Board of Visitors

Phil Hong

BA ’97 Communication Studies

Phil Hong is an Executive Producer at Disney Interactive Asia and is currently the Head of Games Production for Korea and China. Phil has lead the effort to develop innovative games and experiences that have delighted and engaged millions of fans across the world with such titles as Star Wars Battlefront, Epic Mickey, and Marvel Future Fight. He traces his roots to UCLA where as an undergrad in '95 he and a team of new media tinkerers at the Daily Bruin pioneered the effort to publish the paper online. This sparked a curiosity to explore a constantly changing global landscape of entertainment platforms that still drives him to this very day.

Chip McLean

BA ’87 Communication Studies 

Chip McLean serves as the Senior Vice President, Business Development & Business Affairs, for the Disney Music Group (DMG), which includes Hollywood Records, Walt Disney Records and the new country music label DMG Nashville, and as Senior Vice President/General Manager of Disney Concerts, DMG’s concert production and licensing arm. He is also The Walt Disney Company’s senior executive responsible for Disney Music Publishing (DMP).

Currently in his twelfth year with The Walt Disney Company, Chip is responsible for DMG’s worldwide business development and business affairs activities across all of its businesses and operations, and has led the development and implementation of many innovative business initiatives and strategic alliances for all aspects of the company’s music endeavors.  As SVP/GM of Disney Concerts, Chip oversees the development, production and licensing of a broad array of concert programs, including orchestral productions such as the upcoming Star Wars Film Concert Series that will premiere with the New York Philharmonic in Fall 2017, as well as “Pixar in Concert,” The Little Mermaid in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, “Fantasia: Live in Concert,” numerous tween-focused concert tours such as “High School Musical: The Concert” and “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" and the upcoming Frozen Ice Concert Experience worldwide touring production that will launch in 2018.  Disney Concerts currently produces or presents over 400 concert events worldwide each year with paid attendance in excess of one million people.  Chip also focuses on managing DMP’s expanding businesses, including signing top contemporary songwriters to the roster, collaborating with DMP’s global publishing partners, and developing new strategic initiatives to leverage The Walt Disney Company’s incomparable music catalog.

Chip began his career as an associate with Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, a Washington, D.C., media and communications law firm.  He was later recruited to join the New Media practice group of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, a preeminent technology and venture capital law firm based in Silicon Valley.  In 1995 Chip joined Warner Bros. Records, serving in various capacities in his 11 years there, including Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs.

A native of Southern California, Chip received a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he served as Senior Articles Editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review, and he received a B.A., Magna Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a major in Communication Studies.

Alan Nierob

BA ’79 Communication Studies

Alan Nierob began his career at Rogers & Cowan in 1979 as an assistant following an internship he had previously fulfilled. Mr. Nierob is currently the President of Rogers & Cowan.

Over the years, Mr. Nierob has represented talent including: Chris Pratt, Caitlyn Jenner,  Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jamie Foxx, Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson, Robert Downey Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Jackman, Kathleen Turner; Beyonce, Shakira, Steve Martin, Matthew McConaughey, Richard Gere, Vince Vaughn, Rob Lowe, Jeff Daniels, Victoria Principal, Jennifer Lopez, Robert Wagner, Garry Shandling, Ali MacGraw, Taylor Lautner, NBA All-Star Dwight Howard, Shaquille O’Neal, Indianapolis 500 champion Danny Sullivan, baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, and fashion icon Giorgio Armani.  In addition, he has worked with producers and directors including Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, M. Night Shyamalan, Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington, Andrew Davis and Mike Newell, and films such as the Academy Award-winning Braveheart, Ransom, Blue Chips, Conspiracy Theory, Lethal Weapon 4, Payback , What Women Want, The Passion of The Christ, Apocalypto, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge and  Dreamgirls  among others.

Mr. Nierob has represented celebrity clients in their endorsements and creation of various products, such as Victoria Principal’s skincare line, Principal Secret; Ali MacGraw’s award-winning video, Yoga, Mind, and Body; and Jennifer Lopez’s fashion line, J.LO by Jennifer Lopez. He has also represented numerous celebrity-authored bestselling books. Marketing and campaign strategies include infomercials, sponsorship, and celebrity tie-ins.

In 2007, Mr. Nierob was awarded the Les Mason Award, which honors those in the field of public relations, whose achievements have been outstanding; whose work reflects the highest professional ideals worthy of being singled out by his or her peers for the highest honor the Publicists Guild can bestow on one of its own members.

A graduate of UCLA, Mr. Nierob is a frequent guest lecturer at his alma mater as well as the American Film Institute. He delivered the Commencement Address to the 2010 Communication Studies graduating class at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Adam Venit

BA ’85 Communication Studies

Adam Venit is a board member and head of the Motion Picture Department at William Morris Endeavor. He was a permanent member of Endeavor’s executive committee and was instrumental in shaping its June 2009 merger with the William Morris Agency. His clients include Gal Gadot, Michael B. Jordan, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Shawn Levy, M. Night Shyamalan, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvester Stallone, and Vince Vaughn.

Venit spent 11 years at Creative Artists Agency, starting out in the mailroom and quickly becoming a leader in the talent department.  He left CAA in November 1996 for Endeavor, then a rapidly expanding start-up agency.  Established to provide a new level of attentive service and powerful representation for its clients, Endeavor became a leader in actor representation due to the leadership of Venit and other members of the talent department. 

Venit currently resides in Beverly Hills, CA, with his wife, Trina, and their five children, Madison, Sarah, Michael, Olivia, and Matthew.

Karen Wolfen

BA ’82 Communication Studies

JD ’85 UCLA School of Law

After graduating from UCLA, Karen Wolfen practiced transactional law with an emphasis on commercial real estate as a partner with the firm Alschuler, Grossman & Pines. Karen was with the firm for 13 years and now is a partner at Sea Glass Ventures, an early stage venture investment fund. Karen’s interest in supporting early stage entrepreneurial activity is evidenced by her involvement on the selection committee for the Larry Wolfen Entrepreneurial Spirit Award at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

In addition to her involvement at UCLA, Karen has been a committee member and board member of several religious, elementary and STEAM education organizations. Her current interests focus on and around media literacy for children.

Karen’s family spans three generations of Bruins. In addition to her and her three brothers all born at and receiving degrees from UCLA, Karen’s father and husband are both double Bruins and her daughter is a first year MBA Student at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Karen’s interest in Communication also runs in the family with her two other children pursuing degrees in Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University.