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Director’s Guild of America To Present Directors Panel at LiveTV:LA Nov. 17

Spike Jones Jr. will lead a special Directors Panel at LiveTV: LA. photo credit Tom Caltabiano

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) will present a panel discussion of leading live-television directors at LiveTV:LA at the Los Angeles Hilton in Universal City on Nov. 17. The event is the annual conference and technology showcase focused on the latest creative, technology, and business trends in production of live entertainment, sports, reality, news, and social-media programming.

Scheduled to take the main stage on this year’s directors panel are Michael Dempsey (founder Dempsey Productions), Gregg Gelfand (credits include American Idol, Rising Star), Alex Rudzinski (Dancing With the Stars, Grease! Live), Michael Simon (Ridiculousness, Survivor live finals),   The session is being moderated by Producer/Director Spike Jones Jr.

Founded in 1936, the DGA is the world’s preeminent organization representing directors and members of the directorial team, including directors, assistant directors, unit production managers, associate directors, stage managers, and production associates. The DGA represents more than 16,000 directors and members of the directorial team.

Also, acclaimed DGA member Don Mischer has been named a keynote speaker at the event. The winner of 15 Emmy Awards and a record 10 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement will address the crowd about his experiences in the world of “High-Risk, Live Television.”

Once again presented by Sports Video Group (SVG), Variety 411, and TVNewscheck, the day-long program is designed to address the latest creative, technology, and business trends in television’s fastest-growing category: live production. Last year, more than 300 producers and their technical staffs got together for the first time to explore live TV production for entertainment, sports, reality, news, and social media. The sessions and industry networking were supported by more than 36 exhibitors and sponsors.

“LIVETV:LA will once again give the community a 360-degree view of the latest trends and technologies that are advancing this, the most important type of television programming,” says show director Joe Palombo. “Panels of leading directors, producers, and engineers will provide new insights into how the industry’s leading production companies and broadcast executives are advancing audience engagement and maximizing ratings, while pushing the envelope of production technologies and storytelling techniques all in real time and for a worldwide audience.”

The preliminary 2015 conference sessions also includes:

  • Winning Ways in Awards Show Production
  • Producers Panel on Live Production Techniques
  • EIC and TD Panel on Proven Live-TV Products & Workflows
  • Social Media and the Live Viewer Connection
  • So You Think You Can Produce a Primetime Talent Show?
  • Reality Check: Getting Innovative for Reality TV
  • Sports Techniques for Entertainment Production
  • PLUS Technology Master Classes on Lighting, Sound, Graphics, Aerials, Virtual Reality, and 4K

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