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PGA Announces Media Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Ted Turner Will Speak at Produced By Conference

Wednesday, April 21, 2010  
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LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America has added Ted Turner, Founder and Chairman of the United Nations Foundation, to the speaker line-up for the second annual Produced By Conference, which will be held June 4-6, 2010 at 20th Century Fox Studios, announced PBC Co-Chairs Gale Anne Hurd and Rachel Klein. Turner’s vision and generosity have consistently given the world reason to take notice and this rare conversation will tap into his business acumen, as well as his altruistic philosophies, as he shares his insights on ways to involve the creative community in important social and cultural causes. Turner’s conference session is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 5th at 11:30AM PST. Participants are encouraged to register online today at www.producedbyconference.com before this and other extraordinary panel sessions sell out!

"The Guild is privileged to have Ted Turner take part in the Produced By Conference this year. He is truly a media visionary and his amazing entrepreneurial spirit is an attribute that all producers strive for each and every day,” said PGA President Marshall Herskovitz. "He’s singlehandedly changed the face of the media landscape as we know it but more importantly, he’s extraordinarily dedicated to helping others around the world. I’m confident that the producing community will be inspired by both his work and heart.”

In addition to founding CNN, TNT and the Cartoon Network, Turner established the United Nations Foundation in 1998. The Foundation works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy, public outreach and public/private partnerships that help address the world's most pressing problems. Last year the Foundation entered into a partnership with the United Nations called the UN Creative Community Outreach Initiative in order to achieve the goals of peace and raising awareness of critical global issues through entertainment.

The UN Foundation is also partnering with the PGA to sponsor a conference workshop entitled the "Power of the Producer to Affect Social Change.” The workshop, being held Saturday, June 5th at 1:45 PM, will highlight some of the lifesaving work the UN is doing and ways producers can help shine a spotlight on the world’s toughest challenges. Register online today at www.producedbyconference.com. Early registrants have priority access to individual sessions.

About the Producers Guild of America
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The PGA represents over 4,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members health benefits, enforcing workplace labor laws, maintaining fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts. The PGA hosts important industry events including the annual Producers Guild Awards and the Produced By Conference. For more information, visit www.producersguild.org.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through campaigns and partnerships, the organization connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

Media Contacts:

Kelly Mullens
42West
(310) 477-4442
kkmullens@42west.net

Amy DiElsi
United Nations Foundation
(202) 492-3078
adielsi@unfoundation.org