Posted: July 21st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on TIM GIBBONS

The PGA East Mentoring Committee Presents…


Wednesday, July 21 at 6:30pm sharp

PostWorks conference room


The PGA East Mentoring Committee is pleased to announce the next event in their series of Group Mentoring Sessions. In these intimate, solution-oriented discussions, PGA members have the chance to meet and pose questions to some of the industry’s most respected professionals. Participants gain valuable insights into the current state of the industry and learn “insider tips” to help navigate the complex layers of film and television production.

The PGA East Group Mentoring sessions will be an ongoing bi-monthly series, featuring accomplished producers in all medias and genres. Any PGA member in good standing is welcome to RSVP but each event is limited to 12 members.

Special Guest:

Tim Gibbons, award-winning television and film Producer, Director and Writer, is Executive Producer of HBO’s comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” During his career, Gibbons has won a Golden Globe, two Producers Guild of America’s Danny Thomas Producer of the Year awards, two DGA awards, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival’s Outstanding Producer of the Year – Comedy, and has been nominated for five primetime Emmys for Best Comedy.

This year, Gibbons has already sold a comedy pilot to HBO starring Zooey Deschanel, executive produced (along with McG and Larry Charles) the comedy pilot “Our Show” for Warner Bros, and sold and written a dramedy for the CW (“It Girls”). In between previous seasons of “Curb”, he co-executive produced HBO’s single camera comedy, “The Unsuccessful Thug”, executive produced and directed A&E’s hidden camera reality series, “Spying on Myself”, and produced HBO’s “The Comeback” pilot, starring Lisa Kudrow.

Gibbons serves on the National Board of Directors for the Producers Guild of America (having previously served as Co-President with Kathleen Kennedy), and is an honorary lifetime member. He is also the senior Governor representing Producers at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, for which he also serves on the Executive Committee, the Primetime Awards Committee, and chairs the Membership Committee.

Gibbons started his career in television in 1976 with four years at Dick Clark Productions, and through the years has worked on more than 125 productions, including a four-year stint as Executive in Charge of Production for Lorimar/Telepictures.


Posted: July 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on HBO: MEET THE PROGRAMMERS

The PGA East Documentary/Non-Fiction Committee invites PGA members to…


Tuesday, July 13 at 6:30pm Sharp

1100 Ave of the Americas
Btwn 42nd & 43rd St.

HBO’s top documentary programmers reveal the decision-making process behind creating and commissioning some of the most exciting, provocative, and timely documentaries on television today. This extraordinary, members-only event will be followed by a reception graciously hosted by HBO.

PGA Members Only
Absolutely no admittance without prior RSVP and confirmation


The Programming Team:

  • Nancy Abraham
  • Sara Bernstein
  • Jacqueline Glover
  • Lisa Heller
  • John Hoffman
  • Greg Rhem

2010 Summer Series
Mondays at 9p/8c on HBO

Smash His Camera (6/7); For Neda (6/14); Gasland (6/21); Kevorkian (6/28); No One Dies In Lily Dale (7/5); A Small Act (7/12); Lucky (7/19); Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County (7/26); 12th & Delaware (8/2); El Espiritu De La Salsa (8/9)

Awards Since 1995

42 Oscar® Nominations & 18 Wins; 161 Emmy® Nominations & 81 Wins; 10 Peabodys

Partial List of Credits

The Addiction Project; Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq; The Alzheimer’s Project; American Hollow Baghdad ER; The Black List; Born Into Brothels; Breathing Lessons; Cancer: Evolution to Revolution; Capturing the Friedmans; Chernobyl Heart; Children in War; China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province; The Collector of Bedford Street; The Cruise; The Eyes of Tammy Faye; A Family Is A Family Is A Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration; 4 Little Girls; Freeheld; The Gates; Hear and Now; I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale; In Memoriam, New York City, 9/11/01; The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation; Iraq in Fragments; Journeys with George; Kids of Survival; King Gimp; Lalee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton; The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner; Last Letters Home: Voices of American Troops From the Battlefields of Iraq; The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant; Life of Crime Two; A Little Curious; Murder on a Sunday Morning; Music by Prudence; My Architect; One Day in September; Paragraph 175; The Personals; A Rape in a Small Town: The Florence Holway Story; Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired; Smile Pinki; Spellbound; Teddy: In His Own Words; They Killed Sister Dorothy; Thoth; To Die in Jerusalem; The Trials of Ted Haggard; Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives; When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts; Which Way Home; White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306

Moderated by:
Mark Marabella, Vice Chair, PGA East; Chair, Documentary/Non-Fiction Committee

Opening Remarks by:
John Hadity, Chair, PGA East


Posted: June 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on SPECIAL RECEPTION WITH LATIN AMERICAN FILMMAKERS

The PGA East Diversity Committee invites you to a…


Tuesday, June 22 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th St, 9th Floor

Join us for an opportunity to meet with filmmakers from Brazil, Mexico, Columbia and Portugal.

