Penn Alumni You Should Know About: Vol. 15


This Valentine’s Day, fall in love with the Penn alumni who are showing off passion projects and making headlines in entertainment. You’re bound to be crushing on all of them by the end of this post.


Mike Karz (C’89, W’89) is at it again. Producer Karz is opening and co-leading a new animation lab called The Gulfstream Toonbox Animation Lab. After finding huge success with independent animated film The Nut Job, Karz and his partners will use the lab to find and test new projects. Learn more about it here.



Rob Pearlstein (C’95) is a writer and director who has just completed his first feature film titled Someone Marry Barry. And he’s working with two other Penn alumni – executive producers Marc Simon (C’96, SAM) and Jeremy Bailer (C’98, ATO).  The comedy centers on a group of guy’s and their super annoying friend Barry. In the film, Barry’s kind and approachable buddies try to marry him off to an unsuspecting woman. Check out the trailer below and prepare for the digital and on demand release on February 13th!

More stories of Penn alumni working together here!


Josh Heald (C’00) wrote the hysterical comedy Hot Tub Time Machinewhich was released in 2010. For those of you who have been waiting all this time, the sequel (aptly titled Hot Tub Time Machine 2) has finally been announced. Penned by Heald, the film will be released Christmas Day this year. Get excited.

Next up: Alumni in TV news!

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