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Produced By

Presented by the Producers Guild of America, the Produced By podcast exists to educate listeners about one of the most misunderstood creative roles in entertainment – the Producer. By placing producers at the center of the conversation, each episode offers a unique perspective on how content is created, from development through distribution.
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Feb 11, 2020

Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito have been friends since they were up-and-coming actors in New York in the 1960s. They have worked together for decades on such popular films as War of the RosesRomancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile.

Douglas won an Academy Award for producing One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and DeVito was nominated for an Academy Award for producing Erin Brockovich.

The two recently got to work together again on the award-winning Netflix series The Kominsky Method.

With over 900 combined film and television credits, these entertainment industry legends will share stories from their decades of acting, directing and producing.

Jan 24, 2020

Mindy Kaling, who skyrocketed to fame on The Office, is an Emmy-nominated writer and producer. She created and starred in the popular romantic comedy The Mindy Project, which ran for six seasons on FOX before being picked up by Hulu for its final seasons. Kaling’s much-anticipated comedy Late Night, starring Oscar® winner Emma Thompson, will be hitting theaters nationwide on June 7.

Mindy makes her first appearance at the Produced By Conference, alongside revered director and producer Nancy Meyers. For decades, Myers has been ahead of the curve when chronicling social trends and relationships, particularly when it comes to telling stories from a female point of view. She’s consistently delivered such hit films as It’s ComplicatedSomething’s Gotta GiveWhat Women Want and The Intern. The blockbusters Myers has helmed have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, a figure on par with the most popular superhero movies.

Jan 14, 2020

The heads of film and TV for Warner Bros. weigh in on the future of development across various platforms.

The successful studio hit it big with Crazy Rich AsiansA Star Is Born and Aquaman in 2018. This year looks to be just as hot with two horror thrillers on the horizon: Annabelle Comes Home hits theaters at the end of June and IT: Chapter Two is set for release this fall.

In TV, the studio produces nearly 120 series for multiple outlets, including Young SheldonThe FlashCastle RockChilling Adventures of SabrinaThe Ellen DeGeneres ShowQueen SugarThe Voice and Westworld, to name just a few. And viewers this year celebrate the final season of blockbuster hit comedy The Big Bang Theory, one of the most popular shows of all time and longest-running multi-camera comedy in TV history.

session sponsored by General Motors

Jun 18, 2019

Insurance may be one of the last arrangements you make in your production, but it is for certain one of the most important. Done properly, it can mean all the difference in executing a safe, smart, and profitable production.  

In this panel, we bring perspectives from production executives and risk management & insurance professionals to explore real-life production disasters – ranging from weather delays to death of cast family members to #MeToo related turnover and reputation damages – and how you can learn from these incidents and prevent them (or at least contain their consequences).  You’ll also learn how the standard coverage provisions that come with an “off the shelf” policy can be customized to better protect your production, your cast & crew, and your creative vision. 

Speakers:

Jeremy Alter, Touched with Fire, Inland Empire

Mark Ballin, Partner, Claim Specialists International

Bob Jellen, Managing Director, ‎HUB Entertainment Insurance

Peter Oillataguerre, President, Physical Production, MGM Studios

Jacqueline Volmer, Senior Entertainment Underwriter, Chubb Insurance

Moderator:

Rachel Klein, Producer/Director/CEO, Fire Starter Studios; 30 for 30 The Fab Five, NEA: United States of Arts

Jun 4, 2019

The popularity of the documentary genre has grown exponentially over the last two decades, due in large part to producers’ willingness to push the boundaries of the form.  Re-enactments, animation and a variety of experimental and hybrid styles have taken their place alongside the more traditional observational and verité formats, leading to an unprecedented renaissance of non-fiction storytelling. 

How does the producer’s choice of subject matter affect their choice of format, and vice-versa?  What implications does formal innovation have for the producer’s ability to communicate a subject’s truth?  And what impact have these new approaches had on the market for documentaries? 

