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John Tarnoff

Adjunct Faculty Head of Industry Relations, Master of Entertainment Industry Management Program

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A career development consultant, university educator and former media/entertainment executive, John Tarnoff serves as Adjunct Professor and Head of Industry Relations for the Carnegie Mellon University Master of Entertainment Industry Management program.

Beginning his career as a literary agent, in the ‘70s and ‘80s, John developed and produced movies for Warner Bros, Columbia, MGM and others.  Some of the better-known titles he worked on include DINER, PINK FLOYD THE WALL, THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, and BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE.  Shifting into technology, he founded a startup during the 1990s that created customer service solutions using animation and artificial intelligence.  In 2003, he shifted back into entertainment as Head of Show Development for DreamWorks Animation, where he led the artistic leadership training and university outreach programs. 

Since 2009, he has been committed fulltime to education and training. In addition to his work with CMU, he has consulted for a number of entertainment and non-entertainment clients on education, technology and media marketing, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Boeing Company.  His personal and career reinvention curriculum for mid-late career professionals, Boomer Reinvention™, provides support for individuals looking to extend their careers and create additional meaning in their lives, as well as for organizations looking to retain older managers and create effective cross-generational teams. 


MA in Spiritual Psychology, University of Santa Monica
BA magna-cum-laude from Amherst College.