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Posts Tagged ‘Saad Mohseni’

Tom Freston Sponsors Two More Afghan Film Students

As noted in a recent “Media Decoder” item, former MTV and Viacom head honcho Tom Freston’s current efforts at USC Cinema School are not the first time he has been involved with Afghanistan. But already, the summer intensive is on track to be more successful than his late 1970s clothing company.

Two students were trained in 2011 and another pair are due to arrive on campus shortly for seven weeks of training overseen by program head David Weitzner (pictured). From Michael Cieply‘s report:

Kept under wraps until now because of security concerns, the program, entering its second year, enrolls two Afghan students annually for a crash course in the cinema school’s summer program.

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Former Afghanistan Resident Tom Freston Set for Huffington Post Chat

The fact that entertainment media exec Tom Freston (pictured) lived in Kabul right up to Afghanistan’s 1978 coup is lesser known than his leadership of MTV, Viacom, and the ONE Campaign. But that textile and clothing company background is the reason he is moderating a panel discussion this afternoon at the Bel Air Country Club.

Titled “Peace and War in Afghanistan: What’s really going on and the impact of media on a new Afghanistan?”, the 4:30-to-6 p.m. event is a joint presentation of the Asia Society Southern California, the Huffington Post, UCLA’s Asia Institute, and the Paley Media Center. Joining Freston will be NBC chief foreign correspondent Robert Engel and MOBY Media chairman Saad Mohseni.

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