The Harvardwood Summer Internship Program will be heading to The Mission Entertainment, a management and production company representing storytellers with unique and distinct voices, for a panel (followed by a mixer) with Corrine Aquino, Laura Gardner, and Andrew Coles AB '09.
The event will begin at 6:30pm. NOTE: The event date has been changed to August 3, 2016.
Please RSVP below so that we know you are coming. This event is only open to current undergraduates participating in the Harvardwood Summer Internship Program.
Andrew Coles is a graduate of Harvard College AB '09, concentrating in African-American Studies with a secondary in VES. After realizing his law school aspirations were not well suited to the life he wanted to live (thanks Gov 30!), he transitioned into entertainment on the advice of a mentor.
The summer after sophomore year, he interned at two management companies (Madhouse Entertainment and Underground Films) and discovered his calling in life – working to create the images he wanted to see. The next summer, he interned at Miramax and then wrote his senior thesis on "The Business Model of Interracial Relationships in Contemporary Film.”
After graduating, he moved to LA and began working at CAA in the Motion Picture literary department. After CAA, he moved to Overbrook Entertainment where he started off as Franklin Leonard’s assistant (founder of The Black List), and became his junior executive. From there he moved to New York to run development for Scott Rudin, where he worked on TOP FIVE and EX MACHINA among other film, TV and theatre projects.
In October of 2013, Andrew founded The Mission.
A native New Yorker, Corrine Aquino graduated from SUNY Binghamton in 2006 with B.S. in accounting. After working as a tax
accountant at Ernst & Young for a few years, she moved to California to pursue a career in the Film & TV industry.
After completing UCLA’s Film & TV Production summer extension course, she joined CAA’s Motion Picture Literary department as an agent’s assistant. Corrine worked at Bad Robot for the head of Film before moving back to New York and joining FilmNation as the CEO’s assistant and Sales Coordinator.
After gaining invaluable experience and knowledge of international sales & acquisitions in the independent film world, she was ready for the next step in her career.
Corrine joined The Mission Entertainment as their first executive hire in the fall of 2014 and has been part of the family ever since.
A native of Los Angeles, Laura Gardner graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2010 with a BA in History and a minor in Film Studies.
Growing up with a screenwriter father, Laura always had an affinity for film and took joy in its unique ability to expose her to worlds outside her own. But it was not until she interned at production companies throughout college (Right of Way Films, De Line Pictures, and Snoot Entertainment) that she realized she was best fit for producing. She hoped to be an integral developer of story and impassioned advocate for its creators.
After graduating from UCLA, she worked at CAA as an assistant in the Motion Picture Literarydepartment. Wanting to focus more on the creative end of the business, she then took a job as assistant to Steve Zaillian (Oscar-winning writer/director) at his production company Film Rites. During her four year tenure, Laura was able to work on the HBO mini-series THE NIGHT OF and was promoted to executive overseeing the company’s film projects at Fox Studios.
Laura joined The Mission Entertainment in Spring 2016 in order to build out the production arm of the company, and is proud to be a member of the family.