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JHRTS News & Updates: March 2013

JHRTS Longform panel

JHRTS Longform TV panel
Photo by Chyna Photography

March has been a fun month! On March 14th we held a Long-Form TV panel at CAA which helped to garner a better understanding of all aspects of miniseries/limited series and television movies, including development, writing, physical production, network programming and more. The expert panelists who helped us explore the topic were Jordan Helman (Director of Scripted Programming, Sundance Channel), Chad Hodge (Writer/Creator of WAYWARD PINES), Brad Saunders (VP, HBO Miniseries & Cinemax Programming), Michael Sluchan (SVP, Original Scripted Series Programming, USA - moderator), and Tony To (Co-Executive Producer of BAND OF BROTHERS, THE PACIFIC, FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, and Walt Disney Studios' President of Physical Production). Through candid, in-depth and often humorous discussion, the audience gained a broader understanding of how these formats differ from features and television series. We heard various explanations for the recent resurgence of this type of programming, from economics to creative advantages, and members came away with deeper insight into the process of creating such a unique form of entertainment.

Barry Jossen roundtable at JHRTS

Roundtable Conversation with Barry Jossen

On Monday April 1st, Barry Jossen, EVP of Creative and Production at ABC Studios, spoke to JHRTS members at an intimate round table. He talked about his personal experiences in the industry and where he sees opportunity for the up-and-comers in entertainment. Barry also discussed the projects that he has worked on in the past and the ones he is currently working on and excited about. Barry's impressive current job and his ability to expertly discuss his experience, insight and perspective, made for a uniquely great roundtable. Thank you, Barry!

This April we have another panel to look forward to, focusing on Mobile & Interactive spaces. There will also be a Trivia Night mid-month, location will be announced soon! We can’t wait to see you all there!

Please be on the lookout for our quarterly Philanthropy newsletter for upcoming volunteer opportunities and join our Facebook group to hear about other events on the horizon!


Rachel Polan & Alyson Beckman

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