Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tucson: UofA Hanson Film Institute and the Tucson Film Office - Panel "Inside Track: Web Series-The New Way In?"


Vicky Westover

Director, Hanson Film Institute

(520) 626-9825


            To set up interviews contact 

 Vicky Westover (520) 626-9825


Groundbreaking Producers, Writers, Directors and Actors

to Serve on Panel Inside Track: Web Series-The New Way In?


The University of Arizona’s Hanson Film Institute and the Tucson Film Office are pleased to announce their collaboration on a series of film, television and new media panels for the Tucson community. The Inside Track Panels will feature, in person, the entertainment industry executives, producers, directors, actors, agents and others who make it all happen -- and many of them have roots in Tucson and/or at the University of Arizona!


The panelists will provide in-depth discussion, lively debate, and a rare glimpse behind the curtain to the realities of the film, television and new media industries. The topics covered will be timely and cutting edge, and will be approached from a broad range of perspectives.


The Inside Track Panels were inspired by last fall’s panel, “Breaking and Entering: The New State of the Entertainment Industry,” which attracted over 300 attendees and drew nationwide industry attention to Tucson. Panelists included Producer Scott Stuber (Love and Other Drugs, Role Models), and John Kilkenny, Executive VP at 20th Century Fox (Avatar, Night at the Museum, X-Men). Both are UA alum.


We are excited to announce that the next Inside Track Panel -- “Web Series - The New Way In?” -- will take place on Friday, October 14, 2011 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Creative Photography.


The panel will focus on new ways to tell stories that are seen exclusively online. Panelists will include content creators, business model makers, and writer/producers working on drama, comedy and reality series that manage to completely bypass traditional television. New technologies are making web series not only possible, but often preferable!


Confirmed on the panel are: Mark Gantt, the co-creator, producer and star of the record-breaking and Streamy award-winning online web series drama called The Bannen Way, who is also developing a new web series and is directing and acting in other web series as well as guest-starring in mainstream media; Barrett Garese, the Director of Content Partnership at Blip.tv, an online network that offers the best in original web series, while helping web series producers to successfully monetize their content, also one of the creators of the first online division at a major entertainment agency and former head of Spytap Industries;  Julia Grob, co-creator, producer and


star of the popular part comedy/part drama web series called East WillyB, which is shot  

in Brooklyn where the series is set, also the creator of a one-woman show that toured internationally, and an active, acclaimed theater artist; and successful film, television and theater actor Ruth Livier, the visionary creator, exec producer, writer and star of one of the first web series, the award-winning Ylse, which is in development for its third season. Ruth is also a trailblazer as the first writer to qualify for the WGA based on online content.


Clips of panelists' work, some of it not yet released to the public, will be screened, and attendees will have the chance to ask the panelists questions.  


There will be two additional Inside Track panel events in the 2011/2012 school year. One will deal exclusively with television and the other one with film. Each panel will offer an opportunity to discover the real story of the entertainment business directly from hands-on, top-notch experts in their fields. 


The moderator is Lorna Soroko, an award-winning TV development executive, producer, writer and entertainment lawyer. Lorna, originally from Los Angeles, is now a Tucsonan who also guest teaches at the UA.

The Inside Track panels will bring the Entertainment Industry back home to Tucson, where a rich legacy of filmmaking is part of our local heritage.

The Jack and Vivian Hanson Arizona Film Institute (Hanson Film Institute) at The University of Arizona offers programs for students, emerging filmmakers, and media entrepreneurs who want to contribute significantly to the art and/or business of filmmaking and have an influential role in the film industry. Serving diverse, underrepresented, and new voices, the Hanson Film Institute creates and advances a dynamic understanding of the collaborative dimensions of the art and business of film. The Hanson Film Institute provides and supports educational programs, public events, and creative projects.

Tucson Film Office, a department of the Metro Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Tucson-area as a convention, visitor and film production destination.  It is financially supported by the City of Tucson, Pima County, the Town of Oro Valley and its nearly 600 individual and business members.

The Inside Track panels are open to the public. Admission to each panel is $8 for the general public.  Admission for University of Arizona students and faculty is free (CatCard required).


For more information, contact Vicky Westover (520) 626-9825 or visit our website: www.insidetracktucson.com



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