Careers in Hollywood Panel Discussion

Wed, Jul 29, 2020, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Graduate Students
Undergraduate Students

Actor Mary Lou Kolbenschlag ’14 will lead a discussion with alumni working in various sectors of the entertainment industry in order to share advice and strategies for students and alumni seeking a career in Hollywood. This event is co-presented by Princeton in Hollywood.


  • Brian Boone '12, Talent Agent, CAA
  • Catherine Cohen ‘13, Comedian
  • Taylor Mallory ‘13, TV Writer at Hulu, Freeform
  • James Shin '05, SVP Film and Television, SB Projects


  • Mary Lou Kolbenschlag, ‘14, Actor and comedian

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Registration closes at 5 p.m. EST the day before the event. The Zoom link will be emailed to you the day preceding the event. 

This event is part of the Arts at Work program, which brings Princeton students and alumni together for speakers and panel discussions, artists’ showcases and social events. The program is also designed to provide Princetonians a supportive arts and creative community and opportunities to learn about the realities of life and work in various creative fields. 


Brian Boone '12

Brian Boone '12

Brian Boone is a motion pictures talent Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Boone works in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading actors and comedic talent, including Judy Greer, Chrissy Metz, Mike Epps, Jonathan Groff, Rupert Friend, Colin Jost, Sanaa Lathan, Jim Parsons and Neil Patrick Harris, and none other than Catherine Cohen.
Boone began his career at CAA in the New York mailroom in 2012.  He was promoted to Agent to 2017.
Boone graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology.




Catherine Cohen '13

Catherine Cohen '13

Catherine Cohen is a comedian and actress based in New York City. She hosts a weekly cabaret show at Alan Cumming’s East Village venue, Club Cumming, and co-hosts the popular weekly podcast Seek Treatment. Catherine can be seen in the most recent season of HBO’s High Maintenance, as well as the final season of Broad City. She appeared opposite Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae in Michael Showalter’s feature for Paramount, Lovebirds. She was recently featured in Fox's Night of Comedy 2018. Her writing has been featured on Splitsider, The New Yorker, The Huffington Post and New York Mag's The Cut. TimeOut named her one of five New York City comedians to look out for in 2018. Catherine graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English and Theater.


Taylor Mallory ‘13

Taylor Mallory ‘13

Taylor Mallory ‘13 is a TV writer with a passion for young adult stories, fantasy, and dysfunctional dramas with a comedic edge. Most recently, she penned an episode of the upcoming Hulu series The Mysterious Benedict Society starring Tony Hale. Previously, she worked three seasons on the Freeform series Shadowhunters, for which she wrote three episodes. The show gained recognition for its boundary-pushing LGBTQ+ stories, winning a GLAAD award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2017. Taylor also wrote and starred in a web series called Sweet Nothings about the perils of dating in Los Angeles, now streaming on YouTube. Before her time in the writers’ room, Taylor was an assistant in the Motion Picture Literary Department of WME and a production intern on the David E. Kelley/CBS series The Crazy Ones. She graduated from Princeton with a degree in comparative literature and theater.


James Shin '05

James Shin '05

James Shin is the senior vice president of film & television at Scooter Braun’s SB Projects, a diversified entertainment and media company at the intersection of film, television, technology, brands, culture and social good. Shin spearheads all original unscripted and scripted content development and production for film, TV, digital, audio and Broadway.

Most recently, Shin served as executive producer for FX Network’s most-watched comedy series Dave which recently received a second season order. SB Projects also produced YouTube’s Seasons: Justin Bieber, whose premiere episode is YouTube’s most-watched debut episode ever. SB Projects also has several upcoming projects in active development including 20th Century Studios’ Untitled K-Pop Film, Chinonye Chukwu’s A Taste of Power, HBO Max’s Anna K, Fox’s Anthem and Nickelodeon’s untitled BeatBuds series. Along with a full project slate, SB Projects recently signed a multi-year, first-look television deal with Amazon Studios, further expanding their television department under the lead of Shin and chief operating officer Scott Manson. in 2019, Shin was named one of Variety Magazine’s New Leaders. 

Previously, Shin served as a development executive at TriStar Pictures, where he was responsible for helping develop music-driven films such action comedy Baby Driver with Lily James and Kevin Spacey and crime drama Money Monster starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Shin also served as an in-house music supervisor at Sony Pictures Television, where he worked on music and soundtracks for critically acclaimed series that included AMC crime drama Breaking Bad, NBC sitcom Community and Showtime period drama Masters of Sex. While at Sony Pictures, he also helped launch the career of American Acapella group Pentatonix after they won the third season of The Sing Off on NBC.

Shin began his career in entertainment at the prominent William Morris Agency in New York City working in their music and TV literary departments.