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Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Announces the "Made in NY" Talks Spring 2020 Line-up

Free panels give New Yorkers access to industry leaders and experts and insider guidance on careers in journalism, theater, television & music

NEW YORK - The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) today announced a line-up of five new "Made in NY" Talks, which will begin Tuesday, March 10th. The Spring 2020 series brings together an eclectic group of industry leaders ready to share information with New Yorkers looking to work in journalism, theater, television, music and more. The series is presented in partnership with the Center for Communication.

"The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment works to open the creative economy to all New Yorkers," said Commissioner Anne del Castillo. "We hope the insight, advice and inspiration of these panels will launch people into new and more successful careers."

"As the Center celebrates our 40th anniversary, we continue to connect our incredibly diverse community of young people seeking careers in the industry with the best minds in New York City's media and entertainment landscape. We are proud to have MOME as a partner in this important work," said J. Max Robins, Executive Director of the Center for Communication.

All events are free and open to the public. You can find more information on MOME's website. Attendees are encouraged to register on the Center for Communication website.


The Spring 2020 series includes the following events:

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th St, 2nd Floor, NYC

Hear from New York's savviest news innovators about the opportunities in journalism's brave new world of downsizing news operations and creative responses to the challenge.

David Cruz, Editor in Chief, Norwood News
Alyssa Katz, Deputy Editor, The City
Steven Waldman, President & Co-Founder, Report for America
Liena Zagare, Publisher & Editor, BKLYNER
Moderator: Pat Kiernan, Morning Anchor, NY1

Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, NYC

Hear from leading editors, producers, and correspondents on lessons-learned from 2016, and the challenges and opportunities of covering the current race to the White House.

Andrea Bernstein, Co-Host, Trump, Inc., WNYC/ProPublic and Author, American Oligarchs
Rosie Gray, Reporter, BuzzFeed News
Jessica Tarlov, VP, Research & Consumer Insight, Bustle Digital Group
Moderator: Oliver Darcy, Media Reporter, CNN

Monday, April 20, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
NYU Stern, Gardner Commons, 44 West 4th Street, NYC

Hear from writers, directors, producers, and promoters about what goes into creating a Broadway smash and paths for launching an exciting career in theater.

Julia Levy, Executive Director, Roundabout Theatre Company
Eva Price, Producer, Maximum Entertainment Productions (Jagged Little Pill, Oklahoma!, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical)
Aaliytha Stevens, Chief Operating Officer, SpotCo
Vivek J. Tiwary, Producer, Tiwary Entertainment Group (Jagged Little Pill, American Idiot, A Raisin In The Sun)
Moderator: Willie Reale, Founding Artistic Director, The 52nd Street Project

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Showtime, 1633 Broadway at 50th Street, NYC

The late-night series DESUS & MERO features Desus Nice and The Kid Mero chatting with guests and giving their take on the day's hot topics in their signature style in front of a live studio audience. This panel features writers for the show discussing their impact on the conversation of politics, pop culture, sports, music and more.

Ziwe Fumudoh, Writer, DESUS & MERO
Josh Gondelman, Writer and Producer, DESUS & MERO
Michael Pielocik, Head Writer and Executive Producer, DESUS & MERO
Moderator: Syreeta Gates, Founder, The Gates Preserve & Yo Stay Hungry

Monday, April 27, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

Industry insiders take us on a deep dive into producing music in the digital age, as well as creating an image and cashing in. Discover what it takes to break into this dynamic industry.

Richard Barone, Recording artist, performer, producer, and author
Joe D'Ambrosio, Founder/President, Joe D'Ambrosio Management (JDMI)
Dionnee Harper, Senior Vice President, Head of Marketing, Atlantic Records
Ariel Palitz, Senior Executive Director of Nightlife, NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
Moderator: Steve Greenberg, Founder/CEO, S-Curve Records

The Made in NY® Talks Series, a program created by The Mayor's Office of Media in partnership with Center for Communication, is a variety of free programs for New Yorkers interested in exploring multiple topics within the media and entertainment industry. Programs focus on film, television, theater, music, publishing and digital media and support the goals of career development, networking, training and recruitment.

The "Made in NY" initiative celebrates New York City's evolving media & entertainment industry, highlighting the importance of the sector to the local economy through public service campaigns, marketing efforts and educational and workforce development programs.