The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that Tina Fey and Chris Rock are featured speakers at Produced By: New York 2016 (PBNY), which will be held for the third consecutive year at Time Warner Center in New York on Saturday, October 29th. The conference will present a pair of in-depth discussions, “Triple Threat: Conversation with Tina Fey” and “Dying is Easy. Comedy is Hard.” with Chris Rock and Red Hour Films’ Stuart Cornfeld.
Last year’s Produced By: New York attracted influential storytellers including Michael Moore, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Effie Brown, Barbara Hall, John Hoffman, Navid Khonsari, Robert and Michelle King, Michael London, Tom McCarthy, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Peter Saraf, Darren Star, and Christine Vachon, among many others. Additional speakers for this year’s PBNY will be announced in the coming months.
“Tina Fey and Chris Rock are each living proof that you can be an excellent producer while being the funniest person in the room,” said PGA Presidents Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi. “The PGA is thrilled to welcome two of the city’s most practiced and proven artists to Produced By: New York. We are looking forward to each speaker’s unique insight into their careers as actors, writers, storytellers and the path which led to them becoming producers.”
Reaching across film, television and new media, the Produced By Conference is an educational forum conducted by acclaimed producers, including numerous Oscar® and Emmy® Award winners, as well as the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. Produced By is held through the Producers Guild of America’s charitable entity, the PGA Foundation, as it epitomizes the Foundation’s core mission to educate those who work in the producing profession.
HBO and Time Warner are Hosting Sponsors of the Conference and Discovery Communications is a Supporting Sponsor. Other sponsors to date include: Branded Entertainment Network (BEN), CAPS, Cinecittà Studios, The City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, Entertainment Partners, Film US Virgin Islands, Indiepay, The Molecule, Panasonic, Post New York Alliance, Produce Iowa and VER.
PBNY is chaired by PGA members Bruce Cohen, Dana Kuznetzkoff, and Debbie Myers. Diane Salerno of Six Degrees Global is Sponsorship Director, Laura Danford Mandel of LDM PR serves as Programming Director, and Liz Hart of Liz Hart Events & Design is the conference’s Supervising Producer.
For more information about the PGA’s Produced By: New York conference, please visit: ProducedByConference.com/NY2016
About Tina Fey:
Tina Fey is an award-winning television and film actress, writer and producer (3 Producers Guild Awards, 7 total nominations). She completed a seven-year run as the creator, executive producer, and star of the three-time Emmy Award-winning comedy series, 30 Rock. Her performance on the series earned her an Emmy Award, two Golden Globes, four SAG Awards, and a People’s Choice Award. Prior to 30 Rock, Ms. Fey completed nine seasons as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live. Ms. Fey’s film projects, to name a few, include Sisters, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Date Night, Baby Mama and the celebrated cult favorite, Mean Girls (which she wrote).
In 2010, she became the youngest recipient of the Mark Twain Award for American Humor. In April 2011, Ms. Fey released her first book, Bossypants, which topped the New York Times bestseller list for over 36 consecutive weeks and sold over 3.75 million copies. Fey is currently co-creator and executive producer of the hit Netflix comedy series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which garnered seven Emmy nominations in its inaugural season, including Best Comedy Series, and in its second season generated four Emmy nominations. Fey is also currently executive producing the NBC comedy series Great News. Fey lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.
About Chris Rock:
Lauded by peers and critics alike, Chris Rock is one of our generation’s strongest comedic voices. As an actor, director, producer and writer he has created many memorable moments.
Rock returned in 2016 to host the 88th Annual Academy Awards. In the past year, he has directed HBO’s comedy special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, guest-starred on the hit series Empire and made an appearance in the upcoming Netflix holiday special A Very Murray Christmas, starring Bill Murray.
With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock has enjoyed ongoing success in both film and television as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. In 2014, he led the ensemble cast of Top Five, a critically acclaimed comedy feature that he also wrote and directed. In 2009, Rock ventured into the documentary world as a writer and producer of Good Hair and in 2014, he executive produced Eat Drink Laugh: The Story of the Comic Strip, a documentary recounting the history of one of New York’s most famous comedy venues. His feature acting credits include the Grown Ups and Madagascar franchises, Head of State, Nurse Betty, CB4, Death at a Funeral, I Think I Love My Wife, 2 Days in New York, Dogma and New Jack City.
Rock has won four Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards and is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. In addition, he was received two nominations for the 2016 Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Director for a Variety Special for Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo and Outstanding Special Class Program for the 88th Annual Academy Awards.
About the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA):
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The Producers Guild has more than 7,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with employment opportunities, seeking to expand health benefits, promoting fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as encouraging sustainable production practices.
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