“Futurama” Producer Patric Verrone


March 3 “Futurama” Producer Patric Verrone University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Union’s Auditorium 1400 R St., Lincoln, 6 p.m., FREE, unl.edu Sometimes concepts for events couldn’t seem more meant to be. Take Thursday night, when the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Law is sponsoring a discussion about the future of film, television, music and journalism in the new and uncertain world of Facebook, Netflix and Youtube. Their choice to appear as the expert guest able to surmise the future? The producer of animated series “Futurama,” of course. His name is Patric Verrone, and while those facts serve as a funny little coincidence, it’s more likely UNL called him in for this discussion thanks to the industry insights gained while president of the Writers Guild of America, West during the 2007-08 writer’s strike. As president, Verrone also led the Guild’s work on Washington, D.C. policy issues regarding an open and neutral internet — a principle otherwise known as net neutrality — that stands as a very important industry topic for creative minds moving forward. Another fun fact for Nebraskans: Verrone worked as a monologue writer for “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” in the 1980s. The discussant for the evening will be UNL law professor Marvin Ammori. The event, free and open to the public, starts at 6 p.m. in UNL’s Main Student Union’s 2nd Floor auditorium. A reception with hor d’oeuvres will follow.


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