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Additional Speakers, Mentors, and "Producers Mashup" Participants Added To Produced By Conference

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LOS ANGELES (May 12, 2018) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today additional speakers and moderators who have been added to the line-up for the tenth annual Produced By Conference (PBC 2018) in Los Angeles, which will be held Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 at Paramount Pictures Studios. Additionally, mentors have been confirmed for the wildly popular Mentor Roundtables and participants are locked in for the second annual “Producers Mashup.”

In alphabetical order, the newly added speakers are:


·       Jeremy Alter; "Touched with Fire," "Inland Empire"

·       Diane Becker, Co-Founder/Producer, Fishbowl Films; “Inventing Tomorrow,” “'If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd”

·       Peter Bobrow, XXXX

·       Ian Bryce, Principal, Ian Bryce Productions; "Transformers" Franchise, "Saving Private Ryan"

·       John D. Canning, Chairman, New Media Council, Producers Guild of America

·       Brad Combs, Senior Product Manager, Discovery, Inc.

·       Ane Crabtree, Costume Designer, "The Handmaid's Tale"

·       Tracey Edmonds, CEO and President, Edmonds Entertainment; “Jumping The Broom,” "With this Ring"

·       Mel Eslyn, President, Duplass Brothers Productions; "Outside In," "Room 104"

·       Mike Farah, Chief Executive Officer, Funny Or Die

·       Paul Feig, Principal, Feigco Entertainment; "Bridesmaids," "Spy"

·       Laura Florence, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Gravitas Ventures

·       Erick Geisler, XXXX

·       Larry Kasanoff, Chairman & CEO, Threshold Entertainment Group; "Mortal Kombat," "True Lies"

·       Lori McCreary, President of the Producers Guild of America; “Invictus,” "Madam Secretary"

·       Jade McQueen, Senior Managing Director, Media & Entertainment, Box

·       Chris Moore, Principal, The Media Farm; "Manchester by the Sea," "Project Greenlight"

·       Neal H. Moritz, Principal, Original Film; “Fast and the Furious” Franchise, “Jump Street” Franchise

·       Rose Catherine Pinkney, Senior Consultant, Scripted Original Programming, BET Networks

·       Stacy Rukeyser; “UnREAL,” “The Lying Game”

·       Michael Seitzman, Principal, Maniac Productions; “Code Black,” “Quantico”

·       Rachel Shane, Chief Creative Officer, MWM Studios; "Hell or High Water," "Genius"

·       Joel Sloss, Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft Azure Security, Privacy, and Compliance

·       Sherry Thomas, Casting Director, "The Handmaid's Tale"

·       Chris Thomes, Vice President, Marketing Strategy, ABC Studios

·       Jacqueline Volmer, Senior Entertainment Underwriter, Chubb Insurance

·       Alexis Martin Woodall; Executive Producer, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”


* The above speakers are subject to change.

The Produced By Conference’s popular Mentoring Roundtables give attendees a chance to ask questions about their own projects in development and learn in a more personalized, intimate setting with real one-on-one feedback. No pitching is allowed -- the Roundtables are intended simply to answer questions and provide insight into the nature of a successful producing career. Mentor Roundtables will be scheduled all day on Saturday, June 9, and are sponsored by Film Shasta.

In alphabetical order, confirmed Mentors for PBC 2018 are:


·       Stephanie Allain, Principal, Homegrown Pictures, Inc.; "Hustle & Flow," "Dear White People"

·       Dan Braun, Co-President, Submarine; “Kusama – Infinity,” “Wild Wild Country”

·       Ian Bryce, Principal, Ian Bryce Productions; "Transformers" Franchise, "Saving Private Ryan"

·       Dan Bucatinsky, Partner, Is Or Isn't Entertainment; “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “The Comeback”

·       Tracey Edmonds, CEO and President, Edmonds Entertainment; “Jumping The Broom,” "With this Ring"

·       Jordan Horowitz, Principal, Original Headquarters; “La La Land,” "Counterpart"

·       Lynette Howell Taylor, Founder/Producer, 51 Entertainment; "A Star is Born," Captain Fantastic"

·       Warren Littlefield, Executive Producer, “The Handmaid's Tale”

·       Gary Lucchesi, President of the Producers Guild of America; “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Million Dollar Baby”

·       Lori McCreary, President of the Producers Guild of America; “Invictus,” "Madam Secretary"


* The above list is subject to change due to the Mentors’ availability.


