SESSIONS

SATURDAY, May 30

8:00am to 9:00am

Registration Opens/ Registration and Coffee

Registration opens and coffee served.

9:30am to 10:45am

SCARY 3.0: THE NEW HORROR sponsored by Variety

The audience may have grown more sophisticated, but they’re as hungry as ever for inventive, compelling horror storytelling.  In this session, we explore the way the genre has been reinvented for the small screen, bringing together producers from several of the scariest shows on television to share tricks of this trade.

Session Sponsor
Variety

Speakers
Dave Alpert
The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast; President, Skybound Entertainment

Norberto Barba
Grimm

Jeremy Carver
Supernatural, Being Human

Carlton Cuse
Bates Motel, The Strain; Principal, Carlton Cuse Productions

Tim Minear
American Horror Story, Firefly

Moderator
Debra Birnbaum
Executive Editor, Television, Variety

THE WORLD’S (SOON-TO-BE) BIGGEST MARKET: A PRODUCER’S GUIDE TO OPPORTUNITIES IN CHINA sponsored by East West Bank

China has emerged as one of the most dynamic markets and sought-after production partners in our industry.  In today’s increasingly global entertainment business, what’s happening in China right now has important implications for our entire producing community.   What makes a project (or a producer) a good fit for potential financing, distribution, and co-production through China?  In this session, producers and financing partners currently doing business in China will share their insights and provide essential information.

Session Sponsor
East West Bank

Speakers
Jeffrey Chan
The Taking of Tiger Mountain, Overheard trilogy;  Director & COO, Bona Film Group

Ellen Eliasoph
President & CEO, Billage Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia

David Linde
Flowers of War, Shut In; Founder, Lava Bear Films

Bennett Pozil
EVP, Head of Corporate Banking, East West Bank

Moderator
Hawk Koch
Source Code, Primal Fear; Principal, The Koch Company

THE INTERSECTION OF NEW TECHNOLOGY AND TRADITIONAL MEDIA: HOW THE SOCIAL WEB IS CHANGING THE GAME

72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.  8,000 videos are shared on Vine every minute.  Snapchat is valued at nearly $20B, that’s getting close to Twitter.  The rise of social video platforms has radically transformed the media landscape.  Whether you’re a producer on a hit show engaging with your audience through social media, or an indie producer looking to “break” your concept or scout for talent, you should understand how the dominant new social and video platforms can help you.  Learn how the ever-growing social web can transform the way producers do business, and provide new and different ways to develop, produce, and distribute your content to a global audience.

Speakers
Brandon Calvillo
Celebrity Viner

Greg ‘Klarity’ Davis, Jr.
Celebrity Viner

Walter Newman
Director of Comedy Development, Adult Swim

Moderator
Sanjay Sharma
President & COO, All Def Digital

11:15am to 12:30pm

CONVERSATION WITH: REESE WITHERSPOON & BRUNA PAPANDREA

Speakers
Reese Witherspoon
Wild, Hot Pursuit; Principal, Pacific Standard

Bruna Papandrea
Wild, Hot Pursuit; Principal, Pacific Standard

Moderator
Will Packer
Ride Along, Think Like A Man; Founder, Will Packer Productions

PRODUCTION INCENTIVES AND THE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PRODUCER sponsored by Entertainment Partners

On every project, a producer is faced with countless decisions about budget, financing, location choices and production considerations. No project today, regardless of size, is made without the consideration of production incentives, all of which vary in terms of legislation, the selection process, available funding and methods for monetizing the benefits.  Join our expert panel of producers and finance executives, who will share their insights regarding the changing nature of domestic and international production incentives, as well as tips on how best to optimize your budget and always “spend smart.”

