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Scripps Career Pathways: Kyle Bowser, BSC ’80

Apr 17, 2014

Scripps Career Pathways: Kyle Bowser, BSC ’80, Radio/Television and Film Communications major, founder and president of Res Ipsa Media, Inc.

Kyle graduated from Ohio University in 1980, earning a Bachelor of Science in Communication degree in radio/television and film communications. Kyle has worked as an entertainment industry executive in the areas of film, television, music, theater, radio and new media. He founded Res Ipsa Media, Inc., a multimedia production company.

Kyle’s professional profile includes tenure at NFL Films, HBO Independent Productions, NBC Business Affairs and Fox, Inc. and others. Recently, Kyle paired with entertainer, Bill Cosby, to launch the COSBY channel. He also served as the executive producer of Inspired by…The Bible Experience, a fully dramatized audio Bible featuring an all-star cast of over 400 actors, musicians, athletes, clergy and other noteworthy personalities.

What do you do?
I develop concepts for television and film. I am involved in the creative production of how those projects are managed. I also make sure the production comes together and on budget.

How do you feel your Scripps College of Communication degree has helped you in your career thus far?
I graduated as a radio and television major, although my immediate career after graduation was more focused on live entertainment and theatre (Philadelphia International Records.) My academic career came back around to me working in the television industry. The things I learned at Scripps College helped to prepare me for the career to come.

What is the most important thing you believe has helped you secure your current position?
A very strong support network, of course my family but also mentors. Having achieved smaller victories in my past, I built up confidence to continue to move forward and set high goals and be able to achieve goals if I was determined.

What is a typical day like for you in this position?
I spend a lot of time on the phone, talking to various personnel in the studios at the networks to find out what kind of programming they’re interested in. I am online investigating new and compelling stories. I spend a lot of time networking with other people in the business to see if I can pull others into my work. At a certain point in your career, you will find it is not so much a job as it is a lifestyle; there is no start or end point to it. I live and breathe everything I do. It is not a 9 a.m. -5 p.m. job.  It is lifestyle I rather enjoy.

What is the single most important piece of advice you’d like to give to Scripps students?
Look upon your years in college as an incubator, an opportunity for you to develop a sense of what you want to do but also a sense of self. While your level of responsibility is low and still manageable, use the resources around you to start to develop those ideas that you might want to pursue once you graduate. The economy has changed so drastically, we can no longer afford to assume there is a job waiting for us. The university is a great place to start to think of where you want to make your job and start putting that into motion.

- Katie Quinn, social media intern