Ted Hope, the former co-head at Amazon Movies, is set to join Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management.
The indie film guru will become a professor of practice in the new graduate entertainment and creative industries program. Hope will be based at ASU’s Los Angeles campus, in the historic Herald Examiner building, linked to The Sidney Poitier New American Film School in Arizona.
“The evolution of the creative industries continues to move on a seismic scale, requiring new outlooks, practices and processes, and on an increasingly more urgent basis,” Hope said in a statement on Tuesday. As ASU launches film school campuses in three cities across Arizona and California, the university is looking to demonstrate that the institution includes, and does not exclude, students of color and first-generation immigrants.
“Thunderbird, Herberger Institute, ASU and I share the same mission to not just always be learning and innovating, but to make sure we measure ourselves on how inclusive we can be,” Hope added. ASU’s graduate degree program will begin in the 2021 fall semester at the school’s ASU California Center in downtown Los Angeles.
The program is targeting those pursuing global leadership and management careers in entertainment, film/television/new media, music, VR/XR/MR, gaming, design, dance, fashion, theater, sports, themed entertainment and the arts.
Hope’s film credits while at Amazon include Manchester by the Sea, The Salesman and Sound of Metal. Besides having produced around 70 indie films, Hope served as executive director of the San Francisco Film Society and launched New York University’s Cinema Research Institute.