LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hollywood’s leading studios, networks and entertainment companies are joining forces with Veterans in Media & Entertainment (VME) to present the fourth annual Veterans in Entertainment Summit, a two-day virtual event. in operation November 15 (9:00-15:00 PT) and November 16 (9:00-12:00 PT).
Last year, more than 500 veterans, service members and military family members attended the virtual event, learning from more than 50 speakers during 17 unique sessions. The agenda included live panels with Warner Bros. veterans and writers. Television/CBS. United States of Al and CBS SEAL team. The event also featured sessions with game developers and talks with creatives, executives and representatives of the industry’s leading unions.
This year, some of Hollywood’s biggest producers will share their stories, including Michael Uslan (owner of the film rights to the Batman films); writer/producer Tom DeSanto (X-Men and Transformers franchises); social impact producer Bonnie Abaunza (Rwandan hotels, blood diamond); and Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy-winning producer Bruce Cohen (american beauty i Pushing Daisies). All are supporters of veteran initiatives like VME.
“When you think about it, making a movie or a TV show mirrors a military operation in a lot of ways,” said Karen Kraft, president and chief executive officer of VME. “You have to bring highly skilled people together as a team to complete a job on a tight schedule. You need the skills to plan, coordinate, supply and execute, just like we learn in the military.”
“Veterans don’t always immediately think of the entertainment industry when they make the transition,” said Tom McCafferty, vice president of VME. “The truth is that entertainment companies also need to hire corporate people with backgrounds in areas such as accounting and business, IT, marketing and advertising.”
“This event provides a great way for veterans and military veterans to learn about career opportunities and find mentors, internships, or join the various unions that provide crew to Hollywood productions,” said Rebecca Murga , a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and a member of VME. who is currently writing Swagger for Apple TV+.
“If you’re interested in a career in entertainment or have ever wondered what it might be like to work in Hollywood, this is a great opportunity to hear from the best in the business,” said Barbara Autin, a West Point graduate and veteran of the Iraq war. . Autin is a development consultant for Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment Group and is a VME volunteer.
Event sponsors include Paramount Veterans Network, Warner Bros. Discovery, Activision Blizzard, The Call of Duty Endowment, Amazon Studios, Comcast NBCUniversal, First Entertainment Credit Union, Bad Robot Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Deloitte, The Walt Disney Company, Lionsgate and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
All events will be held online and registration is FREE for veterans, active duty and military families. Register at www.vmeconnect.org.
About veterans in media and entertainment
Veterans in Media & Entertainment (VME) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to connect US military veterans working or aspiring to work in the media industry entertainment with jobs, internships and educational opportunities. VME currently provides employment, internship and educational programs and services to more than 5,000 veterans nationwide. Learn more at https://vmeconnect.org/.
Director of Communication of VME
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