Speakers Included PGA Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher, Joe Alwyn, Emily Blunt,
Jason Blum, Ronny Chieng, Kevin Feige, Jen Flans, Marielle Heller, John Krasinski, Yorgos Lanthimos, Chris Licht, Rob Marshall, Steve McQueen, Gabriela Rodriguez, Adele Romanski, Mimi Valdés, Prashanth Venkataramanujan, Mike Shoemaker
Today the Producers Guild of America (PGA) held its fifth annual Produced By: New York conference at One Time Warner Center in New York, which featured many of the biggest producers and filmmakers working in entertainment. The day kicked off with “A Conversation with PGA Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher” where they discussed workplace safety in the #MeToo era; the challenges of pitching and selling content today; diversity, mentoring, gender parity initiatives; and their future plans for the Guild.
The popular session, “Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations,” is an annual feature of Produced By: New York and highlights a theatrical film producer with a key collaborator –– director, writer, actor, cinematographer, production designer, editor or composer––to discuss how their partnerships provide defining elements of their memorable films, setting them on course for the awards season. For the first time, “Masterclass” was broken out into four distinct sessions with three focused on narrative features and one devoted exclusively to documentaries. Academy Award®-winning producer Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty”) and Mimi Valdés (“Hidden Figures”) led the discussions.
Cohen moderated two Feature Producing Masterclasses. The first featured “The Favourite” director/producer Yorgos Lanthimos and actor Joe Alwyn; “If Beale Street Could Talk” producer Adele Romanski and editor Joi McMillon; and “Widows” director, writer, and producer Steve McQueen and producer Iain Canning. The second highlighted “BlacKkKlansman” producer Jason Blum and writer Kevin Willmott; “Crazy Rich Asians” producer John Penotti and actor Ronny Chieng; “Mary Poppins Returns” director/producer Rob Marshall and lead actress Emily Blunt; and “Roma” producer Gabriela Rodriguez and lead actress Yalitza Aparicio.
Valdés moderated the Documentary Producing Masterclass, which focused on “RBG” producers and directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West, “Three Identical Strangers” producer Becky Read and director Tim Wardle, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, and director and producer Morgan Neville and producer Caryn Capotosto. She also moderated the conference’s closing Feature Producing Masterclass with “Black Panther” producer Kevin Feige and writer Joe Robert Cole; “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” producer Anne Carey and director Marielle Heller; “First Man” producer Wyck Godfrey and production designer Nathan Crowley; and “A Quiet Place” director, writer, and executive producer John Krasinski and producer Andrew Form.
“Late-Night Laughs” featured a discussion with executive producers and showrunners about the unique challenges of producing the funny on different platforms. Chris Licht (Executive Producer and Showrunner, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”) moderated the discussion with Jen Flanz (Executive Producer and Showrunner, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”), Mike Shoemaker (Producer, “Late Night with Seth Meyers”) and Prashanth Venkataramanujam (Co-Creator and Executive Producer, “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj”).
New to this year’s conference, five “Deeper Dive” roundtable discussions were offered to PGA members attending Produced By: New York. Each of these intimate sessions was topic-based and off-the-record, designed to provide an additional opportunity within the conference for PGA members to discuss a range of subjects from career development, to physical production and financing. These sessions included: “Financing and Crafting ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’” (sponsored by AARP) featuring director and producer Morgan Neville and producer Caryn Capotosto, facilitated by producer Julie Goldman; “Shooting on Location: Optimizing Your Production Costs” (sponsored by Media Central), facilitated by producer William Horberg and featuring Media Central’s Jay Schlossberg and producers Mari Jo Winkler andSantiago Quiñones; “Developing and Producing ‘A Quiet Place’” (sponsored by AARP), featuring producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, facilitated by producer Nina Yang Bongiovi; “The Unscripted Landscape” (sponsored by Discovery), featuring Senior Vice President of Development for TLC Jason Sarlanis and facilitated by producers Kay Rothman and Scott Thigpen; and “Breaking the Rules: Taking Your Career to the Next Level,” featuring producers Claudine Marrotte and Jake Abraham and facilitated by producers Dana Kuznetzkoff and Kristine Pregot.
Reaching across film, television and new media, Produced By is an educational forum conducted by acclaimed producers, including numerous Oscar and Emmy award winners, as well as the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. It is specifically created by producers, for producers and features a broad range of programming, including workshops and networking events. No other event gives producers so many opportunities to network with and learn from top storytellers and decision-makers in the entertainment industry. Registration is available now at ProducedByConference.com.
HBO and WarnerMedia are Hosting Sponsors, Delta is the Official Airline Partner and General Motors: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC are the Official Automotive Partners of the conference. Other sponsors to date include: AARP, AFEX; BEN, Branded Entertainment Network; Buffalo Niagara Film Office; CallPlease; Consulate of Iceland in New York; Discovery; Experient; Film in Florida; Film US Virgin Islands; Final Draft; GreenSlate; Honolulu Film Office; Media Central; The Molecule; NYC Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment; NYS Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development; Panasonic; Produce Iowa; SAG-AFTRA; Sagafilm Iceland; Savannah Area Film Office; and Suffolk County Film Commission.
For the first time, programming for Produced By: New York was curated by a team of PGA members including: Bruce Cohen, Dana Kuznetzkoff, Chris Licht, Debbie Myers, Kristine Pregot, Matteo Stanzani and Mimi Valdés, all of whom worked very closely with PGA East Chairs William Horberg and Kay Rothman. The team also included Supervising Producer Liz Hart (Liz Hart Events & Design), Sponsorship Director Diane Salerno (Six Degrees Global), and Marketing Consultant Julie Giles (greenHAT digital).
The 2018 Produced By: New York conference is made possible by The PGA Foundation, The Producers Guild of America’s charitable entity. The Produced By conferences are the cornerstone events that epitomize the Foundation’s core mission, to educate and inspire those working in the producing profession. To review highlights from previous conferences and receive news and the latest programming updates for Produced By: New York 2018, please visit the Guild’s official website and follow its social media channels for the event: