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The Department of Communication Studies offers many kinds of events, most free and open to the public. We organize and sponsor numerous lectures, workshops and conferences over the course of the academic year. Our programming covers a wide range of topics and features presenters from diverse disciplines and is designed to foster an understanding of the mass media and emerging media.


Communication Studies 2016 Spring Commencement

Heather Kadin, Keynote Speaker
Friday, April 29, 2016
12:00-2:30 PM
Off Campus Location
Heather Kadin has worked behind the scenes on some of television’s most popular series for the past 15 years. She currently serves as President of Television at Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s production company, K/O Paper Products. Since joining the company in 2010, Kadin has executive produced a number of successful television series like “Scorpion”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “Hawaii Five-0”, and the new CBS series “Limitless”. She is also Executive Producing the new “Star Trek” series.

Kadin began her television career in 2000 when she joined ABC Television as a drama executive. While there, Kadin worked closely with JJ Abrams on “Alias” and was an integral part in the development of some of the network’s longest-running series, including “Lost,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Desperate Housewives.” Also, her time at ABC yielded her initial meeting with her future collaborators, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Kadin moved over to Warner Bros. Television in 2004 as Vice President of Drama Development, where she once again joined forces with Abrams, Kurtzman and Orci to develop the cult genre series “Fringe.” Additionally, while there she helped develop many other series, including “The Closer,” The Vampire Diaries,” “Supernatural” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”

Prior to her career in television, Kadin worked in the feature film industry, running Tom Shadyac’s Shady Acres Entertainment. While at the company, she worked on the films “Patch Adams,” “Bruce Almighty” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”

Kadin is from Scottsdale, Arizona and a graduate of the University of Michigan. She lives in Sherman Oaks, California with her husband and two sons. You can follow her on Twitter @hkadin.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Michigan Theater
Event Type: Ceremony / Service
Tags: Commencement
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Communication Studies

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