PGA Employment Committee presents CARD SWAP
|Frenzied card swapping at Technicolor|
By Beverley Ward & Richie MacDonald
We’re happy to report that we’ve had a very successful end of 2011 and beginning of 2012.
November saw the launch of the Employment Committee’s latest venture: CARD SWAP. It’s a networking event targeted to specific parts of the PGA membership and held at unusual and thought-provoking locations to help get the conversation started.
The first Card Swap brought together our logistical PGA members (line producers, associate producers, production managers, coordinators and supervisors.) It was held at the Roberts & Tilton Art Gallery in Culver City – at the time featuring the works of influential LA artist Bettye Saar. A special thanks to gallery owners Julie and Bennett Roberts and gallery director Lindsay Charlwood, who gave us an informative tour of the exhibit.
|Card swap at Roberts & Tilton Art Gallery|
The next Card Swap was held in January at the new Technicolor Sound facility at Paramount Studios. This event invited the PGA’s post-production members. Special thanks go to Technicolor’s Mark Kaplan and Tricia Linklater for welcoming us with a tour of the state-of-the-art facility.
Everyone stayed long after the tour to network with fellow PGA members. PGA Board member Megan Mascena-Gaspar reported, "Everyone I spoke with felt it was a good balance between facility tour and networking opportunity. AND everything ran smoothly. A stellar event!”
The Employment Committee is committed to finding new ways to help our membership find work, but we are still best known for our Job Forums.
The latest – the Episodic Job Forum – held January 14th – brought more than 90 PGA members together with ten top employers.
We’d like to thank Sunset Bronson Studios for once again providing the location – and we’d also like to extend a very special thanks to all the employers below who gave up their Saturday morning to come and support the PGA and its members.
- Johnna Bond, Executive Asst. (ABC Family series) - Disney ABC Networks Group
- Mark Grossan, Producer - Independent
- Brian Harvey, Senior Vice President of Television Drama - The Mark Gordon Company
- Joel Hornstock, Sr. VP Television Production – 20th Century Fox Television
- Chris Lindsay, Director of Post Production - Warner Bros. Television
- Phil Neel, Post Producer/Film Editor - David E. Kelley Productions
- Ken Ornstein, Producer/UPM - Independent
- Ben Roberts, Vice President, Development - Valhalla Motion Pictures
- Jimmy Sprague, Producer - Science 2 Fiction Productions
- Beatrice Springborn, Executive Vice President, Production and Development - Valhalla Motion Pictures
| Episodic Job Forum at Sunset Bronson Studios|
We think these emails from the attendees say it all:
As a recently joined member, I have been able to take part in a few of the great events that the PGA has put together.
Today was fabulous and a great networking opportunity with not only the employers but the other PGA members that were in attendance as well. I have already been embraced by my new PGA family and just wanted to say THANK YOU.
Joanie Michele – Production Coordinator/Production Manager
Thanks for hosting such a great PGA event today. The producers who came to speak represented a wide variety of shows and were all so open and accessible. And as always, it was a spectacularly well-run event!
Lisa Kors - Producer - New Media.
I want to thank you and every one who made the Episodic Job Forum a success on Saturday.
Chris Lenge - Producer/Editor
None of these events would be possible without the tireless efforts of the Employment Committee members and the PGA office staff – who all worked very hard to pull off these events during the busy award season.
At 5000 members and growing, the PGA is stronger than ever. You can make it even stronger by encouraging your qualified colleagues to join – and by hiring a PGA member for your next production.
Be on the lookout for our next events: a new Card Swap in March and the Non-Fiction Job Forum in April.
Here's to a very healthy, productive year for all of us!
Beverley Ward & Richard MacDonald
Employment Committee Chairs