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Produced By Conference : New York

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Producers Guild of America brings the Produced By Conference to New York

 

Produced By: New York TO TAKE PLACE AT THE TIME WARNER CENTER on October 25, 2014

 

Bob Weinstein, Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Gary Lucchesi, Harvey Weinstein, James Schamus, Jenni Konner, Lori McCreary, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mark Gordon, Morgan Spurlock, Peter Saraf, Terence Winter, among speakers for the inaugural Produced By: New York

 

LOS ANGELES (August 19, 2014) – Following the highly successful Produced By conference in Los Angeles, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) will hold the inaugural Produced By: New York (PBNY) conference on October 25, 2014 at the Time Warner Center in NYC.  Confirmed speakers for PBNY include: 

 

  • Barbara Hall (“Madam Secretary,” “Homeland,” “Joan of Arcadia”)
  • Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company & Dimension Films (SCREAM franchise, SCARY MOVIE franchise, SIN CITY and PULP FICTION)
  • Bruce Cohen (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, MILK, AMERICAN BEAUTY)
  • Colin Carrier, Chief Strategy officer, Twitch.tv
  • Donna Gigliotti (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE READER, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE)
  • Gary Lucchesi, President of the Producers Guild, President of Lakeshore Entertainment (LINCOLN LAWYER, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, UNDERWORLD)
  • Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE KING’S SPEECH, THE ARTIST)
  • James Schamus (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, HULK, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON)
  • Jenni Konner (“Girls”)
  • Keith Arem, President, PCB Productions
  • Lori McCreary, CEO of Revelations Entertainment, President of the Producers Guild (INVICTUS, “Madam Secretary,” “Through The Wormhole”)
  • Lydia Dean Pilcher, President, Cine Mosaic (CUTIE AND THE BOXER, THE LUNCHBOX)
  • Mark Gordon (“Ray Donovan,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds,” SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, SPEED)
  • Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME, THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD, WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN)
  • Peter Saraf, Co-Founder, Big Beach Productions (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, KINGS OF SUMMER)
  • Stephen Totilo, Editor-in-Chief, Kotaku
  • Terence Winter (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Sopranos”)
  • Tom Fontana, (“Borgia,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Oz,” YOU DON’T KNOW JACK)

 

Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.  Produced By: New York is hosted by HBO and Time Warner Inc. and will take place the Time Warner Center.  

Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi, Presidents of the PGA said, “The Produced By conference has proven to be an industry-defining event which offers unparalleled networking opportunities, as well as a wide array of educational seminars, and professional resources.  We are thrilled to expand Produced By to New York City after six successful years in Los Angeles.”

 

Cynthia López, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in New York City said, “New York City is home to a vibrant creative community who lend their talents to the hundreds of films and television series produced here each year. It is a pleasure to welcome Produced By to New York City for the first time, and we look forward to the thoughtful and insightful conversations about the production industry that will emerge from the conference.”

 

Peter Saraf, Vice President of PGA East said, “Produced By: New York will be an event of discovery, learning and creative inspiration that is built by producers, for producers.  We could not be more excited to merge the energy of Produced By with the vitality of the New York producing community.”

 

Produced By: New York will feature 12 full conference sessions.  Additionally, the event will provide intimate mentoring roundtable opportunities where in

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Producers Guild at Tribeca Film Festival 2014 - Video Playlist

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 07, 2014
The Producers Guild was on the red carpet at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and had a great time capturing interviews with producers and stars talking about their projects and their experiences within the industry and within our very own guild. 

Videos include:
  • Tribeca Film Festival - 5 to 7 Red Carpet
  • Life Partners - Gabourey Sidibe
  • Tribeca Film Festival - Love is Strange - Interview with John Lithgow
  • Marshall Herskovitz on the Producers Mark and the PGA
  • About Alex Producers Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick at Tribeca Film Festival
  • The Nature of Producing - Marshall Herskovitz PGA President Emeritus
  • Tribeca Film Festival - Love is Strange - Interview with Jayne Baron Sherman
  • Life Partners - Producing Partnerships

 



Check out the playlist above to watch all of our 2014 Tribeca Film Festival content and do not forget to subscribe to the Producers Guild channel.  www.youtube.com/ProducersGuild

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Calling Documentary Submissions for 2015 Producers Guild Awards - Deadline 9/5

Posted By Nikki Livolsi, Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Deadline for Documentary Motion Picture submissions is September 5, 2014 for the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards.

