Former agent to ease alumni into professions
After 30 years with the William Morris Agency, vice chairman Jerry Katzman has inked to join the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television as a member of the faculty, teaching in the Producers Program.
He also will serve as one of the school’s liaisons with the entertainment industry. Katzman plans to step down from the percentery at year’s end.
Katzman’s mandate will be to formulate plans to ease students’ transitions from the university to the professional world. He also will play a key role in developing strategic partnerships between the school and all facets of the media industry.
“Jerry is a universally respected leader,” said Robert Rosen, dean of the school. “His vast experience and wealth of knowledge will help our students become successful media professionals.”
Katzman already had served as a participant on the dean’s advisory board.
Along with his role at UCLA, Katzman will work as a consultant to an assortment of companies, including Anonymous Content, a production outfit that specializes in commercials, feature films, TV and management.
At William Morris, he served as prexy, worldwide head of television and as a packaging agent in the TV department. Among the series he helped package include “The Cosby Show,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Murphy Brown,” “Murder She Wrote” and “Roseanne.”