From the Executive Director – HRTS In-Focus News, Notes & Commentary on the world of HRTS Thu, 11 May 2017 01:12:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 From the Executive Director – HRTS In-Focus 32 32 Springtime Thoughts… Wed, 10 May 2017 23:55:09 +0000 May 2017... This makes it officially 14 springs I’ve experienced since becoming the Executive Director of this great organization. May is usually pretty quiet for us. I usually look at late spring through the prism of sunshine, pilot season wrapping, the upfronts and then a much needed Memorial Day getaway before we dive into summer and planning for the coming year. But this year, aside from a bout of anxiety regarding what could have been a disastrous work stoppage, springtime came roaring at us, albeit in a good way. Even though we’re crazy busy… all I have to say Spring 2017 is rounding out quite nicely for HRTS!

IMG_9991HRTS membership is at an all-time high, evolving and expanding into several new, exciting membership segments reflecting the ever-changing and diverse industry landscape HRTS occupies. This includes a new New York City based Associate membership group, led by NY Associates Co-Presidents Eden Sutley (truTV) and Max Ulanoff (Don Buchwald and Assoc.) We launched our new membership in New York with a freewheeling Q&A with FX’s Eric Schrier. If the first event is any indication, our NY Associates membership should soon rival their slightly older LA siblings in member growth and in compelling events and activities geared towards the mid-level, rising executive ranks. Game on!

Additionally, here in LA we launched our new Unscripted Content Group. Born from the merger of HRTS and the Unscripted Content Association, a group of media legal professionals and focused on the non-scripted space, this new member segment will be producing and presenting programs specifically 20170418_191217targeted at the ever very important non-scripted segment of our business. