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Insiders: Conferences

There will be no shortage of elbow-rubbing opportunities with industry insiders during the next two weeks, as two confabs and a fest showcasing the best and brightest from UCLA’s film school are set to unspool.

The Producers Guild of America’s third annual Produced By Conference kicks off Friday evening and runs through Sunday on the Disney Studios lot in Burbank. Aim is to enlighten bizzers and aspiring creatives on every aspect of film, TV and digital production.

Highlights include Saturday’s convo between Harvey Weinstein and PGA co-prexy Mark Gordon and a later sesh with new NBC Entertainment topper Robert Greenblatt and former PGA topper Marshall Herskovitz. Sunday’s sked includes a roundtable with top Mouse House producers.

NATPE’s LATV Fest has morphed this year into PitchCon, set for June 9-10 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Event, designed to school up-and-comers in the art of selling shows and series concepts, opens with a coffee klatch sesh with “Hawaii Five-0” exec producer Peter Lenkov. Day two is devoted to NATPE’s famed Pitch Pit, in which participants are challenged to grab the judges’ attention in an atmosphere resembling a commodities trading floor.

UCLA has lined up a slew of biz notables to take part in its Festival of New Creative Work, which bows Friday with a salute to helmer Allison Anders (class of ’86) and runs through June 9. Other honorees include DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider, producer Lawrence Bender and Aaron Sorkin. Helmers Michael Apted and Shawn Levy will be on hand to present the filmmaker of the year kudo to “The Kids Are All Right” director Lisa Cholodenko on closing night.

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