US producers should attend who are interested in:

-International co-productions and distribution
-Meeting with Latin American directors, producers, investors and film commissioners
-Emerging international markets

The filmmakers are part of the Latin American Training Center’s US Film Industry Immersion Program, which is designed by Steve Solot – LATC President and producer Daniel Dreifuss – LATC Head of US Programs, to promote co-productions with the US. There will be a brief talk given by PGA East Diversity member, ANADIL HOSSAIN, about her personal experiences with international co-productions followed by an informal reception/mixer.

Co-hosted by the CUNY Graduate Center, Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies

About Latin American Training Center
LATC is a regional professional media training and consulting firm based in Rio de Janeiro. LATC is focused on the new generation of audiovisual content producers in Latin America, based on new technology business models and digital rights management concepts. In addition to hosting and organizing workshops and seminars on filmmaking, it offers full-service consulting in specific audiovisual, fiscal incentive, co-production and legal areas.

Anadil Hossain is a New York-based film producer and founder of Dillywood Inc., a production company that develops and produces international film projects. Dillywood was one of the first companies in the US to service major Bollywood productions. In 2008-09, Anadil oversaw productions in over a dozen countries, and produced the international segments for the feature films of Mira Nair, Wes Anderson, Bart Freundlich and Doug Liman.

PGA members and a guest


Posted: June 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on A SPECIAL BREAKFAST WITH IRISH DELEGATION

The PGA East invites you to…


Friday, June 11 at 8:30am
PostWorks 11th floor conference room

Join us for a unique opportunity to meet representatives from the Irish government task force and a member of the Irish Parliament.

US producers should attend the breakfast to find out more about:

• Ireland’s tax incentive for film & television, Section 481
• Highly experienced Irish co-production partners
• Unique film and TV locations
• World class filmmaking talent
• Irish film studios and post-production services
• Irish Film Commission services

Irish Delegates

Mr. Tom Kitt TD

Mr. Tom Kitt TD is a member of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) and is the Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

This visit by Mr. Tom Kitt is in relation to the topic, ‘Film, Theatre and Stage Production – Promoting Investment and Jobs’.

Further background information on Mr. Tom Kitt TD can be found here: http://www.fiannafail.ie/people/tom-kitt/

Eugene Crowley

Mr. Eugene Crowley is Assistant Principal Committee Clerk, responsible for the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, and the Oireachtas Joint committee on Enterprise, Trade & Employment.

Continental breakfast will be provided.

Bord Scannán na h’Éireann/the Irish Film Board

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for the Irish film industry investing in talent, creativity and enterprise. The agency supports and promotes the Irish film industry and the use of Ireland as a location for international production.

Our role sees us directly involved in the creative process of Irish films from script to screen. We provide investment for the development, production and release of Irish feature films, television, animation, documentaries and short films. This funding process has helped Irish Film Board projects to earn international recognition at the highest international levels, scooping more than 150 awards at the world’s major A-list film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto.

The Film Commission arm of the agency attracts direct inward investment by assisting international producers with their needs while on location in Ireland. The Location Services Unit provides comprehensive information about all aspects of filming in Ireland, from tax incentives to locations, casting, crews, equipment and facilities.

More information can be found at www.irishfilmboard.ie

Screen Producers Ireland

Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) is the representative organisation for productions companies in Ireland operating in the areas of Broadcast, Film and Animation Production.

Screen Producers Ireland has over 150 production companies in membership, SPI lobbies to represent their interests, provides services and information to members and promotes the development of film and television production as a key industry in Ireland’s economic development.

More information can be found at www.screenproducersireland.com


Posted: June 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on BUILDING THE 360-DEGREE NETWORK

The PGA East Diversity Committee, Documentary Committee and New Media Council Present…

The 2010 Panel and Salon Series

A Conversation with Geraldine Laybourne on the Future of the Television Network

Thursday, June 10 at 6:30pm

57th Street Screening Room
140 W. 57th St. btwn 6th & 7th Aves

6:30pm – Mixer begins
7:30pm – Program begins

Members are strongly encouraged to bring a qualified potential member to the event as their guest.