Session Sponsor
Entertainment Partners

Speakers
Debra Bergman
Senior VP, Scripted Production, Fremantle Media

Shirley Davis
VP, Physical Production, Alcon Entertainment

David Glasser
COO and President, The Weinstein Company

Deborah Wettstein
Chief Financial Officer, Indian Paintbrush Productions

Moderator
Joe Chianese
Executive Vice President, EP Financial Solutions

PICTURE CLARITY: MAKING SENSE OF NEW CAMERA AND WORKFLOW OPTIONS sponsored by ARRI and Technicolor

As cameras, dailies and finishing processes continue to evolve in the rapidly changing world of digital media, producers are under constant pressure to deliver.  Add in our industry’s embrace of increasingly complex workflows for both broadcast and theatrical productions, and it can quickly become a full time job just keeping up with all the new features and functionalities.  In this session, our panel of experts will bring you up to speed on the most recent advances in camera and workflow solutions, giving you the background to make smart choices.

Session Sponsor
ARRI & Technicolor

Speakers
Oliver Bokelberg, ASC
Survivors Remorse, Scandal

Gareth Cook
Grace and Frankie, Scandal; Senior Broadcast Colorist, Technicolor

Glenn Kennel
President & CEO, ARRI, Inc.

Lori McCreary
Invictus, Madam Secretary; President, Producers Guild of America

Dave Waters
Vice President of On-Location Services, Technicolor

Moderator
Carolyn Giardina
Contributing Editor, Tech, The Hollywood Reporter

12:30pm to 2:00pm

General Lunch

Details coming soon.

2:00pm to 3:15pm

THE STATE OF FINANCING FILMS TODAY Sponsored by Pacific Mercantile Bank

It’s the eternal question: How and where can I find financing for my projects? Learn the latest and most innovative ways that will open new doors and get you closer to getting your film completed.

Session Sponsor
Pacific Mercantile Bank

Speakers
Jonathan Deckter
President & COO, Voltage Pictures

Elsa Ramo
Founding Partner, Ramo Law PC

Hal Sadoff
The Nice Guys, Hotel Rwanda

Adrian Ward
Division Manager, Entertainment Industries Division, Pacific Mercantile Bank

Sophie Watts
President, STX Entertainment

Moderator
Gary Lucchesi
The Age of Adaline, Lincoln Lawyer; President, Producers Guild of America

FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN: GET ON THE SAME PAGE WITH YOUR WRITERS Sponsored by TheWrap

One of the most important parts to the success of any film is putting together the right team. And one of the keys to getting out of development hell is to understand how screenwriters think. Learn how to pick the right writer for your project and how to work most effectively with them.

Session Sponsor
TheWrap

Speakers
Kay Cannon
Pitch Perfect, 30 Rock

Jennifer Fox
Nightcrawler, The Bourne Legacy

Dan Gilroy
Nightcrawler, The Bourne Legacy

Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Traitor, The Day After Tomorrow

Moderator
Charles Roven
The Dark Knight trilogy, American Hustle;Founder, Atlas Entertainment

PRODUCING A HIT WITH YOUR WORKFLOW IN THE CLOUD Sponsored by Box

Over eight different cities across the U.S., the Foo Fighters wrote and recorded an album which became the 8 episode docu-series, Sonic Highways.  Learn how the band and the production team used technology to tell the stories of legendary recording studios and capture the artists who record there.  With the production constantly on the move, Box enabled film and TV crews to share and review photos, music and video as well as collaborate on crew and location logistics.  Learn how next-generation cloud-based workflow can provide tools that open up new possibilities for independent storytellers.

Session Sponsor
Box

Speakers
Josh C. Kline
Head of Media & Entertainment, Box Consulting

John Ramsay
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, Sound City; EP/Partner, Therapy Content

Jim Rota
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, Sound City; EP/Partner, Therapy Content

Moderator
Jade McQueen
Managing Director, Media & Entertainment, Box

3:45pm to 5:00pm

ALL THINGS PRODUCING: ASK THE PROS Sponsored by Abu Dhabi Film Commission

Getting a story to the screen, big or small, requires a unique combination of passion, imagination, and commercial savvy, all banked on a tenuous marriage between your own creative instincts and the tastes of the marketplace.  How do working producers strive to find the sweet spot where innovative storytelling overlaps with popular appeal?   And how do they work to keep the necessary “heat” under a project as it slowly (oh, so slowly…) comes together?  Perhaps above all, how does a producer working in today’s marketplace work to finally turn a “no” – or a series of them – into a “yes”?  Bring your best questions about the job of producing, and join the conversation!

Session Sponsor
Abu Dhabi Film Commission

Speakers
Ian Bryce
World War Z, Transformers franchise; Ian Bryce Productions

Tracey Edmonds
Jumping The Broom, With This Ring; CEO & President, Edmonds Entertainment

John Heinsen
CEO and Executive Producer, Bunnygraph Entertainment

Stu Levy
Priest, Pray For Japan; CEO, TOKYOPOP

Gary Lucchesi
The Age of Adaline, The Lincoln Lawyer; President, Producers Guild of America

Lori McCreary
Invictus, Madam Secretary; President, Producers Guild of America

Moderator
Vance Van Petten
National Executive Director, Producers Guild of America

360 PROFILE: BLUMHOUSE PRODUCTIONS

Since upending the horror template almost a decade ago with Paranormal Activity, Blumhouse Productions has created new micro-budget genre franchises like Insidious, Sinister and The Purge while championing such challenging fare as the Oscar-winning Whiplash and the Emmy-winning The Normal Heart. Blumhouse’s model is built on the idea of giving filmmakers creative freedom by keeping budgets low. Founder Jason Blum convenes the team that helped build his company for a look at their film and television businesses as well as their production process from development, to physical production, to working with studios on marketing and distribution.

Speakers
Jason Blum
Founder and CEO, Blumhouse Productions

Jeanette Volturno-Brill
Head of Production, Blumhouse Productions

Phillip Dawe
Head of Post Production, Blumhouse Productions

Jessica Rhoades
Head of Television, Blumhouse Productions

Moderator
Eli Roth
The Green Inferno, Knock Knock

HOW NOT TO GET SUED Sponsored by Momentous Insurance

Producing entertainment content is a complicated business, and much as we live for the creative side of the profession, a good producer needs to know the nuts and bolts of the legal issues that confront content creators every day.  Consider this your primer on essential topics like clearances and copyrights, on-set safety, contracts and deal memos, expectations of unions and guilds, exempt and non-exempt employees, and security and cybercrime.  With so much of your time, energy and budget riding on every project, safeguarding yourself has never been more important.

Session Sponsor
Momentous Insurance

Speakers
Lisa Callif
Partner, Donaldson + Callif

Larry Karaszewski
Big Eyes, Ed Wood

Rachel Klein
30 for 30: The Fab Five, 30 Days in May; Producer/Partner, Solaris Entertainment

Craig Vaughan
Founder, Vaughan Capital Advisors & QueensBridge Venture Partners

Moderator
Winnie Wong

SVP, Momentous Insurance Brokerage

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Networking Mixer

Networking Mixer

SUNDAY, May 31

8:30am to 9:30am

Sunday Breakfast sponsored by Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films

Breakfast and coffee.

9:30am to 10:45am

CONVERSATION WITH: TYLER PERRY

Speaker
Tyler Perry
If Loving You Is Wrong, Diary Of A Mad Black Woman; Chairman, The Tyler Perry Company

Moderator
Ava DuVernay
Selma, Middle of Nowhere; Founder, AFFRM

THE ART AND CRAFT OF PITCHING FOR TELEVISION Sponsored by Stars United Network LLC

Times may change, but the pitch remains the critical component of Hollywood salesmanship, your first—and sometimes only—opportunity to let your idea sink or swim.  To that end, we provide our own shark-infested waters, a rare opportunity to refine your pitching skills with the help of some of the best in the business.

Produced By offers this session focused on episodic or non-fiction television. Although our panelists will not be buying actual pitches; the focus is solely on developing this essential producing skill and learning its finer points via real-time case studies.  If you are interested in offering a pitch for critique, then click here to sign up… or learn from the sidelines and watch the feeding frenzy.

Session Sponsor
Stars United Network LLC

Speakers
Howard Gordon
24, Homeland; Executive Producer, Teakwood Lane Productions

Ali LeRoi
Are We There Yet?, Everybody Hates Chris

Sarah Timberman
Masters of Sex, Justified; Partner, Timberman/Beverly Productions

Moderator
Mark Gordon
Steve Jobs, Ray Donovan; Principal, Mark Gordon Company

BASED ON A TRUE STORY

More than just bio-pics, this genre is hotter than ever. Learn ways to create compelling stories for film and television as well as how to handle the legal issues that often accompany the scrutiny that comes with adaptation.

Speakers
Matt Baer
Unbroken, City By The Sea; Principal, Matt Baer Films

Lisa Bruce
Theory of Everything, No Strings Attached

Grant Heslov
Argo, Good Night, and Good Luck; Partner, Smokehouse Pictures

Christie Mattull
Managing Director, HUB International Entertainment Solutions

Christopher Perez
Partner, Donaldson + Callif

Moderator
Jeff Sneider
Film Reporter, The Wrap

11:15am to 12:30pm

CONVERSATION WITH: KEVIN SMITH Sponsored by CINEVERSE a division of VER

Session Sponsor
Cineverse, a division of VER

Speaker
Kevin Smith
Yoga Hosers, Clerks 3; President, SModCo

Moderator
John Horn
Host, Arts & Entertainment, KPCC

THE ART AND CRAFT OF PITCHING FOR FILM Sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter

Times may change, but the pitch remains the critical component of Hollywood salesmanship, your first—and sometimes only—opportunity to let your idea sink or swim.  To that end, we provide our own shark-infested waters, a rare opportunity to refine your pitching skills with the help of some of the best in the business.

Produced By offers this session focused on feature film. Although our panelists will not be buying actual pitches; the focus is solely on developing this essential producing skill and learning its finer points via real-time case studies.  If you are interested in offering a pitch for critique, then click here to sign up… or learn from the sidelines and watch the feeding frenzy.

Session Sponsor
The Hollywood Reporter

Speakers
Stephanie Allain
Dear White People, Hustle & Flow; Principal, Homegrown Pictures, Inc.

Marshall Herskovitz
The Last Samurai, thirtysomething; Partner, Bedford Falls Company

Graham King
Argo, The Departed; CEO, GK Films

Moderator
Mark Gordon
Steve Jobs, Ray Donovan; Principal, Mark Gordon Company

UNSCRIPTED AND UNCENSORED: MEET THE BUYERS OF NON-SCRIPTED TV

Non-scripted television remains a marketplace in flux, churning with new premises and formats that seem to emerge every week.  Our panel of company and network execs help you to stay ahead of that relentless curve, sharing candid insights about their current approaches to program acquisition and development.  What sorts of stories get buyers excited?  And how can you refine your projects to play to today’s—and more importantly, tomorrow’s—programming trends?

Speakers
Susanne Daniels
President, Programming, MTV

Charlie Ebersol
The Profit, NFL Characters Unite; CEO, The Company

Lauren Gellert
Braxton Family Values, Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars; Executive Vice President, Development & Original Programming, WE tv

Bruce Robertson
#RichKids of Beverly Hills, The Chase; EVP, Creative Strategy for ITV Studios America

Moderator
Hayma ‘Screech’ Washington
The Amazing Race, Hurricane Hunters

12:30pm to 2:00pm

General Lunch

Details coming soon.

2:00pm to 3:15pm

CONVERSATION WITH: EVA LONGORIA sponsored by Deadline Hollywood

Session Sponsor
Deadline Hollywood

Speaker
Eva Longoria
Devious Maids, Telenovela; Founder/Producer, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment

Moderator
Marc Cherry
Desperate Housewives, Golden Girls

INDEPENDENT FILM: THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN Sponsored by DIRECTV

Getting an independent feature made is more challenging than ever, but as this year’s Oscars demonstrated, uniquely innovative and compelling stories can yield handsome rewards.  From story development and assembling a strong producing team to the pitfalls of acquisition, marketing and distribution, this session will cover the bases.