Greetings!

The Producers Guild of America is seeking Documentary Motion Picture submissions for the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards, to be held on January 24, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The Producers Guild Awards celebrate and honor the year’s outstanding producing work at one of the award season’s marquee events. Over the years, we’ve been very proud of our Guild’s selections in the Documentary Motion Picture category, which have included We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire, Sicko, and Waiting for Superman.

To submit your documentary film for award consideration, please apply online by completing a Notice of Producing Credits form at www.producersguildawards.com. The Producers Guild of America does not charge a submission fee for motion picture entries.

To be eligible for the category of Documentary Motion Pictures, a motion picture must adhere to the PGA Rules and Procedures, which can found by clicking here.  Please review these Rules thoroughly before submitting your motion picture.

The deadline to submit a Notice of Producing Credits form and the required 20 DVD screeners of the entry is September 5, 2014. A late fee of $150.00 will be assessed on any films that are submitted between the dates of September 6, 2014 and September 19, 2014. No films shall be accepted after September 19, 2014. If your film has, however, already been released, we encourage you to submit your screeners immediately. All DVD screeners must be sent to:

Producers Guild of America
c/o Nikki Livolsi
8530 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 400
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

In order to make certain that we have a robust field of nominees in the documentary category, we welcome as many submissions as possible.  Thus, please feel free to forward this email to any colleagues who may have a documentary they would like to submit.  Please note that the Guild will only consider documentary features; there is no category for documentary shorts at this time.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!  If you have questions, please direct them to Erin Staley at erin@producersguild.org or by phone at (310)358-9020, ext. 112.

All Best, 

Nikki Livolsi
Director of Arbitrations and Legal Affairs

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Semi-Finalists Announced for Make Your Mark Competition

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 01, 2014
The Producers Guild and Cadillac are proud to announce the Semi-Finalists for the inaugural Make Your Mark Competition.  This round of ten Semi-Finalists will have their entries reviewed and judged by our panel of honorary judges, including: Kathy Bates, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Hawk Koch, Gary Lucchesi, Lori McCreary, Chris Moore, Craig Bierley, and Kevin Daley.  Entries this year are inspired by legendary producer Saul Zaentz.

Three finalists will be selected from this group to proceed with a second production assignment utilizing a $30,000 budget plus additional resources.  The grand prize winner will have their work highlighted in a :30 second Cadillac spot that will be aired during the telecast of the 2015 Academy Awards with the producer being credited by name.  To find out more about the competition and to see additional updates, stay tuned to ProducersGuild.org and MakeYourMarkCompetition.com.

SEMI-FINALISTS

  • Laura Anderson & Julie Michaels 
    • Last Writes    
  • Jennifer Brofer & Alan Pietruszewski 
    • The Interlude    
  • Michael Burke & Ian Wagner 
    • Simple Math    
  • Nathan Ellis 
    • Safe Passage    
  • Bobby B. Grubic 
    • The Parting Shot    
  • Mario Lavin 
    • Strife    
  • Tim Wen & Chidi Onyejuruwa  
    • Unexpected Arrival    
  • Alvaro Ron 
    • To Kill Or Not To Kill    
  • Patrick Wolf & Greg Strasz 
    • Broken    
  • AJ Vargas 
    • Song     

*Reminder: Per the Rules of the competition, you may not distribute, use or otherwise publicly display your Entry until August 19, 2014.

