9:30am to 10:45am
Conversation With: Jake Gyllenhaal
One of the most accomplished actors of his generation, equally compelling (and often playing fearlessly against type) in blockbuster action films, taut psychological thrillers or deeply felt independent dramas, Jake Gyllenhaal joins iconic producer and former PGA President Hawk Koch for a candid, one-of-a-kind conversation. Not content to be one of the brightest stars working in feature films, Gyllenhaal has recently added “producer” to his list of credits, with the highly anticipated Nightcrawler and the acclaimed End of Watch. We hope you’ll join us for this frank and unfiltered discussion of the challenges of producing, acting, and everything in between, from the unique vantage of one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents.
(Nightcrawler; End of Watch; Actor: Brokeback Mountain)
(Source Code; Wayne’s World; Primal Fear; President Emeritus, Producers Guild of America)
Audience demographics and buying power are changing. The power of females at the box office reigned supreme this past summer in terms of on-screen presence and audience turnout. A look at the 100 highest –earning movies of 2013 reveals that on average, movies with a female protagonist earned 20% more than movies with a male protagonist. So why the overall shortage of female protagonists and women filmmakers? What hurdles or opportunities does the current environment present for producers seeking to tell stories about girls or women? Our panel will consider the commerciality of female-driven content and the significance of the underserved female audience across a wide range of media and distribution platforms.
(VP Talent Development, HBO)
Lydia Dean Pilcher
(Cutie and the Boxer; The Lunchbox; The Darjeeling Limited; Vice President: Motion Pictures, Producers Guild of America)
(Director, Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, USC Annenberg)
(Blood Diamond; Analyze This; President, Spring Creek Productions)
(Kids; Zoolander; Media Executive Founder & Curator, The LZ Sunday Paper)
(Crash; The Illusionist; President, Mandalay Pictures & Women In Film LA)
We’re gathering the leaders and final decision-makers of several major cable networks in one place. Your mission: Give them the best questions you’ve got. Why is getting a green light so hard? What kinds of creative decisions elevate a standout franchise event or series? What are the circumstances that can allow a new producer with a fresh idea to break through? We will solicit questions from our attendees in advance, and put the ten best to our panel. This is your time, your questions, and your opportunity to learn what it takes to switch the light from red to green.
(Call The Midwife; After Newtown; Chief Programming Executive & GM, General Audience Programming, PBS)
(President & General Manager, WE tv)
(Duck Dynasty; Pawn Stars; General Manager & Executive Vice President, A&E Network)
(Group President, Investigation Discovery)
(Super Size Me; One Direction: This Is Us; CNN’s Morgan Spurlock Inside Man)
11:15am to 12:30pm
An accomplished producer, writer, teacher and public intellectual, James Schamus occupies a truly unique position within New York’s film community. In this candid discussion, Schamus shares his singular perspective with Produced By: New York. How do writers and producers collaborate to shape compelling stories? And what insights gleaned from such diverse jobs as Columbia University film professor and CEO of Focus Features has he brought to bear on his career as a producer?
(Brokeback Mountain; Hulk; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
(The Talented Mr. Ripley; The Kite Runner; Disconnect)
Production incentives have become a decisive factor in production planning, and financing your anticipated tax incentive can provide upwards of 20-25% of your entire production budget, in cash. Learn from seasoned professionals how to accomplish this without draining your other resources or putting unnecessary stress on your legal team or your balance sheet.
(Wish I Was Here; A Prairie Home Companion; Business, Legal Affairs and Financial Consultant )
(American Beauty; Milk; Silver Linings Playbook)
(Partner-in-Charge, Film Production Incentives Practice)
(COO, FilmNation Entertainment)
(Senior Vice President, Production, HBO)
(Arbitrage; A Single Man; 21 Grams)
(The Call; Broken Horses; Last Days in the Desert; EVP, EP Financial Solutions; Chair Emeritus, Producers Guild of America East)
How has the role of the showrunner evolved throughout our current golden age of scripted television? And is it still the most demanding job in showbiz? On any given day, a showrunner will be answering questions (and/or putting out fires) from her writers, director, cast, network, post-production team, UPM… and probably writers, again. In this extraordinary session, a group of television’s top showrunners discuss the finer (and not so fine) points of making scripted television happen. What qualities and skills are required to turn out polished, compelling stories, week after week? And how do the necessities of being a good boss complicate the process of storytelling?
(Madam Secretary; Homeland; Joan of Arcadia)
(Girls; Help Me Help You; Undeclared)
(The Wolf of Wall Street; Boardwalk Empire; The Sopranos)
(Banshee; House, M.D.)
