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PGA Party at Cannes 2016!

Posted By STU LEVY, Thursday, April 28, 2016

Since 2009, the PGA has hosted a cocktail party during the Cannes film Festival jointly with our French Affiliates the APC.

This year it will be Saturday May 14 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM the first week end of the festival.

France produces between 250 and 300 films per year which makes it the 2nd film producing country in the Western market. Distribution of US independent production is no longer domestically sustainable, and more and more projects rely on European local incentives to finance their projects.

This cocktail is a chance to meet the top Film and TV producers who are also looking into entering the US film market through producing partnerships. The PGA international committee is pleased to provide this event for you to facilitate opportunities.  Keep us posted with whatever happens!

 The PGA wants to thank our sponsors for this Cannes event and their warm welcome:

- Film France Commission, providing their old Harbor Terrace in the International Village - Pantiero. (Sat. May 145:00-7:00).
- ARRI France Natasza Chroscicki, ARRI USA Franz Wieser, ARRI Germany, Jorg Pohlman, without whom the party would be very dry!
See you all there, Antoine
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Early Bird Rates Ending for Produced By 2016

Posted By Kent Matsuoka, Thursday, April 28, 2016

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Discounted Rates Ending for Produced By 2016!

You've seen the ads. You've read the emails. Produced By 2016 is playing host to everyone from Morgan Freeman & Lori McCreary, to Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman, to John Landgraf & Noah Hawley, to Steve McQueen with New Regency's Brad Weston & Pam Abdy, to Russell Simmons and his team at All Def Digital and everyone in between.  In fact, we've just opened our special face-to-face Mentoring Roundtables for registration.

Obviously, you're going, right?

If you haven't yet registered for Produced By 2016, this is the moment.  Early-bird pricing ends Sunday, May 1.  Your PGA Affiliate membership already gets you the special $399 international partner rate for the weekend.  (Non-members pay as much as $1,099.)  But that price goes up after this week, to $499.  Much as we'd like to have your extra $100, we bet that you have some better ideas for it.  So register today.

Wherever you are in your profession, whatever format or medium you work in - or whatever format you're hoping to transition to - Produced By will help you take your career to the next level.  It's the only conference created by producers, for producers, and it sells out every year.  If you're going to go, you may as well go for less money, right?

Make the most of your budget, and register for Produced By 2016 by May 1 to lock in your early bird discount. Just click on www.producedbyconference.com to register.  We'll see you on the Sony Pictures Studios lot on June 4 and 5!

PGA International Committee | Stu Levy & Bill Stuart, Co-Chairs

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Kyoto Filmmakers Lab MASTERS Session - Day 3

Posted By Jason K. Lau, Thursday, October 29, 2015

It's kendo day!  Kendo is a modern martial art that has it roots in swordsmanship.  Basically, we got to play samurai for the day!  We were at the traditional kyu butokuden temple with true masters of this art form. They were also big fans of jidaigeki. After some quick basic lessons, we got to re-enact some traditional samurai movie scenes.  What do you get when you put a bunch of enthusiastic filmmakers in a dojo with wooden swords?  You get a lot of hammy acting! But, it was a lot of fun hammy acting.

There was also a very serious side to kendo, which the senseis made sure we understood. Respect. Honor.  Duty. This adds to the mindset of the samurai or ninja for any future character work. It was a great lesson today in the art of jidaigeki.

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Kyoto Filmmakers Lab MASTERS session - Day 2

Posted By Jason K. Lau, Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

As a US producer making international films, I am always on the lookout for directors that can cross the bridge between cultures and countries.  One such director is Masato HARADA.  I had a chance to meet him at today’s Kyoto Filmmakers MASTERS Session where he was one of the key presenters.  Born in Nomazu, Japan, Harada was educated in London and at Pepperdine.  He is best known for his acting role in the LAST SAMURAI, but has since directed over 20 films.  He has the unique ability to skillfully work with both Japanese and Hollywood actors.  We had a conversation on conveying subtle subtext to actors, and the different approaches to Japanese versus Hollywood performers.  This expertise can often make or break a performance.

