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Producers Guild of America Speakers: Get the Reel Deal from Hollywood’s Hottest Producers

Big Productions, Big Budgets, Big Egos and Big Headaches - Hollywood’s top producers handle it all with style to bring you the world’s biggest blockbusters. Now, the Producers Guild of America and BigSpeak Speakers Bureau are teaming up to bring this unique insight and experience directly to you. From negotiation, finance and team-building to management, problem-solving and epic storytelling, the Producers Guild Speakers will give your audience the inside view of how these top professionals command small armies to deliver on time and on budget in a business where the stakes are high and the pressure is relentless (sound familiar?) Imagine the insight, energy and inside stories these legendary Producers Guild speakers can deliver to your organization. To bring the Big Picture to your audience, contact a BigSpeak consultant or click on any of the links below.

Fred Baron

Producers Guild Speaker

Fred Baron Moulin Rouge! The Day After Tomorrow, Borat
Fred Baron is currently executive vice president of feature production at Twentieth Century Fox.

With Fox since 1990, he has overseen the production of such feature films as: The Day The Earth Stood Still, Live Free Or Die Hard, Borat, Ridley Scott’s Crusade epic Kingdom Of Heaven, I Robot, The Day After Tomorrow, Last of the Mohicans, Grand Canyon, Home Alone 2, Edward Scissorhands, Hot Shots, Hot Shots Part Deux, Broken Arrow, Romeo And Juliet, Bulworth, and both X-Files features.

In 2001, Fred Baron took a leave of absence to join Baz Lurhmann as a producer on Moulin Rouge. Baron then returned to his job at Fox, overseeing aspects of Moulin Rouge as well as prepping new features for the studio. As producers on the film, Baron and Luhrmann received the prestigious Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. more about Fred Baron >

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Bruce Cohen

Producers Guild Speaker

Bruce Cohen Milk, American Beauty, Big Fish

Bruce Cohen and his producing partner Dan Jinks produced Milk, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in an Oscar-winning performance. The film was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, as well as for top motion picture honors from BAFTA and the Producers Guild, which recognized the film with its Stanley Kramer Award.

Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks won the Best Picture Academy Award in 2000 for producing American Beauty. The film won a total of five Oscars. Their second film was the comedy Down With Love starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. Next up was Big Fish, which was nominated as Best Picture for both the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs. Other films include The Forgotten, starring Julianne Moore and The Nines, starring Ryan Reynolds and Hope Davis
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Tracey Edmonds

Producers Guild Speaker

Tracey Edmonds Good Luck Chuck, Josie and the Pussycats, Soul Food

Tracey Edmonds currently serves as the CEO of her production company, Edmonds Entertainment and COO and President of Our Stories Films, where she oversees the development and production of projects for urban audiences. The studio debuted its first feature, Who’s Your Caddy? in August 2007, and released Good Luck Chuck, starring Jessica Alba and Dane Cook later that year. She also produced the romantic comedy New in Town starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr. in 2009.

Tracey Edmonds has achieved success in television production, executive producing the groundbreaking reality show College Hill, the first African American reality program to air on BET, which debuted in January 2004 and set a record as the network’s highest rated series premiere. Edmonds also produced the highly acclaimed series Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown, as well as DMX: Soul of a Man—both airing on BET in 2006 and setting new ratings benchmarks for the network. In the scripted arena, Tracey Edmonds produced the serialized version of Soul Food, an hour-long dramedy for Showtime, which ran for five seasons and won multiple NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series three years in a row. more about Tracey Edmonds >

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Mark Gordon

Producers Guild Speaker

Mark Gordon Speed, Saving Private Ryan, Grey’s Anatomy

Mark Gordon has over 60 motion pictures and television programs to his credit, including 10,000 BC, The Day After Tomorrow, The Patriot, Speed and the multi-award winning Saving Private Ryan.  Other credits include Talk To Me, The Hoax, Casanova, Hostage, Broken Arrow, Hard Rain and the upcoming summer release 2012.

The Mark Gordon Company currently has five series on the air including Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice for ABC, Criminal Minds for CBS, Army Wives on Lifetime and Reaper for the CW. Gordon has been nominated for an Academy Award and is the recipient of multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, BAFTA awards, as well as the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. more about Mark Gordon >

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Marshall Herskovitz

Producers Guild Speaker

Marshall Herskovitz Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai, thirtysomething

Marshall Herskovitz is a multiple award-winning producer, writer and director renowned for his work in television and films.

Marshall Herskovitz attended the American Film Institute and met his longtime creative partner Edward Zwick. In the years since, he helped create such series as thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, and Once and Again. Among the films he has produced are Legends of the Fall, Traffic, I Am Sam, The Last Samurai, and Blood Diamond. He also directed Jack the Bear and Dangerous Beauty.
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Gale Anne Hurd

Producers Guild Speaker

Gale Anne Hurd Terminator, The Abyss, Aliens

Gale Anne Hurd is one of the most innovative and respected producers in the entertainment industry, having produced more than two dozen feature films that have generated billions of dollars in revenue, and earned Oscar nominations and numerous awards. Gale Anne Hurd has distinguished herself by championing paradigm-shifting technological innovations, and carving out a preeminent position within the previously all-male ranks of epic-scaled, sci-fi action-adventure productions.

