Posted: November 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on THE 2010 NON-FICTION JOB FORUM

The PGA East Employment Committee invites you to:


Tuesday, November 16

6:30pm SHARP – Registration
7:00pm – 9:00 pm – Speed Interviewing

PGA Members Only

Event will start promptly with or without you.
If you are late, you will not be able to participate.

MPE Penthouse
432 West 45th St.
Btwn 9th & 10th Ave.

Refreshments Served

Work in unscripted production? Ready to meet your next potential employer? Then mark your calendar: the PGA EAST NON-FICTION JOB FORUM will take place on Tuesday, November 16, 2010.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet those who are hiring Producers, APs, Post Supervisors, Production Managers, and Coordinators, plus network with fellow PGA members, too, all in an informal and fun environment.

Here’s how it works: “Speed-interviewing!” It’s like speed-dating, but you’re courting your next big employer. The panelists rotate to tables of 5 participants and spend 10 minutes with each group, hearing from each person individually. It’s a rare opportunity to pitch yourself to top executives in the field. You’ll surely leave a lasting impression: execs leave with a binder full of resumes to draw on. Past job forums have landed several members jobs – some within weeks of the forum; some months later.

These are meetings with some of the biggest production employers in the city that might otherwise take you weeks or months to set up.

Representatives from top East Coast networks and production companies across all non-fiction genres and media platforms (spanning TV, long-form docs, and the web) will take part. The following are already confirmed:

AETN (History Channel, Biography, A&E Network)
CBS EYE Productions (The Next Food Network Star; 24 Hour Restaurant Battle)
The Dr. Oz Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Screaming Panda,
ITV Studios (Four Weddings, Steven Seagal: Lawman)

More companies will be added soon, for a total of over ten companies!


Posted: October 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on TRANSMEDIA STORYTELLING: THE NEW ENTERTAINMENT PARADIGM

The PGA New Media Council East



Tuesday, October 26 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Theresa Lang Center
The New School
55 West 13th St. at 6th Ave.

Transmedia development, production and implementation is now fully in practice at the highest levels of companies such as Disney, Saban, Microsoft and Mattel. Around the world, visionaries are generating stunning multi-platform endeavors based on the principles of transmedia.

Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, is the world’s foremost expert at developing entertainment properties and premium brands into highly successful transmedia franchises. He has worked on such properties as Pirates of the Caribbean, Avatar, Coca-Cola’s Happiness Factory, Halo, Transformers and the upcoming Tron Legacy. In this, his first Master Class after this September’s revelatory TED talk in Geneva, Switzerland, Jeff will candidly share his latest experiences in the field, expanding upon the vanguard technique of funding, planning, creating and producing highly engaging story worlds that maximize both the creative potential of your work, equity participation and subsequent revenues. Case studies will include analysis of some of the biggest entertainment franchises of today, and the discussion will include advice on how to apply these concepts to your own projects, large or small, fact or fiction.

Refreshments will be served. Members are strongly encouraged to bring qualified prospective members as their guests.

Jeff Gomez
CEO, Starlight Runner Entertainment
Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, is the world’s foremost expert at developing entertainment properties and premium brands into highly successful transmedia franchises. As a creative consultant to Fortune 500 companies, he contributes strategic planning and production for the cross-platform implementation of content.

Jeff conceived, co-wrote and produced one of the most successful transmedia storylines of the decade with Mattel’s Hot Wheels comic books, videogames, web content and animated series. He has gone on to work with such franchises as Pirates of the Caribbean and Tron Legacy for The Walt Disney Company, James Cameron’s Avatar for 20th Century Fox, Halo for Microsoft, Happiness Factory for The Coca-Cola Company, Transformers for Hasbro, and most recently Men in Black 3 for Sony Pictures.

Jeff is a member of the PGA East Executive Committee and serves on the national board of the PGA New Media Council.

Brent Weinstein
Head of Digital Media, United Talent Agency
Brent is one of the leading figures in the digital media industry, helping develop content deals for broadband, videogame, and mobile platforms. He formed the digital media practice at United Talent Agency in 2003, where he leads a team of dedicated digital media agents to identify and evaluate opportunities for UTA clients: actors, writers, directors, producers, and recording artists, in addition to many business-to-business and consumer-oriented technology and corporate clients. Brent, with UTA co-founder and partner Jeremy Zimmer, also formed UTA Online, a dedicated broadband division that finds and represents the next generation of web-based content artists. In 2007, Brent served as the CEO of 60Frames, a privately-held, venture backed company dedicated to financing, ad sales and syndication of original professionally produced entertainment content for the internet. The company was incubated by United Talent Agency and Spot Runner, an innovative internet-based advertising agency.

