Producers Guild's Produced By Conference to Host New Mentoring Event

Established producers and studio and network execs will answer questions and offer advice at the Producers Mashup to be held June 11.

The Producers Guild of America will introduce a new mentoring and networking component called the Producer’s Mashup at its 9th annual Produced by Conference, which will take place June 10-11 at the Twentieth Century Fox studio lot in Century City.

The new program, which will be held June 11, will allow small groups of participants to meet with established producers and studio and network executives. The program, open to those attending the conference, will be organized around four tracks — Feature Film, Scripted Television, Unscripted Television and Digital Media — and adopt a speed dating format: The 700 attendees who are expected to take part will be seated at tables of ten. Thirty to forty producers and develop execs will circulate among six to nine different tables each, spending 15-20 minutes at each table, answering any questions  those attending the conference want to ask. Only one topic will be off-limits: Attendees will not be allowed to pitch projects during the conversations.

Describing the Producers Mashup as “a new, bold experiment,” Vance Van Petten, PGA nation executive director and COO, explained “When we debriefed last year’s show, we found our members love the speakers and content, but they wanted more face-to-face mentoring time with established producers.” And, he said, when the idea was proposed to established producers they immediately signed on to participate. “When I made the outcalls,” he said. “I got some very quick yeses. They all recognize the importance of mentoring and giving back to the creative community. We’ll have a mix of really good producer mentors and the execs who really buy product, not assistants and interns. We have high hopes for it and think it will be unique.”

The current line-up of participating mentors includes, in alphabetical order:  Karen Bailey, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Starz; Fred Baron, Executive Vice President of Feature Production, 20th Century Fox; Ian Bryce, producer, Transformers and Saving Private Ryan; John Canning, VP Interactive Experiences, NBC Entertainment Digital;  Stacey Carr, Manager, Programming & Development, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network; Dustin Davis, Head of Current Series/Scripted Development, YouTube Red Originals;  Justin Falvey, Co-President, Amblin Television; Lucy Fisher, producer, The Great Gatsby, The Divergent series;  David Friendly, producer, Little Miss Sunshine, Queen of the South;  Mackenzie Gabriel-Vaught, Vice President Current Programming, Chuck Lorre Productions; Tim Gibbons,producer, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Return of the Mac; and Richard Gladstein, producer, The Hateful Eight, Cider House Rules.

Additionally, the list of mentors includes  John Hadity, Executive Vice President, EP Financial Solutions;  Mark Johnson, producer, Breaking Bad, Cider House Rules; Barry Josephson, producer, Bones, Enchanted; Courtney A. Kemp, producer, Power, The Good Wife;  Chris Moore, producer, Manchester by the Sea, Project Greenlight;  Jonathan Murray, producer, Born This Way, The Real World; Nadine Rajabi, producer, Below Deck, The Shahs Come Clean with Nadine; Michael Seitzman, producer, Code Black, Intelligence; and Chris Thomes, Vice President, Digital Media Studio, Disney/ABC Television Group.

While the Producers Mashup will give participants a new way to interact with the established players appearing at the conference, it is not replacing the existing Mentoring Roundtables, which will be held June 10, and which allow participants, for an additional fee, to meet at tables with some of the speakers in an hour-long format.

The PGA recently announced the 2017 Produced By Conference’s headlining panels including sessions with Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Ava DuVernay (the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time), Shawn Levy and his company 21 Laps Entertainment (Arrival, Stranger Things), Jordan Peele (Get Out, Key and Peele), Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, and Oprah Winfrey.

Early bird registration at a discounted rate is currently available at ProducedByConference.comand ends April 15.

SOURCE: Hollywood