Full Sail University and sports entertainment company WWE recently announced a new partnership, where episodes of the WWE's NXT series will be taped in the Full Sail Live Venue, and Full Sail students will get unprecedented access to work behind the scenes with the WWE's production crew. NXT is a one-hour, live-action entertainment show, which showcases the WWE's youngest, up-and-coming talent and airs in more than 60 countries.
"WWE has always been a global leader in creating superstars in front of the camera. Now, with this unique partnership with Full Sail, WWE will develop stars behind the camera as well," said Paul Levesque, a.k.a superstar Triple H, and the WWE's Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events.
Students in the entertainment-related degree programs (Film, Show Production, Digital Arts and Design, Internet Marketing, and Entertainment Business) will shadow WWE crew members during the tapings, helping out with everything from operating cameras, running the audio board, and managing the ring during set up and tear down. Students are recommended for the opportunity by Course Directors and other faculty members.
"The WWE is an incredible organization with tremendous forward thinking and experience when it comes to producing sports and entertainment content in a live setting," says Josh Mora, Full Sail's Sports Marketing and Media Program Director. "Given that, it is a wonderful opportunity for our students to shadow and learn from some of the most accomplished and established professionals in their future field."
A handful of tapings – which have been open to both students and the general public – have been filmed in the Full Sail Live Venue this summer and have included appearances from WWE Superstars like Triple H, Sheamus, Sin Cara, John Cena, CM Punk, Big Show, and the WWE Divas. The proceeds generated from ticket sales go towards a scholarship fund for Full Sail established by the WWE.
The first recipient of this WWE scholarship was student Geraldo Gutierrez, who, on September 20, was awarded $10,000 by the WWE that will go toward his studies in the Recording Arts Bachelor of Science Degree Program. Geraldo was chosen for exhibiting exceptional professionalism, creative talent, and maintaining good academic standing while shadowing professional WWE staff and crew during production.
"This collaboration highlights WWE's commitment to education and advanced growth in the entertainment industry and Full Sail's commitment to bringing industry-leading organizations directly to our students," said Ken Goldstone, Full Sail's Chief Operating Officer.