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Make Sure You Receive Your Screeners!


Receiving DVD screeners for feature films under awards consideration is one of the most popular benefits of PGA membership.  Accordingly, the Guild works very hard with all distributors to ensure screeners are sent to ALL members of the PGA.  As such, we want to make sure that you take full advantage of this benefit.


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NYC Events and Screenings


PGA East Event
Producing with All Branches of Homeland Security
Thursday, September 20th at 5:30pm at DHS HSI

Join the PGA East Documentary & Non-Fiction Committee and representatives from the DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY for an introductory Master Class on how to produce, work with, and gain access to resources within the DHS for your film and TV productions. We will have representatives from the DHS; Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol and blue uniformed officers; and the Secret Service to answer your questions.

You'll learn what each branch can - and can't - do for your production, the requirements to seek assistance, how much lead-time is necessary, and the proper protocols.

Whether you're in features or television, scripted or non, if you want to know how HOMELAND SECURITY can assist you and your production, this Master Class is for you!

RSVP & more info. To late register for this Thursday, 9/20 event, email by 3:00PM Eastern

PGA East Event
Shooting with the Canon C300 Mark II
Saturday, September 22nd at 10:00am at AbelCine

This in-depth, hands-on workshop designed exclusively for PGA members teaches attendees the skills needed to operate the Canon C300 Mark II. The course gives detailed instruction on camera set up, operation and workflows. By the end of the course, you will have gained a comprehensive knowledge of the Canon C300 Mark II and the confidence to operate the camera in a variety of production scenarios. PGA member-exclusive ticket price: $100.

RSVP & more info.

PGA East Committee Meeting
Education Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00pm

Please join us on 9/25 for our very first meeting. We'll be discussing programming goals for the upcoming year, as well as longer-term educational initiatives. So if you have an idea for an educational event you'd like to produce - or if you want to help support other educational events - we'd love to see you there!

RSVP & more info.

PGA East Event
Immersive Media: The New Language of Enchantment
Thursday, September 27th at 6:00pm

Immersion is the moment that your audience members become participants in your narrative. It is when they are surrounded by a three-dimensional experience, losing themselves in your fictional world. While video games, virtual reality and augmented reality technologies have inched us ever closer to true immersion, many of these have come up short due to flaws in storytelling or failures in user engagement.

RSVP & more info.


PGA East Event
How to Stop Worrying and Start Loving Post - Scheduling Seminar
Saturday, September 29th at 9:30am

Back by popular demand, this three-part seminar series focuses on post-production Scheduling, Budgeting and Workflow for Features, Feature Docs, Scripted Television and Non-Scripted Television.

This unbelievable must-attend master class, led by superstar panelists, will give you a complete understanding of how post production works across multiple genres.

Whatever your position, level or involvement in the post process, this is considered an appropriate class for all levels of experience.

You can only register for the Scheduling seminar at this time.
Space is limited!
This is a PGA Members ONLY series.

Seminars in this Series

Saturday, September 29th, 9:30am — 12:30pm
A systematic approach to putting together a post production schedule.
Click here to RSVP for the Scheduling Seminar.
Click here for the credit card authorization form. 

Saturday, October 13th, 9:30am — 12:30pm
Learn how to create post budgets and determine what variables to factor. 
Invite to go out shortly.

Saturday, November 17th, 9:30am — 12:30pm
This session rounds out the series by taking some of the concepts we're learned from scheduling and budgeting and applying them to the workflow.
Invite to go out shortly. 

Important - Reservation Instructions
This is a FREE series. A refundable $50 deposit is required to hold your reservation for each seminar you attend. This deposit is a placeholder; you will only be charged the $50 if you don't show up to the event, or if you cancel after the deadline (Wednesday, September 26th). To ensure you're not charged, check in with event staff at the start of the event so they can confirm your attendance.

To save your place for this seminar, RSVP online AND submit a credit card authorization form for the $50 refundable deposit. You will only be able to reserve the "Scheduling" Seminar for Saturday, September 29th via the RSVP link below. Additional seminar invites will go out in separate email invites.

