Columbia College Hollywood has chosen film and television veteran Dave Collins as its new dean.
President and CEO Bill Smith said he was “thrilled” to welcome Collins to the school where he will bring 35 years of professional experience as a top film and television producer and executive into the classroom.
“He is exactly who we need to lead the evolution of our premier college for storytellers passionate about the art and craft of film, television, new media, and the digital arts,” Smith said.
Collins said Columbia College Hollywood’s strong connection to the film and television industry and attention to real world learning, make the college stand out on the national stage.
“I am excited to work with Columbia College Hollywood’s high caliber staff of educators to nurture the next generation of visual media artists. Our students deserve engagement at the highest level, not just in the classroom but also within the industry of their choice.”
He added that he wanted to “create greater opportunities for students to develop their craft, encourage their creativity, and to push them to become the innovative artists their professions need.”
Collins is the former chair of filmmaking at Woodbury University in Burbank. He oversaw the graduation of the university’s inaugural four classes and helped the department achieve accreditation from The National Association of Schools of Art and Design. He holds an MFA from the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Collins is also an acclaimed veteran of television and film production. He served as executive producer of several films including Stealing Sinatra (Showtime), Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl (TNT), and Comfort & Joy (Lifetime). Through his company Sunset Canyon Productions, he has also optioned the science fiction trilogy Colossus which is in development at Universal in association with Imagine Entertainment and will star Will Smith with Ron Howard directing.
Collins’ television background includes serving as executive director of movies and miniseries at ABC Television where he produced dozens of projects including A Place for Annie starring Sissy Spacek, the hit miniseries Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers, and Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer’s epic story of climbers on Mt. Everest.
Collins arrived on campus in late September. Last week he attended the New Student Orientation and in the coming weeks will attend the Faculty Development sessions as well as many other welcome events throughout campus and the wider community. Be sure to say hello!