We have just completed another fantastic 4-day run of the Travel Channel Academy at Discovery HQ in Silver Spring, Md.
The classes were great, and the students were visited and met with Pat Lafferty, Chief Creative Officer; Matt Gould, VP for Development; Sue Norton, VP for Short Form Programming and Elizabeth Browde, Executive Producer for Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, as well as the usual group of Travel Channel execs who work with us. They also go a surprise visit from Travel Channel Media President and GM Pat Younge, who wandered over on Sunday morning and sat with the students individually as they screened and edited their second round pieces. My recommendation was to take Pat’s advice on how to structure he pieces and write the scripts – he’ll be looking at then all later this week (and if you want to have a successful career in cable, its a good idea to listen to what the President of the network suggests).
Next sessions: Chicago, NY and then back to DC.
And don’t forget our Advanced Sessions for 2008 – South Africa, Australia and Thailand!