To submit the form, print and complete this credit card authorization form, and email to within 12 hours of registration. If you do not submit your credit card authorization form within 12 hours of registration, your reservation will be canceled.

Cancellation Deadline:To cancel or change your reservation, please email by Wednesday, September 26th at noon (12pm).


Scripted Television:
Irene Burns, a two-time Emmy nominee, has been responsible for Post Producing the editing, music, visual effects and technical compliance of nearly 300 hours of television. Her work has been based primarily in the US, though she has also worked extensively in London and Budapest (note: she is very open to going back). Her work in comedy is known for side-splitting laughter on more than 100 episodes of “30 Rock” with Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. She was thrilled to work on a pilot never (yet) aired called “The Joke Show,” among other hilarities. Her work on Dramas include notable projects such as HBO’s first episodic TV series, the ground-breaking series “Oz,”. Irene is grateful to have worked on the September 11th-inspired film “Strip Search” by Tom Fontana, directed by the legendary Sidney Lumet. Her post career began on the critically acclaimed “Homicide: Life on the Street”. There are two new series she is excited to begin very shortly. Please stay tuned.

Feature Film:
Jennifer Lane started her film career in editing, but quickly switched to post production supervision. As a freelance post-production supervisor, she has worked for Warner Brothers, Dreamworks Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Universal Pictures, Amazon and Focus Features among other studios. Some of her feature credits include “Into the Woods” (Rob Marshall), “Wonderstruck” (Todd Haynes) , “The Bourne Legacy” (Tony Gilroy), “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” and “The Reader” (Stephen Daldry), “The Adjustment Bureau” (George Nolfi), “Revolutionary Road” (Sam Mendes), “Doubt” (John Patrick Shanley), and “The Good Shepherd”(Robert De Niro). She has also worked on many independent films including “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: HIM and HER” (Ned Benson), “Secretary” (Steven Shainberg), “Hamlet” (Michael Almereyda), “Sidewalks of New York” (Edward Burns), “Trust the Man” (Bart Freundlich), and the documentary “Trekkies” (Roger Nygard). She recently completed working on “Mary Poppins Returns” (Rob Marshall) as the Associate Producer. Her next project is “Gemini Man” (Ang Lee) for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media. Jennifer also serves as the Membership Director of the Post New York Alliance.

Scripted Television:
Brad Carpenter just finished producing his second season of USA's critically acclaimed “The Sinner,” starring Bill Pulman and Carrie Coon. In between seasons of “The Sinner,” Brad Produced Netflix's “The Good Cop,” starring Tony Danza and Josh Groban. His previous shows include HBO's buzz worthy “Vinyl,” with Executive Producers Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, Showtime's “Nurse Jackie,” as well as HBO's “Boardwalk Empire,” “Bored to Death,” and “Sex and the City.” Brad is especially excited about his upcoming project this Fall, FX's limited series about Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams.

Unscripted Television
Brian Batka has over 14 years of post-production experience in New York. As a post-production supervisor, he has overseen more than 295 hours of content from offline through finishing and delivery. He has worked on a variety of non-scripted, food, and lifestyle shows for A&E, MTV, The Food Network, WEtv, Animal Planet, Discovery ID, and The Cooking Channel. Previously, he worked as a post coordinator on some notable feature documentaries, including Jonathan Demme's “Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains”" for Sony Pictures Classics, and “Pressure Cooker,” for Participant Media. For the last five years, Brian has post supervised “The First 48” for A&E, which follows active homicide investigations. Brian has been an active member of the Producers Guild for over 9 years. In June, he was elected to the AP Council Board of Delegates to represent the East Coast at the national level. Brian is also a scout leader for the Baden Powell Service Association (BPSA), where he puts his post organizing skills and Eagle Scout credentials to work teaching 4 and 5-year-olds about camping and crafting.

Feature Documentary
Matt Parker, an Emmy-nominated producer, was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, where his early love of film began with weekly Sunday trips to the movies with his dad. His latest narrative feature, directed by Pippa Bianco with A24, is still untitled and in post. Prior to that he produced three HBO documentaries, “Everything is Copy,” “Agnelli,” and “Swiped,” as well as “To the Night,” directed by Austrian director Peter Brunner, and indie features, “Approaching the Unknown” and “Five Nights in Maine,” as well as “Mother of George,” which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, “Restless City,” “Higher Ground,” and “The Last Keepers.” He also co-produced “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Bachelorette.”

