Screenwriter and producer Leslie Dixon, director and screenwriter Barry W Blaustein and producer Harry Ufland are on board.

Dixon joins the school as O L Halsell Foundation Filmmaker-in-Residence this autumn. Her screenwriting credits include Just Like Heaven, Freaky Friday, Pay It Forward, Hairspray, The Thomas Crown Affair and Overboard.

Blaustein is appointed associate professor of screenwriting and directed and produced the documentary Beyond The Mat.

Ufland becomes professor of creative producing and packaged such films as Raging Bull and Blade Runner and produced Snow Falling On Cedars and served as executive producer on The Last Temptation Of Christ.

Emmy Award-winner Steve Hirsen has also joined the faculty.