LOS ANGELES, CA (March 27, 2013) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the initial slate of speakers confirmed to participate in the 5th annual Produced By Conference (PBC). Director and producer J.J. Abrams, producer Mark Burnett, actor and producer Tom Cruise and producer Gale Anne Hurd will participate as featured speakers joining a prestigious list of acclaimed producers and industry leaders in entertainment and digital media. The 2013 Produced By Conference will be hosted by 20th Century Fox Studios on June 8-9.

2013 PBC speakers include some of the entertainment and digital industries’ most renowned producers and visionaries. In alphabetical order:

J.J. Abrams, CEO, Bad Robot (Producer, Star Trek, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Super 8)
David Alpert, Partner, Circle of Confusion (Executive Producer, “The Walking Dead”)
Steve Blume, COO and CFO, Content Partners LLC
Mark Burnett, CEO, One Three Media (Producer, “The Bible,” “The Voice,” “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” “Shark Tank”)
Joe Chianese, Executive Vice President, EP Financial Solutions, Entertainment Partners
Tracey Edmonds, CEO, Edmonds Entertainment / Our Stories Films / Alright TV (Jumping the Broom, SOUL Food, Good Luck Chuck)
Cassian Elwes (Producer, THE BUTLER, PAPER BOY, Executive Producer, MARGIN CALL)
Mark Gordon (Producer, 2012, Saving Private Ryan, Executive Producer, “Grey’s Anatomy”)
Marshall Herskovitz, Partner, Bedford Falls Company, Board of Directors, President Emeritus, Producers Guild of America (Producer, Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, Executive Producer, “thirtysomething”)
Reginald Hudlin, CEO, Hudlin Entertainment (Producer, DJANGO UNCHAINED)
Darlene Hunt (Creator, “The Big C,” Consulting Producer, “90210,” Showrunner/Executive Producer, “Save Me”)
Gale Anne Hurd, CEO, Valhalla Entertainment (Executive Producer, “The Walking Dead,” Producer, The Incredible Hulk, TERMINATOR trilogy)
Jason Katims (Showrunner, “Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Roswell”)
Michael J. Kump, Partner, Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert
Carl Kurlander, President and CEO, Steeltown Entertainment Project (Writer, SAINT ELMO’S FIRE, Writer and Producer, “Saved By the Bell”)
Gary Lucchesi, President, Lakeshore Entertainment, Vice President, Producers Guild of America (Producer, THE Lincoln Lawyer, Million Dollar Baby, UNDERWORLD franchise)
David Robinson, Senior Manager, Green Hasson Janks LLP
Steven Sills, Partner, Green Hasson Janks LLP
Sharon Tal Yguado, Executive Vice President, Global Scripted Programming and Original Development, Fox International Channels
Hayma “Screech” Washington, CEO, Screechers Pix, Vice President of Television, Producers Guild of America, Governor of Producers Peer Group, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, (Emmy Award-winning series Executive Producer for thirteen seasons, “The Amazing Race”)
Beau Willimon (Showrunner and Executive Producer, “House of Cards,” Co-producer and Writer, The Ides of March)
Marci Wiseman, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, AMC
Ken Ziffren, Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP

The 2013 PBC will feature more than 25 conference sessions, panel discussions, mentoring roundtables, networking opportunities, social events and workshops designed to provide producers with important career tools and insights necessary to compete in today’s competitive marketplace.

Finalists for the 2013 Producers Showcase (ProShow) competition will be revealed in May and invited to Los Angeles to participate in the PBC. While in attendance, they will meet with the ProShow’s development partners – 20th Century Fox for Feature Film, Ryan Seacrest Productions for Reality Television and Maker Studios for Online Content – to discuss their projects in detail and compete for the grand prizes. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Conference.

The 2013 PBC event is chaired by Tracey Edmonds, Marshall Herskovitz, Rachel Klein and Gary Lucchesi. Karen Schwartzman (Creative Axis International) is the 2013 PBC Program Director, Diane Salerno (Six Degrees Global) is the 2013 PBC Sponsorship Director and Lynda Dorf is the 2013 PBC Marketing Consultant.