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Tales from the Trenches

tales from the trenches

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

NYU Production Lab  
16 Washington Place, Lower Level

Although not everyone can match the mercurial rise of J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying, there are plenty of success stories that begin with an entry-level job at a big media company. Media professionals share stories of their humble beginnings in agency mailrooms and post-grad internships, and how they rose through the ranks to a successful career in the business.  


dana brewington, Associate producer, cbs news

Dana Brewington is an Associate Producer at CBS News’ award-winning morning broadcast, CBS This Morning. Dana serves as producer to This Morning’s co-host Gayle King. She works with King daily on live broadcasts and feature stories. 

Since joining CBS News, Dana has covered a range of topics she’s passionate about including children’s education and women’s equality. At CBS This Morning, she has produced interviews with influential figures such as Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Director Ava DuVernay, Mick Jagger, Taylor Swift, and Oprah Winfrey.

Dana first launched her TV career at BET Networks. She joined BET as an intern for the iconic hip hop show, Rap City. While studying television and film at Clark Atlanta University, Dana honed her passions for production and storytelling. Dana is a proud New York City native who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Follow her on twitter: @danabrewington

shade grant, agent, icm partners

Shade Grant is an agent in the Alternative Television Department at ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment and digital media. ICM Partners is one of the predominant agencies in the United States and Europe, with its principal offices in Los Angeles, New York and London.

Ms. Grant represents both production companies and producers in the reality television business, brokering deals to package series for broadcast and cable networks. She joined ICM in 2006, participating in the agency’s trainee program. With a background in independent film and the literary side of the television business, Ms. Grant transitioned to the agency’s New York office in 2011, in an expansion of the Alternative Television Department.

Born and raised in England, Ms. Grant is a graduate of Oxford University.

Weesie Vieira, Editorial Communications Director, BuzzFeed 

Weesie Vieira is Editorial Communications Director for BuzzFeed, which was named Most Innovative Company by Fast Company magazine in 2016. Vieira joined BuzzFeed in 2015 after spending three years as Communications Director for CBS This Morning, where she led communications strategy for the broadcast and its three anchors, Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell. Before joining CBS News, Vieira worked as Communications Manager at MSNBC for three years, where she played a pivotal role in the branding and positioning of the cable channel's anchors, programs and documentaries. Vieira started her career in public relations in the Corporate Communications office at NBCUniversal. 

miranda sherman, director of external affairs, cinema research institute, nyu production lab

Miranda Sherman came to film in a roundabout way: through advertising, social movement studies, and, finally, formalist film theory. Working with Graduate Film students at NYU while she pursued her Masters in Cinema Studies, Miranda became actively engaged in the mechanics of the film industry from the perspective of emerging artists. As Director of External Affairs for the Cinema Research Institute and the NYU Production Lab, Miranda believes that film can be perception- and world-changing - and argues that intersectional diversity must be an essential goal for those creating media and shaping the changing film industry. She combines her interdisciplinary knowledge and experiences to advocate for filmmakers' innovation and invention of more equitable and sustainable artistic careers.

Miranda received her Master's Degree in Cinema Studies from Tisch School of the Arts and her Bachelor's Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU.

Presented with the Cinema Research Institute and NYU Production Lab