About Us

Founded in 2012, EEI Creative Arts, School of Film & Entertainment launched as a a fully accredited private middle school and high school offering top college preparation through blended learning and specializing in professional level development and training in the creative arts. 

ECA's School of Film & Entertainment began as a collaborative development between Elite Educational Group, one of the world's leading educational institutions, and world-reknowned musical talent and producers, to establish an academic institution tailored specifically for students pursuing a passion in contemporary music. Since then, the ECA School of Film & Entertainment has partnered with some of Hollywood’s top filmmakers, screenwriters, and producers to expand its curriculum to include creative disciplines in Screenwriting, Directing and Cinematography, Film and Media Production, and Post-production Visual Effects and Editing. Located in Los Angeles, at the heart of the entertainment industry, the ECA School of Film & Entertainment was created with a vision to connect the artists of tomorrow with today's leading entertainment professionals through a rigorous, real-world learning environment. 

Our WASC-accredited programs thoroughly prepare each student for college admissions and our Minerva Institute partnership further ensures course offerings will meet a high caliber of academic rigor. Meanwhile, our world-class instructors and state-of-the-art equipment provide a jump-start to a dream career in film, media, and music via a pre-professional academic experience at the intersection of art and technology.

Our Advisory Team


With deep insights informed through educational and professional Hollywood expertise, our carefuly curated Advisory Team collaboratively designed courses alongside the ECA staff to prime students for a variety of creative careers while emphasizing a hands-on, project-driven curriculum. Each program advisor contributed unique perspectives on the curriculum as it relates to simulating real-world scenarios, portfolio-building, and general college readiness. The resultant course offerings reflect the outcome of roundtable deliberations to formulate programs that develop the requisite critical thinking and practical skills for a future in the dynamic world of film & entertainment.

Academics

ECA is powered by Elite Open School (EOS), part of the Elite Education Group which has been focused on college preparation since 1987. EOS is fully accredited by The Western Association of Colleges WASC and by Cognia (formerly AdvancED). EOS provides University of California (UC) Approved courses and College Board Approved Advanced Placement (AP) Courses. Graduation from EOS satisfies UC A-G Requirements. EOS is also DHS/SEVIS i-20 Certified to issue student visas.

In 2021, ECA formally partnered with the Minerva Project to transform traditional education. The Minerva Baccalaureate is an innovative four-year program through which students apply essential skill sets across their core subjects to build competencies including complex critical thinking, advanced problem solving, and strategic decision-making. By connecting classroom learning with hands-on skill development, the Minerva partnership uniquely prepares graduates not only for college acceptance but real-world success at top institutions and beyond.

Our Mission

Our mission is to elevate the skills of Southern California’s young filmmakers, content creators, and musicians in an environment that fosters high academic achievement in a flexible learning environment that ensures that our students can efficiently complete core coursework efficiently, freeing up precious time for talent development and the exchange of ideas, all under the guidance and expertise of seasoned entertainment professionals.

FILMMAKING IS A CHANCE TO LIVE MANY LIFETIMES

- Robert Altman -

Founders

Sanford R. (Sandy) Climan is President of Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc. a global entertainment firm focusing on disruptive technologies and entities currently impacting the traditional boundaries of business, media and entertainment. He is an investor, producer, and considered a media visionary.

As Corporate Executive Vice President and President of Worldwide Business Development of Universal Studios and member of the founding senior management team at Creative Artists Agency for 12 years, Sandy has had a broad and storied impact on film - from Executive Producer of the first digital live-action 3D feature film, “U2 3D,” to Producer of “The Aviator,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, for which he was awarded a British Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Jonghwan Patrick (JP) Park has been a leader and innovator in American primary and secondary education since 1987, starting with the founding of Elite Educational Institute, one of the first and highest achieving college prep companies in the United States.

It is the vision of JP Park and Elite Open School to deliver new education solutions to students and families around the world and at home -solutions only theorized less than a decade ago but made real through the promise of technology.