In 1984, Gale Anne Hurd earned a place in film history with the first of many event-films she would produce: Terminator, which she also co-wrote, was directed by James Cameron. She went on to collaborate with Cameron on such blockbusters as Aliens, The Abyss and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
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Hawk Koch

Producers Guild Speaker

Hawk Koch The Pope of Greenwich Village, Wayne’s World, Frequency

With over four decades of professional experience and over 60 screen credits, producer Hawk Koch has built an incredible foundation of experience in virtually every aspect of filmmaking art and business.

Hawk Koch has produced over 20 films. Among them are Keeping the Faith starring Edward Norton and Ben Stiller, Frequency starring Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel, Losing Isaiah starring Halle Berry, as well as The Long Walk Home, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Gorky Park and The Idol Maker. As an executive producer, his credits include the phenomenally successful Wayne’s World and Primal Fear. Hawk Koch also executive produced Fracture starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling and produced Untraceable starring Diane Lane. more about Hawk Koch >

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Gary Lucchesi

Producers Guild Speaker

Gary Lucchesi Million Dollar Baby, Underworld, Untraceable

Gary Lucchesi serves as president of Lakeshore Entertainment, an independent film company. Lucchesi executive produced Million Dollar Baby, which won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2004.

Prior to becoming an independent producer, Gary Lucchesi served as President of Production at Paramount, overseeing such films as Ghost, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Fatal Attraction, The Hunt for Red October, Coming to America, The Naked Gun, The Godfather: Part III, Star Trek, Black Rain and The Untouchables.

Other producing credits include: The Last Kiss, starring Zach Braff and Jacinda Barrett; Crank, starring Jason Statham and Amy Smart; box-office smash The Exorcism of Emily Rose; Aeon Flux, starring Charlize Theron; all three films of the Underworld franchise; The Human Stain, directed by Robert Benton and starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman; and The Dead Girl, which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature, and featured an ensemble cast including Josh Brolin, Toni Collette and James Franco. more about Gary Lucchesi >

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David V. Picker

Producers Guild Speaker

David V. Picker Saturday Night Fever, The Jerk, Midnight Cowboy

David V. Picker is a third-generation motion picture executive and producer. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1953, he joined United Artists Corporation, managing a series of businesses that, in addition to film, also included United Artists Records. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer of United Artists Corporation in 1969 and Chief Executive Officer in 1970.

David Picker was responsible for bringing to the company films such as Tom Jones, the James Bond series, Woody Allen’s early films, The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night and Help, Midnight Cowboy, Last Tango in Paris and many other films. Among the many European filmmakers he brought to United Artists were Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle and Sergio Leone.

David Picker additionally discovered and joined forces with Steve Martin and produced The Jerk, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid and The Man With Two Brains, all directed by Carl Reiner. more about David V. Picker >

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Lauren Shuler Donner

Producers Guild Speaker

Lauren Shuler Donner X-Men, You’ve Got Mail, Mr. Mom, Pretty in Pink

Lauren Shuler Donner has, over the past two decades, established herself as one of the most successful and versatile producers in Hollywood, having partnered with top directorial talents including Nora Ephron, Oliver Stone, Bryan Singer, Richard Donner, Joel Schumacher, Ivan Reitman and John Hughes. To date, her films have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide.

Lauren Shuler Donner’s credits include the worldwide blockbuster X-Men Origins: Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman, which topped the box office charts. Shuler Donner also released The Secret Life of Bees, starring Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning, which won multiple People’s Choice awards.

Lauren Shuler Donner other credits include: Mr. Mom starring Michael Keaton, Ladyhawke with Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeiffer, St. Elmo’s Fire and Pretty in Pink - which each yielded platinum-selling soundtracks, the Academy Award-nominated Dave, the box-office smash Free Willy, You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Any Given Sunday with Dennis Quaid and Jamie Foxx, Radio Flyer, 3 Fugitives, Timeline, Constantine, She’s The Man, Unaccompanied Minors and Hotel for Dogs. more about Lauren Shuler Donner >

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Michael Taylor

Producers Guild Speaker

Michael Taylor Phenomenon, Bottle Rocket

Michael Taylor is a producer of theatrical and television films and served as Chair of Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.

In 1996, Michael Taylor produced the blockbuster hit Phenomenon, starring John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Forest Whitaker and Kyra Sedgwick, which became one of the Top 10 grossing pictures of that year. Previously, Taylor produced Columbia Pictures’ Bottle Rocket, starring Luke and Owen Wilson, and marking the directorial debut of acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson.
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Vance Van Petten

Producers Guild Speaker

Vance Van Petten Executive Director, PGA

Vance Van Petten is the Executive Director of the Producers Guild of America. Mr. Van Petten oversees the Guild’s strategic initiatives on behalf of its member producers, directs the PGA’s member services, and acts as principal executive liaison to studios, networks, guilds and other industry organizations. Under Van Petten’s stewardship since January 2000, the Guild’s membership has grown from 350 to over 4,000 members, with a prestigious Board of Directors.

Prior to joining the PGA, Vance Van Petten was Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at Studios USA/Universal Television where he oversaw all television production and distribution, including series such as Law & Order, Hercules & Xena, and The Maury Povich Show. He was previously Twentieth Television’s Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, where he oversaw all reality television production and distribution for such series as America’s Most Wanted, A Current Affair and Cops.

Vance Van Petten is also the author of Ten Minutes to the Speech: Your Last-Minute Guide and Checklist for Speaking in Public. more about Vance Van Petten >

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