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William Horberg is a film producer whose company Wonderful Films is located in Kingston, NY. Among his many producing credits are Searching For Bobby Fischer, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Milk, The Kite Runner, Cold Mountain, The Quiet American, Black Nativity and Disconnect, as well as the recently released The Promise starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac and Crash Pad starring Domhnall Gleeson. He is currently Chair of the Producers Guild of America East, and was previously president of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, partner with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella at Mirage Productions and a Senior Vice President at Paramount Pictures.



The State of Producing, sponsored by Variety

Producing is not for the faint of heart. Producers have to be ready for those crossroads where the next move (whether for a project or a career) isn’t clear or obvious—that’s when your Producers Guild comes in handy. This conversational session is here to provide answers to your producing questions, regarding anything from industry trends to script development, talent attachments, financing, foreign sales, new platforms or soup-to-nuts production. As issues of inclusiveness, power imbalance and appropriate professional conduct have recently taken center stage in our profession, speakers may share their personal approaches to these topics and the role that the Producers Guild hopes to play in addressing them. .

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.

Mentoring Roundtables

For 60 minutes, small groups of up to eight attendees will get to ask questions to, and seek advice from, the mentor of their choice. This is your chance to ask any question about your project to a top producer. Established producers will be scheduled throughout the day conducting the Roundtables. Sorry, NO pitches, just questions! Mentoring Roundtables are available through registration at an additional cost of $100.