- Friday, May. 19, 2017
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.
|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|
|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|