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

Free panels will feature industry leaders and experts providing insider guidance on careers in television, film, journalism, and virtual reality


NEW YORK — The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) today announced its fall line-up of five new "Made in NY" Talks, offered to New Yorkers seeking work in television, film, media, and digital production. Presented in partnership with the Center for Communication, the free event 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 on 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.

"New York City's media and entertainment industry is thriving, and we are committed to providing pathways of opportunity to those who are interested in breaking into the exciting fields of television, journalism, virtual reality, and production," said Julie Menin, Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner. "I hope New Yorkers take full advantage of these free events to learn directly from industry experts who can offer their hard-earned wisdom."

"The Center for Communication is so proud to be partnering with MOME on a terrific slate of forums, designed to create job opportunities for our diverse community, seeking careers in the city's dynamic media industry," said 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 fall series includes the following events:

Where the Jobs Are: TV
Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
LIU Brooklyn, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts

Learn what it takes to land an exciting job in the TV industry. Executives from leading networks who make the hiring decisions reveal what skills and qualities standout when recruiting young talent in this highly competitive field.

  • Antoinette Miller, Manager, University Relations and Recruitment, HBO
  • Richard Monastersky, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, CBS Corporation
  • Samantha Cammarata, Manager, Campus Programs & Initiatives, NBCUniversal

Dynamic Storytelling Through VR
Thursday, October 11, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
The New School, Starr Foundation Hall

Learn how groundbreaking journalists and filmmakers are using virtual reality, and how you can work with this emerging technology.

  • Jessica Lauretti, former Global Head of RYOT Studio 
  • Marcelle Hopkins, Deputy Editor of Video and Co-Director of VR, The New York Times
  • Nick Capezzera, Documentary Filmmaker ("Life on Mars")
  • Zahra Rasool, Editorial Lead, Contrast VR
  • Moderator: Steve Rosenbaum, Senior Advisor, Oaklins, DeSilva + Perkins

How to Make TV in NYC
Monday October 22, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
SVA Theatre

The Big Apple has star power, New York City provides an urban landscape and creative energy that's unmatchable anywhere on the planet. Producers reveal the challenges and opportunities of working in NYC, the secrets of the development process from pitch to pilot, and where the jobs are.

  • Ryan Cunningham, Producer (Broad City, The Last O.G., Search Party)
  • Kelsie Kiley, Producer (Broad City, Younger)
  • Estelle Caswell, Producer, Earworm; Director, K-Pop Explained 
  • Moderator: Willie Reale, Co-Executive Producer, Billions

Getting It Straight: How to Fight Fake News
Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
NYU Steinhardt, Media, Culture and Communication

With the rise of digital communication, social media has become a major source for the consumption of news and current events. Yet with click-bait headlines, anonymous sources, and the loose use of the term "fake news," trust in the news media is in decline. Hear from journalists at Bustle, Refinery29, and MSNBC discuss how their outlets are covering the news, how they decide what to cover, and their advice on how to wisely consume the news.

  • Andrea González-Ramírez, News & Politics Editor, Refinery29
  • Kyle Griffin, Segment Producer, The Last Word, MSNBC
  • Alexandra Svokos, News Editor, Bustle
  • Moderator: Kyle Pope, Editor in Chief and Publisher, Columbia Journalism Review

The Future of News is Audio
Thursday, November 8, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Center

From "Today Explained" to "The Gist" to "The News" to "Still Processing," distributing the news has become much more innovative and bite-sized. Hear from journalists at BuzzFeed News, Slate, Vox Media, and WNYC talk about the process of news gathering, telling the same story for different platforms, and how they engage with their audience.