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ABOVE & BEYOND - Labors Of Love: Whether through Member Education or Event Programming, PGA Members Relish The Chance To Give Back

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 2, 2018

What’s so special about volunteering for the PGA? This month we highlight two wonderful producers who share their experiences with us. Kate McCallum has been a valued member of the New Media Council Board of Delegates, on which she is currently serving her second term. She is also a representative on the Guild’s National Board of Directors. But her Board service is just the tip of the iceberg. “I’ve been involved with the PGA Green Committee, WIN, the International Committee and now am the representative for the New Media Council on the Education Committee,” Kate tells Produced By. “I’m very dedicated to Member Education and have produced several educational events.” We asked Kate for a favorite PGA volunteering experience and she shared how satisfying it was to help implement an official PGA Line Producer Master Class with the Education Committee. The two-day class has been taught in New York and Los Angeles; both iterations sold out and were a huge success.

Kate believes that producers, through the power of storytelling, have an opportunity to make a positive impact on humanity. She feels that, “When you get involved with the PGA, you really feel inspired by the depth and power of the immense talent and capabilities that our members hold.” What does Kate do when she is not volunteering? She, along with her partner and fellow PGA member Ed Lantz, are developing programming and content for the 360 full-dome/VR format. Kate freelances on a variety of projects, writing, producing and bringing content to life.

Rikki Hughes has been a part of our PGA family for the last eight years. Rikki has been a member of The Diversity Committee for many years and has served as a mentor for participants in the annual Power of Diversity Master Workshop. She has also been involved with the Media Access Awards, which honor members of the entertainment community who promote awareness of the disability experience and the accurate depiction of characters with disabilities. The work is a labor of love for her.

Rikki has been involved with the Events Committee, putting together the amazing Holiday Parties and other events. She believes that “we are here to be of service” and feels, “It’s imperative to enrich the community that has been there to support me. Volunteering within the PGA has amazing effects on both new and veteran producers. There is always a transference of skill sets, making valuable contacts and allowing creative opportunities to improve our careers.” 


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