Session Sponsor:

Speakers:

Dan Braun, Co-President, Submarine; Kusama – Infinity, Wild Wild Country

Marta Kauffman, Writer/Director/Producer, Okay Goodnight; Seeing Allred, Grace and Frankie

Errol Morris; Wormwood, The Fog of War

Ceyda Torun, Co-Founder, Termite Films; Kedi

Moderator:

Diane Becker, Co-Founder/Producer, Fishbowl Films; Inventing Tomorrow, If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd

May 21, 2019

This unique conversation brings together the global media leader and Oscar-nominated filmmaker for a discussion about their creative partnership as executive producers on their critically-acclaimed OWN television show Queen Sugar, as well as their approach to leadership, both on set and within the industry.

Speakers:

Bruce Cohen; American Beauty, When We Rise

Ava DuVernay; Founder, Array; A Wrinkle In Time, Queen Sugar

Oprah Winfrey; CEO, OWN and Harpo Films; Queen Sugar, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Apr 23, 2019

CONVERSATION WITH: KEVIN FEIGE

Speaker:

Kevin Feige, Producer, Marvel Studios; Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War

Moderator:

Pete Hammond, Awards Columnist and Chief Film Critic, Deadline

 

- Session sponsored by Pinewood Atlanta Studios

Apr 10, 2019

The industry’s (and the global audience’s) appetite for animated content has continued to expand. This panel will give attendees insight into the unique challenges of producing animation for both film and television.

Our session’s panelists span all forms of animation, ranging from major studio to independent productions, and from CG to 2D to stop-motion.  Panelists will discuss the comparative complexity of working in a variety of formats and share realistic expectations for creating successful and memorable animated features and shows.

 

Speakers:

Allison Abbate, EVP, Warner Animation Group; Fantastic Mr. Fox, Corpse Bride

Andrew Goldberg; Big Mouth, Family Guy

Jinko Gotoh; The Little Prince, 9

Jorge R. Gutiérrez; The Book of Life, El Tigre, The Adventures of Manny Rivera

Rosa Tran; Final Space, Anomalisa

 

Moderator:

Bonnie Arnold, Producer, DreamWorks Animation; How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story

Mar 26, 2019

Conversation with Jim Gianopulos and Neal Moritz at the 2018 Produced By Conference at Paramount Pictures Studios.

Speakers:

Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO, Paramount Pictures Corporation

 Neal H. Moritz, Principal, Original Films; Fast and the Furious Franchise, Jump Street Franchise

Mar 12, 2019

From the 2017 Produced By Conference in Los Angeles.

Feb 25, 2019

Conversation with: Ted Sarandos and Jerry Seinfeld. Netflix’s Chief Content Officer has been the key driver behind the digital company’s transformation into an original content powerhouse. This conversation will discuss how Netflix is changing the rules for how serialized television is produced, released and distributed globally. Sponsored by Cinecitta Studios. Speaker: Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix

Feb 28, 2018

On this special episode, recorded at the 2017 Produced By: New York conference, production designers Paul Austerberry (The Shape of Water, Len and Company, Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and Santo Loquasto (Wonder Wheel, Blue Jasmine, Bullets Over Broadway) talk about how they do what they do.

