The Producers Guild of America’s third annual “Produced By: New York” conference will feature Tina Fey and Chris Rock as speakers.
The conference, which will take place on October 29, 2016, at the Time Warner Center, is an annual forum led by a number of Oscar- and Emmy-nominated producers that is dedicated to educating those working in the industry.
An award-winning actress, writer and producer, Fey will lead a discussion titled “Triple Threat: Conversation with Tina Fey.”
Rock, who has won four Emmys and three Grammys, will lead another discussion called “Dying is Easy. Comedy is Hard” along with Stuart Cornfeld of Red Hour Films.
“Tina Fey and Chris Rock are each living proof that you can be an excellent producer while being the funniest person in the room,” Producers Guild of America Presidents Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi said in a statement. “We are looking forward to each speaker’s unique insight into their careers as actors, writers, storytellers and the path which led to them becoming producers.”
Previous conference speakers have included Tom McCarthy, Michael Moore, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Effie Brown, Barbara Hall, John Hoffman and Navid Khonsari.
The veteran Tony and Emmy winner is best known for her work on stage and TV, but LuPone's film credits include "Driving Miss Daisy," "Witness" and the 2013 movie "Parker."
Keenan Ivory Wayans, writer/director
Wayans was invited to both the writers and directors branches even though his big-screen work has consisted of low-brow comedies like "White Chicks” and “A Low Down Dirty Shame” that aren't exactly Academy material.
Although he starred in "Requiem for a Dream," Wayans is best known for his work in comedies like Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's hit "The Heat," as well as the "Fifty Shades of Grey" parody "Fifty Shades of Black."
Patty Jenkins, director
Jenkins directed "Monster," which earned star Charlize Theron an Oscar as serial killer Aileen Wuornos. She currently is directing DC's "Wonder Woman," slated for release in 2017.
Linka Glatter earned an Oscar nom for her 1985 short "Tales of Meeting and Parting" and directed the 1995 Christina Ricci movie "Now and Then." But she's best known for her work on TV shows like "The West Wing" and "Homeland."
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Richard Kelly, writer
Though Kelly directed and wrote cult classic "Donnie Darko," he was invited to the Academy as a writer.