Neal Bennett

Bennett began his career in the mid-90s as a television writer and producer for WPHL 17 in Philadelphia. Soon after, he worked as a production associate for several feature films and began working as a production tech for Comcast and Cablevision. After spending a few years at local cable networks, Bennett was hired to travel with the TLC crew as a locations coordinator/unit manager for Trading Spaces.

In 2002 Bennett began teaching film and video at a career academy in Monmouth County. His courses focused on studio television production, digital media, and 3D animation.

Bennett later founded his own film and video school, Industry Media Arts, creating after school enrichment and portfolio development courses. It was here he realized how valuable real world experience is for students wanting to get into the field of filmmaking and video.

He has had the opportunity to work on ESPN’s World Series of Poker, MLB Network’s World Series, various NHL Productions, NFL Films projects, YES Network’s Yankees on Deck, HBO’s Real Sports, and Discovery’s Assignment Discovery. Bennett was also a co-producer, director, and editor of Dream Camp TV with Executive Producer Joe Patane (Real World, MTV) featuring the talent of Drew Carey, James Cameron (Avatar), Vince Pace (Avatar), and Pauley Perrette (NCIS).

Bennett continues freelancing for various production companies and creates unique solutions for a wide spectrum of corporate clients. Over the years he has struck a balance between teaching and staying active in the field. Bennett often brings his real world experiences into the classroom sharing the latest updates in technology, workflows and industry trends.

Bennett is currently working for the School of Communication and Information as a tieaching instructor in the Journalism and Media Studies department. He is also working with the Mason Gross School of Arts Extension Division to develop, teach, and supervise filmmaking and certification programs.