In a teaching career spanning 40+ years, Dr. Peter Gershon has won four distinguished teaching awards at the University level. He has directed and produced two documentaries for public television, but his effect on the television industry is much greater, with former students in every facet of television and advertising from NY to LA. In January 2015, he accompanied twelve of the best students in the LHSOC for the inaugural of the “Hofstra in LA” Program, and will be going back in January 2016. He was the LHSOC’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2004 and again in 2015, and has been the advisor to the television productions of H.E.A.T., since 2003.
Kaitlin Purcia, a senior Video/Television and Business major with a double minor in Marketing and Integrated Media, is FYI’s series coordinating producer this season. She is heavily involved in the HEAT Network working on all 4 shows as well as producing a new late-night style show, Two Weeks Notice. Kaity loves being in the studio and can often be found stage-managing different shows. When she’s not running around Dempster, Kaity can be found reading scripts at Hofstra Filmmaker’s Club or working with members of Zeta Phi Eta, the pre-professional communications fraternity that she is in, to plan different charity events for Love146.
Sarah Bazzoli, a senior Video/Television and Film major, is one of FYI’s two show producers this season. She is currently producing HEAT’s news broadcast, Hofstra Today, but still manages to stay involved with the other shows on the Network. She aspires to be a television producer, director or video editor and from day to day can usually be found helping her peers with Avid and ENPS in the Newshub. When she’s not in the Newshub, she can be found jamming to country music in her room, while catching some much needed R&R.
Marla Lardiere, a senior Video/Television major and Drama minor, is one of FYI’s two show producers this season. She is currently a Package Producer for Sports Beat on the HEAT Network as well as a cast member for Thursday Nite Live. Outside of the HEAT Network, she is the Secretary and Social Media chair for Pride Productions where she enjoys Stage Managing for their broadcasts. When she’s not working in the School of Communication, you can catch Marla watching YouTube videos in her dorm room while spending time with her roommates.