[PAST EVENT] Breaking Away and Breaking In (Without Breaking Apart) - Franklin Rho ‘96

March 23, 2021
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How a child of Korean immigrants with no connections to the entertainment business managed to journey from a notoriously delinquent student in the hallowed and haunted halls of Tucker to a working TV writer / filmmaker in Hollywood. For those interested in pursuing an entertainment career, as well as those generally interested in the present and future of TV/film/streaming, this workshop will aim to provide more clarity and accessibility to a distinctly opaque industry.

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Franklin jin Rho was most recently a creator in the Rideback TV Incubator during which he developed (in conjunction with Rideback and MRC) The Beautiful South, a drama centered around an interracial couple adjusting to their new lives in Appalachia. Franklin most recently staffed as an executive story editor on Pachinko, an Apple TV+ limited series based on the bestselling novel by Min Jin Lee. The child of Catholic Korean immigrants, Franklin found refuge from that double dose of guilt via a steady diet of the X-Men, auteur-driven arthouse films, and Ultimate Frisbee. A graduate of William & Mary and the American Film Institute, Franklin’s previous writing credits include The Exorcist and Swamp Thing. As an assistant, Franklin worked on a number of shows including Queen of the South, The Assets, and Seven Seconds. Prior to getting his break into television, Franklin was a Film Independent Project Involve directing fellow and CAPE New Writers Fellow. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, coaching Ultimate frisbee, and playing video games with his daughter.