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The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and The Center for Communication Announce "Made in NY" Talks Fall Line-Up

Program features appearances from top talent at The New York Times, WNYC, BuzzFeed, Viceland, and more

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and The Center for Communication today announced this fall’s line-up of six new programs offered to New Yorkers interested in professions in media, tech, filmmaking, and more. In celebration of MOME’s 50th anniversary year, the "Made in NY Talks" lineup features more leading executives and creators across the media and entertainment industries, who will provide insight into the inner workings of the business and invaluable perspective on the rapidly evolving landscape.

"New York City’s media and entertainment industry is booming, and the opportunities available to New Yorkers for work in these fields are unprecedented," said MOME Commissioner Julie Menin. "The 'Made in NY Talks' offer an inside look at how organizations in these industries function, and how leaders got to where they are today. I thank the Center for Communication for their ongoing partnership, allowing New Yorkers to learn about careers in film and television at no cost."

"We’re pleased to have MOME’s partnership in offering these dynamic forums, which help inspire and open doors for a diverse community of students and young professionals eager to be a part of New York’s flourishing media industry," said Max Robins, executive director of the Center for Communication.

This partnership advances the goals of the Center for Communication and MOME to foster inclusivity in the media and entertainment industry and build a diverse, skilled workforce that will help further strengthen the city’s thriving media and tech sectors. Admission to “Made in NY Talks” events is free, and attendees are encouraged to register on the Center for Communication website. These events will be recorded and available for viewing on the Center’s website. They will also air on NYC Media, the official TV and radio network of New York City.

The fall series includes the following events:

Media + Tech: Where The Jobs Are
Thursday, October 6
6:30 to 8:00 pm
Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn, Flatbush Avenue

Leading recruiters from the hottest operations in the business discuss the dynamic opportunities available in the booming media and tech sector and share insight on the do’s and don’ts of the job search. Brush up on the skills you need to land a position in this exciting field.

  • Doug Melville, Chief Diversity Officer, TBWA Worldwide
  • Dan Geiger, Recruiter, BuzzFeed
  • Katie Hopkins, Technical Recruiter, Mic
  • Lauren Newton, Recruiter, Refinery29
  • Moderator: Peter Brooks, Head of Search Marketing, The Muse

The Faces Behind Podcasting
Thursday, October 13
6:30 to 8:00 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street, Manhattan

As podcasts thrive and grow in popularity, many hosts are becoming household names. Find out how they developed the idea for their show; how they generate new ideas and produce each episode; and how they sustain interest and grow an audience through social media and newsletters.

  • Paula Szuchman, Vice President, On-Demand Content, WNYC and WNYC Studios
  • Aisha Harris, Culture Writer and Editor, Slate; Host, ‘Represent’ podcast
  • Brittany Luse, Producer/Host, ‘Sampler’ podcast, Gimlet Media
  • Moderator: Lisa Tobin, Executive Producer for Audio, The New York Times

Screening: Hamilton’s America
Monday, October 24
6:30 pm
St. Francis College, Founders Hall, 182 Remsen Street, Brooklyn

Hamilton’s America takes you into “the room where it happened,” the creation of the hottest show on Broadway. Watch on the big screen this PBS Great Performances documentary that follows creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and the team behind the Tony Award winning musical. Hamilton’s America features interviews with the amazing talent behind the show, as well as scenes from Hamilton, and never-before-seen footage. After the screening, hear from the documentary team who captured this groundbreaking journey.

  • Alex Horwitz, Director
  • Nicole Pusateri, Producer
  • Brett Mason, Editor
  • Bryant Fisher, Director of Photography

In Conversation: LGBTQ News Coverage and the White House Run
Wednesday, November 2
6:30 to 8:00 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street, Manhattan

In recent years there has been a profound shift in mainstream media coverage of LGBTQ issues: what was once marginal is a vital element of campaign news. Journalists at BuzzFeed, Mic, and Fusion discuss their approach to writing and reporting on LGBTQ issues; how they work with their teams to find and report stories; and how this election year has been a watershed for the LGBTQ community.

  • Mathew Rodriguez, Staff Writer (Identities), Mic
  • Laura Feinstein, Head of Social Stories, Fusion
  • Shannon Keating, LGBT Editor, BuzzFeed News
  • Moderator: Jessica Morris, Senior Vice President and Partner, FleishmanHillard

The New Tastemakers: Viceland and Cultural Criticism
Monday, November 7
7:00 to 8:30 pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, Manhattan

When it debuted in February, Viceland pledged to buck the conventional wisdom that millennials will continue to flee TV. In their initial slate of programming, Viceland has introduced programs with unique voices, shedding light on aspects of our culture (food, music, travel, fashion, film), making these subjects personal, and helping viewers understand the world that we live in. See how they do it.

  • Nomi Ernst Leidner, SVP of Development, Viceland
  • Nick Weidenfeld, President of Programming, Viceland
  • Moderator: Steven Rosenbaum, CEO,

Screening: Creating Gotham
Monday, November 14
6:30 pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, Manhattan

Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham uses the backdrop of New York to re-create the timeless noir look of the comic books and feature films that have shaped our image of Bruce Wayne’s hometown. Each scene is set in an old and new New York–like world—a metropolis at once familiar yet also distinctly its own place. As the show enters its third season, hear from the team responsible for creating the atmospheric look and feel of Gotham City.

  • Danny Cannon, Gotham Executive Producer/Director
  • Ken Woodruff, Gotham Executive Producer
  • Moderator: Shruti Ganguly, co-founder, Fictionless