Alumni News


Congratulations to 2014 Emmy Nominated Film and Media Alumni

Outstanding Reality

Chad Barron,
Senior Producer
The Amazing Race (Winner )

Ivan Oyco,
Senior Producer
Top Chef

Outstanding Variety Special

Stephanie Meuer,
Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles


Creative Arts Emmy:
Cinematography Winner

Ben Shearin,
Producer/Camera Operator
Deadliest Catch

Kurt Webb

Graduation Year 2006

Short Biography

Kurt Webb’s success story began a lot differently than a typical UCSB graduate. Kurt started school at a local community college in Palm Springs studying mass communications and began working for KMRI 6 (a NBC affiliate studio) in Palm Springs working in all areas of production. Starting as a floor director working cameras during the newscast to moving into the control room as an assistant director, then to audio technician and finally as a technical director. After getting an associates degree, and working for two years after finishing community college, Kurt decided it was a good idea to go back to college to get a bachelors degree and that is where Santa Barbara came in.

Being a twenty three year old transfer, Kurt was not your typical college student. Right after graduation Kurt applied for jobs at all the major studios but ended up getting an interview for FOX Sports and he has worked there ever since. Kurt began working for production and the .com FOX Sports website and has gotten to experience the Super Bowl, the Olympics and has even gotten to touch the Stanley Cup. Kurt has enjoyed working for FOX and recently just go promoted a Highlights Supervisor for FOX Sports on the department floors. He definitely enjoyed traveling with the company but is excited to start this new chapter of his life in the studio.

Recent news with Kurt is that that FOX Sports 1 (the new sports news channel) will be launching in mid-August and he will be a part of the new endeavor. Kurt plans on continuing with FOX and has enjoyed getting to enjoy everything they have had to offer him thus far.

Two Pieces of Advice
There is not a set path for everyone so find the way that’s best for you. If that means jumping around from job to job so be it. Make sure to try everything once so that you can get an idea about what you want to do and what industry you want to get into and especially what you DON’T want to do.

Ryan Turner

Graduated Spring of 2011

Mini Biography

Right after graduation Ryan Turner was lucky enough to be hired on an independent feature film as an assistant editor. Following that Ryan began working as a Director/Editor and was able to find gigs here and there while he finished up his web series "Fresh off the Plane" and first directed music video "With You Now by Daniel Eldridge". Recently, Ryan has found some stability working for Jolly Road Productions (a production company that specializes in corporate and wedding videos) and when he’s not doing that he’s been working hard to advance his career as a Director.

Starting in 2013 in January and February Ryan has had the opportunity to work on three different projects green-lit. One is a comedy music video written and performed by his friend Jesse Pepe. One is a commercial spec and the final project he is working on is unfortunately a mystery, which Ryan can't talk too much about right now. However he can tell us that it is a comedy web show that has some great potential for gathering an audience. These are the main projects that have been in the works for him at the moment, but Ryan is also working with a fellow UCSB alumni, Jameson Jordan, on a TV Series pitch and is currently writing his first feature film and is currently finishing up post-production on both of them.

Two Pieces of Advice: If a student is hoping to make a career in film, the student needs to make films. “This seems like such a simple thing to say, but it is incredibly important. If you are interested in directing, then direct. If you are interested in editing, then edit. If you are interested in writing, then write”. Quote by Ryan Turner

Ryan’s second piece of advice is to make movies that mean something to you and always question why you are making a film and how the story you choose is important to you. “Film-making, after all, is a form of storytelling. If you're the one making it, then there must be a reason that you wanted to tell it.” Quote by Ryan Turner


Andy Robertson

Andy Robertson is a
documentary filmmaker who has edited and directed award-winning television. Born in Muncie, Indiana, young Andy developed a keen interest in filmmaking after his 4th grade art teacher assigned a Super-8mm film as a class project. After studying Video Production in High School in San Diego, CA and then Film Studies at UC Santa Barbara, Andy began his professional career in Los Angeles in 1994. Some of his career highlights include the feature documentaries Rhyme & Reason and We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists and the documentary television series American High and 30 Days. He received two Emmy Nominations for Project Runway, the first Reality Show to win a Peabody Award. Andy is currently married to Stephanie McCanles and together they have founded TRINOCULUS FILMS.