Media and Entertainment Industry Insight

This resource page will be updated on a regular basis by the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development.  If you have suggestions for content, please email


To build your credibility in the industry, you need to know what is going on.  Here are a few websites to check out to keep up with the latest:

  • Variety - the original information news source for Hollywood. Still good for information, film reviews, and content analysis, particularly during awards season.
  • Hollywood Reporter - Good overview of business from creative and legal perspectives.

In addition to the traditional news sources listed above, here are a few others that you may not be as familiar with.

  • Deadline - Comprehensive analysis of the business, along with announcements of upcoming content and sales. 
  • The Wrap - Contemporary journalism analysis of entertainment trends and commentary
  • The Ankler - A full analysis website of all things Hollywood Business, including insider reporting on WGA and DGA labor strikes.



There are a number of internships and fellowships offered by companies, as well as nonprofit organizations.  Here are a few that you may hear about:

  • Humanitas – Site for official entry into the Humanitas Prize;Highly regarded organization for discovery of young writers and upcoming voices. 
  • The Black List – Good site for registration of scripts into screenplay contests, and visibility within the industry executive circles. 
  • – Good script content information.
  • Script – Great site for supplemental film and TV writing classes taught by professionals working in the field.
  • IFTA Connect – Independent Film and TV Alliance – Sign-up for their email list for information on upcoming events, contests, and trends in the industry.  For See here for examples of events.
  • 50+ Media, Entertainment, and Gaming Companies - Direct links to these companies, as well as their respective websites, careers pages, and internship information.  (note: This resource is coming Monday, September 25, 2023)


The film industry features a variety of festivals across the country.

  • Austin Film Festival - Best for networking, development, writing seminars, and interacting with independent filmmakers/development producers. Multi-day panels, highly regarded competitions, and excellent filmmaking community attendance
  • Sundance Film Festival - Year-round programming via the Sundance Institute, and a clearinghouse for entry of both short film and long form documentary and feature films.  This festival offers student discounts for students to attend.
  • Cinequest - This is a targeted, strategic networking festival. Great exposure to film community, international and independent filmmakers.
  • Nashville Film Festival - This is a prestigious festival for screenwriters.  Popular industry panels and significant networking. 


Many professionals working on the creative side of the entertainment industry are members of a union. Becoming familiar with these organizations is very helpful if you are working

  • WGA – Writer’s Guild of America West
  • DGA – Director’s Guild of America
  • SAG-AFTRA – Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
  • Editors' Guild – Motion Picture Editors’ Guild


The FTT faculty and CCD staff will continue to develop this page with more resources on a frequent basis.