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ABOVE AND BEYOND - Capital Ideas: Two Key Volunteers Push the Guild's DC-Based Chapter to New Heights

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 15, 2016

Lynn is Chair Emeritus for the National Capital Chapter, having served four years as Chair and Member-at-Large for the PGA East Board of Representatives. She is currently Programming Chair for the National Capital Chapter and Co-Chair of the National Documentary Committee. Why does Lynn volunteer? "We work in a rarefied industry that affords us a lot of opportunity. And I’ve always felt that in return, it’s important to give back to my communities — professional and personal.”

"People around me probably get tired of hearing me say this,” she smiles, "but I’ve gotten so much more from the PGA than from any other industry organization I’ve ever belonged to. Jobs, mentors, new skills, friends … and did I mention jobs? But you can’t really tap into that energy and those resources without getting involved… I’ve been so inspired by how inclusive an organization this is.” Lynn has been a member of the PGA since 2010 when the first recruitment event was held in Washington, DC. Professionally Lynn’s focus is documentary and non-fiction programming. Having spent three years at BBC America and nearly five at Discovery, she currently works as a freelance producer and has two feature docs in the works.


Katy is the Co-Vice Chair of the National Capital Chapter, where she’s also Chair of the Non-Fiction Committee. She likewise serves on the AP Council Board of Delegates, including stints as a Vice Chair of that Board and a member of the PGA’s National Board of Directors. The Producers Guild started in DC at a time when Katy was in career transition and looking for guidance. "I met Lynn and some of the other leaders in the PGA, and they really took me under their wing. It meant so much to me in terms of broadening my career choices, contacts and job opportunities.” Asked how she began to get involved, Katy recalls, "At an early meeting in our chapter I said we should produce more non-fiction-related events, since at least half of our members are involved in non-fiction, and [PGA East Director Mitzie Rothzeid] said, ‘Well, that sounds like a great idea. Why don’t you run it?’ It was the first time I really had the opportunity to give back.” The result was the "INsider…” series where EPs from various channels would talk about what kinds of programming they were looking for, which led to jobs for numerous PGA members.

"Producing can be a lonely business,” Katy observes, "and it is so inspiring to have a great group of producers who understand what you do for a living and can help you along the way ... I am a better producer because of the information I’ve learned from volunteering with the Producers Guild. I’m better connected to the industry, and I keep getting more from the Guild the more I volunteer.”

A PGA member since 2010, Katy works primarily in non-fiction television as a field and story producer. At present, she is working with another producer from the Guild on a feature documentary.

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