The expansion of Internet and mobile video distribution in the past few years has made television executives rethink the very concept of the T.V. network, and how on-air programming integrates with its burgeoning new media channels. One woman has actually executed successfully on this vision more than once, in the past 20 years: Geraldine Laybourne. From her groundbreaking work in the launch of MTV Networks and Nickelodeon – including one of the first active new media divisions at a major media conglomerate– to her pioneering efforts with Oxygen Media, the first on-air/online T.V. brand, Laybourne has delivered on the promise of 360-degree programming with an eye always toward the future.

As a much sought-after corporate director (she sits on the boards of directors of Symantec, Electronic Arts, Move, Inc, Insight Communications, and The White House Project), Laybourne offers a rare view into how the creative process can be applied to building sustainable, evolving programming entities in a multi-screen universe.

Wine and light refreshments will be served during a networking mixer prior to the programming. Mixer begins at 6:30pm.

-You must present photo ID and your membership card to gain admittance to all events.
-This invitation is non-transferable.

Special Guest:



Geraldine Laybourne is the Co-Founder of Oxygen Media, a 24-hour cable television network for young women. She served as Chairman and CEO of Oxygen Media until she sold it to NBC Universal in 2007.

Gerry was a cable programming pioneer in the 80’s and 90’s: she lead the team that created Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite. She also served as president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks (from 1996-1998) where she ran cable programming for the Walt Disney Company and its ABC subsidiary.

Ms. Laybourne has been singled out for her many contributions to the industry. She was ranked No. 1 among the 50 most influential women in the entertainment industry by The Hollywood Reporter in 1996 and named one of the 25 most influential people in America by Time magazine that same year.

She serves on the Board of Directors of Electronic Arts, J.C. Penney, Symantec Corporation, Move.com and The White House Project. She is the incoming President of the AAVC and on the Board of Trustees of Vassar College. She is a corporate ambassador for Vital Voices. And advises many women lead startup companies. She and her husband Kit, a teacher, producer, and author, have two children and three grandchildren.


CINDY POUND, Delegate, PGA New Media Council National Board


Cindy Pound is one of the leading online and mobile producers working today. She currently serves as executive producer for R/GA’s mobile and emerging platforms group, where she leads the development of next-generation creative production for R/GA’s clients. She was previously vice president, client services for netomat, a mobile content community builder that developed user-generated content experiences, as well as SMS campaigns and WAP site development, for Fortune 1000 companies. She was a founding employee of Razorfish, one of the leading digital agencies of the 1990s, where she served as executive producer for large-scale broadband campaigns for the likes of CBS, Charles Schwab, Christie’s, Microsoft, Sony, the Smithsonian Institution, and Ralph Lauren, among others.


Posted: May 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on NIGHT OF THE PRODUCER


Jonathan Demme & Denis Leary In Conversation

Wednesday, May 26 at 7:00pm

Followed by Rooftop Reception with Drinks and Hors D’oeuvres
Scholastic Inc. 557 Broadway btwn Prince & Spring Streets

Listen in on an intimate conversation between JONATHAN DEMME (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Beloved, Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Rachel Getting Married) and DENIS LEARY (No Cure for Cancer, Blow, Monument Ave, Comics Come Home, The Job, Rescue Me, In Search of Ted Demme).

This is not an awards show – it is an open and free exchange of ideas between Demme, Leary, and the PGA membership in attendance. With Demme’s and Leary’s provocative and poignant body of work, the conversation promises to be a memorable one. And with no press allowed at the event, you won’t get the chance to hear it anywhere else.



Posted: May 6th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on SOCIAL MEDIA AND NON-FICTION FILM PRODUCTION PANEL

The PGA East Documentary Committee and New Media Council

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Thursday, May 6

MPE Penthouse
432 West 45th St. btwn 9th & 10th Aves

7:00pm – Doors Open
7:30pm – Panel Begins

Refreshments will be served

Social Media is omnipresent, but is it the new marketing wonder weapon? This panel discussion with documentary filmmakers and experts in social media will show and tell how filmmakers can use social media to market and promote their films at all different stages of production.

A social media consultant will provide a brief 101 of social media, including the most important social media sites, demographics and statistics, and offer some tips and tricks to set the scene for the panel discussion to follow.

Using examples from different documentary and non-fiction productions, the audience will hear first hand how filmmakers:

Tap into existing fan bases, create new fans, and build engagement and awareness.
Help find financing for their film and reach out to potential audiences.
Get the message of their film out across the country and into the world, beyond the traditional film community.
Create buzz and revenue opportunities.