After its overwhelming success at last year’s inaugural event, the Producers Guild is proud to bring back the “Producers Mashup,” which is specifically scheduled for Sunday, June 10 in the afternoon and features four distinct tracks -- Feature Film, Scripted Television, Unscripted Television and Digital Media -- seating a small group of participants at a table with a producer or executive, during which time the group will have 15 minutes to ask questions. When time is up, mentors rotate to another table and each group of participants receives guidance from a new mentor.  Each table will have the opportunity to meet with three mentors over the course of the event, including at least one producer and one development executive. This event is not for “pitching” project ideas – the PGA is offering PBC 2018 attendees unique access to knowledge from among the best producers in the business. The Producers Mashup is sponsored by Honolulu Film Office.

Confirmed “Producers Mashup” participants to date are noted below in alphabetical order:


·       Josh Berman, “Drop Dead Diva,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”

·       Donald DeLine

·       Lucy Fisher, “The Great Gatsby,” “The Divergent” Series

·       Tim Gibbons, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Return of the Mac”

·       Richard Gladstein, “The Hateful Eight,” “Cider House Rules”

·       Spencer Griffin,CollegeHumor” (YouTube), “I Want My Phone Back” (Facebook Watch)

·       William Horberg, “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Disconnect”

·       Pamela Keller, Executive in Charge of Production, Awesomeness

·       Chris Keyser, “Tyrant,” “Tycoon”

·       Chris King

·       James F. Lopez, Head of Motion Pictures, Will Packer Productions

·       Gary Lucchesi, President of the Producers Guild of America; “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Million Dollar Baby”

·       Lori McCreary, President of the Producers Guild of America; “Invictus,” "Madam Secretary"

·       Chris Moore, Principal, The Media Farm; "Manchester by the Sea," "Project Greenlight"

·       Ronald D. Moore, “Outlander,” “Battlestar Galactica”

·       Rachel Olschan, Co-Founder and Partner, Electric Entertainment

·       Mary Parent, Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production, Legendary Entertainment

·       Kay Rothman

·       Michael Seitzman, Principal, Maniac Productions; “Code Black,” “Quantico”

·       Chris Thomes, Vice President of Marketing Strategy, ABC Studios

·       Doug Wick

·       John Ziffren


* The above participants are subject to change.

In addition to Paramount Pictures Studios, sponsors to date include: AMC Networks; ARRI; BEN, Branded Entertainment Network; Box; Bushmills Irish Whiskey; Cast & Crew; Coca-Cola; Delta Air Lines; Drone Aerial Tech; Experient; Film in Illinois; Film Shasta:  Film US Virgin Islands; Final Draft; Florida Office of Film & Entertainment; Freixenet Cava; GreenSlate; Heinekein; Honolulu Film Office; HUB Entertainment Insurance; Jose Cuervo; The Kraken Black Spiced Rum; KIND; Malta Film Commission; Marriott International; Massachusetts Film Office; Media Services; Microsoft; Panasonic; Pinewood Atlanta Studios; Produce Iowa; The Royal Film Commission-Jordan; ShareGrid; Technicolor; Three Olives Vodka; and VER.


The 2018 Produced By Conference is made possible by The PGA Foundation, the Producers Guild of America’s charitable entity.  The Produced By conferences are the cornerstone events that epitomize the Foundation’s core mission, to educate and inspire those working in the producing profession. To review highlights from previous conferences and receive news and the latest programming updates for Produced By Conference 2018, please visit the Guild’s official website and follow its social media channels for the event:



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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 8,400 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.  For more information and the latest updates, please visit Producers Guild of America websites and follow on social media.




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