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|Jonathan Estrin '69|
Jonathan Estrin '69 has been a television producer, writer, director, and a college dean.
He has won numerous awards and nominations and has been an active volunteer, writing material for political campaigns (including Clinton/ Gore) and chairing the board of the International Relief Agency Operation U.S.A.
Estrin joined the American Film Institute (AFI) in October 2004 as Executive Vice President. Estrin was responsible for AFI's day to day operations, including the design and supervision of all education and training programs, a range of national outreach and development efforts, extensive exhibition activities, and AFI's internationally renowned preservation programs.
Prior to AFI, Estrin was the Dean of the College of Media Arts & Design for Drexel University. During his four-year tenure at Drexel, he developed and implemented a comprehensive business and marketing plan that resulted in a 300% increase in development funds raised, a 35% increase in enrollment and an 80% increase in applications. Estrin also initiated a new Masters of Architecture program, a Masters in Digital Media, a major in Music Industry (complete with its own record label), and boosted the ranking of the Interior Design program to one of the top 10 in the country.
Estrin has also produced and written over 100 hours of award-winning television, including series, movies and mini-series for major broadcast and cable networks. Estrin's most recent projects include a Showtime original movie, JASPER TEXAS and Hallmark Hall of Fame series THE WATER IS WIDE.
He also serves as president of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, an organization devoted to our nation's youth, instilling in them a deeper understanding of citizenship and the importance of their active participation as responsible members of society.
Estrin holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Hiram College, Ohio and a Masters in Theater Directing from the University of California at Davis.