During his tenure at UTA, Weinstein made digital media deals for many of the best known artists in entertainment, including Johnny Depp, Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, as well as top digital media artists such as Big Fantastic (“Prom Queen”), AskANinja (, and others.

Special thanks to Terra Fossil for providing premium wines for New Media Council events.
Event hosted by Producers Guild of America New Media Council East.

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Posted: October 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE

The PGA East Seminars Committee invites you and a Qualified Potential Member to…


Thursday, October 14

452 5th Ave. at 40th St.
HSBC Tower, 11th Floor

6:00pm – Doors Open for Networking Reception
7:00pm – Panel Begins Promptly

Guest Must be a Qualified Potential Member

Many independent producers with pet projects they’ve been shepherding for months or years wonder how many of the variables they need to have lined up before they can “green-light” their own projects. Virtually every film ever made, regardless of budget, entered pre-production with at least a few missing pieces to the puzzle. Come hear four indie filmmakers with low-budget features under their belt share specific examples of crucial elements that were NOT in place when the decision to go ahead was made. Panelists will examine the pros and cons of jumping off without a parachute in the land of the low budget feature.

Confirmed Panelists:

Dolly Hall, producer, dollface, inc. – Named a “Producer to Watch” by Variety, Dolly Hall began her producing career in 1990. Dolly’s producing credits include such award-winning films as Maria Maggenti’s The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love, Scott Silver’s johns, Alex Sichel’s All Over Me, Tim Blake Nelson’s Eye of God, Lisa Cholodenko’s High Art, Mark Christopher’s 54, and Gary Winick’s Tadpole, Lisa Picard is Famous, was directed by Griffin Dunne and produced by Mira Sorvino and Dolly Hall.
In July 2009, Lion’s Gate released Five Fingers and Dolly is currently in post production on Tom Vaughn’s directorial debut Playing House and in pre-production on Michael Walker’s Price Check.

Peter Saraf co-founded Big Beach with Marc Turtletaub in 2004. Saraf’s credits with Big Beach include Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Little Miss Sunshine for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, Christine Jeff’s Sunshine Cleaning, John Crowley’s Is Anybody There, Ramin Bahrani’s Chop Shop, Liev Schrieber’s Everything is Illuminated and Lucky, a documentary by Jeffrey Blitz, and most recently Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Jack Goes Boating. Prior to Big Beach, Saraf was an independent producer and partner of director Jonathan Demme and producer Edward Saxon at Clinica Estetico. His credits with Clinica Estetico include Victor Nunez’s Ulee’s Gold, Jonathan Demme’s The Truth About Charlie and Spike Jonze’s Adaptation.

Eric Steel has straddled many of the fences of the film business – as an executive at Disney and Cinecom and a senior production executive for Scott Rudin. In 2003 he started his own company – Easy There Tiger – and subsequently produced and directed The Bridge – a very indie, very controversial documentary – and produced Julie & Julia – a very successful studio feature film. He is in production now on another documentary.


Roland Tec is a director, writer and producer of feature films and theatre. In the 1990s he served as artistic director of Boston’s innovative New Opera Theatre Ensemble. His film, All the Rage is widely considered a hallmark of the queer indie film movement of the ’90s. Since his move to New York City in the Spring of 2000, several of Tec’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway. He has taught or lectured at numerous institutions including: the 92nd Street Y, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Brandeis University and Harvard. Additional film credits include: Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, We Pedal Uphill and Defiance, which he co-produced for director Edward Zwick. Tec’s current project, Thunder Every Day, is a documentary about the friendship between artists David Hockney and Larry Stanton. The story is told through the lens of Super 8 footage shot of the two men on Fire Island by Mr. Stanton a decade prior to his death from AIDS in 1986.


Posted: October 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on TOY STORY 3 Q&A

The PGA East Screening Committee Screening + Q&A of…

Disney – Pixar



Monday, October 11 at 6:30pm

Followed by a conversation with Producer DARLA K. ANDERSON, Director LEE UNKRICH, and Moderated by JACK LECHNER

AMC Loews Lincoln Square
1998 Broadway
Btwn W 67th and W 68th St.

Producer: Darla K. Anderson*
Director: Lee Unkrich
Voice Talent: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Ned Beatty, Joan Cusack, Don RIckles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, John Morris, Jeff Garlin, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, and Whoopi Goldberg.
*PGA Member

In “Toy Story 3,” the time has come for Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of Andy’s devoted toys to face the monumental fact that their beloved owner has outgrown them. Andy, just days from leaving for college, is forced to choose which of his childhood toys to store in the attic, and which, if any, to take with him. But as Woody and Buzz prepare the toys for retirement, a misunderstanding lands them curbside in a garbage bag. Taking matters into their own hands, the toys climb into a donation box bound for the local daycare. Their vision of Sunnyside as a utopia for toys is shattered when the tyrannical teddy bear Lotso takes them prisoner. Woody’s daring escape to free his best friends leads them on a perilous adventure that challenges their loyalties, to each other and to Andy, as well as their very lives. Directed by Lee Unkrich (co-director of “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo”), produced by Pixar veteran Darla K. Anderson (“Cars,” “Monsters, Inc.”), and written by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”).

Running Time: 98 minutes
Release Date: June 18, 2010
Rated G for general audiences

As a courtesy to Ms. Anderson, Mr. Unkrich and Mr. Lechner please do not RSVP unless you intend to stay for the Q&A.


Posted: September 29th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CAMERA

The PGA East Documentary Committee invites you and a Qualified Potential Member to…


Wednesday, September 29

Abel Cine Tech
609 Greenwich St, 5th floor
Btwn Leroy and Clarkson St.
(212) 462-0100

6:00pm – Reception & Hands-on with Camera Equipment
6:45pm – Discussion Begins
7:45pm – Q&A
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Networking Reception & Hands-on with Camera Technology
Drinks and snacks provided

Guest Must be a Qualified Potential Member

This Documentary workshop will address and provide insightful information on questions every producer needs to answer before deciding on the right camera and post process for their documentary film or reality show. What is your budget? What is the content? Tape or tape-less? What format is right for the project? Avid or Final Cut?

The evening will include hands-on demos with the latest camera technology and first-class tech information and hand outs.

Josh Apter. Film Maker, Editor and Owner of Manhattan Edit Workshop. Josh has recently completed principal photography on “Out Of Many,” a documentary that follows five people as they travel across the country to the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Peter Abel. President, Abel Cine Tech, an expert in multi-formats and whose company specializes in advising and supplying a wide variety of camera equipment for documentary and film shoots.

Panel moderated by Documentary Committee Co-Chair Shirley Escott, whose experience ranges from producing documentaries, TV dramas and non-scripted/ reality television both in the UK and USA.

These experts will aim to demystify the jargon and provide hard facts and answers in this workshop which is aimed to help you choose the right equipment and post process for a range of budgets and programs.


Posted: September 20th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on CALCULATING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

PGA Green East invites you and a guest to…


Monday, September 20 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Kodak Screening Room

360 West 31 St., 2nd Floor
Btwn 8th & 9th Aves.

(Carbon footprint, that is…)


Tell the truth — aren’t you embarrassed by all that gas you’ve been emitting. Uh…we’re talking about greenhouse gas!

Join us for a low-tech discussion of carbon calculation — how to prepare for it, how to validate it and what to do with your footprint once you know it. To understand your eco-impact, reduce it or offset it, you need to know how to measure it.

PGA Green presents an evening that will teach you to measure how big an impact your production is having on the environment.
Because when it comes to carbon emissions — bigger isn’t better.

Confirmed Panelists Include:
Erik C. Pike, Production Accountant Columbia Pictures
Shannon Schaefer, Sustainable Production Manager, NBC Universal
Kevin Hackett, VP Sales and Marketing, Native Energy

Don’t be the production that ruins it for the rest of the planet.
Clean up your act.
Control that gas, and curb your carbon emissions.

Sponsored in part by the Green Production Guide – (where you can download a carbon calculator today!!)


Posted: September 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on RECENT TRENDS IN INDIE FINANCING

The PGA East Seminars Committee invites you to…


Tuesday, September 14

Join us for a discussion on the best practices as well as the pitfalls of utilizing various types of financing available in the indie space today.

452 5th Ave. at 40th St.
HSBC Tower, 11th Floor

6:00pm – Reception
6:30pm – Panel Begins
Panel followed by Networking Reception with Panelists

Getting a film off the ground can be a daunting task, but once you have that script you are in love with, what next? Join PGA East Chair John Hadity as he moderates a panel of experts in the field of film financing.

