Elizabeth Banks, Russell Simmons to Be Featured Speakers at 2016 Produced By Conference

America Ferrera, Gidden Media president Amy Baer and CEO of Bleecker Street Media Andrew Karpen are also set to speak

Last Updated: February 19, 2016 @ 9:41 AM

Elizabeth Banks, Russell Simmons and America Ferrera are just a few of the speakers announced for the 8th annual Produced By Conference taking place June 4 and June 5 in Los Angeles.

Headlining panels include a “360 Profile” roundtable with All Def Digital principals Simmons, Sanjay Sharma, Chris Conti and Jake Stein, as well as the “Conversations With…” series which this year will feature a discussion with Banks and Max Handelman from Brownstone Productions.

Other speakers include Gidden Media president Amy Baer, executive vice president of development and programming and Bunim/Murray Production Jeff Jenkins, CEO of Bleecker Street Media Andrew Karpen, president of the Producers Guild of America Lori McCreary, and producer and director Mark Shelton.

Produced By is a conference by producers for producers, giving them the opportunity to network with and learn from other storytellers in the industry. It is hosted by Sony Pictures on its lot in Culver City, California this year.

Additional speakers will be announced in coming weeks.

See the full list of speakers below.

  • Amy Baer, President, Gidden Media; A STORM IN THE STARS (2016), LAST VEGAS
  • Elizabeth Banks, Partner, Brownstone Productions; PITCH PERFECT 1 & 2, “Resident Advisors”
  • Ian Bryce, Principal, Ian Bryce Productions; WORLD WAR Z, TRANSFORMERS 1-4
  • John Canning, Producers Guild, Co-Chair of the Motion Picture Technology Committee
  • Chris Conti, Head of Digital and Television Content, All Def Digital
  • Nonny de la Peña, CEO, Emblematic Group
  • America Ferrera, “Superstore”
  • Dalia Ganz, Director of Digital & Partnership Marketing, Freeform
  • Max Handelman, Partner, Brownstone Productions; PITCH PERFECT 1 & 2, “Resident Advisors”
  • Kenneth A. Hawes, Director, U.S Army Public Affairs, Western Region
  • Marshall Herskovitz, Partner, Bedford Falls Company; THE LAST SAMURAI, “thirtysomething”
  • Basil Iwanyk, Founder and Owner, Thunder Road; SICARIO, THE TOWN
  • Jeff Jenkins, EVP of Development and Programming, Bunim/Murray Production; “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “I Am Cait”
  • Andrew Karpen, CEO, Bleecker Street Media
  • Courtney A. Kemp, “Power”
  • Michael  London, Principal and Founder, Groundswell Productions; TRUMBO, SIDEWAYS
  • Gary Lucchesi, President of the Producers Guild of America; THE LINCOLN LAWYER, MILLION DOLLAR BABY
  • Christie Mattull, Managing Director, HUB Entertainment Insurance
  • Lori McCreary, President of the Producers Guild of America; INVICTUS, “Madam Secretary”
  • Nick Meyer, President & CEO, Sierra/Affinity
  • Ted Mundorff, President and CEO, Landmark Theatres
  • Clay Newbill, Founder & President, 310 Entertainment; “Shark Tank,” “Brain Surge”
  • Commander John W.  Pruitt, III, U. S. Coast Guard; Director, USCG Motion Picture and Television Office
  • Ben Relles, Head of Comedy and Unscripted Programming, YouTube Originals
  • Lt. Col. Glen F. Roberts, Director, Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office, U.S. Air Force
  • DJ Roller, Co-Founder, NextVR
  • Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, 20th Century Fox and Chief Creative Officer, Barco Escape
  • Kathryn Schotthoefer, Senior Vice President, Social Media, Heavenspot | M&C Saatchi
  • Sanjay Sharma, President and Chief Executive Officer, All Def Digital
  • Mark Shelton, Producer/Director, Shattered Sky
  • Bettina Sherick, Founder, Hollywood in Pixels
  • Russell Simmons, Chairman and Founder, All Def Digital
  • Molly Smith, Partner, Black Label Media; DEMOLITION, SICARIO
  • Jake Stein, President, Def Pictures
  • Robert Stromberg, Founder & CCO, The Virtual Reality Company
  • Sarah Treem, “The Affair”
  • Vance Van Petten, National Executive Director, Producers Guild of America
  • Adrian Ward, Division Manager, Entertainment Industries Division, Pacific Mercantile Bank
  • R. Decker Watson, Jr., Executive Producer, Defiant Pictures; “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers”