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Opportunity Knocks - From The National Executive Directors

Posted By Vance Van Petten & Susan Sprung, Monday, June 10, 2019

This issue of the magazine coincides with one of the most exciting and anticipated events presented by the Guild—the 11th Annual Produced By Conference. As the entertainment industry evolves at lightning speed, we want to offer every advantage when it comes to producing content for the explosion of new formats.

In addition to traditional topics such as pitching and financing, the PGA is responding to your suggestions to hear more about the latest trends in streaming, podcasting and new technology. Representatives from the top streaming services (Disney+, Hulu, Epix and Amazon) will be on hand to bring you up to date on their plans for the future. Producers of the hottest podcasts will be discussing the best ways to take advantage of this rapidly growing area of entertainment.

In terms of the latest technology, we’ve included a workshop on balancing creativity and costs when adopting and implementing new technology in your productions. We believe this forward-thinking topic will prove valuable to current and future members.

As for the hottest content around, nothing scares up success like the new age of horror films. These mind-bending movies are pulling in a wider audience than ever before. Another popular and growing area is “content with a conscience”—important and relevant projects making a social impact across all platforms. There are no better examples of this than the work of our cover subject, Ava DuVernay, and producer Tonya Lewis Lee, also featured in this issue.

And we must crow a bit about the one-of-a-kind Producer’s Mashup. Here some 600 people get the chance to directly question veteran producers and production company executives, while seated in small groups. It’s really an unheard-of opportunity to make a personal connection with some of the best in the business.

The industry information is great, of course, but the conference also presents a unique networking opportunity. For two full days, attendees meet, mingle, exchange ideas and advice and perhaps phone numbers.

The Produced By Conference is the only event of its kind, created by producers for producers. It is not a moneymaking endeavor, but rather part of the Foundation’s core mission of educating those who work in the producing profession.

Producers on the East Coast will have the same opportunity when they gather for Produced By New York on November 9. So wherever you are, the conference is definitely the place to be … for the business you’re in. We are proud to welcome our participants and sponsors to this inspiring event.


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