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David Fincher & Cean Chaffin, Norman Lear, Seth Rogan, and Joe Roth to Headline the 6th Annual Produced by Conference

By: The Producers Guild of America | April 1, 2014

David Fincher & Cean Chaffin, Norman Lear, Seth Rogan, and Joe Roth to Headline the 6th Annual Produced by Conference

Additional Speakers Include: Chris Albrecht, Natalie Bruss, Lesley Chilcott, John Cooper, Leslee Dart, Michael De Luca, Tracey Edmonds, Tom Forman, Eden Gaha, Evan Goldberg, Howard Gordon, Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz, Gale Anne Hurd, Hawk Koch, Jessica Lacy, Gary Lucchesi, Lori McCreary, Neil Meron, Pete Micelli, Melanie Miller, Brent Montgomery, Schuyler Moore, David Nevins, Roberto Orci, Jim Packer, Stephan Paternot, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Tom Quinn, Sara Rea, Rena Ronson, Peter Saraf, John Sloss, James D. Stern, James Weaver, and Craig Zadan

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is pleased to announce the initial slate of speakers confirmed to participate in the 6th annual Produced By Conference (PBC). Director and producer David Fincher (GONE GIRL, FIGHT CLUB, SE7EN, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON) & producer Ce®n Chaffin (GONE GIRL, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), producer Norman Lear ("The Jeffersons, "All In The Family"), actor and producer Seth Rogen (NEIGHBORS, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, KNOCKED UP), and producer Joe Roth (MALEFICENT, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN) will participate as featured speakers at the 2014 Produced By Conference, hosted by Warner Bros. Studios on June 7-8.

Additional speakers include some of the entertainment and digital industries' most renowned producers and visionaries. Confirmed speakers are noted below in alphabetical order. Additional speakers will be announced prior to the conference.

Chris Albrecht, CEO, Starz
Natalie Bruss, VP, Digital Strategy, ID PR
John Cooper, Director, Sundance Film Festival
Leslee Dart, Founder and CEO, 42West
Michael De Luca, President of Production, Columbia Pictures; (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, MONEYBALL, THE SOCIAL NETWORK)
Tracey Edmonds, CEO, Edmonds Entertainment; CEO, Our Stories Films; CEO, Alright TV (JUMPING THE BROOM, SOUL FOOD, GOOD LUCK CHUCK)
Tom Forman, CEO, Relativity Television ("Coming Home," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, "Kid Nation")
Eden Gaha, President, Shine America
Howard Gordon ("Homeland," "The X-Files, "24")
Mark Gordon, President of the Producers Guild of America, ("Ray Donovan," "Grey's Anatomy," "Criminal Minds," SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, SPEED)
Marshall Herskovitz, Partner, Bedford Falls Company (BLOOD DIAMOND, THE LAST SAMURAI, "thirtysomething")
Gale Anne Hurd, CEO, Valhalla Entertainment ("The Walking Dead," THE INCREDIBLE HULK, TERMINATOR TRILOGY)
Hawk Koch, President of the Producers Guild of America, (SOURCE CODE, PRIMAL FEAR, WAYNE'S WORLD)
Jessica Lacy, Head of International & Independent Film, ICM Partners
Gary Lucchesi, Vice President of Motion Pictures, PGA; President of Lakeshore Entertainment (LINCOLN LAWYER, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, UNDERWORLD)
Lori McCreary (INVICTUS, THE MAIDEN HEIST, "Through The Wormhole")
Neil Meron, Partner, Storyline Entertainment (2013 & 2014 Oscar Broadcasts, CHICAGO, HAIRSPRAY, "The Sound of Music Live!")
Melanie Miller, Vice President of Acquisitions and Marketing, Gravitas Ventures
Brent Montgomery, Founder and CEO, Leftfield Entertainment ("Pawn Stars," "American Restoration")
Schuyler Moore, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.
Roberto Orci, Co-Founder, K/O Paper Products; (TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS)
Jim Packer, President, Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution, Lionsgate Television
Stephan Paternot, Co-Founder and CEO, Slated
Lydia Dean Pilcher, President, Cine Mosaic; (CUTIE AND THE BOXER, THE LUNCHBOX)
Tom Quinn, Co-President, RADiUS-TWC
Sara Rea ("Under the Gunn," "Project Runway")
Rena Ronson, Co-Head, Independent Film Group at UTA
Peter Saraf, Co-Founder, Big Beach Productions; (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, KINGS OF SUMMER)
John Sloss, Founder, Cinetic Media; Co-Founder, FilmBuff; Founder, Sloss Eckhouse LawCo LLP; Co-Founder, Producers Distribution Agency
James D. Stern, CEO, Endgame; (LOOPER, AN EDUCATION)
Craig Zadan, Partner, Storyline Entertainment; (2013 & 2014 Oscar Broadcasts, CHICAGO, HAIRSPRAY, "The Sound of Music Live!")

"Year after year, the Produced By Conference provides aspiring and established producers alike with an opportunity to come together as a community to share perspectives, network and further their careers. This summer, we are proud to welcome once again some of the industry's most outstanding producers and storytellers across all forms of media," said PBC Co-Chairs, Tracey Edmonds, Marshall Herskovitz, Rachel Klein and Gary Lucchesi. "Producing great content continues to be the most challenging job our industry has to offer. Collectively, the incredible group of speakers at Produced By offers our attendees a road map to the future of our business."

Produced By 2014 will feature more than 30 conference sessions, panel discussions, mentoring roundtables, networking opportunities, social events and workshops designed to address key industry topics and provide producers the opportunity to learn from their peers as well as the event's accomplished speakers. In addition to Produced By's celebrated "Conversations" series featuring in-depth discussions with its headlining guests, programing includes the following sessions covering television, film and digital media:

Tomorrow's Reality Today: The Ever-Changing State of Non-Fiction TV
Adrenaline Rush: TV on the Edge of Your Seat
Take it From the Top: 10 Questions for the TV Moguls
The Revolution Has Just Been Televised: The Disrupted Landscape of TV
Financing Independent Film: New Business Models
Stage Presence: The Hollywood-Broadway Connection
The Best Fest Quest: Maximizing Returns on Your Film Festival Submission
VOD-Blessing or Curse? Navigating the Brave New World of Distribution
The Emerging Majors: New Possibilities for Scripted Storytelling
Indie City: Finding Your Niche in the Digital Eco-System
Social Media Marketing: Targeting the Audience You're Certain is Out There
Increase your Opening Weekend Box Office: How the Hispanic Audience Can Make All the Difference -- sponsored by Univision Communications Inc.
One World, Many Choices: Production Incentives -- Learn What, Where, How and How Much -- sponsored by Entertainment Partners

*The above speakers and/or session topics are subject to change.

Produced By 2014 is chaired by Producers Guild members Tracey Edmonds, Marshall Herskovitz, Rachel Klein and Gary Lucchesi. Madelyn Hammond (Madelyn Hammond & Associates) serves as Programming Director, with Barry Kaplan (EKG, Inc.) once again serving as the conference's Supervising Producer. Diane Salerno (Six Degrees Global) returns as Sponsorship Director, while Lynda Dorf likewise returns as Produced By's Marketing Consultant.

In addition to Warner Bros. Studios, sponsors to date include: General Motors, the official Automotive Partner of the PGA; PRG, Production Resource Group; Univision Communications; Entertainment Partners; ARRI; Technicolor; Honolulu Film Office; Produce Iowa; SIM Digital and more.

For more information or to register, please visit

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