Radio and Television, 1972
Professor of Film and Television Production
California State University, Long Beach
A Writer, Producer, and Director in Los Angeles, Tom is Professor of Film and Television Production at California State University Long Beach. In 2013 he also co-authored the textbook Eye of the Storm: Directing for Film, Television & Emerging Media for Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Tom began his career as a Creative Executive at Foote, Cone & Belding Advertising, where he developed and supervised movie specials for the Emmy-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame. His other credits range from science fiction (Farscape, Quantum Leap, Swamp Thing) and action adventure (The A-Team, Walker Texas Ranger, Hunter) to family drama (Fame L.A., Twice In A Lifetime, Catherine Marshall’s Christy) and late-night talk shows (Tomorrow with Tom Snyder, Tomorrow: Coast To Coast).
More recently, he directed the comedy pilot Whoa! starring Academy Award nominee Linda Blair and the music videos Walk On and I Would Die For That for ACM Best New Female Artist Kellie Coffey. He also wrote and directed a feature length documentary about Ms. Coffey’s journey in the music business, Kellie Coffey: I’m Still Here. Last year Tom directed a corporate communications video, Missed Communication, which won an International Gold CINDY Award and Special Achievement in Directing honors from Cinema in Industry, and he is currently directing the international touring stage production of Einstein!
At SIU Tom has been privileged to receive the Radio-TV Alumnus of the Year Award, the University’s Distinguished Service Award, and the opportunity to deliver the commencement address to the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.