Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams to Speak at 2013 Produced By Conference

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Tom Cruise Headshot - P 2013

The Producers Guild of America's annual event, to be held June 8-9, also will feature Mark Burnett and Gale Anne Hurd.

J.J. Abrams, Mark Burnett, Tom Cruise and Gale Anne Hurd are on tap to speak at The Producers Guild of America’s fifth annual Produced By Conference, which will be held June 8-9 at Fox Studios.

The 2013 PBC event will be chaired by Tracey Edmonds, Marshall Herskovitz, Rachel Klein and Gary Lucchesi. Karen Schwartzman is the 2013 PBC program director, Diane Salerno is serving as sponsorship director, while Lynda Dorf is marketing consultant.

“The rapid evolution of entertainment media has ushered our industry into a truly exciting moment,” Edmonds said. “This fantastic list of speakers and panelists reflects that evolution and includes individuals who have achieved great successes in the past and each of whom has a compelling vision for the future of entertainment.”

Said PGA president emeritus Herskovitz: “I’m thrilled to return as a co-chair for the fifth Produced By Conference. There is simply nothing like the PBC. All these amazing speakers, sponsors and exhibitors in the same place for an entire weekend -- there's no better way to learn and enhance your career at the same time.”

The 2013 PBC speakers list includes:

•  J.J. Abrams, CEO, Bad Robot (Producer, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol)

•  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)

•  Joe Chianese, Executive vp EP financial solutions, Entertainment Partners

•  Tom Cruise (Producer, Jack Reacher, Mission: Impossible franchise)

•  Tracey Edmonds, CEO, Edmonds Entertainment/Our Stories Films/Alright TV (Jumping the Broom, Soul Food)

•  Cassian Elwes (Producer, The Butler, The Paperboy; executive producer, Margin Call)

•  Mark Gordon (Producer, 2012, Saving Private Ryan; executive producer, Grey’s Anatomy)

•  Marshall Herskovitz, Partner, Bedford Falls Co.; board of directors and president emeritus of 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, St. Elmo's Fire, writer-producer, Saved by the Bell)

•  Gary Lucchesi, President, Lakeshore Entertainment, vp of Producers Guild of America (Producer, Million Dollar Baby, Underworld franchise)

•  David Robinson, Senior Manager, Green Hasson Janks LLP

•  Steven Sills, Partner, Green Hasson Janks LLP

•  Sharon Tal Yguado, Executive vp global scripted programming and original development, Fox International Channels

•  Hayma  “Screech” Washington, CEO, Screechers Pix, vp television, Producers Guild of America; Governor of Producers Peer Group; Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, (Executive producer, The Amazing Race)

•  Beau Willimon (Showrunner and executive producer, House of Cards; co-producer and writer, The Ides of March)

•  Marci Wiseman, Senior vp business affairs, AMC

•  Ken Ziffren, Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP