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Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Announces "Made In NY" Talks Spring 2019 Line-Up

Free panels will feature industry leaders and experts providing insider guidance on careers in television, journalism, music, freelance publishing, and the video game industry.

Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons of Bravo's Top Chef, will discuss secrets to the success of their hit series, now in its sixteenth season!


NEW YORK — The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) today announced its Spring 2019 line-up of five new "Made in NY" Talks, offered to New Yorkers looking to work in television, journalism, music, freelance publishing, and the video game industry. Presented in partnership with the Center for Communication, the free series will provide aspiring creators with rare access to top executives, producers, and journalists, who will share their valuable experience.

Building on a successful collaboration that presented panels throughout the City last year, MOME will once again partner with the Center for Communication for five events this season. Both organizations remain committed to fostering inclusivity in the media and entertainment industries. Annually, 4,500 students from over 185 colleges and universities in the tristate area attend Center for Communication panels and on-location seminars. Previously recorded "Made in NY" Talks can be viewed on the NYC Media website.

"The media and entertainment industries in New York City are booming and the landscape is constantly evolving. We are firmly committed to providing New Yorkers who are interested in working in these fields with up-to-date info on pathways of opportunity into careers in television production, publishing, video gaming, music, and more," said Anne del Castillo, Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Acting Commissioner. "This Spring, we have a wonderful array of talks and we hope New Yorkers will take full advantage of these free events featuring industry leaders who can educate and entertain with their insights."

"We are so pleased to continue our partnership with MOME. As our spring lineup displays, this is an alliance that is connecting our incredibly diverse community of young people seeking careers in the industry with the best minds in New York City's media and entertainment community," said J. Max Robins, Executive Director of the Center for Communication.

Admission to "Made in NY Talks" events is free, and attendees are encouraged to register on the Center for Communication website. The Spring series includes the following events:

The Big News in Journalism: Newsletters
Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
NYU Steinhardt, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, 239 Greene Street, 8th Floor

In 2018, Fast Company proclaimed email "the next great media platform." The finite space of the inbox allows users to have full control over the coverage they choose to consume. Learn how news organizations are connecting with their audience and spreading the word with great reporting, writing and social media.

Brooklyn Presta, Director of Consumer Marketing, New York Media
Helen Havlak, Editorial Director, The Verge
Eva Scazzero, Product Manager, Quartz
Moderator: Brian Stelter, Chief Media Correspondent, CNN; Anchor, Reliable Sources

Secrets of Publishing/The Art of Freelancing
WHEN: Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
WHERE: NYU Steinhardt, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, 239 Greene Street, 8th Floor

Learn how to navigate all facets of the industry, and the secrets to getting the attention of blue-chip publishing houses, newspaper, websites and magazines. Top editors and writers share tips on how to sell your story from pitching articles to landing a book deal.

Jennifer Baker, Editor, Electric Literature
Peter Catapano, Editor, New York Times Opinion section
Rakesh Satyal, Senior Editor, Atria Books
Moderator: Susan Shapiro, Author, The Byline Bible

The Secret Sauce Behind Top Chef
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
WHERE: SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

For sixteen seasons, Bravo's reality competition series Top Chef has been showcasing the best chefs across the country in culinary competitions that have entertained foodies everywhere. Hear from judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons on what continues to make the show a success.

Where the Jobs Are: Video Gaming Industry NYC
WHEN: Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
WHERE: SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

The NYC game industry is thriving and is the home to developers, producers, marketers, and editors. Gaming experts share how you can level up your skills, and turn your passion for games into a career.

Timothy Doolen, Creative Leader, Art Director and Visual Developer, Graceful Decay
Vonnetta Ewing, Director, Talent Acquisition, Take-Two Interactive Software
Susanna Pollack, Executive Director, Games for Change
Kurt Young, Founder, Mokuni Games
Moderator: Krysti Pryde, Brand Marketing Manager, Tilting Point

Where the Jobs Are: Music
WHEN: Monday, April 29, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
WHERE: The New School, Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

There are many different career trajectories in the music business. Hear from the best in all aspects of the industry about what it takes to make it in this dynamic field.

Laura Burkart, Global Talent Acquisition Partner, Spotify (invited)
Lee Goforth, Music Agent, Creative Artists Agency
Molly Neuman Hernandez, Global Head of Business Development, Song Trust
Moderator: Steve Greenberg, President, S-Curve Records