LOS ANGELES, CA (March 27, 2013) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the initial slate of speakers confirmed to participate in the 5th annual Produced By Conference (PBC). Director and producer J.J. Abrams, producer Mark Burnett, actor and producer Tom Cruise and producer Gale Anne Hurd will participate as featured speakers joining a prestigious list of acclaimed producers and industry leaders in entertainment and digital media. The 2013 Produced By Conference will be hosted by 20th Century Fox Studios on June 8-9.
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Freelance writer Cari Lynn is a Deadline contributor based in Los Angeles.
“Television is an undervalued medium,” Marc Cuban declared today at the PGA’s Produced By Conference. It’s a different stance than earlier this decade when he launched HDNet to provide then-state-of-the-art high definition programming. Now, with the upcoming soft launch of AXS TV, a partnership among Cuban, Ryan Seacrest, AEG and CAA (which originated as a rebranding of HDNet/HDNet Canada), Cuban is far more optimistic about the boob tube than he is about online content. “Bits are bits,” he said. “Everything is digital…the Internet has no inherent value over TV. None, zippo. People forget that satellite, DirectTV, Dish, they’re all digital, they can do everything the Internet can do.” But Cuban did acknowledge that the next step for television is the network DVR, which he says “is going to happen.” He said he believed Dish Network’s much-contested Hopper DVR challenges traditional TV providers to take advantage of digital opportunities. “Dish is trying to get ahead of curve on user experience. If Dish reduces the risk to pay a premium for no commercials, why not?”
The future of Hollywood franchises is international and it is female, producers agreed this afternoon on the Studio Tentpoles panel at the PGA’s Produced By Conference. “I think Hollywood was too stupid to figure that out for a while” said The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson, citing the recent success of the her own new franchise and The Twilight Saga as examples of female-driven blockbusters. “I think that there will be something really big that will reverse engineer itself for the American market,” said Transformers and Red producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, taking a different perspective and noting the changing nature of the French film industry toward more populist fare. “It’s going to come at us and I think that will be a good thing.” Jacobson also lamented Hollywood’s pursuit of what she called the “fanboy” audience. “Can you think, between movies, TV, video games and porn, any audience that has a shorter attention span?” she asked. She pointed out that women are the primary economic decision-makers in most households. Di Bonaventura and Jacobson were joined on the panel by The Hangover movies’ director Todd Phillips and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” producer Debra Martin Chase. Former Warner Bros executive Kevin McCormick, producer of the upcoming Gangster Squad, moderated the panel. Philips declined to say anything about the plot of The Hangover 3 except that it is “not going to be another forgotten night.”
Lionsgate’s Michael Burns On Staying Nimble, Getting Into The Jennifer Lawrence Business: Produced By Conference
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Lionsgate has had a very good year and Vice Chairman Michael Burns, speaking today at the PGA’s Produced By conference, attributes this to staying nimble, embracing social media and banking on Jennifer Lawrence — all of which he says they’ll continue to do. The studio’s biggest hit The Hunger Games hit $400 million domestically this weekend. “The dream of any studio is to have franchises,” he said, looking to the opening of Hunger Games in China on 60 to 70 Imax screens. He’s also banking on the sequel to do even more since the book trilogy is catching on internationally. “We mitigate our risk with foreign pre-sales,” he says. Russia is also becoming a big market. “Several years ago, if someone had said Russia would be a giant territory, I’d have said, ‘have you been smoking weed?’ It was the same with China.” But asked if Lionsgate was going to move into worldwide distribution, the answer was a definitive No. “English-speaking is a place we like.” Foreign can be “too difficult. In some countries, for example, we can’t fire or hire people.”
“We want the very good and the bad.” That’s what American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said this afternoon is the core of the competition show. “It’s the bland people in the middle we want to get rid …
Christopher Nolan made two things extremely clear today as the Produced By Conference got underway on the Sony lot in Culver City. He will definitely not be making a fourth Batman movie, and he believes that digital filmmaking is “devaluing of what we do as filmmakers.” The Dark Knight Rises director said he actually never had a plan for any Batman sequels when he made 2005′s Batman Begins. “We never had a specific trajectory,” Nolan noted. “I wanted to put everything into making one great film, I didn’t want to hold anything back.” And Nolan certainly didn’t hold anything back on his feelings about Hollywood’s “rapid” move to digital moviemaking. Nolan said to the audience, which included Warner Bros‘ Jeff Robinov, that he “didn’t have any interest in being the research department for an electronics company.” Nolan added, “It’s like filmmakers are being encouraged to buy cameras like we are buying iPods.”
The Producers Guild of America today announced the 10 finalist film projects of the 2012 PGA Producers Showcase competition. ProShow is taking place in conjunction with the fourth annual Produced By Conference held in association with the International CES® …
The fourth annual Produced By Conference runs June 8-10 on the Sony lot in Culver City and last month set its speakers for the event sponsored by the Producers Guild in association with the International CES. The workshops and panels confirmed today include producer-centric topics from new media and global finance to distribution, marketing and brand identity. Here’s the program:
The 2012 Produced By Conference, organized by the Producers Guild and new presenting sponsor the International CES, will feature more than 25 conference sessions, panel discussions, mentoring roundtables, networking opportunities, social events and workshops for the film, TV and digital industries. It’s set for June 8-10 on the Sony lot in Culver City. Here’s the initial lineup of participants announced today, with a notable boost in digital participants for the event’s fourth year:
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 29, 2011) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) announced today the first slate of speakers confirmed to participate in the 2011 Produced By Conference (PBC) which includes some of entertainment’s most sought-after producers and industry leaders. It was also announced that The Walt Disney Studios along with the ABC Entertainment Group will host the 2011 event in conjunction with AFCI’s Locations Show June 3-5, 2011.“We’re excited to announce the initial speaker line up for this year’s conference to be held at the Walt Disney Studios,” said Producers Guild President Emeritus and co-chair of PBC, Marshall Herskovitz. “We’re extremely grateful to everyone at The Walt Disney Studios for agreeing to host the third annual conference. The Disney lot provides an amazing backdrop for the producing community to gather for an exciting weekend of learning and networking.”
“The Produced By Conference continues to exceed my expectations. I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting program, and throughout all of the PBC programming, we hope to continue to advance the theme that the role of the producer is a crucial one,” said Gale Anne Hurd, PBC event co-chair. The list of featured speakers for 2011 PBC includes some of the entertainment industry’s most renowned producers and executives including, in alphabetical order:
LOS ANGELES (November 2, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) announced today that the 2011 Produced By Conference (PBC) will be held in conjunction with AFCI’s Locations Trade Show June 3-5, 2011. More details about the event will be released early next year.
Reaching across film, television and new media industries, PBC is an educational forum that attracted more than 1,100 people last year and involves acclaimed producers, including countless Academy Award®-winning filmmakers and Emmy® Award winners, as well as the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. The annual AFCI Locations Trade Show is the largest worldwide gathering of film commissions.
“The Produced By Conference is an important initiative for the Guild as it brings together our amazing producer community for two days of learning and networking. By partnering with AFCI we hope that PBC will be an even more invaluable experience,” said PGA President Emeritus and PBC Event Co-Chair Marshall Herskovitz. “We’re excited to build upon last year’s wildly successful program, and we believe our collaboration with AFCI will enhance learning opportunities and provide the increasingly important global perspective,” added PBC Event Co-Chair Gale Anne Hurd. Rachel Klein will also serve as co-chair of next year’s PBC event.