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TV connections with University of Cincinnati alumni, p. 3


Off-screen alumni TV stars ... in contemporary shows


John Riggi, A&S '78

Producer, director, writer.

  • "30 Rock" (co-executive producer, director, writer, '06-12, '08 & '07 Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series)
  • "Will & Grace" (co-executive producer, '05-06)
  • "The Larry Sanders Show" (co-executive producer, director, writer, actor, 2 Emmy nominations, ’95)
  • "The Bernie Mac Show" (co-executive producer, '03)
  • "Family Guy" (consulting producer, actor, 7 episodes, '01-99)
  • "Seinfeld" (actor, '96)
  • "Ellen" (actor, '94)
  • "The Dennis Miller Show" (writer, '92)

LINK: Read the "UC Magazine" story on Riggi.

Brad Look, MFA (CCM) '88

Emmy-winning makeup artist (one win and nine other nominations). 

  • "How I Met Your Mother" ('11 Emmy nomination for makeup in a primetime TV series)
  • "StarStruck" ('10, Disney Channel movie)
  • "Pushing Daisies" (earned an Emmy nomination for makeup in '08)
  • "Enterprise" ('01-05, Emmy nominations in '05, '03, '02)
  • "Star Trek: Voyager" ('97-01, won an Emmy for makeup in '96, nominated in '01)
  • "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" ('93-99, earned Emmy nominations in '99, '97, '96)


* BradLook1997.pdf
Download a copy of UC Magazine's 1997 story on Brad Look.

Travis Hagenbuch, CCM '07

Three-time Emmy-winning lighting director and a fourth Emmy nominee for television productions of live events, his specialty.

  • "Queen Latifah" show (since the day-time talk show's premiere in Sept. ’13, lighting director, director of photography)
  • "85th Annual Academy Awards" ('13, lighting director)
  • "55th Annual Grammy Awards" ('13, Emmy nominated lighting director for show that drew 28 million viewers)
  • "66th Annual Tony Awards" ('12, lighting director)
  • "Lionel Richie and Friends" ('12 TV movie, lighting director)
  • "47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" ('12, lighting director)
  • "8" (lighting director for a 2012 video of a play based directly on transcripts of the Proposition 8 trial in California, directed by Rob Reiner and starring George Clooney, Martin Sheen, Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, Jaimie Lee Curtis and George Takei) Watch entire 90-minute video here.
  • "54th Annual Grammy Awards" ('12, Emmy winning lighting director)
  • "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl" ('11 TV special, lighting director)
  • "46th Annual CMA Awards" ('11, lighting director)
  • "BET Awards 2011" ('11, lighting director)
  • "46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" ('11, assistant lighting director)
  • "53rd Grammy Awards" (2011, Emmy winning lighting director)
  • "2010 Winter Olympics" in Vancouver (associate lighting director, opening and closing ceremonies, which received the '10 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lighting Direction; plus lighting director for the nightly "Victory Ceremonies" when medals were awarded) The opening ceremonies in Vancouver were viewed by an estimated 3 billion people worldwide.
  • "45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" ('10, lighting director)
  • "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards" ('10, lighting director)
  • "Obama Inaugural Celebration" at the Lincoln Memorial ('09, lighting director)
  • "80th Annual Academy Awards" ('08, assistant lighting director)
  • "14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards" ('09, lighting director)
  • "44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" ('09, associate lighting director)
  • "60th Primetime Emmy Awards" ('08, lighting director)
  • "Celine Dion: That's Just the Woman in Me" TV special ('08, associate lighting director)


Robert Elhai and Dana Niu at work during a scoring session in 2009.

Robert Elhai and Dana Niu at work during a scoring session in 2009. Photo/ScoringSessions.com

Robert Elhai, CCM '83

Noted arranger, orchestrator and music producer.

  • “Fleming” (’14, BBC American mini-series about Ian Fleming)
  • “Rogue” (’13-present, Canadian-British detective TV series)
  • “Terra Nova” (’13, 13 episodes of the TV series)
  • “Hawaii Five-0” (’10-11, 35 episodes of the TV series)
  • “Star Trek: Enterprise” (’03, TV series)
  • "Children of Dune" ('03 Emmy-winning mini-series)
  • "Band of Brothers" ('01 mini-series, won an Emmy and Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series, plus 21 other awards and 20 nominations)
  • "South Pacific" ('01, w/Glenn Close, nominated for two Emmys)


Zach Mueller on location

Zach Mueller, CCM ’10

Audio engineer for A/D productions. Has worked in Denmark, Portugal, the Netherlands and China.

