Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams To Speak At The 2013 Produced By Conference

Gregg Kilday
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J.J. Abrams, Mark Burnett, Tom Cruise and Gale Anne Hurd are all on tap to speak at The Producers Guild of America’s 5th annual Produced By Conference, which will be held at Fox Studios on June 8-9.

The 2013 PBC event will be chaired by Tracey Edmonds, Marshall Herskovitz, Rachel Klein and Gary Lucchesi. Karen Schwartzman is the 2013 PBC program director, Diane Salerno is serving as sponsorship director, while Lynda Dorf is marketing consultant.

“The rapid evolution of entertainment media has ushered our industry into a truly exciting moment,” Edmonds said. “This fantastic list of speakers and panelists reflects that evolution, and includes individuals who have achieved great successes in the past and each of whom has a compelling vision for the future of entertainment.”

“I’m thrilled to return as a co-chair for the fifth Produced By Conference,” Producers Guild president emeritus Herskovitz commented. “There is simply nothing like the PBC – all these amazing speakers, sponsors and exhibitors in the same place for an entire weekend – there's no better way to learn and enhance your career at the same time.”

The 2013 PBC speakers list includes:


•  David Alpert, Partner, Circle of Confusion (Executive Producer, “The Walking Dead”)

•  Steve Blume, COO and CFO, Content Partners LLC

•  Mark Burnett, CEO, One Three Media (Producer, “The Bible,” “The Voice,” “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” “Shark Tank”)

•  Joe Chianese, Executive Vice President, EP Financial Solutions, Entertainment Partners


•  Tracey Edmonds, CEO, Edmonds Entertainment / Our Stories Films / Alright TV (JUMPING THE BROOM, SOUL FOOD, GOOD LUCK CHUCK)

•  Cassian Elwes (Producer, THE BUTLER, PAPER BOY, Executive Producer, MARGIN CALL)

•  Mark Gordon (Producer, 2012, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, Executive Producer, “Grey’s Anatomy”)

•  Marshall Herskovitz, Partner, Bedford Falls Company, Board of Directors, President Emeritus, Producers Guild of America (Producer, BLOOD DIAMOND, THE LAST SAMURAI, Executive Producer, “thirtysomething”)

•  Reginald Hudlin, CEO, Hudlin Entertainment (Producer, DJANGO UNCHAINED)

•  Darlene Hunt (Creator, “The Big C,” Consulting Producer, “90210,” Showrunner/Executive Producer, “Save Me”)

•  Gale Anne Hurd, CEO, Valhalla Entertainment (Executive Producer, “The Walking Dead,” Producer, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, TERMINATOR trilogy)

•  Jason Katims (Showrunner, “Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Roswell”)

•  Michael J. Kump, Partner, Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert

•  Carl Kurlander, President and CEO, Steeltown Entertainment Project (Writer, SAINT ELMO’S FIRE, Writer and Producer, “Saved By the Bell”)

•  Gary Lucchesi, President, Lakeshore Entertainment, Vice President, Producers Guild of America  (Producer, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, UNDERWORLD franchise)

•  David Robinson, Senior Manager, Green Hasson Janks LLP

•  Steven Sills, Partner, Green Hasson Janks LLP

•  Sharon Tal Yguado, Executive Vice President, Global Scripted Programming and Original Development, Fox International Channels

•  Hayma  “Screech” Washington, CEO, Screechers Pix, Vice President of Television, Producers Guild of America, Governor of Producers Peer Group, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, (Emmy Award-winning series Executive Producer for thirteen seasons, “The Amazing Race”)

•  Beau Willimon (Showrunner and Executive Producer, “House of Cards,” Co-producer and Writer, THE IDES OF MARCH)

•  Marci Wiseman, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, AMC

•  Ken Ziffren, Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP