Panel 1: SATURDAY OCTOBER 21, 11am-1pm

Columbia College Presents: Point of Entry to Industry: Short Films or Web Series

Venue: LA Live – Regal: 1000 West Olympic BLVD., Los Angeles 90015 (3rd Fl-screening room)

 This panel will explore the real methods used to get your short film or web series noticed and launch your career. Learn from the experts that have actually done this with their short films and learn tangible lines you can follow. Learn from those who created shorts and won the attention of Hollywood. Columbia College is presenting this expert panel. Q&A to follow.

Jennie Lew Tugend – (Moderator)

JENNIE LEW TUGENDA film veteran in the Hollywood movie business, Jennie Lew Tugend’s expertise bridges film and TV development, production, financing, marketing and distribution. She has produced and co-produced some of the industry’s most memorable franchises: Free Willy, Lethal Weapon and HBO’s Tales from the Crypt.

As former Co-President of Kadokawa Pictures USA, Tugend was a producer on One Missed Call, a WB release and two episodes of Showtime’s “Master of Horror”. Today, she and producing partner, Lauren C. Weissman have developed five new IP’s from Kadokawa Publishing, which are in development at various production companies.

At Warner Bros., Tugend produced Free Willy, the box office smash hit, which has now become a family film classic. She went on to produce the sequel Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home and completed the trilogy with Free Willy 3: The Rescue.

Tugend co-produced Lethal Weapon 1, 2 and 3. These Mel Gibson and Danny Glover buddy cop movies are now classics in the action comedy genre.

Tugend produced family films, Local Boys starring Mark Harmon and Star Kid, which received an Award of Excellence by the Film Advisory Board; and for MGM, the romantic comedy, Return to Me starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver.

Serving as Executive VP of Richard Donner Productions, Tugend co-produced Radio Flyer for Columbia Pictures and Scrooged for Paramount Pictures starring Bill Murray. For HBO, she co-produced Tales From The Crypt and was instrumental in the development and production of The Goonies and The Lost Boys.

Tugend was a mentor in the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program at USC for 15 years and is an active member of the Producer’s Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America. She is also teaching film production at UCLA Extension and Columbia College Hollywood.

 TBA panelist will be populated mid September