Diana Barton '91

Diana is a 1991 Graduate of Emerson College, with a Bachelors in Communication and Television Production. For close to 30 years she has been a PA, Script Supervisor, Production Supervisor, Stage Manager, Associate Director and/or Producer on hundreds of television shows. If you’ve seen an awards show, red carpet, or live televised concert or special, most likely Diana was a part of it. She is a proud member of the Directors Guild of America as a Television AD and Stage Manager, and owner of Walking City Production Rentals. Recruited by Kevin Bright to advise on the 30th Annual EVVY Awards, Diana was brought back into the Emerson College fold. She expanded her role here when offered the job of Manager of the Emerson Television Channel, which she gladly accepted. She lives on the South Shore with the loves of her lives, her husband David and their boys Shea and Conlan.

Director of Production

Thomas Coughlin '22

Thomas is a Junior Media Arts Production Major with a Minor in Podcasting, Radio, and Streaming Media from East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He has worked on the Emerson Channel since his first semester and has continued to this day. He has worked in multiple roles including positions in studio and broadcast as well as executive producing Breaking News and 707: A Sitcom. As the current Director of Production, she oversees all of the channel’s shows, events, and our lovely senior staff. When he isn’t working at the Emerson Channel he likes to look at clouds.
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Director of Programming

Simona Riccardi '21

Simona is a Senior Media Arts Production major from New Jersey. As Director of Programming, she is responsible for the development and execution of original content on The Emerson Channel. Simona began working on The Emerson Channel her first semester at Emerson on GME, Breaking News and ECCS. From there, she has worked in a variety of positions on the Emerson Channel, as well as interned for WGBH, TBS, NBC News, and MSNBC. (At MSNBC, she worked with the Programming team!) When not working in the studio office or talking about The Emerson Channel to anyone who’ll listen, Simona takes great pleasure in spending her office hours helping her fellow students.
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Post Production Supervisor

Jamie De Cesare '21

Jamie De Cesare is from LA, California. He is a VMA major with an interest in Post-Production editing and color correction. Jamie worked Closing Time as an editor and Dream Net and Felt on Felt as a colorist. In his free time, Jamie also likes board games, snowboarding, and sweet early 2000s rock music.
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Equipment Manager

Alec Martinez '21

Alec is a senior VMA Production Major from New Jersey. As Equipment Manager, Alec oversees Emerson Channel’s Equipment Office, making sure show staff is trained on the latest equipment and ensuring that shows can reserve and order the equipment they need. Outside of Emerson Channel, Alec has worked on many professional sets within the Boston community. While he loves TV, his main goal is eventually become a cinematographer for feature films!


Hannah Cremins '22

Hannah is a Junior Media Arts Production major with a minor in Business, from Cape Cod, MA. As the Webmaster,  Hannah is responsible for updating The Emerson Channel website on a weekly basis with resources, episodes from current shows, and provide an ongoing platform for students to showcase their work. In addition, Hannah has been a crew member on multiple Emerson Channel shows, is the Executive Producer of Closing Time, and works as the Marketing Director for Emerson’s chapter of    National Broadcasting Society!         

Scheduling Manager

Joe Davidi '21

Joe is a senior Media Arts Production major from Bridgewater New Jersey. He started his first role on The Emerson Channel as Director of Breaking News and has held various other positions since then including Producer of Tufte Tonight and Director of Good Morning Emerson. As scheduling and submissions coordinator, Joe is in charge of scheduling the programing that goes on the channel as well as getting new submissions from Emerson students and alumni. When he graduates, he hopes to work in the broadcast industry and is excited to get started as soon as he can!

Director of Marketing

Victoria Garcia ' 21

Victoria is a senior Business for Creative Enterprises major with a minor in Economics and Art History, from Caracas, Venezuela. She had the pleasure of working on various Emerson Channel shows like GME, Speechless, and The Comedy Special. Victoria is a freelance graphic designer and fell in love with marketing her Freshman year. She calls herself a creative entrepreneur who is passionate about promoting and delivering products and services in the most creative way possible. As the current Director of Marketing, Victoria plans and coordinates Emerson Channel’s marketing efforts. If she could, she would spend all her free time inside a movie theater or art museum.

Director of Broadcast Operations

Daniella Baltazar '21

Daniella is a senior Media Arts Production Major. As Director of Broadcast Operations, she oversees the technical aspects of The Emerson Channel. Specifically, making sure shows are scheduled at the correct times and fixing the channel if any problems arise. Daniella got involved with the Emerson Channel her first semester of sophomore year as a Broadcast Operation Associate, and she was promoted at the end of the semester to Director of Broadcast Operations. When she’s not in Master Control, she can be found listening to Glass Animals, drinking way too much coffee, or working in the G&E department on sets in Boston!
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Director of Education

Maria Suevo' 21

Maria is a Media Arts Production Major from Bucks County, PA. She got involved with The Emerson Channel during her first semester at Emerson as a production assistant for “707: A Sitcom”. As of today, she has held countless positions for The Emerson Channel. Some of her favorite positions so far have been being a Segment Producer for “Tufte Tonight” as well as a Camera Operator for “Good Morning Emerson”. As Director of Education, Maria loves helping to teach people about studio television and production all while getting to learn more about it all herself! She loves being a great role model for people who want to learn! When Maria is not working on The Emerson Channel, she is sleeping, so she can be well rested to work on The Emerson Channel even more.

Director of Graphics

Nick Johnston '22

Nick is a junior here at Emerson College in the VMA department. He loves challenging himself with projects that take dedication, creativity, and practice- so running The Emerson Channel’s graphic department is perfect for him! Specializing in After Effects and Photoshop, he is responsible for creating all the graphics for the Emerson Channel Shows. Nick would love for you to reach out about any questions regarding Emchan Graphics, he would be happy to help!
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MAY 09: Director Matt Walting attends the Los Angeles premiere of Leomark Studios' and Waiting Entertainment's "Just Say Goodbye" at Regency Valley Plaza 6 on May 09, 2019 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

Promotions Manager

Matt Walting '22

Matt Walting is a Visual Media Arts major from Wilbraham, Massachusetts, with a specialty for advertisement production! He began in theater at age 8, and discovered film at age 10, when he was cast in a college production. He gained more interest into the mechanics of filmmaking, studying and practicing with multiple short films and small projects. Since creating his debut feature film, Just Say Goodbye, Matt owns and operates Walting Entertainment, LLC, an independent film production company.

Director of Outreach

Gabriella Leonel '21

Gabriella is a senior with an individually curated major (IDIP) titled Documentary Journalism. She joined the Emerson Channel as an executive producer in the spring of 2020. She co-created and still produces “Beneath the Surface,” a documentary series and multimedia project aiming to ignite an honest and productive conversation about race on Emerson’s campus, by featuring the narratives of Black, Indigenous, and students of color. Gabriella is a strong believer in motivating change by tackling the community you have direct access to. The Emerson Channel is one of those communities Gabriella has access to, and through this position she is hoping to take the steps in further making the Emerson Channel more inclusive and diverse. Do you have thoughts on what inclusivity looks like to you? Feel free to reach out to her, as she would love to sit down with anyone over zoom or a socially distant coffee to hear their thoughts and experiences! In her free time, Gabriella loves to indulge in relaxation, reading works by liberation writers, and spending quality time with those she loves and is inspired by.