Emerson College Los Angeles Celebrates Grand Opening in the Heart of Hollywood

By Tiffany Crosby

A week-long series of events—starting with a ticketed gala on Saturday, March 8th marked the grand opening of Emerson Los Angeles (ELA), a spectacular new academic and residential facility that will enable the College to significantly expand its contribution to Emerson Boston Student’s Intern Programs as well as to LA and to the entertainment and communication industries.

An exterior shot of the Emerson LA Campus Center from West Sunset Blvd. Photo courtesy of ELA.
An exterior shot of the Emerson LA Campus Center from West Sunset Blvd. Photo courtesy of ELA.

Guests at the gala included: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars), Jennifer Coolidge ’85 (LEGALLY BLONDE, Two Broke Girls), Larry David (HBO’s Clear History, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Vin Di Bona ’66 (producer, America’s Funniest Home Videos), Doug Herzog ’81 (President, Viacom Entertainment Group), Norman Lear ’44 (producer, All in the Family), Ann Leary ’85 (author, The Good House), Denis Leary ’79 (FX’s Rescue Me, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll), Max Mutchnick ’87 (co-creator, Will & Grace, producer, PARTNERS),Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), and Henry Winkler ’67 (Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development).

Actors Tom Paolino, Cindy Lentol and Albert M. Chan made up the “Inspiring Actors Panel” at Talent Tools one day workshop. Photo by Erica Derrickson.
Actors Tom Paolino, Cindy Lentol and Albert M. Chan
made up the “Inspiring Actors Panel” at Talent Tools one day workshop. Photo by Erica Derrickson.

“Emerson LA will provide our students with an unparalleled hands-on experience that only living in this great city can offer,” said Emerson College President Lee Pelton. “The opening of this magnificent building on Sunset Boulevard makes a statement that Emerson is committed to the City of Los Angeles and to the entertainment and communication industries for the long term. The work we do here will solidify Emerson College’s reputation as the world’s leading institution of higher learning in communication and the arts.”

Visit www.emerson.edu/ela for more information.

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