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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Eric Detwiler

Class of 2002, Bachelor's

I currently work as an executive producer and showrunner for a variety of documentary, music, and reality programming. I have produced shows for Bravo, MTV, Vh1, and Lifetime including Little Women, Southern Charm, Million Dollar Listing, The T.O. Show, and Start-Ups: Silicon Valley.


What are the top three skills journalism students should learn in college?:

Professionalism, independence, and individuality. Professionalism: Knowing how to act and react to co-workers goes a long way. Independence: Being able to work on your own and complete tasks ahead of time is a skill that is never under-appreciated. Individuality: Getting the job done with some personal style can help elevate your work. Producers are always looking for new ideas and unique perspectives.  

What were your duties at ATVN? :

Executive Producer, Producer, Director, Editor, Technical Director

How did ATVN prepare you for your career?:

ATVN helped me develop many of the technical skills I still use today. The newsroom and control room experience taught me methods to deal with deadlines and co-workers in high pressure environments. 

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