California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Board of Trustees has confirmed songwriter, musician and record producer Randy Badazz Alpert, Walt Disney Studios head Alan Bergman, and entertainment industry executive William M. Campbell III as its newest members.
Randy Badazz Alpert (Art BFA 77) was only 22 when he co-wrote and co-produced the Grammy Award-winning hit "Rise" for his uncle Herb Alpert. He later went on to write the no. 1 song "Hypnotize" for The Notorious B.I.G. Alpert has owned and operated Los Angeles-based Scream Studios for 21 years, during which he has coordinated the recording of more than 700 albums and singles. Artists whose music has been recorded or mixed at Scream include Nirvana, U2, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Sting and Rihanna. He also served as a mixer, re-mixer, arranger or orchestrator on albums by Queen, Janet Jackson, Ozzy Osbourne and Ice Cube, among many others.
Alan Bergman became president of The Walt Disney Studios in 2005 after serving in various executive capacities with the company since 1996. As president, he is responsible for the studio's business and legal affairs, finance, and post-production, as well as studio franchises, Disneynature and The Muppets Studios. Bergman was a key player in Disney's acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios. Most recently he was involved in negotiating a long-term live-action distribution deal with DreamWorks. Before joining Disney, Bergman spent more than seven years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the firm's entertainment practice.
William M. "Billy" Campbell III is a 20-year veteran of television programming. He has served as president of Discovery Networks, where he led the Discovery Channel and TLC through double-digit ratings increases. He oversaw the production of cable's highest-rated natural history program ever, Planet Earth, and signature Discovery Channel series like Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, Meerkat Manor and World Poker Tour. Campbell recruited Ted Koppel to Discovery and spearheaded the network's partnership with cycling icon Lance Armstrong. Before joining Discovery, he was president of Miramax Television, where he executive-produced and appeared in the Emmy nominated Project Greenlight. Campbell has been a programming executive with CBS and ABC and served as president of camera rental company Panavision.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.