Next weekend’s “PRODUCED BY CONFERENCE” is already so successful that general registration is temporarily suspended due to overwhelming demand. Now the Producers Guild Of America is trying to accommodate as many attendees as possible. So check back on June 1st if you want to register.
Billed as a weekend of the latest information and innovation impacting the entertainment industry, the Produced By Conference at Sony Pictures Studios will gather in one place 100 of the most important producers in television and film “for an extraordinary weekend of discovery, learning and creative inspiration” featuring an incredible array of speakers, seminars, technology demonstrations, networking opportunities, social events and vendor displays.It’s called the Produced By Conference – a two day event where literally the most important producers in the business will be participating: Clint Eastwood, Jim Cameron, Kathy Kennedy, Mark Gordon, Norman Lear, Michael London, Davis Guggenheim, Carlton Cuse, Bruce Cohen– over 100 of us.
“There’s a story behind this,” one of the organizers, Marshall Herskovitz, tells me. “It’s about producers in the business getting tired of being misperceived, pushed aside, invisible – you name it – and therefore stepping forward to talk about what we do, how we do it, and why. And to give access to less well-established producers so that they can find their way in as well. Just the fact that this is happening in a business this competitive is amazing to me.”
Projects including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Gran Torino, Wall-E, Iron Man, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, The Amazing Race, Scrubs, Deadliest Catch, and the upcoming Avatar will be represented.
Panelists include Rebecca Allen, Darla K. Anderson, Ian Ballon, Jonty Barnes, Peter Bart, Fred Baron, David Beck, Betsy Beers, Thom Beers, Lawrence Bender, David Bloom, Stephanie Bohn, Geoff Boucher, Rob Bredow, Ian Bryce, Nolan Bushnell, Deb Calla, James Cameron, Katie Carpenter, Cean Chaffin, Marc Cherry, Joseph Chianese, Curtis Clark, Bruce Cohen, Roger Corman, Carlton Cuse, RJ Cutler, Lee Daniels, Debbie Denise, Ira Deutchman, Gaurav Dhillon, Lauren Shuler Donner, David Dozoretz, Jody Dunitz, Clint Eastwood, Richard Edlund, Chris Edwards, Craig Emanuel, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Feige, Lucy Fisher, James Flynn, Tom Forman, Ron Frankel, Mark Franco, Kevin Geiss, Jason George, Tim Gibbons, Shawn Gold, David Goldberg, Jeff Gomez, Demian Gordon, Howard Gordon, Larry Gordon, Mark Gordon, Nick Grad, Sarah Green, Joshua Greer, Daniel Gregoire, Davis Guggenheim, Roger Guyett, John Hadity, Clark Hallren, Buzz Hays, Marshall Herskovitz, Charles Howard, Arianna Huffington, Mary Ann Hughes, Gale Anne Hurd, Cynthia Kanner, Michael Kassan, Kathleen Kennedy, David Kirkpatrick, Hawk Koch, Yair Landau, Jason Langley, Greg LaSalle, Bill Lawrence, Earl Lestz, Norman Lear, Paul Lee, Richard Leibowitz, Paul Leonard, Ali LeRoi, Michael London, Starr Long, Robert Lorenz, Gary Lucchesi, Danny Mandel, Mark Marabella, Ed Marsh, Lori McCreary, Alex McDowell, Tracy McKnight, Mary McNamara, David Morin, Jim Morris, Kim Moses, Frank Moss, Ted Mundorff, Jonathan Murray, Lisa Nitti, Scott Nocas, Edward Noeltner, Erin O’Malley, Howard T. Owens, Gordon Paddison, Stacy Peralta, David Perry, David Picker, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Brian Pohl, Diana Porkorny, Steve Preeg, Denise Ream, Dennis Rice, Robert Riesenberg, Danae Ringelmann, Andrea Robinson, Jake Rose, Patrick Runyon, John Saade, Ian Sander, Michael Sanders, Lisbeth Savill, Steve Schklair, Joel Stillerman, David Strauss, Bill Stuart, David Stump, Steve Sullivan, Jose Tamez, Brian Terkelsen, Peter Tortorici, Laura Tunberg, Ed Ulbrich, Paula Wagner, John Walker, Screech Washington, Marc Weigert, Matthew Weiner, Pixie Wespiser, Douglas Wick, Sabrina Wind, Ralph Winter, Michael Wright, Hoyt Yeatman, Tom Zappala, Marina Zenovich, John Ziffren.
Mentoring roundtables will present up-close-and-personal opportunities of 45 minutes of questioning (not pitches) with producers including Thom Beers, Marc Cherry, Bruce Cohen, Carlton Cuse, R.J. Cutler, Lauren Shuler Donner, Larry Gordon, Mark Gordon, Sarah Green, Marshall Herskovitz, Gale Anne Hurd, Hawk Koch, Marc Cherry, Bill Lawrence, Ali LeRoi, Gary Lucchesi.
Here’s the schedule:
Friday, June 5th
Produced By Conference Kickoff Party
Sunday, June 6th
Meet and Greet Breakfast
Profile: James Cameron – Seeing The Future in 3D
Cable: The New Home of Scripted Television
Branded Entertainment for Producers
Financing Independent Film
Assembling A First-Rate Producing Team
Storytelling In An Age of Diversity
Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling
Profile: Gordon On Gordon
The New Big Bang: Participant Content and The Future of Storytelling
Reality Revolution Backstage Theater
Virtual to Viral: Opportunities For Monetization, Marketing and Development
Independent Filmmaking: The Way It Was, Is and Ought To Be
The Collaborative Process of Visual Effects
Episodic TV: Elements of A Hit
Who Does What? The Role of The Creative Producer
The Independent Producers Roadmap To Videogame Development
Digital Rights: Monetizing and Defending Our Intellectual Property
The Digital 25: Cocktail Reception
Sunday, June 7th
Profile: Desperate Housewives
Media In Motion
Made In The USA: Navigating Domestic Tax Incentives
*World Premiere* PGA/ASC Camera Assessment Series
A Master Class With Marshall Herskovitz: Versatility Equals Survival!
Saving The Planet Through Green Production Part 1 & 2
A Master Class With Thom Beers: The Art of The Non-Fiction Pitch
CAS Digital Camera Showcase
That’s Lunch! Catering Truck Showcase
Booking A Private Jet Doesn’t Have To Be A Production
Pixar Method of Producing
International Coproductions: Alive and Well
How To Produce A Documentary That Isn’t Boring
Sounds Like A Deal: Music Licensing
Profile: Clint Eastwood and Rob Lorenz: The Malpaso Way
A New Dimension: 3D Stereoscopic Production
The State of Indie Distribution
Profile: Marvel Studios
A-Z Start Up Through Delivery Sponsored By Kodak Wheel of Fortune Stage 11
Performance/Motion Capture Production Technology
Producers Challenge Awards
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