No matter what stage you are in the entertainment industry - just started out or a seasoned pro-- you're going to want to join the PGA (Producers Guild of America) at their fifth annual conference. Held at 20th Century Fox, June 8 and 9th, attendees will hear speakers from all areas of showbiz teaching about current and evolving trends in production, distribution, finance, marketing, branding and media strategy. It's the only one to bring together the top producers and collaborators in film, television and new media to provide all the information vital to the success of your current and future projects.
Starting with a light breakfast on Saturday morning, sessions include specific topics like "Real Deal- Producers who direct and Directors who Produce" by the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, "Building Franchises through Transmedia", "New Facts on Domestic and International Production Incentives", "That State of Film Financing," "Producing for Digital Distribution," "Selling Non-Fiction Television," "Video Games as a Franchise Lunching," "Understanding Producer Share Participations," "Cross Over Talent" "From Script to Screen With Abode," and "Developing and Packaging Films in the Brave New World," as well as conversations with J.J.Abrams, Tom Cruise, Mark Burnett, and Jerry Bruckheimer.
Besides the great sessions, which are often standing room only, Produced By offers mentoring round tables where you get unique opportunities to talk in small groups of ten with someone established in their field. For 60 minutes you get to ask questions of people like Mark Gordon, Bernie Goldman, Cathy Schulman, Andrew Jameson, Gary Lucchesi, Tracey Edmonds, Hayma "Screech" Washington, Nancy Daniels, Darlene Hunt, Stephanie Drachkovitch, Marshall Hershkovitz, Victoria Alonso, Phil Gurin, Gale Ann Hurd, Sharon Tal Yguado, and Cassian Elwes. Be aware that the roundtables, which cost an extra $100 each, take place durning the regular conference so that while you are at the roundtable, you will not be attending one of the scheduled sessions. Also note that there is no pitching at these roundtables, only questions.
While it's too late for this year, the ProShow gives development deals to a feature film, a reality show and online content.
The Produced By Conference sells out each year. Costs for the weekend vary from $375 for PGA members to $999 for general admission. Many professional organizations, as Women In Film, offer discounts for their members. You'll find the registration information under "about." For more information go to www.ProducedByConference.com