This weekend, more than 1,000 producers and film industry professionals will converge on the Century City lot of
The Times spoke with co-Chair Gary Lucchesi, producer of
So what's new this year?
The conference is adjusting to the market so it's a touch more centered on television than in the past and that's a reflection of how the business has changed.
In what way?
We've got huge showrunners involved -- we've got
What will be some of the key topics and themes of the panels?
On the TV side, it's going to be about creating content and [explaining] how showrunners do it, what they think about when they sell a project, and how they finance and capitalize it. On the film side, it's going to be about independent films, which are still prevalent, and how to finance them.
What else is on the schedule?
We have some new media panels, including a big panel on
This is the fifth year for conference. How has it evolved?
It has been demystified to a certain degree. In the first year we were terrified we wouldn't sell enough tickets, but we put together a heck of a show. This year's show is sold out. We're very, very proud of what we've achieved.
Why do producers need a conference like this?
The interesting thing about producers is that you can't rest on your laurels. You really are only as good as your last movie, and we're constantly striving to maintain a level of quality and create content that influences and impacts the world.