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Just an anecdote I heard from kryzak - someone from Kellogg wanted to get into the tech sector in Silicon Valley. Tried his utmost but was unsuccessful. Tech companies really dont come out in force in Kellogg, while preferring to go to Haas or UCLA for recruitment.

I think a similar rationale holds here. UCLA is right in the heart of the entertainment/media industry. While Kellogg may hold a higher brand value, in the end, if you have 50 media companies showing up for recruitment at UCLA while 5 make it to Kellogg, which school would you want to go to?

Given your career objectives, I would prefer UCLA.
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Re: UCLA $$v. Kellogg [#permalink] ### Show Tags 12 Apr 2012, 08:37 2 This post received KUDOS Congrats on your acceptances. Obviously there are a lot of things to consider and I am not a person with intimate knowledge of the entertainment industry so my opinions don't hold too much weight. Since you said money isn't a huge concern I'll assume that isn't a factor in this decision. First question is what type of media/entertainment are you interested in? Is there a specific segment which attracts you? Music, movies, network television, advertising, internet, print? That makes a significant difference. If your goal is to make it into a major film studio then the obvious choice is UCLA. Networking is important in most industries and it is paramount (no pun intended) in film and television. Entertainment is an industry that attracts many many people so relationships are key to gaining a legitimate position. You need to be where the epicenter of the industry is if you want to build a robust network, so LA is where you would need to be. Now if you don't have your heart set on working for a big TV or film studio I think Kellogg would be the better choice. With Kellogg's top notch marketing reputation you should be able to land a good job at a major media conglomerate easily (think Clear Channel, Viacom, Disney). I believe Chicago is the 3rd largest media market in America and the largest (NY) isn't far away, so you shouldn't have any trouble breaking into the industry. Also, the Kellogg brand will go farther down the road if you leave the entertainment sector. However if you intend to stay in entertainment forever I believe it's an industry that doesn't put as much of a premium on prestigious education, rather it's more relationship based, so your MBA pedigree won't matter as much as in other industries. In summary the questions you need to ask yourself are where do you want to live (if California the choice should be UCLA without question), what segment of the industry are you interested in, and are you sure want to do entertainment forever? If you want to make movies or TV go to LA. If you want to do just about anything else I'd go to Kellogg. My two cents. Manager Joined: 02 Feb 2012 Posts: 76 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 12 [0], given: 0 Re: UCLA$$$v. Kellogg [#permalink] ### Show Tags 12 Apr 2012, 09:08 Tough one - I'd probably go with UCLA if you are really truly set on Media/Entertainment. 1. Obvious one - LA is the epicenter of those industries so it will be easier to network during the school year and maybe UCLA has better recruiting (although I don't know mcuh about media/ent recruiting) 2. Overlooked a lot, but I personally think this is a big issue - the money allows you to be a lot more flexible. Banks and consulting firms recruit before everyone else for a reason - they know that their big draw is higher salaries and when you have a bunch of people who are paying$150k for school that is indeed a big selling point. If you don't have such a large cost you're trying to recoup, you can concentrate more on finding the job you really want and the "I'll just do banking/consulting for a few years and then do what I want" thoughts are less likely to creep in
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12 Apr 2012, 09:23
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Oh wow. Thank you for all of those incredibly thorough responses! I really appreciate the insight. I ultimately want to go into TV production - working for a big TV studio. Whether I chose to spend my entire career in the entertainment industry is still very unknown. I currently live in NY and eventually want to return (not immediately after graduation, but in a few years).

Just found out that I was also accepted into Berkeley. I think I can safely write Berkeley off, though.

Congrats on Haas. I wouldn't write off any school until you know exactly what they are offering and the resources they can provide to you. Besides it's nice to luxuriate in an admit for at least a little bit before saying no thanks. This period of just "enjoying it" is often when the school starts pulling out their best tricks to woo you. You don't want to pack up your chair before the show even starts.
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14 Apr 2012, 15:18
I'd also go with UCLA because of the generous scholarship package. I will not think twice, I will go straight to LA, even though it may seem that Kellogg may be ranked higher. It also depends on the industry one may want to get into right after my MBA.
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Re: UCLA $$v. Kellogg [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Apr 2012, 21:33 I agree with everyone else. If you are set on media - go UCLA. If you want some options, go Kellogg. _________________ -------------------------------------------------------------- Kellogg c/o 2013. Ask me anything Intern Joined: 22 Mar 2012 Posts: 13 Concentration: Marketing, Strategy GMAT 1: 680 Q38 V45 GPA: 3.37 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 7 [1] , given: 0 Re: UCLA$$$v. Kellogg [#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Apr 2012, 10:23 1 This post received KUDOS I think everyone has given great advice already, and I just wanted to throw in my$0.02 as I currently work for a tv/film studio in LA - if it's UCLA vs. Kellogg and you really want to be in this industry, you need to go to UCLA. I do know of co-workers with MBAs from other programs, like Kellogg, Fuqua, etc., but they are few and far between - UCLA and USC are the predominate alum in the industry.

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17 Apr 2012, 19:00
Definitely would go with UCLA if you want to be in entertainment. Plus you are doing it without having to go through the pre-requisites, ie waiting tables. Everyone in LA waits tables before they become an actor. With that aside, high profile studios and people are all located in LA. Think about Burbank, the epicenter of much entertainment activity, it is about 10-15 mins from Westwood. All the connections, meetings, and events are going to be happening in LA or NY.

If you go to Chicago, I think the big studio there is the Oprah Network. Kind of limits you to possibilities there, additionally, you will probably be traveling to LA or NY all the time, which makes the brand of Kellogg all that more unattractive.

Look at the industry placements from Kellogg vs. UCLA and you will find that LA places much more people in media/entertainment than Kellogg would.
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