The Producers Guild of America concluded on Sunday its 9th Annual Produced By Conference at Twentieth Century Fox in Los Angeles. More than 1,000 people attended the conference, which included six speaker sessions. The headlining panels included “Conversation With: Jordan Peele & Norman Lear” and “360 Profile: 21 Laps Entertainment” with Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen and Dan Levine, the producers behind the Academy Award-nominated film Arrival and the award-winning Netflix show Strangers Things. The second day of the conference also marked the inaugural year of the “Producers Mashup.” This gave over 600 attendees the opportunity to network and ask questions of the industry’s leading producers and executives such as Karen Bailey, Mark Johnson, Lucy Fisher, Justin Falvey, Courtney A. Kemp, Jonathan Murray and Chris Thomes.
Ten mentor roundtables and 12 speaker sessions were held on the first day, which included the headlining “Conversation With” panels featuring Ted Sarandos and Jerry Seinfeld, Damien Chazelle and John Wells, and Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay and Bruce Cohen.
This year the event was chaired by PGA members Ian Bryce, Tracey Edmonds, Marshall Herskovitz and Rachel Klein. The team includes Supervising Producer Barry Kaplan (EKG, Inc.), Program Director Madelyn Hammond (Madelyn Hammond & Associates), Sponsorship Director Diane Salerno (Six Degrees Global), and Marketing Consultant Kristin Petrovich (Createasphere). In addition to Twentieth Century Fox, official sponsors included AMC Networks; ARRI; BEN, Branded Entertainment Network; Box; Cinecittà Studios; Coca-Cola; Entertainment Partners; Final Draft; Freixenet Cava; HUB Entertainment Insurance; Johnson & Johnson LLP; PRG, Production Resource Group; Panasonic; Produce Iowa; Proximo Spirits; Robinson Granatt LLP; Technicolor; The Molecule; US Virgin Islands Film Office; and VER.
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