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Michelle Byrd named managing director of PGA East

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

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

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

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Diverse Documentaries Under Attack as Congressman Questions Public Broadcasting ‘Agenda’
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,
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Every Book Emma Watson Has Ever Recommended

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
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Doc NYC: Lessons and Takeaways from a Week of Masterclasses

An added feature of the 2015 Doc NYC festival was the Doc NYC Pro Conference, which included a weekend of masterclasses dedicated to the work process in cinematography, animation, editing, and building your film’s sound with the composer. Over 20 professionals touched upon the nuts and bolts of each craft while dialing into the importance of building the relationship with their director as a key element in serving the story. Below are some of the highlights the professionals shared with the audience. Use Your Camera with Intention. Mira Chang of Half The Sky said she always has a checklist of […]
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Doc NYC: Lessons and Takeaways from a Week of Masterclasses

An added feature of the 2015 Doc NYC festival was the Doc NYC Pro Conference, which included a weekend of masterclasses dedicated to the work process in cinematography, animation, editing, and building your film’s sound with the composer. Over 20 professionals touched upon the nuts and bolts of each craft while dialing into the importance of building the relationship with their director as a key element in serving the story. Below are some of the highlights the professionals shared with the audience. Use Your Camera with Intention. Mira Chang of Half The Sky said she always has a checklist of […]
See full article at Filmmaker Magazine »

Miptv Briefs: Fremantle & ‘Half The Sky’; HBO Europe’s ‘Burning Bush’; Content TV’s ‘Facing The Atlantic’

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FremantleMedia has acquired global distribution rights to Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity. Inspired by the books of Nicholas Kirstof and Sherly WuDunn, the four-hour series follows the authors and a host of celebrity advocates on a journey across 10 countries to showcase stories of female resilience in the face of adversity. The documentary airs in the U.S. on PBS in late 2014. Maro Chermayeff, Jamie Gordon, Jeff Dupre, Mira Chang and Joshua Bennett are producing the program from Show of Force Productions. Germany’s Beta Film will handle international sales on HBO Europe’s three-part mini The Burning Bush. Directed by Agnieszka Holland and based on real events, the series follows the plight of Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest of the Soviet occupation of Prague in 1969, and his family’s legal fight to clear his name. HBO Europe’s most ambitious project to date,
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Olivia Wilde Supports Women's Rights in Kenya

Olivia Wilde Supports Women's Rights in Kenya
Olivia Wilde is on a mission to ensure that women across the world have the same basic needs met that many take for granted. The actress joins Eva Mendes, America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Meg Ryan and Gabrielle Union in the Half the Sky Movement, which has teamed with the International Rescue Committee to illuminate issues that affect women globally. On an eye-opening trip to Kenya with Half the Sky last year, Wilde, 28, visited with the Shining Hope for Communities organization and their Kibera School for Girls. "This was the most extraordinary school I've ever seen," Wilde tells People of Kibera,
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'Half the Sky': Meg Ryan, Diane Lane and America Ferrera help turn women's oppression into opportunity

The toddler with the chubby cheeks and lopsided ponytail had been sold.

After she was raped at 2, her mother sold her to a brothel. Somaly Mam, an amazing woman who rescued the now-3-year-old, hugs her.

PBS' "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," a four-hour documentary premiering Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 and 2 (check local listings), brims with such gut-wrenching stories.

It's not overstatement to say that this is the most upsetting documentary most people will see, and it carries a viewer discretion warning. However, what must be stressed is the positive change brought about by those helping girls and women. PBS has a website, halftheskymovement.org, suggesting ways for people to help.

Based on the best-seller of the same title by husband and wife Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the documentary features actresses Diane Lane, Meg Ryan, America Ferrera, Eva Mendes,
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'Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity Worldwide' Premieres Tonight On PBS

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity Worldwide is a four hour mini-series airing in two parts.  Part I makes its Premieres tonight, October 1st at 9pm Et on PBS.  Part 2 airs October 2nd at  9pm Et. The film directed by Maro Chermayeff is inspired by the acclaimed book of the same name, Half Sky, by couple Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  The book focuses on the oppression of women worldwide and how a little help can transform their lives. Filmed in 10 countries, the series follows Nicholas Kristof and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of...
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5 Best Things to Watch on TV This Week: Broke Athletes, Presidential Ambition and Women Changing the World

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5 Best Things to Watch on TV This Week: Broke Athletes, Presidential Ambition and Women Changing the World
Sure, Sunday is incredibly overcrowded with high-end TV, including "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "Hell on Wheels," "Copper," "Treme" and "Dexter," but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week. "Half the Sky" Monday, October 1, at 9pm on PBS PBS' four-hour TV and transmedia special about inspiring women around the world who are working against sex trafficking, forced prostitution, gender-based violence and maternal mortality airs in two parts, with the second showing at the same time October 2. Inspired by the book of the same name from Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, "Half the Sky" includes a social media campaign, a Facebook-hosted game component, mobile apps and educational videos. The on-air portion features celebs America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union...
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Eva Mendes Embarks on 'Life-Changing' Visit to Sierra Leone

Eva Mendes Embarks on 'Life-Changing' Visit to Sierra Leone
With a visit to Sierra Leone, Eva Mendes is helping raise awareness about serious issues affecting girls and women around the world. Based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the new series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide introduces Mendes and other stars, including America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde to women and girls living under difficult circumstances, ranging from maternal death to prostitution. Mendes, 38, kicks off the four-hour series - airing Oct. 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. Et on PBS - with her visit to Sierra Leone,
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

PopWatch Planner: 'Homeland' is back! Plus '30 Rock,' 'Steel Magnolias,' and more

PopWatch Planner: 'Homeland' is back! Plus '30 Rock,' 'Steel Magnolias,' and more
The opening days of fall TV season are always exciting — catching up with our favorites from last season and discovering new must-see gems. If last week was any indication, our DVRs are going to be overloaded for the next few months. This week brings new episodes of the Showtime hit Homeland, a music fest to rock out to in your living room, a groundbreaking PBS documentary, James Bond himself on SNL, and the well-cast all-black rendition of Steel Magnolias on Lifetime. Have a great week!

Sunday

Homeland, Showtime 10 p.m.

Finally. If you’re as excited as we are about
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Meg Ryan, America Ferrara & Olivia Wilde Team Up For New Doc

Meg Ryan, America Ferrara & Olivia Wilde Team Up For New Doc
Los Angeles -- It wasn't a juicy script that brought together a half-dozen Hollywood stars, including Meg Ryan, America Ferrera and Olivia Wilde. It was the chance to tell the stories of women seeking, and finding, lives unbound by oppression.

"Half the Sky," a moving PBS documentary series airing Monday and Tuesday (9-11 p.m. Edt; check local listings), provides unflinching accounts of the worldwide exploitation and abuse that can ensnare women as well as girls. But it doesn't stop short of hopefulness.

The series details efforts to help females escape brutality and poverty through health care, education and economic advancement, sometimes fostered by those who themselves once suffered.

The extraordinary women featured in "Half the Sky" include Somaly Mam, who was forced into the sex trafficking trade as a youngster in Cambodia and now, as an adult, has created a program to help rescue girls from the life she once endured.
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