‘Empire’s Lee Daniels, Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon to Headline PGA’s Produced By Conference

Kevin Smith, Tyler Perry, Carlton Cuse and others will speak at 7th annual Producers Guild meeting in Hollywood this May

Last Updated: March 17, 2015 @ 3:51 PM

Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon and a special roundtable featuring “Empire” creator Lee Daniels and executive producers from the hit Fox series will headline the Producers Guild of America’s 7th annual Produced By Conference in Hollywood this May.

Daniels, along with Danny Strong, Brian Grazer and Ilene Chaiken will be featured in a special “360” roundtable during the two-day conference, which will be held from May 30th to 31st at the Paramount Studios lot. Witherspoon is scheduled to appear with her producing partner, Bruna Papandrea.

Joining these notable speakers in conversations are film and TV mogul Tyler Perry, “Bates Motel” creator Carlton Cuse, “Argo” writer/producer Grant Heslov and director/producer Kevin Smith, as well as veteran producers Hawk Koch and PGA President Gary Lucchesi.

In addition to the “Conversations With…” series, the Produced By Conference includes mentoring sessions, networking events, and instructional seminars on subjects ranging from obtaining life story rights to social media’s impact on the entertainment industry.

The full group of confirmed speakers is listed below, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Richard Abramowitz – President, Abramorama

Keith Arem – Creative Director and President, PCB Productions (“Call of Duty,” “Titanfall”)

Craig Armstrong – Co-Founder and CEO, 5X5 Media (“Survivor,” “King of the Nerds”)

Matthew Baer – Principal, Matt Baer Films (“Unbroken,” “City by the Sea”)

Justin Berenbaum – Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Relations, 505 Games

Arianna Bocco – SVP, Acquisitions and Production, IFC Films

Lisa Bruce – (“The Theory of Everything,” “No Strings Attached”)

Ian Bryce – Ian Bryce Productions (“World War Z,” “Transformers” franchise)

Ilene Chaiken – Principal, Little Chicken, Inc. (“Empire,” “The L Word”)

Jeffrey Chan – Director & Chief Operating Officer, Bona Film Group

Joe Chianese — Executive Vice President, EP Financial Solutions

Carlton Cuse – Principal, Carlton Cuse Productions (“Bates Motel,” The Strain”)

Lee Daniels – CEO, Lee Daniels Entertainment (“Empire,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”)

Charlie Ebersol – Founder and CEO, The Company (“The Profit,” “NFL Characters Unite”)

Tracey Edmonds – CEO and President, Edmonds Entertainment (“Jumping the Broom,” “With this Ring”)

Ellen Eliasoph – President and CEO, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia

Lauren Gellert – Executive VP, Development & Original Programming, WE tv (“Braxton Family Values,” “Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars”)

Mark Gordon – Principal, Mark Gordon Company (“Ray Donovan,” “Saving Private Ryan”)

Brian Grazer – Chairman, Imagine Entertainment (“Empire,” “A Beautiful Mind”)

Marshall Herskovitz – Partner, Bedford Falls Company (“The Last Samurai,” “thirtysomething”)

Grant Heslov — Partner, Smokehouse Pictures (“Argo,” “Good Night, and Good Luck”)

Holly Hirzel – Experience PM, Microsoft HoloLens (“1 vs 100 Xbox Live”)

Rachel Klein — Producer/Partner Solaris Entertainment (“30 for 30: The Fab Five,” “30 Days in May”)

Hawk Koch – Principal, The Koch Company (“Source Code,” “Primal Fear”)

Stuart J. Levy – Founder & CEO, TOKYOPOP (“Priest,” “Pray for Japan”)

David Linde – Founder/Producer, Lava Bear Films (“Shut In,” “Flowers of War”)

Eva Longoria – Founder/Producer, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment (“Devious Maids,” “Telenovela”)

Gary Lucchesi – President of the Producers Guild of America (“Million Dollar Baby,” “The Lincoln Lawyer”)

Laurence Mark – Producer, Laurence Mark Productions (“Dreamgirls”, “Julie & Julia”)

Lori McCreary – President of the Producers Guild of America (“Invictus,” “Madam Secretary”)

Brent Montgomery – CEO, Leftfield Entertainment (“Pawn Stars,” “Tiny House Nation”)

Chris Moore – Principal, The Media Farm (“Good Will Hunting,” “American Pie”)

Ted Mundorff – President and CEO, Landmark Theatres

Mark Owens — Chief Revenue Officer, Corbis Entertainment

Tyler Perry – Chairman, The Tyler Perry Company (“If Loving You Is Wrong,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”)

Brant Pinvidic – CCO, 3 Ball Entertainment (“Extreme Weight Loss,” “Bar Rescue”)

Bruna Papandrea – Co-Founder, Pacific Standard (“Wild,” “Hot Pursuit”)

Bennett Pozil – EVP, Head of Corporate Banking, East West Bank

Elsa Ramo – Founding Partner, Ramo Law PC

Bruce Robertson – EVP, Creative Strategy, ITV Studios America (“#RichKids of Beverly Hills,” “The Chase”)

Kevin Smith – President, SModCo (“Yoga Hosers,” “Clerks III”)

Danny Strong – (“Empire,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”)

Vance Van Petten — National Executive Director, Producers Guild of America

Adrian Ward – Division Manager, Entertainment Industries Division, Pacific Mercantile Bank

Sophie Watts – President, STX Entertainment

Reese Witherspoon – Co-Founder, Pacific Standard (“Wild,” “Hot Pursuit”)

Winnie Wong – SVP, Momentous Insurance Brokerage

Vince Zampella – CEO, Respawn Entertainment (“Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 &2”)

Ed Zobrist – General Manager, Games Division, RockYou (“The Walking Dead” Facebook game, “The Fast & Furious” Facebook game)

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