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When: Wednesday, April 6
6:00 PM
Where: MPE Penthouse
432 West 45th St.
New York, New York  10036
United States

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The PGA East Diversity Committee Presents...

Panel Discussion with Moderator Innes Smolansky
Spring Mixer

Wednesday, April 6
6:00pm: Doors Open
6:30pm - 8:00pm: Panel Discussion
8:00pm - 10:00pm: Spring Mixer in Celebration of Diversity

MPE Penthouse
432 West 45th St.
Btwn 9th & 10th Ave.

A guest is welcome to join you if they are eligible for PGA membership
A PGA discount code will be offered to attendees for $25 off the application fee.

In the last 20 years, international film co-productions have been increasingly utilized to create programs for a global market. These projects reflect the continuing integration of cultural and economic activities on a global scale and provide a means to pool financial, creative and technical resources to produce engaging programming. Given that the US has no official co-production agreements with other countries, this panel will explore what US producers can do to either collaborate with producers from other countries under unofficial joint-venture agreements or attempt to structure projects in ways that may even qualify them for foreign production funding. We will take a regional approach to this seminar.

Anadil Hossain: Producer, Dillywood
Raised in Bangladesh and England, Dilly has over 15 years of producing experience around the world. Dilly forges cross-cultural relationships and orchestrates international deals and projects in just about any corner of the world. From features and documentaries to ads and shorts, Dilly has perfected creative producing into an art. Dilly has two films in the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival: SHADOW WORLD (Producer) and EQUALS (Co-Producer).

Lisa Digernes: Senior Attorney at the law firm Advokatfirma Ræder DA
Lisa Digernes has extensive experience as a legal adviser to the film and TV industry in connection with the acquisition and clarification of rights and matters relating to the financing, production and distribution of film and TV. She has represented film studios, TV companies, producers, directors and script writers. Before Lisa joined Ræder she worked for over 10 years as a lawyer at the law firm Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP in New York City. There she worked with copyright law and media and entertainment law.

Casper Wong
S. Casper Wong is a New York based award-winning filmmaker, tech attorney and social entrepreneur. Her documentary feature, THE LULU SESSIONS, has won 10 awards and nominations and was on PBS’s America ReFramed Series. She also received an humanitarian award by the SASS Foundation along with Governor Cuomo for the impact of her film on understanding the emotional complexity of breast cancer. She has worked in productions between China and the US since 2005 and has represented Roger Corman in his first co-productions, working with two Chinese studios and a CGI team. Prior to receiving her MFA in Film Directing from NYU, she was Senior Attorney for IBM General Counsel in Silicon Valley and lead counsel for diversity.

Moderated by
Innes Smolansky, Esq. is a transactional entertainment attorney specializing in representing producers, production companies, talent agencies and management companies, writers, authors, directors, and performers in independent motion picture production, documentaries, television and business and personal management deals. Her practice includes counsel on legal and business transactions in the entertainment industry, including drafting, reviewing, negotiating and counseling clients on development, financing, production, talent, employment, management and distribution deals, including international co-productions. Innes was born in St. Petersburg Russia. She holds degrees from Brown University (B.A.), the University of Pennsylvania (J.D.); and the University of Paris X (Diplome D'Etudes Juridiques Europeenes).

The panel will immediately be followed by the PGA DIVERSITY SPRING MIXER. PGA members, industry professionals, and Tribeca Film Festival Producers & Tribeca Film Institute Alums are invited to attend. Panel attendees are invited to stay for the mixer as well.

Please note:
We ask that a guest only be brought to the panel or mixer if they are a qualified, potential PGA member. You can review PGA membership requirements here

A PGA discount code will be offered to attendees for $25 off the application fee.

- Thank you to MPE and NYWIFT for their generous support of this event -