After a two-year hiatus, the Producers Guild of America returns for its 12th annual Produced By conference — to be held June 11-12 at the Fox Studio Lot in Century City — and announced the first round of speakers on Friday.
Confirmed speakers include Oscar winner Viola Davis, her husband and producing partner, veteran producer Julius Tennon (“The First Lady”), “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, television producer Betsy Beers ( creative partner at Shondaland) and comedy frontman Mike Farah (CEO, Funny or Die).
The conference will include a networking reception, panels, Q&As and its mentorship roundtables. This year’s Produced By will also feature the return of the Pitch Perfect session, which sees a handful of shortlisted entrants pitch their projects in front of an audience of producers and executives.
Confirmed attendees of this year’s mentor roundtables include: “Insecure” producer Deniese Davis, production legend Gary Goetzman, Oscar-nominated producer Fred Berger, Daniels producer Jonathan Wang (“Everything Everywhere All At Once “), James Lopez (President and Producer at MACRO), and Mike Farah, with more attendees to be announced.
This year’s conference features the beginnings of the PGA Individual Producer Engagement, an opportunity for PGA members to have a one-on-one conversation with an experienced producer. Also for the first time, PGA Create, the PGA program that supports emerging and mid-career producers from underrepresented backgrounds, will connect its 35 scripted and documentary PGA Create Fellows for a day of sustained networking opportunities. by Google, the main sponsor of the program.
Additional speakers for this year include Jason Richman (Co-Head of Media Rights, UTA); Mark Kimsey (co-CEO of Electromagnetic Productions); actor and producer Aml Ameen, Charles D. King (Founder and CEO, MACRO); Dan Lin (Founder and CEO of Rideback); producer Stephanie Allain (Homegrown Pictures, owner), with more to announce.
Below is the current list of speakers and mentors, in alphabetical order. The list will be updated as more speakers and mentors are announced.
Stephanie Allain (Homegrown Pictures, owner; “Hustle & Flow”, “Dear White People”)
Aml Ameen (Executive Producer/Actress – “The Porter”; Actress – “I May Destroy You”; Producer/Actress – “Boxing Day”)
Trevor Baker (Producer/Editor – “Twilight Zone,” “Outer Range,” “Castle Rock”)
Amanda Beggs (CAS, Production Sound Mixer – “Lady Bird”, “Finding Ohana”, “Legion”, “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”)
Betsy Beers (creative partner, Shondaland)
Xavier Bernasconi (Visual Effects Supervisor, DNEG)
Rick Champagne (Industry Strategy & Marketing, Media & Entertainment, NVIDIA)
Viola Davis (CEO and Co-Founder, JuVee Productions; “The First Lady”)
Mike Farah (CEO, Funny or Die)
Marsha Greene (executive producer, co-creator and showrunner, “The Porter”; “Ten Days In The Valley”, “Mary Kills People”)
Erica Huggins (President, Fuzzy Door; “The End Is Nye”, “Books of Blood”, “The Spy Who Dumped Me”)
Steve Jelley (Co-CEO, Dimension)
Valerie Johnson-Redrow (Virtual Production Producer, Monolith)
Jennifer Kawaja (Executive Producer, Sienna Films/Sphere Media; “Sort Of”, “Transplant”)
Mark Kimsey (co-CEO of Electromagnetic Productions)
Charles D. King (Founder & CEO, MACRO; “Judas and the Black Messiah”, “Mudbound”)
Michael Minkler (CAS, re-recording mixer – “Black Hawk Down”, “Chicago”, “Star Wars”, “Dream Girls”)
Karen Baker Landers (MPSE, Supervising Sound Editor – “Skyfall”, “Bourne Ultimatum”, “Black Hawk Down”)
Dan Lin (Founder and CEO of Rideback; “The LEGO Movie” franchise, Disney’s “Aladdin”, Netflix’s “The Two Popes”, The CW’s “Walker”)
Seth MacFarlane (Founder/CEO, Fuzzy Door; “The Orville”, “Ted” and “Ted 2”, “Family Guy”)
Jason Richman (Co-Head of Media Rights, UTA)
Curt Sobel (MPSE, Music Editor Supervisor – “Ray”, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”)
Joel Sloss (Senior Program Manager | Microsoft Azure M&E Security and Compliance)
Christina Lee Storm (Director of Digital Production, Netflix)
Julius Tennon (president and co-founder of JuVee Productions; “The First Lady”)
Philipp Wolf (Executive Head, Corporate Strategy, DNEG)
Fred Berger (President, Automatik; “La La Land”, “Bad Education”)
Deniese Davis (CEO, Reform Media Group)
Mike Farah (CEO, Funny or Die)
Gary Goetzman (Producer, Playtone)
James Lopez (President/Producer, MACRO)
Jonathan Wang (“Everything, everywhere, all at once”, “The man of the Swiss army”)