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Giovannie Espiritu, Multi-Hyphenate, Won a Telly Award for Her Short Documentary “Legacy”

On hearing my friend and PGA (Producers Guild of America) colleague Giovannie Espiritu winning a Telly Award for her documentary short “Legacy,” I took the opportunity to interview her about her career as a multi-hyphenate in Hollywood, working as a production coordinator for a production company, an actress and a producer of independent films on her own.

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The Producers Guild of America Celebrates Pride Month with “Pride and Leadership” Virtual Panel on June 8, 2023

In celebration of Pride month, please join us for a virtual panel conversation with Nicole Conn (Producer, Writer & Director of Claire of the Moon), Jeffrey Reddick (Producer, Writer, Director & creator of the Final Destination franchise), Silas Howard (Director of Transparent) and Stephen Israel (Producer of Swimming With Sharks). Carving out uniquely creative careers in their own right, these trailblazing storytellers will discuss the importance of LGBTQ+ leadership and the power of representation. The panel will explore the unique experiences and perspectives that shape LGBTQ+ storytelling. Moderated by David Canfield, entertainment contributor of Vanity Fair.

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Producers Guild of America Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month with “Diversity and Leadership in Entertainment”

Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month, on May 5 at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET, Producers Guild of America’s AAPI Working Group, with community collaborator Gold House, will host a FREE PUBLIC WEBINAR / virtual panel conversation titled “Leadership and Diversity in Entertainment” with Albert Cheng (Head of Amazon Prime Video), Jinny Howe (Head of Drama, Netflix), Jonathan Wang (Academy Award & PGA Award-winning Producer of Everything Everywhere All at Once) and Shruti Ganguly (Filmmaker & Writer). Throughout their careers, these leaders have used their backgrounds to shape the entertainment landscape and pave the way for future generations of creatives. Cheng, Howe, Wang and Ganguly will share insights on their personal journeys. They’ll also discuss how they’ve leveraged their cultural heritage and experiences to drive innovation and creativity in their respective fields. The chat is moderated by President and Co-Founder of Gold House, Bing Chen.

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Olga Zhurzhenko on Producing in Ukraine Now

On Feb 11, 2022, I did an interview with Olga about her current situation and producing in Ukraine now.

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