Kevin Bright, who made his name in Hollywood as the executive producer of of “Friends,” has been tapped to be the senior executive director and founding director of Emerson College’s new Los Angeles Center.
The complex, currently under construction on Sunset Boulevard in Tinseltown, is due to open in January 2014. It will be Bright’s job to form partnerships with entertainment industry leaders to develop programs and create mentoring opportunities.
“Emerson is already influential and well-known in Los Angeles,” Bright said in a statement. “The college’s ability to make positive contributions to the industry, to the community, to our Hollywood neighbors and to the city of L.A. will now be limited only by our imaginations.”
He is stepping down from Emerson’s board of trustees, which he has been on since 2003.
The news made the Variety website, which reported that the LA center will "expand the college’s slate of pro internships at TV and film studios, music companies, media outlets and marketing agencies.''
Variety pointed out that Bright "has been a generous benefactor to Emerson in the past, establishing the Bright Family Screening Room in the College’s Paramount Center. A 1976 Emerson grad, Bright received an honorary degree from the college in 2011 and, in 2006, was named exec artist-in-residence.''