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John H. Mitchell Visiting Professor in Media Entertainment


The John H. Mitchell Visiting Professorship in Media Entertainment brings a  highly experienced media industry professional or scholar whose body of work has been committed to ethics in the workplace and to developing, promoting, or researching social change initiatives.

The professorship follows a three-year rotation pattern which reflects the main areas of the curriculum: Screenwriting, Production, and Studies. FTVM faculty will invite a renowned practitioner or scholar to teach (or co-teach) one BA course each academic year in his or her area of expertise during the fall term.

Fall 2023 - Miranda Banks, Scholar and Author

Miranda Banks is chair and associate professor of Film, Television, and Media Studies at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. Her primary area of research is the American film and television industries, with a specific focus on power dynamics in creative production. She is author of The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and Their Guild (Rutgers 2015), and coeditor of two Production Studies collections (Routledge 2009 and 2015), and the forthcoming Media Industries in Crisis: What COVID Unmasked (Routledge, 2024). She has been published in Media Industries, Television and New Media, and the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. Banks is a leading scholar on the Writers Guild of America and has been featured on television, radio, and podcasts as an area expert during the 2023 WGA strike. She is a founding member and Co-Director of EDIT Media: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Teaching Media. For their work to make film and media production classrooms across the country more equitable and inclusive, she was co-recipient of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies 2022 Innovative Pedagogy Award. 

This term, Professor Banks will be teaching FTVM 366.006: Hollywood Production Cultures