WWE is a global company, traded on the New York Stock Exchange. It is a leader in sports entertainment worldwide. Many working behind the scenes for WWE also boast exceptional backgrounds with other major sports and entertainment companies.
WWE will be launching its own network in the future (TBA). Could Full Sail University be part of that?
“Certainly,” Levesque said. “When I say we’re scratching the surface, there’s a lot of things potentially. Could we do other shows here? ‘Yeah, they have studio facilities all over this campus. They’ve got green screen facilities.
“Right now we’re working with them at Full Sail Live, producing a show out of here that goes internationally — hopefully soon domestically; that’s a spoiler — but there are so many other things that we can very easily begin to do out of Full Sail that synergistically works for us and works for them.”
Everyone benefits, especially the students.
“It’s real world, real life experience on a TV show that’s going out there to the world,” Levesque noted. “You can’t buy that experience. You can’t get that anywhere else.”
Full Sail film students are learning film roles. Show production students are learning, being mentored by WWE staff in show production roles. Audio students in Full Sail’s Recording Arts program, they’re getting to work in audio roles. So it expands throughout Full Sail’s curriculum.
“Now that we have 34 years of experience and 40,000-plus graduates, more and more entertainment companies of all types — film makers, the largest recording studios, great companies like ESPN and WWE — are realizing our graduates are equipped and ready to go to work on day one,” Jones said. “So for an ESPN, for a WWE and other organizations that have a global scope of production or entertainment program delivery, we are all about nurturing relationships with professional entities; so our students get this kind of exposure like WWE is offering them.”
There are no guarantees in real life, but these real life experiences can help a graduating student land a job in WWE or elsewhere.
• Full Interview with Triple H (via the Jim Varsallone jimmyv3 channel on YouTube)
YouTube (Part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqQUfe8WPBs&feature=plcp
YouTube (Part 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKkdvYzIa8A&feature=plcp
YouTube (Part 3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_FV3UckzOw&feature=plcp
YouTube (Part 4) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm0MHXHktTQ&feature=plcp
• In May, WWE and Full Sail University announced a collaborative partnership that moved the live tapings of the WWE NXT series to the University’s state-of-the-art performance venue. Sixty five Full Sail students gained experience and knowledge by participating in the production of WWE NXT live events this year.
WWE awarded one of the students, Geraldo Gutierrez, a $10,000 scholarship. WWE Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events Paul Levesque (Triple H) and Full Sail University President Garry Jones made the presentation in front of a large audience before the WWE NXT tapings at Full Sail Live.
The scholarship will be applied toward Gutierrez’s studies in the Recording Arts, Bachelor of Science Degree Program at Full Sail.