I also had the chance to attend a presentation by David McDONALD the New Media Executive for Asia Pacific about YouTube.  I am old school.  But, my opens were opened on what YouTube is doing for filmmakers.  McDonald is based in Tokyo (and his Japanese is impressive) and showed the audience all the new toys like YouTube 360, YouTube Red, and YouTube Space.  YouTube 360 is an immersive 3D viewing experience where the user uses stereoscopic goggles on your iphone to “look around” a 3D world while the film is playing.  YouTube Red is the new no ad pay subscription with revenue share to filmmakers.  YouTube Space is the production facility so filmmakers can have all the cool tools to make great films.  They way I see it, self distribution is getting even more exciting.  Especially, with studios like TOEI now partnering with YouTube for more web based series content.

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Kyoto Filmmakers Lab - Masters Session - DAY 1

Posted By Jason K. Lau, Wednesday, October 28, 2015

About 20 participants are attending the Masters Session of this year's Kyoto Filmmakers Lab.  Today we visited the SHOCHIKU and TOEI studios to observe jidaigeki filming in action.  Both studios have extensive edo period Japanese villages.  While these sets feel cramped compared to US studios, they are completely functional and covey a true period correct look. 

We also moved into the CHIONJI temple.  The good news is that this temple has beautiful gardens.  The bad news is that we are almost side-by-side with our fellow participants.  It's a little close for Westerner's sense of personal space. 

Tomorrow, our seminars start.  We shall meet with director Harada Masato and the head of YouTube Asia Pacific.

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Kyoto Filmmakers Lab - Masters Session

Posted By Jason K. Lau, Monday, October 26, 2015

Jidaigeki.  Heard of it?  Sound familiar?  Let me give you a hint.  STAR WARS.  Master Yoda.  Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Luke Skywalker.  Yeah, that’s right.  George Lucas loved jidaigeki films so much that it inspired him to create his famous “jedi knights”. 

So, what is jidaigeki?  They are period piece films that directors Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Yosujiro Ozu (the “big three”) made famous.  This year, the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab in association with the Tokyo International Film Festival is holding the first MASTERS SESSION to give filmmakers hands-on experience making jidaigeki films.  I was lucky enough to get invited to attend this one-week immersion program.  Yes, I mean immersion.  Our accommodations will be at the famous CHIONJI TEMPLE, and a special edo period restaurant has been recreated at a Japanese village set at the Toei studio.

Starting tomorrow, I will be posting a daily log about my adventures.  Call it my time travel blog.  A weird mix of century old kendo swordplay with 8K cameras.  It will be a journey back almost three centuries.  A long time ago in a land far, far away…

For more information on the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab:http://www.kyotofilmmakerslab.com/programs/masters_session/ 

Jason Lau is a producer, writer, and director living in Honolulu, Hawaii.  His company is TalkStory Productions.

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PGA Affiliate Newsletter - October 2015

Posted By Kent Matsuoka, Thursday, October 15, 2015
Updated: Thursday, October 15, 2015
 

PGA INTERNATIONAL
International Affiliate Newletter - Oct 2015
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Dear Producing Colleages;

We have seen quite a number of changes in the International Production landscape in the past year, from the almost monthly announcement of another US-China co-production agreement being signed, broken international box-office records surpassing even that of the US market,the collapseof Relativity Media, and the continued dependence on incentives and alternative financing to stretch the ever tightening production dollar.

PGA International members have remained on the forefront of all these developments, spending countless hours attending various festivals, forums, and meeting with our producing peers around the world.

Our members were invited to participate in the Taipei Film Academy, speak at the US-China Film & TV Industry Expo, and co-hosted successful events at Cannes, Deauville, and Toronto.

Keep up with all the changes in the Asian Film markets by attending the upcoming US-China Film summits in LA, the Asian Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum in Hawaii, and the 2nd Annual Produced By in New York.

Check out the details of these events below and register today!


Stu Levy & Bill Stuart, Co-Chairs
PGA International


Produced By : New York

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The PGA is proud to present Produced By: New York this month on October 24 at Time Warner Center.

This one-day event will showcase the best of the vibrant and diverse New York creative community working in film, television, and new media.

Attendees have the opportunity to network with Oscar winning filmmakers, Emmy winning showrunners, and the next generation of creative entrepreneurs during a full day of panel discussions, group mentoring sessions, and an evening cocktail reception.


As an international affiliate of the PGA, your members are entitled to a special affiliate price of $375 for full access.

The general admission price is $575.

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US CHINA CO-PRODUCTION
FILM SUMMIT

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The 11th Chinese American Film Festival will present a US China Co-Production Film Summit co-organized by the PGA and China Film Promotion Internationalon November 2, 2015 at Paramount Studios.