About Paul Austerberry

Paul is the production designer on Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed feature film The Shape of Water starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. The film recently won the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Paul studied Architecture at Carleton University in Ottawa. Following graduation, he worked for two years as an architect designing small commercial and residential projects before segueing into design for film. Paul has designed extensively for feature film and television most recently developing the designs for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Fantastic Voyage. Other recent credits include Shut In starring Naomi Watts, Len and Company starring Rhys Ifans, Pompeii starring Kit Harington and Kiefer Sutherland, the international feature Libertador starring Edgar Ramirez, Deadfall starring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde, The Three Musketeers starring Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom and Christoph Waltz, Twilight Saga: Eclipse starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Amelia starring Hilary Swank and Deathrace, starring Jason Statham. His additional credits as production designer include such features as 30 Days of Night, starring Josh Hartnett, Take the Lead, starring Antonio Banderas, Assault on Precinct 13, starring Ethan Hawke and Lawrence Fishbourne, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, starring Milla Jovovich, Highwaymen, starring James Caviezel, The Tuxedo with Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt, Exit Wounds, starring Steven Seagal, the Canadian feature Men With Brooms and Mercy with Ellen Barkin and Julian Sands. As art director, Austerberry’s credits include X-Men, Forever Mine, The Corrupter, Half Baked, The Real Blonde, Extreme Measures, Harriet the Spy and Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy.

He was a Canadian Screen Award winner for Achievement in Art Direction / Production design for his work designing Pompeii and for television, he was awarded a Canadian Gemini for his work designing the musical special Inspired by Bach.

As a child Paul travelled extensively with his parents, including three years of living in Uganda. Travel inspires him as film has taken him to numerous locations around the world. Paul is based in Toronto.

About Santo Loquasto

Santo Loquasto  a designer for theatre, film, dance and opera. He has received four Tony Awards and has been nominated 21 times. He has collaborated with Woody Allen on 30 films, including costume design for Zelig and production design for Radio Days and Bullets Over Broadway, for which he received Academy Award® nominations. He was nominated for awards for “Excellence in Production Design” from the Art Directors Guild for Café Society and Blue Jasmine.

Loquasto’s recent designs on Broadway include Hello, Dolly!Shuffle AlongA Delicate BalanceBullets Over BroadwayFencesWit, and The Assembled Parties. He received the Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration in 2002, was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2004, received the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2006 and the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007, and the Gaudium Award in 2013.

*The views, opinions, statements, advice (legal or otherwise) and/or other information expressed or otherwise shared by the podcast participants are attributable solely to the podcast participants and do not reflect the opinions, viewpoints or policies of, or any endorsement by, the Producers Guild of America.

 

 

Feb 1, 2018

Producers Guild Award-winning Producer J. Miles Dale talks about The Shape of Water, and shares his advice on what people need to do to get into the industry.

 

About J. Miles Dale

Miles Dale, is a prolific producer and director with a career spanning over 30 years.

Most recently he has served as executive producer and principal director on all four seasons of the popular FX Networks series The Strain, created by Guillermo del Toro. He began his partnership with del Toro to produce the supernatural thriller hit Mama, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain.

Dale’s credits include the critically acclaimed remake of Carrie, starring Oscar-winner Julianne Moore, the box-office smash The Vow, starring Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, and Universal Pictures’ sci-fi horror The Thing.

He produced the cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, New Line’s hit comedy Harold & Kumar go to White Castle, the critically acclaimed Flash of Genius, starring Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear, and Focus Features’ Hollywoodland, which received a Golden Globe nomination for Ben Affleck’s performance.

Dale made his feature film directorial debut in 2002 with Universal’s The Skulls III, and has directed episodes for a variety of television series, including The Strain and the hit ABC Family/Freeform series Shadowhunters, which was recently nominated for Favorite Cable/Sci-Fi Fantasy TV Show at the People’s Choice Awards.

Dale’s television credits include the Gemini Award nominated RoboCop: The Series, Emmy nominated Friday The 13th: The Series and the critically acclaimed TV movie All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story.

*The views, opinions, statements, advice (legal or otherwise) and/or other information expressed or otherwise shared by the podcast participants are attributable solely to the podcast participants and do not reflect the opinions, viewpoints or policies of, or any endorsement by, the Producers Guild of America.

Jan 26, 2018

Documentary producers Keith McQuirter and Nick Stuart join by phone to discuss their film Milwaukee 53206, documentary as a tool for social justice, and how they have taken their projects directly to communities in what Nick describes as “documentaries from below.”

About Keith McQuirter

Keith McQuirter is an award-winning producer and director with credits in TV documentary, new media and commercials.  His documentary MILWAUKEE 53206 won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary at the 2017 Urbanworld Film Festival and won the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s 2017 Media for a Just Society Award. Keith also co-produced the five-part Peabody Award winning and Prime Time Emmy nominated docu-series Brick City for the Sundance Channel. Having worked a number of years as an executive producer in advertising, Keith produced commercials for some of the biggest brands in entertainment, apparel, beauty, food and consumer products.

Keith studied film and television production at New York University Tisch School of the Arts where he was awarded the Martin Scorsese Young Filmmaker Award. He also studied directing at the National Theater Institute. His production company Decoder Media is based in New York City.  

About Nick Stuart

Nick came over from the UK in 2009 after 20 years in broadcasting as a reporter, presenter and then director/producer, specializing in current affairs and also religion and its impact on the front page issues dominating our world.

Created Transform Films Inc. to produce documentaries, both shot form and long form, to highlight social justice issues - concentrating on strong character-led programs with deep access to communities , whether they be a Zip code, a town or a State Penitentiary. Always aiming to humanize issues in an attempt to break through the politicalization of justice issues and get to the real impact and consequences in people’s lives.

The films drive the impact campaigns to work with “the change-makers”, organizations and individuals already working for justice and  supporting those whose lives have been hit by the issues each film highlights. The campaigns are run by the  501 (c ) 3 organization, Odyssey Impact. 

*The views, opinions, statements, advice (legal or otherwise) and/or other information expressed or otherwise shared by the podcast participants are attributable solely to the podcast participants and do not reflect the opinions, viewpoints or policies of, or any endorsement by, the Producers Guild of America.

 

Jan 12, 2018

Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger discuss working with Steven Spielberg, their lives as producers, and how they got into the industry.

About Amy Pascal

Amy Pascal is the Founder and CEO of Pascal Pictures, a film and television production company based at SONY. In addition to this summer’s smash hit Spider-Man: Homecoming, on which Pascal served as a producer, the company was also a major force behind the recent Ghostbusters re-launch.

Pascal has an impressive upcoming slate of films, including: Aaron Sorkin’s feature directorial debut, Molly’s Game, a film adaptation of Molly Bloom’s underground poker memoir to debut in December 2017; an animated Spider-Man film to be released in 2018; The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which is the sequel to Stieg Larsson’s successful The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy; and the live-action adaptation of Barbie based on Mattel’s iconic fashion doll.

Pascal grew up in Los Angeles where she still currently resides with her husband and son.

About Kristie Macosko Krieger

Kristie Macosko Krieger is an Academy Award®, PGA Award and BAFTA nominated producer whose working relationship with director Steven Spielberg spans over 20 years.   She is currently in post-production on the upcoming Spielberg directed film Ready Player One, based on the best-selling book by Ernest Cline.  Most recently, Krieger served as executive producer of The BFG and produced the Academy Award® nominated film Bridge of Spies.   Additional producing credits include Lincoln, War Horse, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.   

Krieger began her career with the USC Shoah Foundation, where she served as head of worldwide publicity.   She joined the staff of DreamWorks Studios in 1997.   She currently serves as part of the senior leadership team at Amblin Partners where she is involved with all aspects of Spielberg’s productions and helps guide the strategic direction of the company.  

Krieger, a graduate of UC Davis, resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son.  

 

*The views, opinions, statements, advice (legal or otherwise) and/or other information expressed or otherwise shared by the podcast participants are attributable solely to the podcast participants and do not reflect the opinions, viewpoints or policies of, or any endorsement by, the Producers Guild of America.

 

 

Jan 9, 2018

Producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman join me by phone to discuss their film Wonder and their work as producers in film and television.

David Hoberman

David Hoberman (Producer) is the founder and co-owner of Mandeville Films and Television. He is one of the leading producers in the entertainment industry today. His Disney-based company, Mandeville Films, is among the most profitable and respected production labels in the entertainment industry.

Other notable films include the critically hailed Academy Award©-nominated feature THE FIGHTER, starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, and directed by David O. Russell. Produced for $25 million, the film went on to gross almost $130 million worldwide and earned a host of awards, including an Academy Award© nomination for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor and Actress Awards for Bale and Leo.

Hoberman founded Mandeville Films in 1995 and signed a five-year first look pact with the Walt Disney Studios. In 1999, Hoberman signed a first-look deal for Mandeville at the Walt Disney Studios with Lieberman. Two years later, Lieberman became a co-partner in the company.

Hoberman created the award-winning “Monk,” a one-hour series for USA Network. Executive-produced by Mandeville and spearheaded by Hoberman, “Monk” aired for eight seasons.

Prior to forming Mandeville Films, Hoberman served as president of the Motion Picture Group of the Walt Disney Studios, where he was responsible for overseeing development and production for all feature films for Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures. During Hoberman’s tenure, Disney was often the top studio in domestic box-office grosses. In 1990, PRETTY WOMAN, supervised by Hoberman, was the top- grossing film of the year, and its soundtrack was the top-selling soundtrack of the year. Hoberman was also behind major blockbusters at the studio, including FATHER OF THE BRIDE, WHAT ABOUT BOB, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, ED WOOD, DANGEROUS MINDS, RUTHLESS PEOPLE, BEACHES, THREE MEN AND A BABY and HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS. While an executive at Disney, Hoberman championed the first-ever full-length stop-motion animation feature, Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

Hoberman started his career working in the mailroom at ABC and quickly ascended in the entertainment business, working for Norman Lear’s Tandem/T.A.T. in television and film. He worked as a talent agent at ICM before joining Disney in 1985.

Today, Hoberman is an associate professor at UCLA’s Graduate School in the Producers Program. He sat on the board of the Starlight Starbright Foundation for more than 10 years, is a member of the Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and sat on the Board of the Los Angeles Free Clinic for six years.

Hoberman is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Board of Suffolk University in Boston and on the Board of Overseers at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Todd Lieberman

Todd Lieberman (Producer) is a co-owner of Mandeville Films and Television. He is one of the leading producers in the entertainment industry today. His Disney-based company, Mandeville Films, is among the most profitable and respected production labels in the entertainment industry.

In 2001, Lieberman was named one of the “35 under 35” people to watch in the business by The Hollywood Reporter, which also ranked Lieberman and Hoberman among the 30 most powerful producers in Hollywood. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Lieberman is a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences and a judge for the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. He is also a member of the Television Academy and a Producer’s Guild mentor, as well as an active member of the Los Angeles chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

About Mandeville Films

Since its founding in 1995, Mandeville Films has produced feature films that have grossed more than $2.5 billion in domestic box-office receipts and their slate includes a wide variety of genres, anchored by character-driven stories with universal, often uplifting themes.

Todd and David’s  most recent movie is Disney’s live-action retelling of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as The Beast. The critically- hailed film, directed by Bill Condon, has broken boxoffice records worldwide and has become the highest grossing PG-rated film in North America of all time. It also stars Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Audra MacDonald.

Upcoming movies include STRONGER, the inspirational story of Boston marathon survivor Jeff Bauman, directed by David Gordon Green, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown, to be released September 22, 2017 by Roadside Attractions. STRONGER makes its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival. Following that is WONDER, based on R.J. Palacio’s best-selling YA novel, directed by Stephen Chbosky, starring Julia Roberts, Jason Tremblay and Daveed Diggs, to be released November 17, 2017 by Lionsgate. Both films were developed in house at Mandeville. Mandeville is currently in production on EXTINCTION, a sci-fi thriller starring Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan, directed by Ben Young, to be released by Universal Pictures. Mandeville is also in pre-production THE AERONAUTS for Amazon Studios, written by Jack Thorne, based on the true story of balloon pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher and their extraordinary and harrowing journey to discover the secrets of the skies.

Mandeville also produced THE MUPPETS, starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter, the newest Muppet. Directed by James Bobin, written by Segel and Nick Stoller, THE MUPPETS was one of the best-reviewed films of 2011 and earned the Academy Award© for Best Song. Mandeville also produced the next MUPPET installment, MUPPETS MOST WANTED. Lieberman also produced WARM BODIES, the genre-bending “zombie romance” based on Isaac Marion’s novel, starring Nicholas Hoult, John Malkovich and Teresa Palmer, written and directed by Jonathan Levine, for Summit/Lionsgate. Mandeville executive produced INSURGENT and ALLEGIANT, part of the DIVERGENT movie series.

Mandeville has a first look deal with Disney, which has been the company’s home for over 20 years.

Under the Disney banner, Mandeville produced a string of hits, including the romantic comedy THE PROPOSAL, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. THE PROPOSAL became the highest grossing romantic comedy of 2009, earning over $317 million worldwide. It was the People’s Choice award winner for Best Comedy of the year and Mandeville crossed the billion dollar mark in terms of box office revenue with THE PROPOSAL.

 

*The views, opinions, statements, advice (legal or otherwise) and/or other information expressed or otherwise shared by the podcast participants are attributable solely to the podcast participants and do not reflect the opinions, viewpoints or policies of, or any endorsement by, the Producers Guild of America.

 

Jan 9, 2018

Hutch Parker joins me to discuss his latest film Logan, and sheds some light on what filmmakers should be thinking about as they consider working with major studios.

About Hutch Parker

Hutch Parker is a film and television producer whose recent projects include the critically-acclaimed features, Logan starring Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in the box office hit, and Patriots Day starring Mark Walberg in the true-life story about the heroes of the Boston Marathon bombing. He is currently on location producing X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the latest installment in the long-running franchise. Other producing credits include X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, as well as the blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past, and The Wolverine

Hutch currently has an overall producing deal at 20th Century Fox, where he previously spent 1995-2008 -- the bulk of his career -- as a film executive. He served as President and subsequently Vice Chairman of the Film Group, overseeing all of 20th Century Fox film operations including the animation division. During Hutch’s tenure at Fox, the studio enjoyed six record breaking years with films such as Avatar, the X Men franchise, Master and Commander, Die Hard: Live Free or Die Hard, Taken, Minority Report, Borat, Kingdom of Heaven, The Day After Tomorrow, Ice Age, Cheaper by the Dozen, I Robot, Night at the Museum, and There’s Something About Mary.

In 2008 Hutch was appointed co-chairman of New Regency Entertainment (co-owned by 20th Century Fox) heading film and television operations. New Regency was responsible for projects such as Mister and Mrs. Smith, Marley and Me, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Love and Other Drugs, Knight and Day, among others.

Prior to Fox, Hutch held the positions of Senior Vice President of Production at HBO and Senior Vice President of Orion Pictures. Hutch was born in New York and graduated from Princeton University.

*The views, opinions, statements, advice (legal or otherwise) and/or other information expressed or otherwise shared by the podcast participants are attributable solely to the podcast participants and do not reflect the opinions, viewpoints or policies of, or any endorsement by, the Producers Guild of America.

 

Dec 22, 2017

Academy award-winning producer Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Breaking Bad, Downsizing) joins me in studio to talk about working with Academy award-winning director Alexander Payne (Nebraska, Sideways, Downsizing) on Downsizing. We also talk about his transition from feature films into TV, and how he got his start working on films in Spain.

About Mark Johnson

Producer Mark Johnson won the Best Picture Academy Award® for the 1988 drama Rain Man and two Emmys® for Outstanding Drama Series (2013 and 2014) for Breaking Bad. His career as a producer of more than 40 feature films includes DinerThe NaturalGood Morning, Vietnam; Best Picture nominee Bugsy, which earned a total of 10 Oscar® nominations; Clint Eastwood’s A Perfect World; Alfonso Cuaron’s A Little Princess; Mike Newell’s gangster drama Donnie Brasco starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp; the sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest starring Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver; The Notebook, adapted from Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel; and the Chronicles of Narnia franchise. He is currently in post-production on the Alexander Payne film Downsizing starring Matt Damon; Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky starring Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig; and the Australian indie film Breath, based on the novel of the same name by lauded Australian author Tim Winton.

In the television space, Johnson was an executive producer of the Peabody®, Golden Globe®, and Emmy® award–winning drama Breaking Bad from the beginning of the series. The first season of Breaking Bad’s acclaimed spinoff series Better Call Saul was widely praised by fans and critics alike, garnering seven Primetime Emmy® Award nominations, two Critics Choice Television Awards, and named Outstanding New Program as awarded by the Television Critics Association. In 2016, the second season of Better Call Saul won an AFI Award for TV Program of the year and garnered six Emmy® Award nominations, a Producers Guild nomination, and a Golden Globe® nomination. Mark Johnson‘s television achievements also include the Sundance Channel’s first scripted series Rectify, which won the coveted Peabody® Award and garnered three Critics Choice Television Award nominations in 2016, including Best Drama Series. Along with Better Call Saul, he is currently also executive producing AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, which begins production on its fourth season this year, and Hulu’s Shut Eye.

Johnson currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Motion Picture Academy representing the Producers’ Branch and is the Chair of the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Selection Committee.

Dec 5, 2017

Nina K. Noble, and her producing partner David Simon, have created some of the most groundbreaking television series in the modern age. In this episode, Nina talks about her work as a Producer, and what it takes to re-create a 1970s Times Square for her latest project HBO’s The Deuce.

About Nina K. Noble

Nina K. Noble is a freelance producer, and producing partner of David Simon’s Blown Deadline Productions. With Simon, she has produced 2 long running series and 3 miniseries for HBO- The Wire, for which she won a DGA and Peabody award as well as a BAFTA nomination, and Treme, the Emmy nominated, Peabody award winning Post- Katrina series set in New Orleans. Miniseries include The Corner, which won the 2000 Emmy for best miniseries, Generation Kill, and Show Me A Hero. Her latest project is HBO’s The Deuce, starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal which recently completed filming its first season.

Nina was previously a field Producer/ Production Manager/ 1st A.D. for the Levinson/Fontana company, working on a variety of pilots and movies for TV., including NBC’s Homicide: life on the street.

Nina began her career as an assistant director on feature films, including Basic Instinct (dir. Paul Verhoeven), Angel Heart (dir. Alan Parker), Enemies: A Love Story (dir. Paul Mazursky), and Bull Durham (dir. Ron Shelton).

On all of her productions, Nina makes community outreach and inclusion a priority, especially focusing on exposing young people to the industry.

Member, Director’s Guild of America

Founding Board Member, Maryland Film Industry Coalition

Mentor, Morgan State Univ. screenwriting and animation program Consultant, Baltimore School for the Arts Film and Visual Storytelling program

Speaker at various organizations on the subject of job skills for free lancers, creating diverse workplaces, and community inclusion. 

This episode was recorded during the 2017 Produced By: New York conference, where NIna was a participant on the panel:

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.

*The views, opinions, statements, advice (legal or otherwise) and/or other information expressed or otherwise shared by the podcast participants are attributable solely to the podcast participants and do not reflect the opinions, viewpoints or policies of, or any endorsement by, the Producers Guild of America.

 

Dec 1, 2017

For the last few years both content creators and consumers have gotten used to hearing the terms Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), but so many still don’t really understand what these terms actually mean. In this episode, AR/VR expert Adaora Udoji sits down with me to discuss what it all means, and how we can access the technology to tell our stories.

About Adaora Udoji

Adaora Udoji is an award-winning storyteller who produces and manages media at the intersection of emerging technology (digital video, virtual reality and augmented reality).  She’s an adviser of the VRAR Association-NYC Chapter, an adjunct professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and an angel investor. 

Adaora worked across both the creative and business sides of television, radio, internet, corporate and venture capital. Her work has been recognized by:  Inc magazine, Top 20 Tech Speakers 2017, Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University and Peabody Awards (CNN); The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ABC News); and Essence Magazine named her among the 25 most influential African-Americans. She’s a graduate of the University of Michigan and the UCLA School of 

This episode was recorded during the 2017 Produced By: New York conference, where Adoara was a participant on the panel:

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.

*The views, opinions, statements, advice (legal or otherwise) and/or other information expressed or otherwise shared by the podcast participants are attributable solely to the podcast participants and do not reflect the opinions, viewpoints or policies of, or any endorsement by, the Producers Guild of America.

 

Nov 3, 2017

In this episode, I’m joined by Jason Berger (Founder/Executive Producer) and Amy Laslett (Producer/President) from the L.A. based production company Kids at Play. Our conversation starts by us talking about the origins of their unique COO, but soon turns to the business behind collaborating with producers, brands, agencies, networks, top talent, and other entertainment companies to create engaging content.

Oct 11, 2017

Produced By: New York Podcast 

Produced By: New York chairs Bruce Cohen, Dana Kuznetzkoff, and Debbie Myers dial in to give us a preview of what to expect during the 2017 conference.

For more information, or to register, go to www.producedbyconference.com.

If you want to submit question ideas for the speakers, you can email us at pbny@producersguild.org.

About Produced By: New York

Reaching across film, television and new media, Produced By: New York is an educational forum conducted by acclaimed producers, including numerous Oscar and Emmy award-winners, as well as the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. It is specifically created by producers, for producers and features a broad range of programming, including mentoring roundtables, workshops and networking events. No other event gives producers so many opportunities to network with and learn from top storytellers and decision-makers in the entertainment industry.

Aug 3, 2017

In this episode, Producers Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane drop by the studio to talk about their latest film Landline, a movie about two sisters dealing with discovering their fathers infidelity. Directed by Gillian Robespierre and stars Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, Edie Falco, Jay Duplass, and John Turturro.

They also talk about their lives as producers, and Gigi shares what is possibly the best producing story ever told.

In this episode:

Gigi Pritzker
Landline, Hell or High Water, Genius

 

Rachel Shane
Landline, Genius, Lawless

 

 

Jul 18, 2017

In this episode taped during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, I speak to Co-Founders of the Queer Producers Collective Jessica Devaney and Sam Tabet and Outfest Program Manager Lucy Murkerjee-Brown about how their organizations support LGBTQ storytellers. We also discuss the importance of authenticity in storytelling and the challenges of bringing LGBTQ stories to the marketplace.

In this episode:

Sam Tabet
Co-Founder, Queer Producers Collective; Love the Sinner, Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Jessica Devaney
Co-Founder, Queer Producers Collective; Love the Sinner, Speed Sisters

Lucy Murkerjee-Brown
Director of Programming, Outfest & Newfest; Mr. Church, Jack of the Red Hearts

 

Jun 10, 2017

This year two films set out to draw attention to the Armenian Genocide. The Promise is a love story set at the beginning of the genocide that follows a group of characters as they deal with the persecution of the Armenian people. Embedded in the production of The Promise is Intent to Destroy, a documentary that weaves the production of the the narrative film with the history of the events. 

Joining me in studio to talk about the unique relationship between these to films are: 

 

Eric Esrailian, Producer Intent to Destroy and The Promise

William Horberg, Producer, The Promise

Joe Berlinger, Producer and Director, The Promise

Carla Garapedian, The Promise 


Read more at http://producedby.libsyn.com/presenting-the-promise-and-intent-to-destroy#OVQkGZuoivqWfrST.99

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