The previously executed Amazon movies will become a professor in the Sydney Poitier New American Film School’s Masters program. Ted Hope, former co-head of Amazon Movies, is set to join Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. Indie film gurus will become professors of practice in the newly graduated entertainment and creative industry program.
Asha will be located on ASU’s Los Angeles campus, in the historic Herald Examiner building, linked to The Sydney Poitier New American Film School in Arizona. “The development of creative industries continues to advance on a seismic scale, which requires new approaches, practices, and processes, and is increasingly more urgent,” Hope said in a statement on Tuesday.
As ASU launched film school campuses in three cities in Arizona and California, the university is looking to demonstrate that the institute is involved in, and does not include, students of color and first-generation immigrants. “Thunderbirds, Herberger Institute, ASU, and I share the same mission not to be always in learning and innovating, but to make sure we measure ourselves on how inclusive we can be.”
ASU’s bachelor’s degree program will begin in the 2021 fall semester at the school ASU California Center in downtown Los Angeles. The program is targeting those pursuing global leadership and management careers in entertainment, film/television / new media, music, VR / XR / MR, gaming, design, dance, fashion, theater, sports, themed entertainment, and the arts.
Asha’s film credits on Amazon, Manchester by the Sea, Salesman, and Sound of Metal. In addition to producing nearly 70 indie films, Hope served as executive director of the San Francisco Film Society and launched the Cinema Research Institute of New York University.