I'm not sure I buy that it's easier to switch into Entertainment than Finance. I always hear of people going to BB IBD firms with zero relevant experience, but I don't often hear the same of folks joining entertainment firms. On an unrelated note, I'd be curious to hear what most Marshall grads are doing at places like Disney, Warner, and Paramount.
That is my current understanding as well. I asked quite a few students the same question and all of them said that its damn difficult to switch streams; not impossible, but difficult. Most of them rated it a 8 or 9 on a scale of 10.
On a different note, I agree with Kingfalcon. It would be fun to know what Marshall students are doing at these big media houses. For e.g., I guess a person from marketing FMCG might be fine with switching to marketing in the Entertainment industry. But how many from lets say finance or IT are now in a marketing profile in the Ent. industry? I think this is what truly defines if its easy to make a large career transition vs. just switching industries.