  • “Maestro” (due out in Jan. ’15, sound mixer for feature length film about award-winning conductor Paavo Jarvi, starring violinist Joshua Bell)
  • “Gold Rush” (’13, sound mixer for Discovery Channel series filmed in Alaska wilderness where the crew has encountered bears)
  • “The Christmas Spirit” (’13, utility sound, Hallmark movie starring Olympia Dukakis
  • “Nova” (’13, sound recordist for “Cold Case JFK” episode)
  • “Dark Age” (’13, plays Churro, Web series, http://www.darkage.tv)
  • “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell” (13, boom operator for Food Network series)
  • “House Hunters International” (’12-13, sound mixer on the HGTV series)
  • “Bar Rescue” (’12, sound mixer for Spike TV reality show)


Kevin McCollum

Kevin McCollum, CCM '84, HonDoc '05

Executive producer of Tony-winning Broadway shows.

  • "Smash" ('13, NBC TV series, a cameo appearance as himself in an episode about the Broadway show "The Producers")
  • "In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams" ('09 documentary starring the cast of the Broadway show "In the Heights," which McCollum produced)


Dawn Swiderski, CCM ’89

Art director, assistant art director, set designer.

  • “House of Cards” (’13, art director for two episodes of the Netflix original series. starring Kevin Spacey)
  • "Fail Safe" ('00, CBS movie broadcast live, w/George Clooney, Richard Dreyfuss & Walter Cronkite; Swiderski set designer)


Jimmy Neutron

Jimmy Neutron

Mike Gasaway, DAAP ’93

Director, visual effects, lead character animator.

  • "Planet Sheen" ('09-11, Nickelodeon TV series)
  • "Back at the Barnyard" ('07-09, Nickelodeon; Gasaway was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Directing in an Animated Program, ’08)
  • “The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour" ('06, directed specials 2 and 3)
  • "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” ('02-06, directed 25 episodes of the Nickelodeon TV series)
  • "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" ('01, lead character animator)

LINK: See his Oscar-nominated movie credit.

Randy Edelman, CCM ’69, HonDoc '04

Composer, orchestrator, conductor, score producer, piano solos, singer/songwriter. Having composed more than 100 scores for television and film, he received BMI’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award in May '03. His score for "The Last of the Mohicans” was nominated for a Golden Globe, and the themes from his "Gettysburg" score are often heard in film trailers and TV shows. His piece of his music has been used for fiim trailers, commercials and major televised events.

  • Misc. Academy Awards ceremonies
  • "Dancing with the Stars" ('09, ABC series)
  • Olympics coverage ('96, '02, '08)
  • Super Bowl ('98)
  • "Friends" ('98, NBC series)
  • World Series ('97)
  • NBC's NFL telecasts ('95–97)
  • "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." ('93, Fox series, 11 episodes)
  • "MacGyver" (ABC series, '85-92, 139 episodes)
  • "The Chipmunks" (NBC series, 88-89, 24 episodes)


Brian Leitten standing in the middle of picturesque mountains in the West.

Brian Leitten, CCM '01

Producer. Since 2013, has been director of production at Vevo, a music-video website. Former producer at FUSE TV and graphics consultant at Comedy Central.

  • “Made” (’09-11, MTV series for which he won an Emmy, director and producer for 2 episodes, producer for 10 other episodes)
  • “MTV Video Music Awards” (’02-07, music and talent relations for 6 of the annual programs)
  • “Iced Out New Year's Eve 2005” (music and talent relations for the MTV special)


Jennifer Honn, CCM '92

Picture editor. Won '06 Emmy Award for Outstanding Picture Editing for Non-Fiction Programming for the following:

  • History Channel's "Rome: Engineering an Empire"

Sheree Greco, CCM '98

Set production work.

  • "How I Met Your Mother" ('08)
  • "My Name Is Earl" ('08)
  • "The Sopranos" ('06, HBO)
  • "Entourage" ('06-07, HBO)
  • "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" ('00)
  • "The West Wing" ('99)

Jason Packham headshot

Jason Packham, CCM '95

Production coordinator. Actor.

  • "MADtv" ('06, actor)
  • "The King of Queens" (production coordinator on 35 episodes, acted in six episodes, '98-05)

LINK: See his movie credit.

Guy Miracle, DAAP '93


  • "Numb3rs" ('05)
  • "That '70s Show" ('98)

LINK: See his movie credit.

Maryan Evans Infield, DAAP '78


  • "St. Elsewhere"
  • "Star Trek"
  • "The Bob Newhart Show"
  • "Falcon Crest"
  • MTV/HBO live concerts of Billy Joel (live in Russia), Tina Turner, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Guns and Roses, Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette


Catherine Wall, DAAP '83

Assistant costume designer.

  • "Annie" ('99, starring Kathy Bates)
  • "The X-Files Movie Special" ('98, featuring David Duchovny, Cher, Stephen King)
  • "Las Vegas" ('03 NBC/DreamWorks series w/James Caan)

LINK: See her movie credits.

Larry Patterson

Larry Patterson, A&S '66

Producer. Won Emmy awards for the following:

  • First episode of NBC's "First Tuesday" news magazine


Steve Percer, Ed '77

Dancer, director of a historical dance troupe.

  • "North and South" ('85 Civil War mini-series)

LINK: See Percer's tips for dancing.

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-- page compiled by Deborah Rieselman / updated 5-13