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Michelle Byrd named managing director of PGA East

21 April 2017 1:26 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former Ifp executive director will operate from New York offices.

Michelle Byrd has been hired as managing director of PGA East and will oversee operations from the New York office.

The appointment follows an executive search by PGA East chairs William Horberg and Kay Rothman, with the support of presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary, national executive director and COO Vance Van Petten, and associate national executive director and COO Susan Sprung.

Byrd will report to La-based Van Petten and Sprung.

She most recently ran her own consulting practice, providing services to Ghetto Film School, Green Beetz, and Museum Of The Moving Image, among others.

Prior to that, she served as co-president of Games For Change, and oversaw the Games For Change Festival, and served as an executive producer on Half The Sky Movement games.

She also served as executive director of Ifp and helped to establish programming and partnerships, including a collaboration »

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Producers Guild Hires Michelle Byrd as PGA East Managing Director

21 April 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Producers Guild of America’s national board of directors has hired veteran executive Michelle Byrd for the newly created post of  managing director of the PGA East.

Starting May 8, Byrd will oversee the guild’s East Coast operations from the PGA’s New York office. She will report to National Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer Vance Van Petten, and PGA Associate National Executive Director/COO Susan Sprung.

Byrd has spent more than 20 years working with non-profit media organizations involved with film, digital, and games. Based in New York, she served from 1997 to 2009) as executive director of the Independent Filmmaker Projecta and worked on a collaboration with the United Nations and re-positioning Ifp’s Gotham Awards into awards season.

From 2010-2013, Byrd was co-president of Games for Change with Asi Burak, oversaw the Games for Change Festival and served as an executive producer on “Half the Sky” Movement games. Most recently, »

- Dave McNary

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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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Diverse Documentaries Under Attack as Congressman Questions Public Broadcasting ‘Agenda’

28 March 2017 6:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting may have a documentary problem.

At a House subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, Cpb president/CEO Patricia Harrison heard mostly support from Congressional members on attendance. With House critics of funding for public broadcasting mostly absent, the focus was on how public radio and TV stations support education, veteran, health and safety issues across the country – particularly rural areas.

One Congressperson even asked Harrison how the Cpb would allocate its funds if its annual appropriation was doubled from its current level ($445 million annually). The hearing came just weeks after Donald Trump’s proposed budget suggested a complete elimination of Cpb funding.

Read More: PBS Will Likely Survive, But Trump’s Proposal Hits Stations Servicing His Own Rural Supporters the Hardest

The hearing was mostly devoid of fireworks, except when Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) took issue with a handful of recent documentary titles, such as “Baby Mama High, »

- Michael Schneider

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Diverse Documentaries Under Attack as Congressman Questions Public Broadcasting ‘Agenda’

28 March 2017 6:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting may have a documentary problem.

At a House subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, Cpb president/CEO Patricia Harrison heard mostly support from Congressional members on attendance. With House critics of funding for public broadcasting mostly absent, the focus was on how public radio and TV stations support education, veteran, health and safety issues across the country – particularly rural areas.

One Congressperson even asked Harrison how the Cpb would allocate its funds if its annual appropriation was doubled from its current level ($445 million annually). The hearing came just weeks after Donald Trump’s proposed budget suggested a complete elimination of Cpb funding.

Read More: PBS Will Likely Survive, But Trump’s Proposal Hits Stations Servicing His Own Rural Supporters the Hardest

The hearing was mostly devoid of fireworks, except when Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) took issue with a handful of recent documentary titles, such as “Baby Mama High, »

- Michael Schneider

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Every Book Emma Watson Has Ever Recommended

21 February 2017 2:04 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

 A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.

Emma Watson loves to read.

The actress has that in common with her brainy Harry Potter character Hermione as well as bookish Belle, who she plays in the much-anticipated film Beauty and the Beast, out March 17. In addition to being a bookworm, Watson is also an outspoken feminist and as well as a Un Women Goodwill Ambassador and promoter of the organization’s HeForShe movement, which is dedicated to recruiting men into the movement for gender equality. As a response to her work with the Un, she launched the feminist »

- Madeline Raynor

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