Grad's wedding and his
work to air on television


Ryan Notch, a 2003 School of Communications graduate, will star in his own wedding on national television and will have his work seen frequently on TV over the next year or so.

After graduating from Elon, Notch worked for eight months with Mike Mathis Productions in Los Angeles, helping to put together "USC Medical," a television series that will air at 10 p.m. Sundays from April 4-May 9 on the Discovery Health Channel.

June will be a big month for Notch, as his wedding aboard a yacht in Newport Beach, Calif., will be filmed and aired at a future date on a series on marriage ceremonies that is being produced for the Lifetime Channel.

"How's that for a Hollywood wedding?" Notch asked.

He will be marrying Sarah Emerson, a 2002 Elon graduate with a degree in education. Emerson works with autistic children in a kindergarten class in Santa Monica, Calif.

Notch's 13-episode documentary, "USC Medical," follows the trials of patients going through L.A. County Hospital. "Some of the stories include a live-donor liver transplant, a newborn baby with a heart defect, a homeless person assaulted on the streets and a terminal cancer case," Notch explained.

As assistant editor and post-production coordinator for "USC Medical," Notch logged, digitized and edited footage, coordinated rights and clearances, and served as a liason between the production company and the hospital.

In addition to this series, he also did production work on "Extreme Homes" and "Perfect Vacation Homes" (both for the Travel Channel) and "The Ultimate Zoo" (which will air on Animal Planet), all expected to be broadcast in the fall.

Notch prepared all of his life for professional work on the West Coast.

"I was living and working in L.A. for about four years before I attended Elon, working on feature films like 'Little Nikki,' 'Thirteen Days' and 'End of Days,'" Notch said. "In between my time at Elon, I spent a year in Sydney, Australia, working for Fox Studios Australia with the two 'Matrix' sequels as camera grip."

While at Elon, Notch also completed an internship in New York with two-time Academy Award-winning documentary director, Barbara Kopple.

He is now working as an editor for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. The renowned acting conservatory produces short films each semester to showcase the acting abilities of its students, and hires professional filmmakers to produce these projects. "This requires working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, but it is incredibly fun and rewarding," Notch said.

Elon friends who would like to keep in touch can contact Ryan at



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