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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 16, 2013

Next SAC lecture to feature MTV’s ‘Catfish’ creator Nev Schulman

Nev Schulman

Nev Schulman

Nev Schulman, creator of MTV’s hit series “Catfish: The TV Show” will share his experiences and advice as part of the Student Activities Council’s SAC Speaks lecture series at Northwest Missouri State University.

Schulman will appear at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public, although tickets are required to attend. Tickets will be available starting Monday, Oct. 28, at the Student Services Center, located on the first floor of the Administration Building. 

The MTV hit series tackles the mystery and complexities of dating in a digital world. The series follows its host and executive producer, Schulman, whose own online drama was the subject of the “Catfish” film, as he takes viewers on a personal journey that goes inside the stories of young people as their online-only romantic relationships collide with first-time, real-life encounters.

Schulman’s career began at age 19 when he teamed up with his older brother to start a film and photography production company. In 2010, Schulman got his big break when he became the subject of the documentary “Catfish,” filmed by his brother and business partner Henry Joost. 

The term “catfish” describes someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook and other social media to create false identities. 

Schulman’s story became a lightning rod for others who have experienced bizarre online relationships and he set out to help other people meet their online loves in the same way he met his.  With that drive and passion Schulman has created the follow-up series “Catfish:  The TV Show” with filmmaking partner Max Joseph in hopes to help others on their own catfish journeys. 

“We wanted to bring Nev to Northwest because of his interesting story,” said Lucas Clark, SAC’s director of lecture programming. “It is a huge show on MTV, and many students will get enjoyment out of his story.”

For more information, contact Student Activities Council at 660.562.1226 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468