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When: Wednesday, September 25
Where: East West Bank
535 Madison Ave.
New York, New York  10022
United States

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Wednesday, September 25
6:30pm - Doors open, light food and drinks
7:00pm - Panel begins
East West Bank
535 Madison Ave., 8th Floor
Entrance on 54th St. btwn Madison & Park
- Email if you would like to bring a guest

Many of us got our starts as interns: we paid our dues, learned the business from the ground up, built our resumes, and launched our careers. So now we use interns in our offices and on our sets. We want them to have the same opportunity as we did, and frankly, we can really use the help. That’s the way the business operates, right?

Not necessarily. Internships have been under heavy scrutiny ever since the lawsuit filed by two interns against the feature film "Black Swan." This panel will explore the employment issues surrounding the case, give explicit guidelines for when to pay or not pay interns, and provide models of successful training programs.

A panel of experts in labor law, industry internship programs, and training and HR practices will discuss best practices when it comes to working with interns and other compensation-related issues regarding hiring and paying freelancers. Avoid violations. Stay informed. This is one panel you literally can't afford to miss.

Please Note: The PGA is producing this panel as an information service and we are not endorsing, recommending or accepting liability for any opinions expressed therein.

Edward Hernstadt

Hernstadt Atlas PLLC is a boutique law firm with particular experience in the fields of Employment Law, Copyright and Trademark Law, and General Commercial litigation. In addition to a broad and diverse litigation and arbitration practice, the Firm provides counseling to executives, entertainment and media companies, advertising agencies, management companies, publishers and individuals on a wide variety of matters.

Edward Hernstadt is an experienced employment attorney with a significant litigation and counseling practice. Ed has been honored as both a New York’s "Best Lawyer" in Labor and Employment Law and a New York "Super Lawyer" in Employment Litigation annually since 2007. Ed also has litigated a number of high-profile and complex intellectual property and First Amendment cases, as well as many commercial disputes.

Peter Saraf
Peter Saraf's producing credits include "The Kings of Summer," "Safety Not Guaranteed," "Our Idiot Brother," "Jack Goes Boating," Sunshine Cleaning," "Away We Go," "Is Anybody There?," "Little Miss Sunshine," "Everything Is Illuminated," "The Truth About Charlie," "Adaptation," "Ulee's Gold" and the feature documentaries "Mandela" and "The Agronomist." He recently completed "Gods Behaving Badly" and is in production on "Me Him Her." He has been nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards and has won multiple awards including the Spirit, Gotham and PGA Awards. He is the co-founder of Big Beach, a New York based independent film production and financing company. Peter is Chair of the Producers Guild of America East.

Rashid Allen
Supervising labor standards investigator, NYS Department of Labor.

Alicia McCauley
Office Manager and Controller, Ghost Robot

Harvey Wilson
Producer, Non-fiction Television, currently working with ITV producing programming for TLC and Lifetime. Harvey is on the Producers Council National Board of Governors for the PGA as well as an Executive Committee member for the PGA East.

Additional panelists to be announced.

Nancy Goldman, Ed.D.

A versatile educator, Nancy is adjunct faculty at New York University teaching storytelling; coaches entertainment industry leaders to advance their careers; and has trained low-income New Yorkers to work in film and television. Her doctorate is from Columbia University and her experience is working for Emmy Award-winning hosts.

To cancel or change your reservation, please email Cancellations must be received at least 24 hours prior to the event.