Featured discussions include panels on Distribution, Production, Internet, and a Co-Production talk by Mr. Miao Xiaotian of China Film Co-Production Group.


Although registration is free to PGA Members, space is limited.

RSVP to weiwei@edimediainc.com

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US CHINAFILM SUMMIT

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Asia Society Southern California will hold its Sixth Annual U.S.-China Film Summit on Thursday, November 5, 2015. This prestigious event will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST, followed by a Gala Dinner. Since 2010, the Film Summit has led the conversation about U.S.-Chinese film co-production and delivered high-quality speakers, spurring rapid expansion of the conference, drawing ever more senior executives and government officials and generating national media coverage.

The pace of deal making has accelerated in the past year and ambitions are growing for partnerships and market access on both sides of the Pacific. This year’s Film Summit will have four panel discussions and featured speakers examining, among other trends:

• The outlook for Chinese investment in Hollywood
• Initiatives in cross-border film finance
• What’s working in China: Emerging avenues for film
• An insiders’ view on overcoming production, funding and legal
• The evolving role of intellectual-property rights in China
• Chinese and American studio CEOs’ take on the present and future

For more information and to register please visit :

http://asiasociety.org/us-china-film-summit

PGA Members can use the following promotional code for a discounted rate: "PGAsummit2015"

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ASIA PACIFIC ENTERTAINMENT
FINANCE FORUM

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Leading global producer of entertainment finance conferences Winston Baker announces the inaugural “Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum” to be hosted at The Modern Honoluluduring the 35th Hawaii International Film Festival on November 18-20, 2015.

The latest event in Winston Baker’s highly successful international Film Finance Forum® series will feature a speaking faculty of seasoned leaders fromHollywood, Silicon Valley, and Asia who will discuss Asia Pacific’s growing entertainment market.

These top executives will address:


– Financing and Growth Strategies For Film, Television and Beyond
– Localization of Remakes and Innovative Film Co-Productions
– Redefining The Television Landscape
– Capitalizing on Gaming IP Development
– Future Prospects for Digital Content Production and Distribution

– Local Challenges and Opportunities: Creating Content in Hawaii

The conference’s speaking faculty includes:

– Bruce Tuchman, President, AMC Networks Global
– Nansun Shi, Executive Director, Film Workshop Co Ltd
– Kiyun Lee, Head of Production & Distribution, CJ Entertainment
– William Feng, China Representative, Motion Picture Association
– Leslie Chen, Senior Vice President, IM Global
– Bill Borden, Chief Executive Officer, Mili Pictures Worldwide
– Nina Yang Bongiovi, Producer, Significant Productions
– David Stelzer, Co-Head, Games, Creative Artists Agency
– Schuyler Moore, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
– Clinton Foy, Managing Director, Crosscut Ventures
– Sunny Dhillon, Principal, Signia Ventures
– Maya Rogers, Chief Executive Officer, Blue Planet Software
– Chris Lee, Founder and Director Academy, Creative SystemMedia
– Ricardo Galindez, Co-Founder, Island Film Group
– Georja Skinner, Chief Officer, Creative Industries State of Hawaii


For more information or to register, click here:

http://entertainmentfinanceforum.com/


PGA members will receive a 25% discount offregistrationwith the promo code "IntlPGA".

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PGA Members take part in Taipei Filmmakers Workshop

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PGA Members Charles Howard, Deborah Calla, and Christina Lee Storm joined Kevin Clark and George David from the AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International)
last month at the 2015 Taipei Film Academy Filmmakers' Workshop in hopes of bringing their years of international production experience to young Taiwanese filmmakers.

46 Taiwanese film professionals and promising students were chosen to participate in workshop lead by Taiwanese producers Liu Weijan and Chen Kuo-Fu, DP Lee Ping-bin, and other notable film professionals along with the PGA and AFCI guests.

This was the second year of attending for Calla and Howard who were joined this year by International Committee and China Task Force member Storm.

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PGA CHINA TASK FORCE PANEL AT UCFTI Expo

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PGA China Task Force chair Elizabeth Dell moderated a panel at the US China Film & TV Industry Expo last month discussing the differences producing between the US and China.

She was joined by Anne Clements (Hollywood Adventures) and Charles Coker (Skiptrace, Flying Tigers), producers of recent US-China crossover projects and delved into their actual experiences, challenges, misunderstandings, and successes.

