Media Arts Student is Semi-Finalist in Video Competition

News Story: February 17, 2017

Student Sarah DeNisco is interviewed at the Martire Center for NESN's Next Producer.

Sarah DeNisco, a media arts major at Sacred Heart University, is a semi-finalist on the Next Producer TV competition, airing now on NESN, a Boston-based sports network. The winner, to be declared next month, will receive a large cash prize and a job at the network.

DeNisco, a senior minoring in political science, entered NESN’s sports video contest in late October. The 22-year-old Connecticut native said she has enjoyed making videos since high school and saw the TV competition as a fun opportunity and motivation to complete her senior project.

“I always loved film. I entered any film competition I could—I have this love for it…I just never knew it would take me to this level,” DeNisco said.

The video, which features Muay Thai fighter Noemie Dos Santos, was selected as a finalist in January. “I was really surprised; it’s a perfect way to end my senior year,” said DeNisco, whose segment on the TV show has aired. She described meeting with the show’s producers and judges as a new and intimidating experience.

Dos Santos is a registered nurse who works at a local health clinic during the day and trains for Muay Thai, a full-contact martial art, at night. DeNisco’s film captures Dos Santos’s passion for the sport, desire to improve and training challenges.

She filmed Dos Santos for three days and edited her footage into a compelling video that’s about five minutes long. Then she showed it to Dos Santos. “She loved the video,” DeNisco said.

The Next Producer season finale airs Saturday, March 25, when the show’s judges will select three finalists. Each finalist will meet with the Boston Red Sox marketing executives and will be assigned to produce a short Red Sox vignette. The finalist with the best student film and Sox vignette will win $20,000 and a job opportunity at NESN. The public also can participate in the contest by voting for their favorite film here. The “fan favorite” will win a cash prize.

Andrew Miller, associate professor and director of SHU’s School of Communication & Media Arts graduate programs, said the school is “tremendously proud of Sarah’s accomplishments. Her success in the NESN Next Producer contest is a tribute to the talent and dedication that she brings to all of her work and a shining example of how our students bring what they learn in the classroom into the real world.”

DeNisco isn’t the first SHU student to advance in NESN’s competition. Season one of Next Producer featured Kieran McGirl ’15, who was a co-winner of the competition and now works at NESN. “The success of our students in the NESN contest is a testament to the overall strength of the School of Communication & Media Arts and specifically to our programs in sports communication and media. If you are interested in a career in sports media, there is no better place to pursue your degree than Sacred Heart,” Miller said.

For more information about season two of Next Producer, visit: http://nesn.com/2017/01/nesn-next-producer-season-2-to-debut-saturday-feb-4/