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Michelle Byrd to Head PGA East

24 April 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

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Former Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) Executive Director Michelle Byrd has been named as the Managing Director of PGA East, ScreenDaily reports. She’ll oversee operations from the New York office and report to PGA National Executive Director/COO Vance Van Petten and PGA Associate National Executive Director/COO Susan Spring, both of whom are La-based.

Byrd has more than 15 years of experience supporting prominent nonprofit media organizations. She most recently ran Run It By Byrd, her own consulting practice. Since launching in 2013, Run It By Byrd has provided services to Ghetto Film School, Green Beetz, and Museum Of The Moving Image. Byrd is perhaps best known for serving as Executive Director for Ifp from 1997 to 2009. She “helped to establish programming and partnerships, including a collaboration with the United Nations, and re-positioned Ifp’s Gotham Awards into awards season,” ScreenDaily writes. Her employment history also includes serving as Co-President of Games for Change, a role she held from 2010 to 2013. The org is dedicated to creating and distributing games with a social impact.

In 2010 Byrd received Chicken & Egg Picture’s Good Egg Award for Distinguished Leadership. She’s also been honored with the “Made in New York Award” from NYC’s Mayor. Byrd sits on the Board of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, which supports female filmmakers. She will start her new role May 8.

Michelle Byrd to Head PGA East was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Ifp Announces 10 Projects Selected for 2017 Screen Forward Labs

24 April 2017 8:41 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), Filmmaker‘s publisher, announced today the ten projects taking part in its third annual Screen Forward Lab for story-driven, serialized projects. Among the projects, which span web series, Vr and cross-platform storytelling, are works set in the world of extreme sports, gentrified Brooklyn, and a youth rehab center. Characters include young scouts and their scoutmasters, a gay-curious heterosexual woman, and angry black women — the latter in the series, Angry Black Women. Screen Forward Lab creators begin their program today with five days of workshops and seminars at the Made in New York Media Center, where […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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PGA Hires Michelle Byrd for Newly Created Managing Director, PGA East Position

21 April 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) National Board of Directors has announced today the hiring of Michelle Byrd as Managing Director, PGA East, a newly created position within the guild. Byrd was appointed after an extensive search led by PGA East Chairs William Horberg and Kay Rothman, and with the support of PGA Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary, PGA National Executive Director/COO Vance Van Petten, and PGA Associate National Executive Director/COO Susan Sprung.

She will oversee east coast operations from the PGA’s New York office.

Byrd’s experience in the industry is extensive. Prior to her new position at the PGA, she worked in the non-profit media organization space, and has been involved with orgs serving film, digital, and games. She served 12 years (1997-2009) as Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project, during which she collaborated with the United Nations and re-positioned Ifp’s signature »

- Kate Erbland

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Why Make a Microbudget Film? Five Questions for Director Paul Harrill on the Virtues of Ultra-Low Budgets

12 February 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Is there a business in microbudget filmmaking? The question is begged by the title of an upcoming class at the Ifp’s Made in New York Media Center titled, yes, “The Business of Microbudget Filmmaking.” The program copy reads: In this class, you will learn proven, cost-effective filmmaking and business techniques for producing a $50,000 (or less!) film project. We’ll go step-by-step through the filmmaking process to discover tips and tricks for developing, planning, producing, and distributing a microbudget film. The class — a two-parter taking place February 13 and 20 — is taught by filmmaker Paul Harrill, which is itself […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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Revolution Studios Sells to Content Partners

4 January 2017 11:16 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Content Partner LLC and its affiliate CP Enterprises have acquired Revolution Studios from investment funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group for an undisclosed price.

Under its new ownership, Revolution will continue to operate as a standalone business led by chief executive officer Vince Totino and chief operating officer Scott Hemming, who now also serves as president.

The Fortress companies bought Revolution in June, 2014, for an estimated $250 million. Since then, the company acquired rights to 80 additional feature films, produced “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” and secured deals to exploit the company’s library. The sale of Revolution was part of a plan to recapitalize Revolution — which had stopped film production in 2007 — and position it for growth.

Joe Roth founded Revolution in 2000 as a strategic partnership with Starz Entertainment, Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox. The company was never able to deliver a blockbuster hit and was better known for disappointments such as “Gigli” and “Hollywood Homicide.” »

- Dave McNary

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