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ABOVE & BEYOND - Inside Job: Looking To Expand Your Network In The East? These Are The Volunteers To Help

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 13, 2018

Amita Patel and Michael Fox are volunteers who are leading the way in the PGA East as Co-Chairs of the Employment Committee. Patel has been a member of the Committee since she joined the PGA eight years ago and became Co-Chair in 2016.  She also volunteered with the Online Video Committee conducting red carpet interviews at the Tribeca Film Festival and has moderated seminar panels for the Guild. “I joined the Producers Guild after hearing about the Job Forum from a colleague who was a member.” Patel knew it would be a great way to make more contacts if she became a member, and volunteering would be a way to grow her network. “I believe a day or two after I became a member, there was another Job Forum, and I was able to get a spot to attend. I signed up for the Employment Committee at that forum and was excited to be able to help producers grow their networks and gain skills to get their next job.” In fact Patel’s most memorable volunteering experience was the first job forum she organized as a Co-Chair of the Employment Committee. “It felt like such a full-circle moment to put together and host a great networking event connecting some of the top employers in New York with our talented members.” When Patel is not giving her time to the PGA, she is a nonfiction TV & digital Supervising Producer.


Michael Fox is the owner/EP of The Beach, a NYC-based video production agency specializing in food, travel and lifestyle. Apart from his service as the other Co-Chair of the Employment Committee, he also volunteers as a member of the Documentary Committee. Fox’s most memorable moment in volunteering was last year’s Non-Scripted Job Forum in New York. “It was definitely a lot of work but rewarding to help organize.  It’s great to be part of an event where fellow members get to connect and build new relationships with production companies and networks.” Helping producers get more insight on the future of our business is at the core of his service ethic. “I like to stay involved with the PGA to help jump-start, or at least contribute to, the conversation.” A member since 2012, being part of the PGA is important to Fox because of the Guild’s visibility within the producing community.  “The relationships you build with the other members, professionally and personally, are invaluable.” 

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