Session Sponsor
DIRECTV

Speakers
Richard Abramowitz
President, Abramorama Entertainment

Arianna Bocco
SVP Acquisitions and Production, IFC Films

David Friendly
Sneakerheadz, Little Miss Sunshine; Principal, Friendly Films

Hanny Patel
Senior Director, Digital & Emerging Markets, DIRECTV

Russell Schwartz
President, Pandemic Marketing

Moderator
Ted Mundorff
President and CEO, Landmark Theatres

CREATING MEANINGFUL BRAND PARTNERSHIPS TO ENHANCE YOUR CONTENT Sponsored by Corbis Entertainment’s BEN

The search for funding never truly ends, but the right relationship with an established brand can provide a key piece of your budget puzzle.  In this session, learn how you can connect with brands to support and enhance your project, not only in terms of equity investment, but also advertising support, social media outreach and other marketing exposure.  Learn what brands are looking for, how to tell when you have an organic “fit” for your project, and how to meet your brand partner’s expectations and create a productive relationship.

Session Sponsor
Corbis Entertainment’s BEN

Speakers
Ian Bryce
World War Z, Transformers Franchise; Ian Bryce Productions

Lou Fusaro
Ray Donovan, Californication

Mark Owens
Chief Revenue Officer, Corbis Entertainment

Shannon Pruitt
President, The Story Lab

Moderator
Meg James
Corporate Media Reporter, Los Angeles Times

3:45pm to 5:00pm

360 PROFILE: EMPIRE Sponsored by llinois Film Office

The past television season has yielded a handful of new hits, but none has risen so fast or looms so large as Fox’s smash Empire.  With its Shakespearean roots and hip-hop sensibility, the fierce family drama has evidently hit the broadcast network sweet spot.  In this special “360” session, we gather a group of the series’ top producers to discuss the numerous elements that came together to propel Empire to breakout success.  Get ready to explore the series from every angle, including story development, casting, dealing with network notes, branding and marketing, and building the series’ audience through social media.

Session Sponsor
Illinois Film Office

Speakers
Ilene Chaiken
Empire, The L Word; Principal, Little Chicken Productions Inc.

Francie Calfo
Empire, Those Who Kill; President, Imagine Television

Lee Daniels
Empire, Lee Daniels’ The Butler; CEO, Lee Daniels Entertainment

Brian Grazer
Empire, A Beautiful Mind; Chairman, Imagine Entertainment

Danny Strong
Empire, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Moderator
Pete Hammond
Chief Film Critic and Awards Columnist, Deadline Hollywood

NON-FICTION & REALITY TELEVISION: FROM STARTING GUN TO FINISH LINE

Non-fiction programming continues to be a primary engine for television jobs and careers.  In this session, we explore the life cycle of a reality series, from concept to execution.  Producers and executives come together to share their insights into the process of not only developing and selling a series, but guiding the production to process to ensure that the finished product reflects the creative priorities of its creator as well as meets the commercial expectations of its distributor.

Speakers
Brent Montgomery
Pawn Stars, Tiny House Nation; CEO, Leftfield Entertainment

Craig Armstrong
Survivor, King of the Nerds; Co-Founder and CEO, 5X5 Media

Brant Pinvidic
Extreme Weight Loss, Bar Rescue; Chief Creative Officer, 3 Ball Entertainment

Chris Moore
The Chairs, Project Greenlight; Principal, The Media Farm

Speakers
Tim Gibbons
Real Husbands of Hollywood, Curb Your Enthusiasm; VP, Television, Producers Guild of America

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT GAMES, BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK

It’s a known fact that the games biz continues to explode and grow exponentially. This panel will prepare you with the landscape, terms and basic information you need to know so you can evaluate if your content is ‘game worthy’.  You’ll learn about royalties, distribution, how to attract talent, how to avoid rejection and who-does-what on the team. You’ll also learn that there is life beyond PlayStation and how games on other platforms are making money. And you’ll hear from the experts why women are a huge ‘growth area’ and how the intersection of games, film and TV is creating new revenue opportunities that never existed before.

Speakers
Justin Berenbaum
Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Relations, 505 Games

Holly Hirzel
1 vs 100 Xbox Live; Experience PM, Microsoft HoloLens

Vince Zampella
Titanfall, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1&2; CEO, Respawn Entertainment

Ed Zobrist
The Walking Dead (Facebook game), The Fast & Furious (Facebook game); General Manager, Games Division, RockYou!

Moderator
Keith Arem
Call of Duty, Titanfall; CEO/President, PCB Productions