More Info & RSVP.


Ira Deutchman Retrospective - Columbia University

On September 14-16 and 20-23, Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts will host a retrospective honoring the film producer and distributor Ira Deutchman, one of the essential figures in the history of American independent films. 


Since 1975, Deutchman has been a leader in distributing, marketing, and producing the work of independent directors like John Cassavetes, Joan Micklin Silver, John Sayles, and Steven Soderbergh. Deutchman is perhaps best known for his work founding and running the distribution companies Cinecom, Fine Line Features, and Emerging Pictures.

To celebrate this important retrospective, PGA East is offering a discount for tickets in this series. To find out about films and purchase tickets, go to with the discount code NYIndiePGAE. Please be advised that this discount code is only for advance online tickets and cannot be used for in-person sales at the box office.

Films from the retrospective include both classics from the history of independent cinema and gems waiting for rediscovery. The celebration will also include panel discussions and an extensive exhibit covering Deutchman’s impact on cinema.

Hamptons International Film Festival

Industry Accreditation for the 2018 Hamptons International Film Festival is now open! This year, PGA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount on an Industry pass, which costs $250. Benefits of the Industry pass include: Eight (8) tickets to any General Film Screenings, Two (2) tickets to any Spotlight Film Screening, One (1) ticket to any "A Conversation With” event, Entry for one (1) to select official Festival events, and Entry for one (1) to the Winick Talks at Rowdy Hall (10 am, October 5-7). More information on the benefits of an Industry pass can be found at: To apply for a pass, complete the application via the link below. Please select PGA in the Affiliations section of the application. Click here for application.



Preferred Hotels & Resorts is pleased to offer the Producers Guild of America members and affiliates with discounted rates in top production cities.
This collection of independent luxury hotels is offering the Producers Guild of America a 20% discount off of best available rates (based on availability) and complimentary wireless internet access.
Discounted rates are valid through December 31, 2018.
Click here to book.



This chain wide program offers a minimum of 15% off best available rates at nearly 400 participating hotels globally.  Discounted rates are subject to availability.
Additional benefits are available to I Prefer members, such as complimentary wireless Internet access.  
To join the I Prefer guest loyalty program and earn points toward room redemption rewards, please visit to enroll.
To book the chain discount, visit the link below and search by your destination of choice:


Final Draft, A Cast & Crew Company, was founded in 1991 to develop a scriptwriting program that allows the writer to concentrate on the creative process and not on Hollywood’s stringent formatting rules. Since then, Final Draft has become the Hollywood professional’s choice and the world’s #1-selling scriptwriting program.

Final Draft is the software of choice of such industry giants as Aaron Sorkin, Vince Gilligan, J.J. Abrams and James Cameron, to name a few.

Television shows that use Final Draft include Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and Transparent. Feature films include Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Iron Man franchise and The Conjuring, to name a few.

Final Draft is the recipient of a Primetime Engineering Emmy® Award.

Discount for PGA Members:

Final Draft 10- $169 (retail $249)

Upgrade- $69 (retail $99)

Call 818-995-8995 to purchase at a discount using your PGA membership card.


Zipcar, the world’s largest car-sharing company with cars parked right in your city, is offering membership to all PGA members for just $25/year (normally $60) as well as discounted driving rates (15% off)!  Rates include gas and insurance and with low overnight rates available. The Zipcar fleet has over 20 makes and models from Pick-up Trucks to help you move to MINI Coopers to get you to the beach.

Zipcar is like owning a car without any of the hassles and you can use Zipcars in any other city they are in (San Francisco, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, Boston, Baltimore DC, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and London) Plus we are located at 200+ Universities.

Already a Zipcar member? Want to take advantage of the discount?
No worries, we can switch your account over. To do this please contact members service at 866-494-7227 and asked to be added to the Producers Guild account.

Not a member? Add yourself to the account here: