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Social Media for Producers

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Last month the Producers Guild's New Media Council put on an enlightening and timely educational panel about using social media to engage your audience, using expert insights and case studies for producers.

Those in attendance received the opportunity to hear and see the latest on how social media and social TV are driving viewership and engaging audiences.  They heard from representatives from the major social media platforms about successful and highly innovative campaigns that resonate with audiences.  Shows such as Empire, The Voice, and Pretty Little Liars.  Digital and social executives from leading networks shared social TV war stories and showcase campaigns, including the why's of what's worked and hasn't.  Documentary producers also learned the many ways social media can help advance their films.  The provocative event was also co-sponsored by YAHOO!.

Presenters included:

  • Melinda Arons, Manager, Strategic Partner Development, Film/TV at Facebook and Instagram
  • Maggie Furlong, VP Digital & Social Content at Fox
  • Dalia Ganz, Director of Digital and Partnership Marketing at ABC Family
  • Jared Goldsmith, VP of Digital Marketing at NBC
  • Brian Knappenberger, Documentary Filmmaker at Luminant Media and Producer/Director, The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
  • Violet Mae Lim, VP Marketing at Maker Studios
  • Amy Shelby, Executive Director, Social Media Marketing at The CW
  • Liz Tischler, Marketing Director, Smosh Brands at Defy Media
  • Andy Wallenstein, Editor in Chief, Digital at Variety (Moderator)

The Producers Guild is happy to present some highlight clips from the event.  Please see the playlist embedded below.  PGA Members can also watch extended segments of the event at


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Producers Guild Announces Two New International Affiliate Relationships

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Producers Guild of America Announces Two New International Affiliate Relationships with South Africa's Independent Producers Organization & Malaysia's Creative Content Industry Guild. 

PGA’s International Pacts Now Total 18 Countries Worldwide

LOS ANGELES (May 4, 2015) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today two new affiliate relationships with South Africa’s Independent Producers Organization (IPO) and Malaysia’s Creative Content Industry Guild (CCIG), allowing members of both organizations "International Region” membership status in the U.S.-based PGA. These pacts allow the PGA and its associated guilds the mutual benefits of access to resources, a foundation for networking and co-producing opportunities, and an international exchange of ideas and information about producing film, television and digital projects.

"Both the Independent Producers Organization in South Africa and the Creative Content Industry Guild in Malaysia represent the future of production -- high-growth, innovative territories with tax incentives and a plethora of producing talent. The PGA’s 7000-strong membership now has go-to contacts in these and 16 other affiliated producing entities worldwide, through our growing network of sister guilds," said PGA International Committee Chair, Stu Levy.

"This is an exciting development for the Independent Producers Organization. Our membership is increasingly interested in international partnerships and we look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with the PGA,” said Helena Spring and Bongiwe Selane, Co-Chairs of the IPO.

Said Jurey Latiff Rosli, Chairman of the CCIG, "The CCIG is very proud to forge a relationship with the Producers Guild of America. It is great for Malaysia and for our members to be globally recognized for the vibrant work our local filmmaking community produces.”

Added William Stuart, PGA International Committee Co-Chair, "The PGA is excited by the multitude of global opportunities available to its members, and with South Africa and Malaysia joining our influential network of affiliates, producers all around the world increasingly are only one email or phone call away from one another.”

The addition of IPO and CCIG brings the PGA’s total number of sister guilds to 18 worldwide, reflecting the increasingly global nature of the entertainment industry and the Guild’s influence in facilitating partnerships with producers internationally.


Visit the PGA International Committee at

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Early-Bird Registration Ends May 1st for Produced By Conference 2015

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 27, 2015

This is the last week to save up to 20% off of tickets to Produced By Conference 2015 with Early-Bird Registration prices.  Produced By Conference 2015 takes place May 30-31 at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, CA and every year the event gets bigger and better.

The ever popular "Conversation with:" series this year features sessions with Eva Longoria, Tyler Perry, Kevin Smith, and Reese Witherspoon with her producing partner Bruna Papandrea.  This year also has stacked 360° Profile sessions on Empire and Blumhouse Productions.  Of course we have tons of other kinds of sessions to quench your thirst for the latest on New Media, Independent Filmmaking, Co-Productions, and much more.  Read about all of the sessions at the Produced By Conference at

While many full sessions are posted for PGA Members Only at, get a taste of previous Produced By Conference with the playlists below:

Produced By: Los Angeles

Sessions from the first ever Produced By: New York in 2014:

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PGA Awards- Now Accepting TV Submissions

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 17, 2015

The Producers Guild of America is currently accepting television submissions for the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards, to be held on January 23, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.  The Producers Guild Awards celebrate and honor the year's outstanding producing work at one of the award season's marquee events.

To submit your shows for award consideration, please apply online by completing a Notice of Producing Credits form for each show at  There is a $100 administrative fee for each show submitted.

The PGA Awards recognize outstanding television producing for, Episodic-Drama, Episodic-Comedy, Long Form Television, Non-Fiction Television, Live Entertainment/Talk Television, Competition Television, Children's Programming, and Sports Programming.  Each submission must adhere to the Rules and Procedures for 2016 Awards Eligibility, which can be found here.  Please review these Rules thoroughly before submitting your shows.

The deadline to submit a Notice of Producing Credits for Episodic-Drama, Episodic-Comedy, Long Form Television, Live Entertainment/Talk Television, Competition Television, and Children's Programming categories is Friday, May 22, 2015 (the deadline to submit a Notice of Producing Credits is October 23rd, for Long Form Television, and October 16th, for Sports Programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Staley, Arbitrations Coordinator, at (310) 358-9020 ext. 112, erin[at], or Susie Casero, Director of Arbitrations and Legal Affairs, at (310) 358-9020 ext. 114, scasero[at]

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"Power of Diversity" Producing Workshop Feeds Next Generation of Powerful Producers

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Now accepting applications for the 11th annual "Power of Diversity" Producing Workshop, the Producers Guild of America's Diversity Committee is proud of the work they continue to do in order foster diversity in front of, and behind, the camera.  Committee chair Deborah Calla says, "Layely, there's been a rallying cry to motivate the entertainment community to accurately reflect our world in its storytelling.  As the PGA enters its second decade nurturing new voices through our 'Power of Diversity' workshop, we are proud that promoting diversity in the top ranks of film, television, and digital production continues to be a top priority for the Guild."

10 applicants are selected to take part in an intensive multi-session workshop focused on fostering the development of producers and projects that embody and promote diversity in film, television, documentary, and new media.  These sessions include one-on-ones with some of the most powerful producers and mentors in the industry, which has included: Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice), Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook, American Beauty), Ali Leroi (Everybody Hates Chris, Are We There Yet?), Bonnie Arnold (How To Train Your Dragon, Toy Story), Mark Gordon (Ray Donovan, Saving Private Ryan), Lori McCreary (Invictus, Madam Secretary), Caryn Mandabach (Nurse Jackie, That 70s Show), and many more.  Now that is some power.

To apply, go to

Read the full press release.

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