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4TH ANNUAL ‘PRODUCED BY CONFERENCE’ TO FEATURE TOP PRODUCERS AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY LEADERS

Wednesday, March 21, 2012  
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FOURTH ANNUAL ‘PRODUCED BY CONFERENCE’ TO FEATURE TOP PRODUCERS AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY LEADERS:

MICHAEL BURNS, MARK CUBAN, DEBRA MARTIN CHASE, MICHAEL DE LUCA, LORENZO DI BONAVENTURA, LAWRENCE GORDON, MARK GORDON, BRIAN GRAZER,SARAH GREEN, GRANT HESLOV, LYNETTE HOWELL, NINA JACOBSON, GRAHAM KING, HAWK KOCH, ROBERT KYNCL, BILL LAWRENCE, ROSS LEVINSOHN,CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, TODD PHILLIPS, TED SARANDOS, GARY SHAPIRO, SCOTT STUBER AND EMMA THOMAS, AMONG OTHERS

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 21, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) in association with the International CES®, announced today the initial slate of speakers confirmed to participate in the 2012 Produced By Conference (PBC). Returning for a fourth consecutive year, the 2012 PBC will include entertainment and digital media’s most revered producers and industry leaders. The event will be hosted by Sony Pictures Studios, and will be held June 8-10, 2012 on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, CA.

"We’re excited about this initial line up of speakers and panelists for the 2012 Produced By Conference,” said Producers Guild President Emeritus and co-chair of PBC, Marshall Herskovitz. "The Producers Guild, and this conference in particular, is all about creating a community of producers, and providing them with a dynamic environment in which to share their interests, aspirations, challenges and expertise.”

"Produced By is a truly unique experience, and I am so proud to be a part of this year’s PBC team,” said PBC co-chair Tracey Edmonds. "The speakers and panelists, exhibitors and sponsors all combine seamlessly to provide attendees with a ‘360 experience’ of education, inspiration and unique business opportunities.”

Added PBC co-chair Gary Lucchesi: "As technology evolves, so does the role of the producer, and we’re especially pleased to complement this year’s line-up of film and television producers with outstanding leaders in the emerging digital entertainment landscape.”

"Over the years, this conference has grown and expanded to reflect our rapidly changing industries, yet it has always remained true to its original purpose: to explore and celebrate the crucial role that a producer plays in telling, shaping and sharing stories with the world,” said Rachel Klein, PBC co-chair.

2012 PBC speakers include some of the entertainment and digital industries’ most renowned producers and executives. In alphabetical order:

  • Andrew Adashek (Television Creative Partnerships, Twitter)
  • Anthony Batt (President, Katalyst)
  • Michael Burns (Vice Chairman, Lionsgate)
  • Ceán Chaffin (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, Fight Club)
  • Debra Martin Chase (Just Wright, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2, The Preacher's Wife)
  • Mark Cuban (Owner, HDNet)
  • Allen DeBevoise (Chairman and CEO, Machinima)
  • Michael De Luca (Moneyball, The Social Network, 21)
  • Bob DiBetteto (President and General Manager, A&E Network and BIO Channel)
  • Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Transformers franchise, GI Joe, Red)
  • Tracey Edmonds (Jumping the Broom, Soul Food, Good Luck Chuck)
  • Andy Forssell (Senior Vice President of Content, Hulu)
  • Lawrence Gordon (Watchmen, Hell Boy franchise, Die Hard)
  • Mark Gordon (2012, Saving Private Ryan, Grey’s Anatomy)
  • Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, American Gangster)
  • Sarah Green (The Tree of Life, Frida, Take Shelter)
  • Grant Heslov (The Ides of March, The American, Good Night, and Good Luck)
  • Lynette Howell (Blue Valentine, Half Nelson, Terri)
  • Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games, One Day, Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchse)
  • Graham King (Hugo, The Departed, The Aviator)
  • Hawk Koch (Source Code, Primal Fear, Wayne’s World)
  • Robert Kyncl (Global Head of Content Partnerships, Google)
  • Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Scrubs, Spin City)
  • Ross Levinsohn (Executive Vice President. Americas, Yahoo!)
  • Gary Lucchesi (The Lincoln Lawyer, Underworld films, Million Dollar Baby)
  • Kevin McCormick (The Lucky One, Arthur, Hardball)
  • Barry Mendel (Bridesmaids, Serenity, The Sixth Sense)
  • Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight films, Inception, The Prestige, Memento)
  • Todd Phillips (The Hangover films, Due Date, Old School)
  • Ted Sarandos (Chief Content Officer, Netflix)
  • Michael Shamberg (Contagion, Erin Brockovich, Pulp Fiction)
  • Gary Shapiro (President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association)
  • Scott Stuber (Battleship, Safe House, Couples Retreat)
  • Emma Thomas (Dark Knight franchise, Inception, The Prestige, Memento)
  • Doug Wick (The Great Gatsby, Memoirs of a Geisha, Gladiator)

The 2012 PBC will feature more than 25 conference sessions, panel discussions, mentoring roundtables, networking opportunities, social events and workshops designed to provide producers with important career tools and insights necessary to compete in today’s competitive marketplace.

More than 25 sponsors and exhibitors are already on board to participate in the 2012 event. In addition to Sony Pictures Studios and CES®, other significant sponsors include General Motors, the official Automotive Sponsor of the PGA; Production Resources Group (PRG); Entertainment Partners; Pinewood Studios; Quebec Film & Television Council; Raleigh Studios; Honolulu Film Office; Cinedigm, Runge International; Coca-Cola and more.

Reaching across film, television and new media industries, the Produced By Conference (PBC) is an educational forum that involves acclaimed producers, including countless Academy Award®-winning filmmakers and Emmy® Award winners, as well as the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. All profits from the Produced By Conference are reinvested into Producer Guild member services, including education, industry promotion, production standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

To register, please visit www.producedbyconference.com.

*Media Credentials: All media interested in covering the 2012 Produced By Conference will need to complete and submit a Press Credential Application. Please email Mackenzie Smith at mackenzie.smith@42west.net to receive an application. While credentials are not guaranteed due to space limitations, PBC will do its best to grant them to as many outlets as possible.

About The Producers Guild of America (PGA)

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 has over 5,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with health benefits, employment opportunities, the creation of fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as promoting sustainable production practices. Visit www.producersguild.org and www.pgagreen.org for more information.

About The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

The Consumer Electronics Association is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $190 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online: www.CE.org and www.DeclareInnovation.com. Follow CES at www.CESweb.org.

Follow the 2012 Produced By Conference on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/producedbyconference and www.twitter.com/Produced_By or #ProducedBy.

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Media Contacts:

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

Christopher de Haan
42West
(424) 901-8726
Chris.dehaan@42west.net

Allie Fried
CEA
(703) 907-7603
afried@CE.org

Jason Allen
(310) 244-3502
jason_allen@spe.sony.com


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