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Oscar’s Winning Experts

Oscar's Winning Experts

UC Riverside scholars available to discuss films, fans and the Academy Awards.

(February 22, 2011)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – As Hollywood prepares for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards – a celebration of film that draws a global audience – on Sunday, Feb. 27, scholars at the University of California, Riverside are available to discuss movie-making, film fans and Oscar fantasy leagues.

Derek Burrill, associate professor of media and cultural studies
(951) 827-1261

Professor Burrill has studied the Academy Awards for years, and this year created an Oscars fantasy league for friends. He also has been following odds on potential Academy Award winners posted at betting centers in Las Vegas. "It’s big business, just like sports betting," he says. Burrill's scholarly research includes cinema, digital media and video games.

Charles Evered, associate professor of playwriting and screenwriting
(951) 827-7803

Professor Evered has written screenplays for Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks and Universal Picture, and collaborated with Liev Schreiber on a screen adaptation of his play, "The Size of the World." He made his feature film directing debut with his adaptation of his play "Adopt a Sailor," starring Bebe Neuwirth, Peter Coyote and Ethan Peck, which was an award winner at several film festivals.

Stu Krieger, professor of filmwriting
(951) 827-1257

Professor Krieger wrote the animated classic "The Land Before Time" and 10 original movies for the Disney Channel, co-wrote the Emmy award-winning mini-series "A Year in the Life" and been nominated for the Humanitas Prize for the Disney Channel original movie "Going to the Mat." He has been a story editor and writer on Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories and is the head writer and story editor of the animated preschool series "Toot & Puddle" on Nickelodeon.

Toby Miller, professor and chair of the Department of Media & Cultural Studies
(951) 827-5665

Professor Miller is internationally known for his popular culture research, including the success of Hollywood overseas, media, sport, gender and race. He is the author and editor of more than 20 books, among them "The Contemporary Hollywood Reader" (Routledge, 2009), "Global Hollywood: No. 2" (co-author, British Film Institute, 2004), "Spyscreen: Espionage on Film and TV from the 1930s to the 1960s" (Oxford University Press, 2003), and the book series "Film Guidebooks" (Routledge).

Scott Silverman, coordinator, Orientation Programs
(951) 827-3469

Scott Silverman's research and expertise extends to the usage of social media as a phenomenon. He is available to discuss why "The Social Network" is so popular. "EVERYBODY knows about Facebook, and is either actively using it, or actively NOT using it," he says. "It is, by far, the most popular social network of its kind, and a dominant force in how people communicate. The fact that so many people flocked to the theaters to see it, and that there is much buzz about the movie, is unsurprising. People want to know the 'true' story behind the creation of a tool that they use on a regular basis."

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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