 




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The PGA Supports AB 1839

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014

In recent years, numerous states have attracted film and television productions—and their accompanying jobs—with strong tax credit and incentive programs.  As a national organization, the PGA proudly commends all such programs throughout the country. However, given the strength of our Guild’s California-based membership and the modest scale of the state’s existing incentives, we believe this legislation could have a direct and positive impact on the lives of thousands of our members.  Accordingly, we support it fully, and hope that you do as well.

 

We urge you to contact your state Assembly member, and tell them that you support AB 1839.  

 

To read the full text of the proposed legislation, click here.

- Click here to sign the FilmWorksCa online petition

- Click here to send Governor Jerry Brown a letter


Producers Guild Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary's letter to Senator Lois Wolk:


Dear Senator Wolk:

On behalf of the Producers Guild of America, we wish to voice our ardent support for Assembly Bill 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act.  the Producers Guild of America represents over 6,000 hardworking professionals in the film, television and new media industries, while we are a national organization, the great majority of our members live in California.  We wish we could say that all of these members worked in California as well, but over the past two decades, it has become increasingly difficult to make that claim.

On behalf of our members, we write in support of AB 1839, which expands the existing Film and Tax Credit Program to accommodate the quantity and scale of film and television productions that stand to employ thousands of Californians and inject billions of dollars into state and local economies.  The existing Film and Television Tax Credit Program represents a successful first step in returning California to its rightful place as our nation's leader in entertainment production.  Unfortunately, the Program's scant $100,000,000 annual limit on tax credits and the disqualification of big-budget productions has compelled the vast majority of productions that would otherwise shoot in California to turn to other states such as New York, Louisiana and Michigan, where more aggressive incentive programs stand ready to meet the needs of producers.

These productions dearly want to shoot in our home state.  There is no compelling reason why our members should have to uproot their lives, parting from their families for weeks or months at a time in order to shoot elsewhere.  There is no compelling reason why the many ancillary crew positions should not be held by Californians.  "Film Flight," the 2012 study released by the Milken Institute, has thoroughly detailed the disastrous consequences of runaway production for our state economy.  Producers would like nothing more than to keep their teams close to their families, provide thousands of jobs to the workers of our state, an channel their productions' considerable spending power into our towns and cities.  With your support, this goal finally will be within reach.

If the legislature fails to rise to meet this challenge, it would be a terrible shame and a painfully lost opportunity.  Film, television and new media are California's home-grown industries, inescapably tied to our state's history and its future.  For the sake of our thousands of PGA members and the millions of California citizens who will benefit from expanded production opportunities in our state, we thank you for your essential work on behalf of the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, and urge your colleagues in the strongest possible terms to lend their support to AB 1839.

Sincerely,

Gary Lucchesi       Lori McCreary
President               President


Letter from California Film & Television Production Alliance to Senate Governance & Finance Committees:

Dear Senate Governance & Finance Committee Members,

On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of middle class Californians, creative talent, small businesses, and film commissions across the state that we represent, we are writing to thank you for your commitment to and leadership on AB 1839. Given the importance of the Governance & Finance Committee — our first Senate Committee hearing, we were moved, and gratified, by the strong words of support – and of course by your votes.

We were proud to have the opportunity to stand there before you to express our own concern and commitment to the passage of AB 1839. We believe the stakes are too high for us to do anything less — both for our own industry and for the economic vitality of this state.

Sincerely,

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
American Federation of Musicians Local 47
Association of Talent Agents
California Attractions and Parks Association
California Chamber of Commerce
California Hotel and Lodging Association
California Labor Federation
California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
California Travel Association
Chef Robért Catering
Directors Guild of America
FilmL.A.
FLICS – Film Liaisons in California Statewide
Independent Studio Services
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 399
Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local
724 Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
National Association of Theatre Owners of California/Nevada
Producers Guild of America
Quixote Studios
Recording Musicians Association
SAG-AFTRA
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Help support.  Join Mobilization Day: http://www.filmworksca.com/sacramento_mobilization_day

Date/Time/Location
August 20, 2014 (Wednesday)
11:30am – 2:00pm
North Side Lawn @ Sacramento State Capitol




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