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Free Career Panel Presented by MOFTB and Producers Guild of America - Careers by Definition: What is a Producer?

*UPDATE - This panel is now closed. Thanks for your interest. Keep checking for information on future panel discussions.

April 20, 2009 – On Monday, May 4, 2009, the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, in conjunction with the Producers Guild of America, will present Careers by Definition: What Is a Producer? at the Museum of the City of New York at 6:30pm. The panel is free and open to the public.

Careers by Definition: What is a Producer? will feature a discussion with seasoned producers who have worked in a variety of media throughout their careers. Panelists will shed light on the different positions in the producing arena and offer their suggestions on how best to break into the entertainment industry. Commissioner Katherine Oliver will moderate the event; a Q&A session will follow.

Panelists include:

IRENE BURNS – Co-producer, 30 Rock, Oz; Supervising Producer, Bedford Diaries

LORI KEITH DOUGLAS – Co-producer, The Rebound, The Savages; Production Supervisor, The Sopranos

JEFF GOMEZ – President and CEO, Starlight Runner Entertainment

MONTY ROSS – Producer, The Book, Malcolm X, Mo' Better Blues

RACHEL WATANABE-BATTON – Line Producer, Cutting Edge, I Pity the Fool; Associate Producer, Ripe, Book of Love

“As more film and TV productions come to New York City, the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting is keen to highlight the opportunities available in our entertainment industry,” said Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. “Through initiatives like our career panel series and the ‘Made in NY’ Production Assistant Training Program, we are working to ensure that a diverse group of New Yorkers have access to the positions created by our thriving entertainment industry.” For more information about these programs, visit

The panel begins at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6pm. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. RSVP to by Friday, May 1, 2009. Panelists are subject to availability. The panel will take place at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd Street, Manhattan.

To learn more about the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting's Career Panel Series, including video, audio slideshows, and podcasts, click here.

About the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
As the first film commission in the country, the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting is the one-stop shop for all production needs in New York City. The agency markets the City as a prime location, provides premiere customer service to production companies and facilitates production throughout the five boroughs.

About the Producers Guild of America
The Producers Guild of America is the only organization in the entertainment industry that brings together the leading creators of film, television and new media. Led by its dynamic Board of Directors, the Guild represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team. The PGA is proud to offer employment opportunities, seminars, health benefits, credit arbitrations, pre-release screenings and networking events among other benefits. Originally founded in 1950, the PGA has over the past eight years grown from roughly 350 members to nearly 4,000, including regional offices in New York and San Francisco, complementing its Los Angeles-based headquarters. For more information, visit

About the Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, non-profit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. Located on Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park, it is a city landmark, comprising an elegant Georgian building that features white marble floors, classical columns, and a magnificent floating marble staircase that ascends to the Marble Court. Visit for more information.

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