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Produced By Conference Announces Top Industry Producers and Executives for Mentoring Roundtables

Tuesday, May 14, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Jon Favreau, Roberto Orci, Cathy Schulman and others added as new speakers and panelists

Conference sessions are quickly selling out

LOS ANGELES (May 14, 2013)– The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the list of top industry producers and executives who will serve as mentors during the intimate Mentoring Roundtable meetings that will be held throughout the 5thannual Produced By Conference (PBC),June 8-9, at 20thCentury Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Confirmed mentors include: 

  • Victoria Alonso(Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Solider,The Avengers) Executive Vice President of Visual Effects and Post Production, Marvel Studios
  • Nancy Daniels,Executive Vice President, Production and Development, Discovery Channel; General Manager, Discovery Fit & Health
  • Stephanie Drachkovitch(Married to the Army: Alaska, Split Ends, Family Court with Judge Penny)Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, 44 Blue Productions
  • Tracey Edmonds(Jumping the Broom,Soul Food,Good Luck Chuck) CEO, Edmonds Entertainment, Our Stories Films, Alright TV
  • Cassian Elwes(The Butler,Paper Boy,Margin Call) Head of Evolution Independent, Evolution Entertainment
  • Bernie Goldmann(300/300: Rise of an Empire,Mirror Mirror,Land of the Dead) President, Goldmann Pictures
  • Mark Gordon(2012,Saving Private Ryan,Grey’s Anatomy) The Mark Gordon Company; President, Producers Guild of America
  • Phil Gurin(Oh Sit!,The Singing Bee,Shark Tank) President and CEO, The Gurin Company
  • Marshall Herskovitz(Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, thirtysomething) Partner, Bedford Falls Company; Board of Directors,President Emeritus,Producers Guild of America
  • Darlene Hunt(The Big C, 90210, Save Me)
  • Gale Anne Hurd(The Walking Dead,The Incredible Hulk,The Terminatortrilogy) CEO, Valhalla Entertainment; Recording Secretary, Producers Guild of America
  • Andrew Jameson(Cee Lo Takes the UK,Living Lohan,Bullrun) Partner, Primary Wave Media
  • Gary Lucchesi(Lincoln Lawyer,Million Dollar Baby,The Underworldfranchise) President, Lakeshore Entertainment; Vice President, Producers Guild of America
  • Cathy Schulman(Crash, Darfur Now, The Illusionist, Bernie) President, Mandalay Pictures
  • Hayma "Screech” Washington(The Amazing Race) CEO, Screechers Pix; Vice President of Television, Producers Guild of America; Governor of Producers Peer Group, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • Sharon Tal Yguado,Executive Vice President, Global Scripted Programming and Original Development, Fox International Channels

The Mentoring Roundtables at the Conference are sponsored by International CES.


The 2013 PBC also added new speakers to the programming line-up of panels and workshops scheduled for the two-day conference. In addition to previously announced speakers such as J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer, Mark Burnett, Tom Cruise, Roland Emmerich, Gale Anne Hurd and Curtis "50 Cent” Jackson, among others, newly added speakers include:


  • Bo Andersson(Payday: The Heist, Terminator Salvation, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter) Gaming Producer and CEO, Starbreeze Studios
  • Nate Bolotin(The Raid: Redemption, The Rambler, Frankenstein's Army)
  • Joe Casey(Ben 10,Generator Rex,Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel'sAvengers Assemble,Disco Destroyer) Man of Action Studios
  • Howard Cohen, Co-President, Roadside Attractions
  • Neil Cohen(Barter Kings, Shipping Wars, Gene Simmons Family Jewels) Senior Vice President, Talent and Production, A&E Television Network
  • John Dellaverson(Timber Falls, Diary of a Mad Black Woman,In the Mix) Vice-Chairman, Film Finances
  • Malik Ducard, Content Partnerships Director, YouTube
  • Jon Favreau(Iron Manfranchise, The Avengers, Cowboys and Aliens, Made, Revolution, Chef) President, Fairview Entertainment
  • Baltasar Kormakur(2 Guns, The Deep, Contraband)
  • Roberto Orci(Star Trek Into Darkness, Now You See Me, Ender's Game,Fringe,Sleepy Hollow) Co-Founder, K/O Paper Products
  • Cathy Schulman(Crash, Darfur Now, The Illusionist, Bernie) President, Mandalay Pictures
  • Steven T. Seagle(Ben10,Generator Rex,Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel'sAvengers Assemble,Big Hero 6,KAFKA,NWC) Man of Action Studios
  • Larry Shapiro, Head of Talent, Fullscreen
  • Lemore Syvan(Man of Tai Chi, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Sherrybaby)
  • Vance Van Petten, National Executive Director, Producers Guild of America
  • Brent Weinstein, Head of Digital Media, United Talent Agency

Conference sessions are quickly filling up with the 2013 PBC on track to completely sell out again this year. Last year’s sold-out event attracted more than 1,400 attendees.

The recently announced finalists for the 2013 Producers Showcase (ProShow) competition will be invited to Los Angeles to participate in the PBC.While in attendance, they will meet with the ProShow’s development partners – 20th Century Fox for Feature Film, Ryan Seacrest Productions for Reality Television and Maker Studios for Online Content – to discuss their projects in detail and compete for the grand prizes that include development deals with the three partners. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Conference.

The 2013 PBC event is chaired by Tracey Edmonds, Marshall Herskovitz, Rachel Klein and Gary Lucchesi.Karen Schwartzman (Creative Axis International) is the 2013 PBC Program Director, Diane Salerno (Six Degrees Global) is the 2013 PBC Sponsorship Director and Lynda Dorf is the 2013 PBC Marketing Consultant.

In addition to 20th Century Fox Studios, sponsors include General Motors, the official Automotive Sponsor of the PGA; Delta Air Lines; Entertainment Partners; PRG, Production Resource Group; Kawasaki Motors USA; Quebec Film & Television Council; Abu Dhabi Film Commission; Worldwide Motion Picture Group; Honolulu Film Office; Hulu; Kodak; Prime Focus World; ARRI; Technicolor; Steeltown Entertainment Project; Starbreeze Studios; International CES; Piksik; Visit Anchorage; Background Images; Don Francisco's Coffee; Coca-Cola; Heineken; and more.

To register for the Produced By Conference, please

*Media Credentials:All media interested in covering the 2013 Produced By Conference will need to complete and submit a Press Credential Application. Please email Stefan DeCastroverde atstefan.decastroverde@42west.netto receive an application. While credentials are not guaranteed due to space limitations, the PBC will do its best to grant them to as many outlets as possible.

About theProduced By Conference (PBC)

Reaching across film, television and new media, the Produced By Conference (PBC) is an educational forum conducted by acclaimed producers, including numerous Academy and Emmy Award winners, as well as the next generation of creative entrepreneurs.The Produced By Conference is held through the Producers Guild of America’s charitable entity, the PGA Foundation, as it epitomizes the Foundation’s core mission to educate those who work in the producing profession. Follow the 2013 Produced By Conference on Facebook and Twitter #ProducedBy.

About theProducers Guild of America (PGA)

The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The Producers Guild has more than 5,600 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with employment opportunities, seeking to expand health benefits, promoting fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as encouraging sustainable production practices.,, andwww.pgadiversity.orgfor more information.

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