PGA lines up mentor producers for confab

Produced By Conference set to take place June 4-6

Several dozen Hollywood producers from TV, film and new media will act as mentors during the second Produced By Conference, being presented June 4-6 by the Producers Guild of America. They will participate in special mentoring roundtables designed to provide insights into succeeding in today's competitive marketplace.

As part of the conference, the PGA is launcing a new online presence that will provide tools for producers. Bonnie Arnold ("How to Train Your Dragon"), Fred Baron (executive vp at 20th Century Fox), Tim Gibbons ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Hawk Koch ("Primal Fear"), Lori McCreary ("Invictus"), Cathy Schulman ("Crash") and Screech Washington ("Amazing Race") will be among those participating in a session about the new service called "The Producers WIKI 'Live' -- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Producing But Didn't Know Who to Ask," which will be moderated by PGA exec director Vance Van Petten.

The Produced By conference will offer more than 30 sessions providing producers career tools and insights to help them do their job. It will offer a range of speakers, seminars, networking opportunities, social events and exhibitors. Last year's sold-out event attracted more than 1,200 attendees.

"This is a-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for burgeoning storytellers to interact and learn from some of today's top producers in an intimate setting," said Gale Anne Hurd and Rachel Klein, the event co-chairs.

Other producers participating as mentors include Bruce Cohen ("American Beauty," "Milk"), Lee Daniels ("Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"), Dean Devlin ("Independence Day"), David Eick ("Battlestar Galactica"), Tim Gibbons ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Mark Gordon ("2012"), Marshall Herskovitz ("Blood Diamond"), David Hill (chairman and CEO of Fox Sports), Mark Johnson ("The Chronicles of Narnia"), Gary Lucchesi ("Underworld"), Don Mischer ("We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial"), Jane Rosenthal ("Meet the Fockers), Charles Roven ("The Dark Knight,"), Paula Wagner (the "Mission: Impossible" franchise) and Richard D. Zanuck ("Jaws," "Driving Miss Daisy").