HIGH POINT, N.C., June 23, 2015 – High Point University junior Emily Anderson’s dream of working in live television is coming true at an internship with “The Wendy Williams Show.”
Anderson, an electronic media major from Glen Cove, New York, is preparing for a future career as a producer or stage manager while serving as a production assistant on the daytime talk show. The show airs in the Triad at 1 p.m. on Fox 8 WGHP each weekday as well as other times and networks across the country.
Anderson’s duties cover many of the aspects of what is needed for a successful show. She performs research on celebrities and show topics and helps gather props and cue cards in preparation of the filming of each episode. She also helps with check-in and seating of audience members and helps manage the green room, where she greets show guests and ensures they are prepared to go on air.
“I love the thrill of the tense environment throughout the full hour it takes to produce the show,” says Anderson. “It’s amazing to see these people work together like a well oiled machine that wouldn’t function if even one crew member was missing.”
One of Anderson’s projects this summer is to create her own “Street Talk” segment, where she will be shooting what it is like to be an intern for the show. She is excited to show off the skills she learned in her classes at HPU.
“My course work at HPU – mainly my video production classes – has helped me so much,” she says. “Creating the segment requires knowing how to operate the camera, edit, produce, direct and even appear on-camera. I already know how to use the equipment. It’s great to see how each role of a production comes together, just like the opportunities we have to perform and learn in the TV studio at HPU.”