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8:15am – 9:30am

After getting your conference badge and schedule in the lobby, head to the Park Café for a continental breakfast sponsored by Starz.

9:30am – 10:45am


Anatomy of a Workflow – Minimizing Costs for Productions, sponsored by Panasonic

For producers, we’re currently living in the Golden Age of accessible filmmaking tools. But with newly affordable digital camera and post-production technologies such as large 4K sensors and inexpensive subscription-based post-finishing systems, it’s now possible for a producer to keep production and post-production costs low while still maintaining top production value. Topics of discussion will include budgeting for the highest quality camera, reducing lighting expenses, creating cost-efficient workflows, and more. We’ll also examine emerging technologies such as 4K capture, HDR (High Dynamic Range), and VR (Virtual Reality).

Content is King: Meet The Buyers

Television and digital content buyers continue to search high and low for their next hit. This session features a selection of East Coast network buyers who have agreed to share their acquisition priorities with Produced By: New York. What are the specific types of programs each outlet is currently looking for? What types of deals can producers expect? What sort of formats, content, and talent are these buyers seeking to embrace and what’s the best way to approach them? Most essential of all, how does a producer secure that elusive green light?

Conversation With Anthony Bourdain & Lydia Tenaglia, sponsored by CNN Films and CNN Original Series

Join non-fiction TV trailblazers Anthony Bourdain and Lydia Tenaglia for a comprehensive dialogue about their creative partnership as they share producing stories and insights from creating and selling series such as A Cook’s Tour, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” and their latest film projects “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent,” “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” and “Detroit: Once in a Great City."

11:30am – 12:45pm


Five Things Every Producer Needs to Know about Virtual Reality

Is VR here to stay? Who is watching it? Is it getting easier to make? Should I be focused on AR (Augmented Reality)? And who is actually making money at this stuff? If you find yourself asking these types of questions, then we hope that you’ll join us for this session, featuring a panel of producers, investors, and journalists intimately familiar with the emerging VR industry.

Producers’ Masterclass: The Power of Creative Collaboration, Part 1, sponsored by Delta Air Lines

In its eagerly anticipated annual event, PBNY investigates the filmmaking process with the help of producers from some of this year’s most acclaimed features. These producers will take the stage with key collaborators, ready to discuss how their partnerships provided the defining elements of their memorable films, setting them on their course for awards season.

Solving the Financial Puzzle: Where and How to Find the Money You Need, sponsored by Entertainment Partners

Financing comes in all shapes and sizes and the challenge of finding the right balance of funds often delays the start of production—sometimes indefinitely. Listen to filmmakers who have successfully cracked the code, and hear how they used varying combinations of equity, gap and mezzanine financing, as well as pre-sales, tax incentives and/or foreign subsidies to address their budgetary needs. We'll also discuss best practices to employ and mark some of the key pitfalls to avoid.

12:45pm – 2:30pm

Lunch – Have lunch with one of our sponsors at their table to learn more about their products and services.

12:45pm – 1:45pm


James Schamus: Does the Cinema Have a Future?, sponsored by VER

Influential Oscar-nominated filmmaker James Schamus draws on his experiences as former CEO of Focus Features and producer of films such as Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, bringing his unique perspective to an in-depth presentation on the current state of the theatrical film and its future.

2:45pm – 4:00pm


Making Art or Making History: Telling True Stories, sponsored by PBS

Life is stranger than fiction – and often more entertaining! Whether scripted or unscripted, documentary or dramatization, finding an unsung story and sharing it with the public is a thrilling experience. While producers are often described as the traffic cop at the intersection of art and commerce, this session will examine the producer’s role at the intersection of storytelling and journalism – bringing true stories to a mass audience. This session will explore issues of rights acquisition, developing a creative team and a consistent, collaborative point-of-view, and the tension between the essential facts of the story and the appeal of creative license and artistic interpretation.

The Power to Shake it Up

It’s no longer “business as usual” in the entertainment industry. For too long, studios and financiers have undervalued stories by and about women. But in development and on set, producers are taking control, creating a space for fresh voices to tell stories that audiences haven’t heard before. This session provides a platform to producers and their teams that are actively creating opportunities for women in all aspects of production and challenging the status quo head-on.

Scripted Series Content: From Pitch to Post

The path from idea to edit room is never an easy one, filled with obstacles and uncertainties. With its abundance of potential storytelling platforms and formats, from multi-part narrative events to traditional 22-episode seasons, the scripted series requires producers to consider more opportunities than ever before. This session brings together producers, showrunners and producing talent to share insights into their strategies for every leg of the process.

4:30pm – 5:45pm


360 Profile: Amazon Studios

360 Profile: Amazon Studios features a wide-ranging discussion with the company’s Head of Motion Picture Production Ted Hope and its Head of Comedy, Drama, and VR Joe Lewis. The speakers will share their approach to creative development across a variety of genres, including projects such as the Oscar®-winning feature film Manchester By The Sea and the Emmy®-winning series, Transparent.

Producers’ Masterclass: The Power of Creative Collaboration Part 2, sponsored by Pinewood Atlanta Studios

In its eagerly anticipated annual event, PBNY investigates the filmmaking process with the help of producers from some of this year’s most acclaimed features. These producers will take the stage with key collaborators, ready to discuss how their partnerships provided the defining elements of their memorable films, setting them on their course for awards season.

Promote/Entertain/Engage: Reaching Your Audience in Today’s Entertainment Landscape

Smart producers know that marketing and advertising are integral to the success or failure of any project. Producers owe it to themselves and their partners to stay up-to-speed on the latest and most efficient social media marketing strategies, trends and tactics, especially since traditional marketing avenues of TV/radio spots and billboards aren’t nearly as effective as they once were. Madison Avenue remains ground zero for marketing innovation, so come hear how some of New York’s brightest minds working in advertising, marketing and distribution think we can help our messaging break through.

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Cocktail Reception – Please join PBNY attendees, speakers, and sponsors for a networking cocktail reception in the Park Café while enjoying complimentary wine, beer, spirits and food.