LOS ANGELES (October 17, 2014) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is pleased to announce that director/writer/producerDarren Aronofsky and producer Scott Franklin, principals of the production company Protozoa Pictures (Noah, Black Swan, The Wrestler), have been added as featured speakers at the inaugural Produced By: New York (PBNY) conference, taking place Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Time Warner Center in NYC. PGA President Gary Lucchesi (Primal Fear; Million Dollar Baby; Lincoln Lawyer) will lead the discussion.


PBNY also added Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games franchise, Foxcatcher, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) to its roster of panelists which includes previously announced speakers such as Jake Gyllenhaal, James Schamus, Harvey Weinstein, Donna Gigliotti, Mark Gordon, Hawk Koch, Jenni Konner, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Peter Saraf, Morgan Spurlock and Terence Winter, among many others.


Produced By: New York will feature 12 full conference sessions and panel discussions, as well as numerous mentoring roundtables and networking opportunities designed to address key industry topics and discuss the evolving world of producing. The full program is listed below:


Ø  Conversation With: Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin

Ø  Conversation With: Jake Gyllenhaal

Ø  Conversation With: James Schamus

Ø  Conversation With: Harvey Weinstein

Ø  Window Shopping: Customizing Financial Models in the Era of Hybrid Distribution

Ø  C Is for Content: Technology and Storytelling in Kids' Media

Ø  Greenlight Secrets Revealed: 10 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask a Network Head

Ø  The Biggest Business in Entertainment – Producing for Video Games!

Ø  The Ms. Factor: The Power of Female-Driven Content

Ø  Producing the News (On Every Platform)

Ø  Tax Credit Financing - The New Essential Element


*The above speakers and/or session topics are subject to change.



In addition to HBO and Time Warner Inc., sponsors include: Adobe, AKA, AMC Networks, BEN: Branded Entertainment Network, CreativeFuture, de Boer Media, Discovery Communications, Entertainment Partners, Florida Office of Film and Entertainment, Galaxie Coffee, Gold Coast Studios, Harbor Picture Company, Honolulu Film Office, Illinois Film Office, Light Iron, Minnesota Film and TV, The Molecule, New York Film Academy, The New York Palace, Panavision, Post New York Alliance, Pride Equipment, PRG: Production Resource Group, Qrüber, SmartSource Rentals, Steeltown Entertainment Project.


Produced By: New York is chaired by PGA members Blaine Graboyes, Dana Kuznetzkoff, Benjamin Lehmann, and Bruce Cohen.  Victoria Ashley serves as Programming Director with Robin Kramer serving as the conference’s Supervising Producer.  Diane Salerno (Six Degrees Global) continues in her role as Sponsorship Director.



About Darren Aronofsky

Academy Award®-nominated director, Darren Aronofsky, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His most recent film Noah was released to critical acclaim in March 2014 and grossed $360M worldwide. Starring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson, it is an adaptation of the story of Noah’s ark, which Richard Roeper called, “one of the most dazzling and unforgettable Biblical epics ever put on film.” Aronofsky also directed Black Swan, which won Natalie Portman the Academy Award for Best Actress and received four other nominations, including one for Best Picture. It was also a box office phenomenon grossing $328M worldwide. In 2008, he directed The Wrestler, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won the esteemed Golden Lion making it only the third American film in history to win this grand prize. The film garnered Academy Award nominations for both Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, and won Golden Globes for Mickey for his iconic performance and Bruce Springsteen for his original track "The Wrestler." Aronofsky’s earlier credits include the acclaimed films The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, and ?.


About Scott Franklin

Scott Franklin was born and raised in New York where he is an established, well-respected veteran of the NYC filmmaking community. He recently produced the box office hit Noah, director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic starring Russell Crowe, which has grossed $360M worldwide to date. Franklin is an Oscar® nominee for his work on Black Swan, and a two-time recipient of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture for producing Black Swan and The Wrestler. The critically-acclaimed Black Swan earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Picture while its star, Natalie Portman, won the Best Actress Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role. Previously, Franklin produced the celebrated drama The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood.  Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the 2008 Venice Film Festival, the film garnered Rourke and Tomei Oscar nominations for their performances, as well as Golden Globes wins for Rourke and Bruce Springsteen for Best Song. Franklin’s other credits include the Madonna-directed W.E.; 2 Days in New York directed by Julie Delpy and starring Delpy and Chris Rock; Hounddog starring Dakota Fanning, Robin Wright-Penn, and David Morse; and Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream and ?.