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"Made in NY" Production Conference & Career Fair Welcomes CUNY Students

May 12, 2008 - The first “Made in NY” Production Conference & Career Fair: Working in Film, Television, Theatre and New Media took place on Friday, May 9th at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). Presented in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, this free event was open to all media and theatre production students registered at schools within the City University of New York (CUNY) system.

The all-day was organized at the recommendation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Diversity in Film, Television, and Commercial Production, a group of representatives from the Mayor’s Office, City agencies, the City Council, the production industry, organized labor and industry associations committed to ensuring that a diverse group of New Yorkers have access to job opportunities created by the booming film and television sector. Their goal is to develop new programs for women, veterans, persons of color, and economically disadvantaged New Yorkers; these programs effect change through the “lifecycle” of employment in the media and entertainment production industry—from initial interest to skills development and straight through to job placement.

The “Made in NY” Production Conference & Career Fair offered panel discussions, workshops and a traditional career fair with representatives from A&E Television Networks, Blue Sky Studios, CBS Television, Deluxe, Directors Guild of America East, Focus Features, GreeneStreet Films, HBO, IATSE New York Production Locals, Independent Feature Project (IFP), NBC Universal, New York Production Alliance (NYPA), NewsCorp, Panavision, Producers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, Silvercup Studios, Steiner Studios and Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 and more.

A series of panel discussions examined all aspects of employment in the media and entertainment industry, from corporate media to theatre production. Topics included:

The Web is Everywhere; What is the Job Forecast for Media Professionals in the Web?
• Web casting is already here. Where are the jobs going to be for web-savvy professionals? What can you do to prepare yourself for the future?

So You Want To Be In Pictures? The World of Motion Picture Production in NYC
• It takes lights, cameras and a lot of action to make a movie in New York City. What opportunities are available behind the scenes? Where do you get started and how do you build a successful below-the-line career in the NYC production industry?

Theatre Management and Production: Working Behind the Scenes
• Theatre professionals advise students on how to get their foot in the door. Hear how these designers, technicians, and managers got their start and find out how you can make a living behind the scenes. When is the right time to join the union? What is a union anyway?

The “Made in NY” Production Conference & Career Fair kicked off with a special conversation and Q&A session with Commissioner Katherine Oliver and Jackie Glover, Vice President of Documentary Programming at HBO (When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, Chernobyl Heart). The day culminated with a video slam contest entitled “Is Your Reel Real?” where student filmmakers presented their 3-minute short films to a panel of industry experts including Warren Lustig, award-winning editor/producer, and Eric Tait, award-winning producer and founding member of the Black Documentary Collective.

“New York’s media industry is thriving as never before, and while the world of film and television is often steeped in an aura of glamour and inaccessibility, the fact is there are abundant jobs in these fields, especially with the expansion of new media,” said Antonio Pérez, President of Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, added "Each year, thousands of TV shows, films, commercials, and music videos are made in the city. TV and film represent a $5 billion industry here that employs 100,000 people and supports more than 4,000 ancillary businesses. This career fair is part of the City’s ongoing effort to increase diversity in the local entertainment industry."


CUNY students learn about careers in the entertainment production industry. Photo courtesy of MOFTB.

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