ECA is a team of leaders, influencers, and industry movers and shakers that include Oscar and Emmy award winning leaders, experts, and esteemed educators from all over the spectrum of entertainment and film. They are people who want to bring a true revolution to the way we educate and train young people to own their future careers in the industry, with skills and production that will be on par with the latest technology driven media we see today. The administration and faculty of ECA is devoted to preparing our students to be the creative athletes of film and digital media today, the film program matriculants of tomorrow and the next generation of industry leaders of the global future in film and media. 

Our Advisors

Adam Kanter

Emmy award-winning producer and Head Of Motion Picture Literary Department at Paradigm Talent Agency

Adia Matthews

Director of Program Brand and Strategy for Disney Movie Insiders at Walt Disney Studios, Former Co-President of The Bond

Andy Heyward

Chairman/CEO at Genius Brands International, 2 Emmy Awards Won, 9 Nominated, Former Producer at Hanna-Barbera

Andy Wolk

Acclaimed American Screenwriter, Television and Theatre Director, Winner of Writer's Guild Award

Annmarie Sairrino

President of Akatsuki Entertainment USA. Former Head of Production at All Nippon Entertainment, Film producer

Blair Westlake

Former Corporate VP Media and Entertainment at Microsoft Corporation, former Chairman at Universal Television and Networks Group

Brian Harke

Former Dean of Students at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Former Director of Marketing at LVMH-Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Bruce Eskowitz

COO of Red Light Management, Manager of Lionel Richie, Il Divo, Herbie Hancock, Mat Franco, Former CEO of Live Nation North America

Cathy Tarr

Veteran Motion Picture Agent and Former Head of the Story Department at Creative Artists Agency

Conrad Riggs

Emmy nominated producer, Former Head of Unscripted Programming for Amazon Prime Video, Former Partner at Mark Burnett Studios

David Sable

Marketing Luminary, Senior Advisor at WPP, Author. Former Global CEO of VMLY&R, Chairman of Advertising Council's Board of Directors, Jury President at Cannes

Gary Marenzi

CEO of Marenzi & Associates. Former President of World Television at MGM Studios. Former President of International Television at Paramount Pictures

Geoffrey Gilmore

Principal Consultant at Gilmore Consultancy, Former Director of Tribeca Film Festival, Creative Director of Tribeca Enterprises, and Director of Sundance Film Festival

Hawk Koch

Former President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Producers Guild of America. American Film Producer

Isaac Lee Possin

Founder and Executive Chairman at Exile Content Studio, Former Chief Content Officer at Univision Communications and Televisa

James Sehwang Kim

Renown Musician inducted in the RockWalk of Fame. Guitarist, Songwriter, Television Producer, Professor of Applied Music and Arts

Jamie Masada

Founder/CEO of The Laugh Factory, NAACP Freedom Award Winner, Ellis Island Award Winner, ACLU Freedom of Speech Award Winner

John Couch

Vice President of Product Design at Hulu, Television Writer, Author of “The Art of Creative Rebellion”

John Kao

Executive Chairman of ThayerMahan Inc, Former Harvard Business School Professor, Thought Leader of the Creative Process

Johnny McMahon

VP at Studios at WPT Enterprise. Esports and Digital Media Entrepreneur

Jonathan Perelman

Partner at Albinen. Former VP of Agency Strategy and Industry Development at BuzzFeed, Former Global Lead for Industry Relations at Google

Ken Scherer

Executive Director of The American Cinematheque, CEO/Founder of Scherer Strategies, Former Director at American Film Institute

Kevin Iwashina

Head of Reality Programming at Endeavor Content, Acclaimed Documentary Producer

Louie Schwartzberg

Award Winning Director, Producer and Cinematographer. Pioneer in high-end time-lapse cinematography. President of Moving Art

Marc Wanamaker

Historical Author, Founder of Bison Archives, Co-Founder of the LA International Film Expo and The American Cinematheque

Mark Johnson

Acclaimed American Film and Television Producer. Won Best Picture Academy Awarded for Producing Rain Man

Matt Mahvi

Founder and CEO of Staminus, Cyber Security Entrepreneur, Inventor, Investor, Writer

Mel McKeon

President at McKeon-Myones Entertainment, Former Talent Manager at Creative Artists Agency

Michael J. Wolf

Founder/CEO of Activate. Former President and Chief Operating Officer of MTV Networks, Former Global Managing Partner at McKinsey

Michael Tadross

Legendary Hollywood Producer, Former Executive VP of Feature Films at Paramount Pictures

Michael Tolkin

Academy Award and Emmy Award Nominated Screenwriter, Winner of Edgar Award, Filmmaker, Novelist

Nancy Foy

EMMY Award Nominated Casting Director. Former Executive of Casting at Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox

Nicolas Van Dyk

Co-President of Activision Blizzard Productions, Producer of Call of Duty, Former Senior VP of Strategy for Walt Disney

Nikki Rocco

Former President of Distribution at NBC Universal Pictures from 1996 to 2014, NBC Domestic Distribution Consultant

Robin Jonas

Production Executive and Producer at Voltage Pictures. Formerly at Miramax Films, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures

Sean Daniel

Television and Film Producer, Former Senior Production Executive at Universal Pictures

Ted Mundorff

President and COO of ArcLight Cinemas, Vice Chair of American Film Institute Corporate Council, Former CEO of Landmark Theaters

Thomas McGrath

Tony Award Winning Producer. CEO of Crossroads Live. Former COO of STX Media, EVP of Viacom Entertainment, Senior Exec at Columbia Pictures

Toby Berlin

Head of Business Affairs at Twitch. Former VP of Programming Acquisitions at DirecTV, Former Exec at Sony Pictures

Yule Caise

Emmy Award-Winning American Film Writer, Director, and Producer. Partner at Behind the Billboards

Heart of Los Angeles

In addition to being the the home of Hollywood, Los Angeles is also the epicenter of the film and entertainment industry, new-age, technology driven media companies, inventive production companies, and various creative ventures.

Consequently, the ECA team made the conscious decision to lay down roots in the City of Angels. Our founders envisioned a campus that would expose students to the events and opportunities abounding in the heart of Los Angeles as these young creatives progress through their formative, academic years. By establishing a presence in Hollywood, the ECA School of Film & Entertainment our students will benefit from the close proximity to industry leaders, externship and internship opportunities, film festivals and more.

As they sharpen their technical acumen and build their professional networks at our campus in the heart of Los Angeles, our students will have the access required to become a part of the fabric that is Los Angeles’ arts culture at a young age. Through our program, we aim to create the future leaders in film and entertainment.

Advisors
A top priority for ECA was to identify advisors that shared our vision of equipping young minds with the practical tools and experiences to thrive in a creative environment. The ECA Program Advisory Team is composed of individuals with distinguished careers in the fields of both entertainment and education, drawing from their knowledge in each discipline to devise a framework for the next generation of creatives.

Every week, all students gather and sit in cohorts to start the week with dynamic Harkness Table discussion based on core texts set for each grade. Students would draw upon the diversity of coursework for evidence in discussion and writing.


Academic Coaches help reinforce student accountability with course and content mastery milestones, help set weekly and semester goals, report progress, proctor tests, render writing assistance before submissions, and help implement students’ best practices for digital study.

Project-Based Learning
Every week, all students, according to their grade, take part in school-wide Project Based Learning with weekly, monthly and semesterly goals, all advised by Coaches so that all students have a resume of experiences and action by college application time.

Every week, all students, according to their grade, take part in school-wide Project Based Learning with weekly, monthly and semesterly goals, all advised by Coaches so that all students have a resume of experiences and action by college application time.

Long-Term Coaching
Students college plans and application profile strategy are built over time, year on year, from summer program preparations to college and major explorations. Families and Staff always know the plan and the stakes to stay properly motivated with all academics and activities.

Students college plans and application profile strategy are built over time, year on year, from summer program preparations to college and major explorations. Families and Staff always know the plan and the stakes to stay properly motivated with all academics and activities.