WWE and Full Sail University officially announced today their partnership that moves live tapings of WWE NXT to Full Sail Live, the university's performance venue, and creates a new student scholarship fund.
Beginning May 17, 2012, students of the university's entertainment-focused degree programs, including Film, Show Production, Digital Arts and Design, Internet Marketing and Entertainment Business, will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience working with WWE to produce NXT.
Throughout the taping schedule, Full Sail University students, staff, faculty and the general public will be invited to attend the live tapings on the campus. All proceeds from ticket and merchandise sales will go towards a scholarship fund for students enrolled at or planning to attend Full Sail University.
"WWE has always been a leader in creating superstars in front of the camera. Now, with this unique partnership with Full Sail University, WWE will develop stars behind the camera as well," said Paul "Triple H" Levesque, Executive Vice President, Talent and Live Events for WWE. "With the opportunity to host events at Full Sail's top-notch facilities and the chance to tap into Full Sail's greatest resource, its students, we are excited to provide real-world experience while giving us a fresh, creative perspective from ambitious students."
"As a leading entertainment and media focused institution we are delighted to announce this remarkable new collaboration, which highlights WWE's commitment to education and advanced growth in the entertainment industry and Full Sail's commitment to bringing industry-leading organizations directly to our students," said Ken Goldstone, Chief Operating Officer for Full Sail University. "We look forward to sharing this incredible experience with our students, the entire Central Florida community and the millions of WWE fans worldwide."
As noted earlier, Jim Ross is scheduled to broadcast the debut episode of WWE NXT.