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Produced By Conference 2012: Ten Takeaways for Filmmakers, from Chris Nolan to Peter Berg

More than 1200 attendees jammed the sold-out fourth annual session of the Produced By Conference on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City this weekend for panels and mixers that included some of the industry’s biggest players, from Christopher Nolan to Peter Berg.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 11, 2012 7:35 AM
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Produced By Conference 2012 Speakers: Grazer, Jacobson, De Luca, Nolan, Phillips & More

The Producer's Guild of America has lined up an impressive Hollywood roster to participate in the fourth annual Produced By Conference, June 8-10 at the Sony Pictures Studio lot. .
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 22, 2012 12:02 PM
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Produced By Conference: ABC Showrunner Secrets, Casting by Twitter Followers

Produced By Conference: ABC Showrunner Secrets, Casting by Twitter Followers
This year, the Producer's Guild's annual Produced By Conference was held at the Disney Studio. On separate panels, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Smith disagreed on the future role of theaters and DVDs, while the conference advanced many producers' own agendas. Cari Beauchamp turned up for Saturday's revelatory ABC Showrunner panel: The crowds were bustling along Minnie Avenue and Dopey Drive as the Produced By Conference welcomed the international commission of film commissioners as first time co-sponsors. Booths from various countries and states were attracting attention, but inside the packed Sessions theater, you could have heard a pin drop as Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) Andrew Marlowe (Castle), Darren Star (Sex and the City, Beverly Hills 90210) and Damon Lindelof (Lost) sat on the stage to discuss their television programs. Billed as a conversation with ABC showrunners about developing and selling pilots and ensuring a series' "long term vitality," the hour and a half panel discussion moderated by Variety's Cynthia Littleton turned out to be more revelatory than that, giving an insiders' peek into the minutia and multitude of decisions required daily to nurse/cajole/prod a weekly television program to success.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • June 6, 2011 8:25 AM
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Third Produced By Conference To Be Held at Disney June 3 to 5

The Produced By Conference is growing, adding scale and scope and --it hopes--enough participants to make back its costs. After starting out at Sony and moving to Fox last summer, this year's installment of PBC, co-chaired by Marshall Herskovitz, Gale Anne Hurd and Rachel Klein, will take place at Disney and ABC from June 3-5, partnered with AFCI’s Locations Show on the same weekend. Speakers include Sean Bailey, Mark Gordon, indieWIRE editor-in-chief Dana Harris, Mark Johnson, Damon Lindelof, Lauren Shuler Donner, John Sloss, Ricky Strauss and Harvey Weinstein.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 29, 2011 9:44 AM
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Produced By: Focus on Diversity Demands Guts, Strategy, and a Subversive Spirit

Produced By:  Focus on Diversity Demands Guts, Strategy, and a Subversive Spirit
At Sunday's Produced By panel "New Voices," Precious director Lee Daniels and fellow panelists talked about fighting fear and resistance with guts and hustle, reports Amy Dawes:
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 8, 2010 4:43 AM
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PBC: Top Producers Dish on Lousy Filmmaking Present, Death of Drama and Cable Future

PBC: Top Producers Dish on Lousy Filmmaking Present, Death of Drama and Cable Future
Amid the general doom and gloom for studios and indies alike, at this weekend's Produced By Conference, producers Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz, Richard Zanuck, Larry Gordon, and Mark Johnson marked some cautious upbeat notes, reports Amy Dawes:
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 7, 2010 8:41 AM
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Producers Conference: Nuts and Bolts Survival Tools for Trying Times

Last summer's Produced By Conference was a huge risk for the Producer's Guild, which had no way of knowing ahead of time if the PBC would make any money--like most of the projects its members produce. I attended several packed panels on the Sony lot, where producers from Kathleen Kennedy to filmmaker Clint Eastwood shared info in a helpful and candid way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 7, 2010 5:13 AM
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Produced By Conference: Ted Turner Talks TV, Energy, Bisons and Saving the World

Ever-quotable media mogul Ted Turner did not disappoint when he turned up to speak at this weekend's Produced By Conference (sponsored by the Producers Guild of America) at the Twentieth Century Fox studios. In a wide-ranging conversation, he talked about getting his billions and millions "mixed up," the role of television, operating on gut instinct, raising 55,000 bison, and the paramount importance of saving our endangered planet. "I don't watch much TV," he said. "I'm too busy trying to save the world." His secret of success: "Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise." Amy Dawes reports:
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 6, 2010 3:59 AM
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