Elizabeth Banks, Russell Simmons to Speak at Produced by Conference

Elizabeth Banks, Russell Simmons and “Transformers” producer Ian Bryce will speak at the Producers Guild of America’s 8th annual Produced by Conference.

The headlining panels include a “360 Profile” roundtable discussion with All Def Digital principals Simmons, Sanjay Sharma, Chris Conti and Jake Stein; and the “Conversations With…” series featuring an in-depth dialogue with producers Banks and Max Handelman from Brownstone Productions. Banks produced and directed “Pitch Perfect 2.”

The event will be held at the Sony Pictures lot on June 4 and 5.

“Sicario” producers Basil Iwanyk and Molly Smith are confirmed panelists, along with PGA Co-Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary; America Ferrera; Bleecker Street Media CEO Andrew Karpen; “Trumbo” producer Michael London; Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer; Landmark Theatres CEO Ted Mundorff; “thirtysomething” creator Marshall Herskovitz; Jeff Jenkins of Bunim/Murray Productions (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians”); and Ben Relles, head of comedy and unscripted programming for YouTube Originals.

Other confirmed panelists include Amy Baer; John Canning, co-chair of the PGA’s motion picture technology committee; Lesley Chilcott; Nonny de la Peña, CEO of Emblematic Group; Dalia Ganz, director of digital & partnership marketing at Freeform; Kenneth A. Hawes, U.S Army public affairs; Christie Mattull, managing director of HUB Entertainment Insurance; Clay Newbill of 310 Entertainment (“Shark Tank”); and Commander John W. Pruitt III, the director of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Motion Picture and Television Office.

Also set are Lt. Col. Glen F. Roberts, director of the Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office; DJ Roller, co-founder of NextVR; Ted Schilowitz of Fox and Barco Escape; Kathryn Schotthoefer of Heavenspot | M&C Saatchi; Mark Shelton of Shattered Sky; Bettina Sherick, founder of Hollywood in Pixels; Robert Stromberg, founder and CCO of the Virtual Reality Company; Sarah Treem (“The Affair”); Adrian Ward of Pacific Mercantile Bank; and R. Decker Watson, Jr., executive producer of Defiant Pictures (“Deadliest Catch”).

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