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Producers Guild of America East

The PGA East Seminars Committee & Post NY Alliance invite you to…



Hosted by The New School
Saturday, June 18 from 9:30am – 1:00pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Auditorium
55 West 13th Street at 6th Avenue

9:30am – Doors open for continental breakfast
10:00am – Panel begins promptly

Five years ago, the PGA brought you a three-part seminar series on scheduling, budgeting and workflow, focusing on features, feature docs, scripted television and non-scripted television. This is a continuation of that series.

This must-attend master class, led by superstar panelists, will give you a complete understanding of the post finishing process across genres. Whatever your position or involvement in the post process, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Depending on what genre you work in and what your end distribution is, there can be very different considerations for how you prepare the finishing stage of your project. This seminar discusses the final mix, color grading, graphics, visual effects, and delivery typical in feature films, scripted television, and non-scripted television. We will discuss this process globally, from the finished product backwards and examine how decisions made early on in the pre-production, production and post-production processes affect the final delivery.

Free admission is offered to the first 10 New School students who register. After that, students will be placed on a wait list, or can purchase a ticket for $40 per person, which must be purchased in advance.

PGA Member Panelists

Scripted Television:
Irene Burns has been responsible for the post-production of more than two hundred and fifty hours of scripted episodic television. Her work on drama series include HBO’s first series, “Oz,” in addition to “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “The Philanthropist” and “Gracepoint.” Her work on comedies includes Tina Fey’s “30 Rock” and “The Joke Show.” On location in Budapest and London, Irene ran post for NBC’s visual effects-intensive event series “Dracula.” She produced three movies for HBO with the Levinson/Fontana Company including “Strip Search” and “Thought Crimes;” both directed by the legendary Sidney Lumet.

Feature Film:
Jennifer Lane started her film career in editing but quickly switched to post production supervision. In the 2000’s, Jennifer was the Vice President of Post Production at Miramax Films in New York overseeing post-production on such films as “Brothers Grimm” (Terry Gilliam), “An Unfinished Life” (Lasse Hallström), and the Academy Award winning film “Chicago” (Rob Marshall). As a freelance post supervisor, she has worked for Warner Brothers, Dreamworks Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Universal Pictures, and Focus Features among other studios. Some of her feature credits include “Into the Woods” (Rob Marshall), “The Bourne Legacy” (Tony Gilroy), “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” and “The Reader” (Stephen Daldry), “The Adjustment Bureau” (George Nolfi), “Revolutionary Road” (Sam Mendes), “Doubt” (John Patrick Shanley), “Taking Woodstock” (Ang Lee), and “The Good Shepherd”(Robert De Niro). She has also worked on many independent films including “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: HIM and HER” (Ned Benson), “Secretary” (Steven Shainberg), “Hamlet” (Michael Almereyda), “Sidewalks of New York” (Edward Burns), “Trust the Man” (Bart Freundlich), and the documentary “Trekkies” (Roger Nygard). Her next project will be the feature “Wonderstruck” (Todd Haynes) for Amazon. Jennifer also serves as a board member of the Post New York Alliance.

Non-Scripted Television
Brian Batka has supervised post production on over 130 hours of non-scripted episodic content for television, including “North Woods Law” for Animal Planet, Food(ography) for the Cooking Channel, Cyndi Lauper Still So Unusual for WEtv, and “Reel Crime Real Story” for Discovery ID. Prior to that he worked on feature documentaries as a post coordinator on such films as Jonathan Demme’s “Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains,” for Sony Pictures Classics, and “Pressure Cooker,” for Participant Media. For the past three years, Brian has post supervised on the long running show, “The First 48” for A&E, which follows homicide detectives in what recently described as “right up there with the best examples of real-life documentary filmmaking.”

Additional Panelists Include

Mike Nuget (Senior Finishing Editor & Colorist) has been a member of the Technicolor PostWorks team since 2005, offering expertise in color grading, editorial finishing, and visual effects. Recently, he has been applying those skills to television projects and documentaries, including the ABC drama “Quantico,” TV Land’s “Younger,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” and the PBS documentary series “Soundbreaking – Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music,” which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. Since starting his career in 2003, Mike has worked in virtually every picture genre – from commercials and promos, to reality and network television, to narrative and documentary films – and has honed a diverse skill set across multiple platforms, including AVID, FilmLight, DaVinci, and Autodesk.

Tony Pipitone has sound edited and mixed hundreds of hours of television and film in all formats and genres. His scripted television experience includes such dramas as “Oz,” “Damages,” “The Philanthropist,” and comedies including “30 Rock,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Lateline.” His work in News includes 15 years of Barbara Walters Specials, “Gay Sex in the 90s,” and CBS 9/11 Specials. Reality shows include “My Life on the D List,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and “What Not to Wear.” Kids shows include “Goodnight Moon” and “Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego.” His documentary work is heard in HBO’s upcoming “Under Fire” and “Paradise Lost.” Tony currently works at Sync Sound.

Nick Monton is Head of Feature Finishing at Company 3/Deluxe New York. He began his career 15 years ago in the Sydney Australian post-production and VFX industry. By 2003 Nick had technically supervised some of the earliest Australian Digital Intermediate finished films, “Travelers and Magicians” and Darren Ashton’s “Thunderstruck.” Nick moved to Vancouver in 2004 and managed editorial and post at Mainframe Digital, a pioneering Canadian CG animation house. Brought down by Stefan Sonnenfeld, Nick moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to join the recently formed CO3 Feature DI department. Out of Co3’s LA, NY and UK offices, Nick produced DI’s for Ridley Scott (“Prometheus”, “Exodus”), JJ Abrams (“Star Trek”, “Super 8”), Gore Verbinski (“Rango”, “The Lone Ranger”), Sean Penn (“Into the Wild”), Tim Burton (“Sweeney Todd”, “Alice in Wonderland”) and Michael Mann (“Public Enemies”) to name a few. In 2013 Nick relocate to Company 3’s New York office where he now manages the Film Finishing department.

Please Note Cancellation Policy
– Cancellations must be received by Thursday, June 16 at 5:00pm.
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