Other panels included a one-on-one conversations with Donald Tang of Tang Media and Peter Li of China Media Capitol.

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PGA partners with Malaysian Pros

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Malaysia's Creative Content Industry Guild, representing over 6,000 ordinary members and around 300 certified members signed an affiliate agreement with the PGA earlier this year

International Co-Chair Stu Levy is quoted as saying "When I visited Malaysia in January, I was impressed by the quality of filmmaking and production I witnessed, and I believe the future is exciting for Malaysia."

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PRODUCERS' DAY AT DEAUVILLE

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This year again saw our PGA represented at the Deauville American Film Festival with the honoring of an important US producer and the organization of the Producers’ Day.

Lawrence Bender took a stroll down the Red Carpet with fans shouting for his autograph and paparazzi flashing away.

 

Bender received his award and made a brief speech to more than 1400 avid film lovers in the main auditorium followed by a private dinner with the mayor of Deauville and a number of prominent French filmmakers.

Organized each year by Bill Stuart, PGA International Committee chair and Antoine de Cazotte, the rep for France, this gathering has become a mainstay of the festival; uniting US and French producers for a day of meetings, panels and seminars, all under the watchful eye of the French Press.

 

Plans for the 2016 festival are already underway with added events and attention to the Producers Day.

 

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AFFILIATE MEMBERS:

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Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum in Hawaii

Posted By Kent Matsuoka, Monday, October 12, 2015
Updated: Monday, October 12, 2015

Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum Presented by Winston Baker in partnership With Hawaii International Film Festival

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 12:08 AM - Friday, November 20, 2015 at 12:18 AM
Leading global producer of entertainment finance conferences Winston Baker announces the inaugural “Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum” to be hosted at The Modern Honolulu during the 35th Hawaii International Film Festival on November 18-20, 2015. 

The latest event in Winston Baker’s highly successful international Film Finance Forum® series will feature a speaking faculty of seasoned leaders from  Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and Asia who will discuss Asia Pacific’s growing entertainment market. These top executives will address:

 

– Financing and Growth Strategies For Film, Television and Beyond

– Localization of Remakes and Innovative Film Co-Productions

– Redefining The Television Landscape

– Capitalizing on Gaming IP Development

– Future Prospects for Digital Content Production and Distribution

– Local Challenges and Opportunities: Creating Content in Hawaii

 

The conference’s speaking faculty includes:

 

– Bruce Tuchman, President, AMC Networks Global

– Nansun Shi, Executive Director, Film Workshop Co Ltd

– Kiyun Lee, Head of Production & Distribution, CJ Entertainment & Media

– William Feng, General Manager and Chief Representative for China, Motion Picture Association

– Leslie Chen, Senior Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions, Asia, IM Global

– Bill Borden, Chief Executive Officer, Mili Pictures Worldwide

– Nina Yang Bongiovi, Award-Winning Producer, Significant Productions

– David Stelzer, Co-Head, Games, Creative Artists Agency

– Schuyler Moore, Partner, Entertainment Department, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

– Clinton Foy, Managing Director and General Partner, Crosscut Ventures

– Sunny Dhillon, Principal, Signia Ventures

– Maya Rogers, Chief Executive Officer, Blue Planet Software

– Chris Lee, Founder and Director Academy, Creative SystemMedia

– Ricardo Galindez, Co-Founder, Island Film Group

– Georja Skinner, Georja Skinner, Chief Officer, Creative Industries State of Hawaii

 

For more information or to register, click here: http://entertainmentfinanceforum.com/

PGA members will receive a 25% discount off of registration fees with the promo code "IntlPGA".

 

The Hawaii International Film Festival is becoming one the most alluring festivals in the Asia-Pacific area, drawing celebrities, renowned filmmakers, and executives from around the world. Winston Baker’s “Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum” will offer participants a unique way to forge connections with active industry deal-makers and learn from their experiences.

 

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Invite: China Co-Pro Summit & China American Film Festival

Posted By STU LEVY, Thursday, October 8, 2015
PGA International members:
Here's another spectacular China event - actually a few!!  We are a "co-organizer" for this one, so we get a priority for registration, which is free to PGA members.
Please see the attached flyer and RSVP to the info on the flyer.
Hope to see you there!!
Best,
Stu Levy

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US-China Film Summit - Nov 5, 2015 - UPDATE

Posted By STU LEVY, Monday, October 5, 2015

Here's the latest flyer for this action-packed event...

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