of West Coast Board

Peabody announced that it has added several new members to its Board of Directors, including Grady College alumnus and Board of Trust member Jamie Waldron (ABJ ’88). Additionally, another Grady […]

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Bulldog 100 honoree interview: Marie Hunter (ABJ ’02)

This is one of a series of interviews honoring Grady College alumni who have been recognized as Bulldog 100 recipients in 2024. The Bulldog 100 is sponsored by the UGA Alumni Association […]

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Alumna Fardosa Hassan named Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow

Fardosa Hassan, a 2023 graduate from the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies at Grady College and financial planning from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, was selected for […]

Profiles of Tenacity: Dani García Pozo

Dani García Pozo’s love of writing motivates them to craft memorable stories and projects during their time at Grady College. Read more about their creative pursuits below. Why did you […]

Profiles of Tenacity: Abbie Herrin

Fourth-year Entertainment and Media Studies student Abbie Herrin loves all things film and television. She’s grateful for her community in Grady College which helps her pursue her goals. Why did […]

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2 of Lauren Musgrove’s projects screen at Sidewalk Film Festival

For the eighth year in a row, filmmaker and new Grady College faculty member Lauren Musgrove had projects shown at Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.  Musgrove, an assistant professor […]

6 EMST students, recent grads take home 2023 BEA Awards

Work created by students in Grady College’s Department of Entertainment and Media Studies (EMST) earned high recognition at the 2023 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts competition. Syd […]

Recent EMST grad wins a top award at Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Jonathan Hyman (AB ’20), a recent graduate of the Entertainment and Media Studies (EMST) Department at Grady College, has received high recognition in the 2023 Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. […]

#ProfilesofTenacity: Raika Kachwalla

Raika Kachwalla is a fourth-year entertainment and media studies major who is passionate about bringing diversity to the film industry. She served as the assistant director of the Backlight Student […]

#ProfilesofTenacity: Demi Lehman

Fourth year entertainment and media studies and theatre double major Demi Lehman is creating her own path in the pursuit of her passions. Her involvement in UGA short films and […]

Alumnus Profile: Alex Woodruff (ABJ ’14)

This is the second in a series of profiles celebrating the work of our alumni for Black History Month. Please see the newslider at the bottom of this article for […]

Alumnus Beau Ward navigates a changing entertainment industry

Beau Ward (ABJ ’15) is a producer, director and creative executive at LD Entertainment. He’s worked in various roles in the entertainment industry, working on feature films, Broadway shows and […]


Tommy Tomlinson Book Reading & Signing

Join Tommy Tomlinson for a book signing session and a reading of his book, “Dogland” at 6 p.m. on July 31, 2024.

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Philadelphia Alumni Event

Save the date to join Dean Davis and other alumni for our Grady College networking event in Philadelphia during the AEJMC Conference. Reserve your spot here by August 1.

Students gathering around a tent and socializing at Grady College's Welcome Back Fall 2023 event.

Grady College Welcome Back Fall 2024

Welcome to our new and returning students! Celebrate with snacks, refreshments and activities on the Schnitzer Family Media Lawn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day!

UGA 40 Under 40 celebration

A panel discussion featuring Grady College’s 5 40 Under 40 honorees will be held on September 6, 2024 at 10 a.m. in the Peyton Anderson Forum.

Fall Alumni Board Meeting

Save the date for the fall 2024 Alumni Board meeting. More details will be announced closer to the date.

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Grady Alumni Tailgate

Please join us on the Schnitzer Family Media Lawn 2 1/2 hours before kickoff against Mississippi State University for an alumni tailgate.

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“I chose to study Entertainment & Media Studies because I believe that media is an influential tool that gives us the power to raise consciousness, form opinions, and think critically about the world around us – I wanted to learn how to wield that tool so that I can do my part to ensure diverse and authentic stories are told.”

Amanda Whylie

Current EMST Student

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“When I first came to UGA, I saw jobs within entertainment as an actor or director, and nothing else. I never saw myself fit for either role, but through my classes at Grady, was able to understand the full extent of jobs possible between production companies, management companies, marketing groups, studios, and freelance.”

Siena Miyamura

AB ’24

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“Just over a year ago, I started writing the screenplay that would win 1st Place at the Broadcast Educators Association’s Festival of Media Arts Award for Best Narrative Feature Screenplay. I started out making every beginner mistake, but over time and eight different drafts, it has become something I am extremely proud of.”

Ray Wheeler

Current Student


“Since I’m interested specifically in acting for film and television, Entertainment and Media Studies was the perfect major to learn what working behind the camera was like and fill in the gaps about acting for film that my theatre major didn’t cover.”

Demi Lehman


“Taking Entertainment Industries instilled in me the background knowledge of the industry. This helped tremendously in being able to hold a conversation with the other interns and the agents. Being film/TV literate has also helped a lot in being able to connect with the people that are out here.”

Rahel Kefetew

EMST, Commercial Endorsements Intern, Creative Artists Agency (Summer 2023)


“This major, Entertainment and Media Studies, was the best way for me to learn everything I need to know before entering the industry. It also gave me connections I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.”

Raika Kachwalla


“The EMST Intro Industries class provided a great baseline of knowledge. I am confident that I can hold a conversation with an industry professional on almost any hot topic. Without that course, I would feel like I had no standing to even be talking to anyone about the entertainment field.”

Taylor Shults


Your advanced education starts here. Admission to Grady College’s graduate studies is a collaborative process involving Grady College and the University of Georgia’s Graduate School.