CRIS POPENOE: Producer, New Media Council
Cris Popenoe is a creative executive and entrepreneur who over more than 30 years, has innovatively combined content, commerce, and social engagement into media. She has produced numerous award-winning digital media projects, including online videos, mobile and online apps, and games. She’s been a digital media maven for as long as there’s been digital media and in recent years has focused on the intersection of video, social media, and monetization. See her website, www.dawn-productions.com, for details.

AMY KALAFA: Filmmaker, Producer
Amy Kalafa is an award-winning filmmaker specializing in health and wellness communication. She’s also a certified health coach, organic farmer and mother of two. Amy’s production credits include Dr. T. Berry Brazelton’s parenting show, “What Every Baby Knows”, PBS specials, “Our Nation’s Health: A Matter of Choice” and “Healthy Aging”, as well as the Reiner Foundation’s, “The First Years Last Forever”. She has produced food and health segments for the Emmy nominated “Martha Stewart Living” series and has appeared as a guest chef on PBS’s, “Cultivating Life.” She also worked as a writer / producer / editor on the past three seasons of the James Beard award-winning series, “Lidia’s Italy”. Since 2005, she has spent her “spare time” spearheading a project that is both a movie and a movement, “Two Angry Moms,” a documentary about greening the school food environment that has received numerous festival awards and major national media coverage. www.angrymoms.org, www.angrymoms.groupsite.com

SHALINI KANTAYYA: Filmmaker, Producer
Combining biting social commentary with a dash of commercial appeal, filmmaker and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of over 12,000 filmmakers ON THE LOT, a Steven Spielberg Fox television show in search of Hollywood’s next great director. The mission of her production company, 7th Empire Media, is to create a culture of human rights and a sustainable planet through a wildly imaginative media of the highest professional quality. A William D Fulbright Scholar, her award-winning film, a DROP of LIFE, a futuristic sci-fi flick about the mounting global water crisis, has been used as an organizing tool in over 40 villages across Africa. www.7thempiremedia.com

MARK MORI: Filmmaker, Producer
Mark Mori is an Academy Award® nominated documentary filmmaker and Emmy Award® winning TV producer. Through his shingle, Single Spark Pictures, Mori has produced hard-hitting and memorable documentaries and television series, garnered film festival screenings, theatrical distribution and television broadcast worldwide. Mori’s latest project, the documentary film Bettie Page Reveals All is the authorized bio of the pin-up legend and is currently in post-production. Mori is using Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, myspace, flickr and other social media sites to reach Bettie Page fans worldwide, drive traffic to his website and build an audience for and monetize the film. He’s also using social media and online distributors including Amazon, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Neoflix, Indieflix to advertise and distribute his Emmy winning doc, Kent State: The Day The War Came Home and his Academy Award nominated doc, Building Bombs. www.bettiepagemovie.com

MARISELA RIVEROS: Multimedia Producer, Social Media Consultant
Marisela Riveros is an award-winning producer with ten years of experience in broadcast journalism. She transitioned into developing social media strategies through her company, Reverie Media, when colleagues asked her to better understand Facebook, Twitter, Digg, blogs, etc., and build their online presence. She is a twitterer with a strong know-how of building communities and engaging audiences online. Her social media work focuses on designing social media strategies for clients like journalists, musicians, non-for-profits and small business, to maximize ROI and build brand equity. www.mariselariveros.com


Posted: May 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , | Comments Off on GAMES FOR CHANGE: PRODUCING TRANSFORMATIONAL VIDEOGAMES

The PGA New Media Council East Presents…


Monday, May 3 at 7:00pm

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

The Games for Change movement – spurred by the growth in “Serious Games” and intelligent conflict-resolution games – is now a full-fledged subgenre that has backing from the United Nations and other international bodies. Games for Change – or G4C – is a movement and community of practice dedicated to using videogames for social change. Games for Change is also the name for the non-profit organization which builds a support framework and shared resources for individuals and organizations using digital games for social change.

This session will include some of the leaders in the Games for Change movement, who will demonstrate some of their works, as well as discuss how G4C producers can join in with a growing community of online, console, and mobile developers for the next generation of progressive videogame creativity.

Panelists include:

ASI BURAK, Executive Producer, Games for Change
ERIC ZIMMERMAN, Independent Game Designer, Founder, GameLab
DAVID MARTZ, Vice President of Business Development, Muzzy Lane
NICOLAS CIANCA, Writer & Executive Producer, The Walt Disney Company

Panel moderated by CHRIS PFAFF, Chair, PGA NMC East

Wine and refreshments will be provided.