Allen Sabinson, former senior VP of programming for A&E, has embarked on a journey from the jungles of showbiz to the groves of academe.
Drexel U.’s Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, which opened for business 10 months ago, has made Sabinson its first director.
Sabinson said his goal is to make Drexel and the Rudman Institute “focal points for the best thinking on the business, technological and creative issues” with which showbiz will have to grapple.
Through the Rudman Institute, the Philadelphia-based Drexel is setting up a graduate-degree program “that combines the fields of business and entertainment.”
At A&E, Sabinson oversaw the production of movies including “Dash and Lilly” and “The Crossing” and series including “Nero Wolfe.”
Before A&E, Sabinson was president of production for Miramax Films. Earlier, he commissioned movies and miniseries as a top programming exec for TNT.
Institute topper Kal Rudman was founder and publisher of the radio and music-industry publication Friday Morning Quarterback.