Discussion will include the relevance of all sources of funding available today:
– Equity
– Bank Debt
– Privately placed gap/mezzanine loans
– Presales
– Grants
– Soft Money
– Tax Incentives

Veteran Film Financing Experts Include:

Michael Hansen (Three Point Capital) began his finance career with a small company that was subsequently acquired by Smith Barney in 2000. He later transferred to UBS and managed fixed income portfolios as a senior member of a private wealth management team with $1 billion under management. He specialized in credit underwriting, focusing primarily on state municipal bonds. With Bayberry Capital Group since its formation in 2007, he manages their asset backed lending business which focuses on the environmental, green tech, real estate and tax credit sectors. Recently, Bayberry began to finance state tax incentives associated with film and television production. Before arriving on Wall Street, Michael had a rewarding culinary career as a professional chef and ran his own catering company.

John Logigian (Entertainment Attorney) has more than twenty years of senior management and legal experience in the entertainment industry. Mr. Logigian has held positions with a wide variety of companies including movie studios (United Artists, Orion Pictures, and Miramax), a talent agency (International Creative Management), and two production companies (Walden Media and Sweetland Films). During his career, Mr. Logigian has been particularly effective in structuring complex agreements for the production, financing and distribution of motion pictures. He has worked on several hundred films, the aggregate production or acquisition cost of which exceeds $2.5 billion. Included in this group are fifteen films which received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture, including eight Best Picture winners: Lord of the Rings, Chicago, The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, Silence of the Lambs, Dances with Wolves, Amadeus and Platoon. Mr. Logigian’s skills are particularly suited to start-up companies, backed by individual investors. Mr. Logigian was a principal in the formation of two production companies, each of which was funded by highly successful entrepreneurs with whom Mr. Logigian worked directly: Phil Anschutz (Quest, Regal Entertainment, the Staples Center) and Jacqui Safra (of the Safra private banking family).

James Clayton (Ingenious Media) is Chief Executive of Ingenious Investments, with overall responsibility for all aspects of the business, including developing new investment offerings, raising and deploying capital, fund management and business development. Prior to joining Ingenious in 2003, James was a commercial lawyer at leading media and entertainment law firm Olswang, where he specialised in media project finance.

Victoria Cook (Frankfurt Garbus) joined Cinetic Media’s sales and film financing division in May 2009. Prior to joining Cinetic, she was a partner at law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz and before that a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. While at Frankfurt Kurnit, Victoria shared many clients with Cinetic’s management and financing groups and she worked together with Cinetic in structuring the financing for many films, including The Namesake, The Savages, and Broken Flowers. Victoria is co-founder of the New York Underground Film Festival. Previously, she worked at CourtTV and also co-produced the feature-length documentary, Screwed, about New York personality and pornographer, Al Goldstein.

Joseph Chianese (Entertainment Partners) is the Vice President of Business Development and Production Planning at Entertainment Partners, the largest provider of production management services in the entertainment industry. Mr. Chianese provides consulting, financial and administrative services for domestic and international production and tax incentives for film, television, and commercial production. His 25 years of accounting, tax and production experience include positions at Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, The American Broadcasting Company, Paramount Pictures and Ernst & Young, servicing such clients as Marvel, Miramax Films, New Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures, Savoy Pictures and Warner Bros., as well as ABC Network, the A&E Network, ESPN, Hallmark Entertainment, the History Channel and Lifetime Television.

John Hadity (Hadity and Associates) is an independent producer and financier, who also serves as the President and CEO of Hadity & Associates, Inc., a consultancy firm that specializes in risk management and production finance for film and television. With over 20 years of studio experience, Hadity most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Motion Picture & Television Production Finance for Miramax Films. During his 12 year tenure with the company he was responsible for a portfolio of production budgets valued in excess of $4 Billion. Hadity oversaw the strategic planning, risk management, labor relations, business affairs, tax, government relations and financial reporting for over 250 production entities, as well as managed all of the parent company’s structured finance and off balance sheet transactions. He has worked closely with government policymakers on the regional, state, provincial, and national levels, all over the world, to incentivize the movement of production to these areas, resulting in over $250 Million being brought back into the studio while supporting inward investment in those territories. In addition to his corporate responsibilities at the company, Hadity also served as production rep on several Miramax releases including Academy Award winners Shakespeare In Love, The English Patient, Emma and Restoration.

RSVP & Tickets

To RSVP or purchase a ticket visit:
– PGA Members: Free (non-transferable)
– Guest of PGA Member: $20
– All Other Non-PGA Members: $25

All tickets and RSVPs must be made by 9:00am on Tuesday, September 14.

Absolutely no payment will be accepted at the door.


Posted: August 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on EL ESPIRITU DE LA SALSA

The PGA East Diversity Committee screening of…


Thursday, August 5 from 6:00 – 9:00pm