(Saving Private Ryan; Grey’s Anatomy; Ray Donovan; President Emeritus, Producers Guild of America)
2:00pm to 3:15pm
Conversation With: Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin
Over the past 15 years, few director/producer partnerships have created a set of stories as visceral and moving as the team of Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin. Working both sides of the indie/studio divide, the duo has produced a group of films set in such wildly different worlds as the pro wrestling circuit, the ballet theater and biblical pre-history, but in every case bringing penetrating insight and profound human complexity to their characters and stories. In this special Conversation, Aronofsky and Franklin share insights into the nature of their partnership, the necessity of taking creative risks, and the joys and perils of shooting movies in the city that both call home.
(Noah; Black Swan; The Wrestler)
(Noah; Black Swan; The Wrestler)
(Primal Fear; Million Dollar Baby; Lincoln Lawyer; President, Producers Guild of America)
Video On Demand has established itself as a game-changing mechanism for motion picture distribution. How do you create a hybrid distribution plan, and strategize the windows (theatrical, VOD, Day and Date, Ultra VOD) for the optimum release of your film? Our panel of experts, across the theatrical and ancillary market spectrum (including producers, financiers and distributors), provides insights on analyzing the often mysterious ancillary market numbers. Learn the essential questions to ask potential partners as you team-build in this new, shape-shifting frontier of distribution.
(Silver Linings Playbook; The Reader; Shakespeare In Love)
(Foxcatcher; Boyhood; The Diving Bell and The Butterfly)
(Snowpiercer; 20 Feet From Stardom; Co-President, RADiUS-TWC)
(Boyhood; I’m Not There; Founder of Cinetic Media)
(Pan’s Labyrinth; Magic Magic; The Assassination of Richard Nixon)
(Little Miss Sunshine; Our Idiot Brother; Vice President, Producers Guild of America East)
The Biggest Business In Entertainment - Producing For Video Games
Since 2007, video games have eclipsed film sales in opening week grosses. Grand Theft Auto V did $1BN in first week sales. Candy Crush makes up to $3,500,000 per day! Major e-sports events such as the League of Legends World Championship Series sell out stadiums and generate viewership bigger than all but the Super Bowl. With 67% of American households playing video games and average gamer age of 34 for males and 42 for females, video games have long since outgrown niche status. This panel will bring together some of the top producers in video games to discuss the opportunities in and state of the video game industry, with a special focus on the largest franchises and audiences. What is the nature of the producer’s role in game creation, and how does that role change based on the nature of the game or platform?
(Call of Duty; Titanfall; CEO/President, PCB Productions)
(Chief Strategy Officer, Twitch)
(Batman Vengeance; Def Jam Rapstar; Creative Director, Games MLB Advanced Media)
(Color Zen; Doodle Jump; Consulting Creative Director & Executive Producer)
(Video Games Journalist, Kotaku & NYT)
3:45pm to 5:00pm
The defining figure in American independent film over the past quarter-century, quintessential New Yorker Harvey Weinstein joins Produced By: New York for a fascinating one-on-one conversation. How has the indie impresario worked to refine his twin instincts for storytelling and sales throughout his career? How have Weinstein and his company approached the opportunities presented by new distribution models? And how can emerging filmmakers market personal or idiosyncratic visions to the widest possible audience?
(Shakespeare In Love, The King’s Speech; Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company)
(Awards Analyst, The Hollywood Reporter)
The economics of 24/7 global news combined with production and distribution alternatives have created a new, multi-platform news consumer. Social media and digital devices have become indispensable to this emerging audience, forcing traditional news sources to adapt to the digital age while nimble startups continue to redefine news for today’s consumers. This workshop explores how producers are pushing boundaries by harnessing technology and interactivity to create content that can keep up with the high demand of online news consumption as well as serving the needs of traditional “mainstream” news.
(Principal – Product Management, Adobe Digital Video and Audio)
(Director of Digital Content, Hearst Television)
Gary Anthony Ramsay
(Director of U.S. News, Operations & Public Affairs, Arise News Networks)
(Editorial Director, Mashable)
(Executive Producer, America with Jorge Ramos; Fusion)
(Senior Engineer, Content Management Systems, The New York Times)
(CNN Newsroom; Anchor / Correspondent, CNN)
It’s a digital world for today’s (and tomorrow’s) kids. Producers must harness technology to tell their stories effectively to this massive audience of digital natives. In the age of time-shifting, “TV anywhere,” shrinking theatrical windows, tablet viewing and social media, how are kids, tween and family content creators reaching, growing and retaining their audiences? What experiences, ideas, and values are most important to tech-savvy kids and their parents?
Special Appearance by Cookie Monster!
(CEO and Co-Founder, batteryPOP)
(How to Train Your Dragon franchise; Toy Story; The Last Station)
(Epic; Ice Age; Robots)
Jeff “Swampy” Marsh
(Phineas and Ferb; King of the Hill; Rocko’s Modern Life)
(VP Content Acquisitions & Co-Productions, Cartoon Network and Boomerang)
(Ella Enchanted; Tuck Everlasting; The Magic School Bus)