Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Producers' Survey: For Those Who Aspire, Words That Inspire
Ken Biller (l), "Genius" showrunner/exec producer/director, on set with Geoffrey Rush who stars as Albert Einstein in the National Geographic series (photo by Robert Viglasky/courtesy of National Geographic)
Agency producers, production house execs, feature/TV pros offer advice to new directors, producers

Getting your foot in the door, opening the door, crossing the threshold, building a sense of belonging are among the key steps for new talent to establish itself in the industry. But attaining each step is a challenge—one we hope made a little easier by career advice offered by a cross-section of producers from the ad agency, production house, TV showrunner, and feature sectors.

To help foster opportunities for those aspiring to gain a meaningful foothold in the business—and in the spirit of SHOOT’s 15th New Directors Showcase event set for Thursday evening, May 25, at the DGA Theatre in NYC—we invited agency heads of production/executive producers, production company execs spanning features, TV and commercials to offer career counsel to aspiring directors and producers.

To gain prudent career-building advice, SHOOT posed the following four questions to industry pros:

1) What advice do you have for new directors? 

2) What advice can you offer to up-and-coming producers? 

3) Learning is an ongoing process even for the most seasoned producer. Would you share a recent lesson learned on the job, perhaps related to a project involving new technology (i.e., VR, AR, AI, etc.) or another experience?

4) What recent project are you particularly proud of—and why? 

Click here for a slideshow of survey responses, or click on the headshots below.

Name Title Company
Craig Allen Director of integrated production Venables Bell and Partners
Peter Bassett Director of digital production David&Goliath
Robin Benson Executive producer CoMPANY Films
Ken Biller Executive producer/showrunner "Genius"
Sam Bisbee Head of features Park Pictures
Joshua Blum President/executive producer Washington Square Films
Jason Botkin Executive producer BRF
Jordan Brady Filmmaker/partner Superlounge
Jesse Brihn and Bryan Litman Co-directors of film production Droga5
Matt Craigie Atherton Head of integrated production adam&eveDDB, London
Scott Franklin Partner CHROMISTA / PROTOZOA
Laura Gregory CEO/executive producer Great Guns
Ben Hatt Director of TV development Moxie Pictures
Matt Hunnicutt Integrated production director and global EP for Nike Wieden+Kennedy Portland
Dave O’Connor VP/Executive Producer RadicalMedia
Vic Palumbo Partner, director of production Deutsch
Tod Puckett Director of production Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Sloan Schroeder VP/director of content production CP+B Boulder
Alex Spahr Director of integrated production 215McCann
Andrew Swee Partner, executive producer No Smoke
Madison Wharton Chief production officer DDB New York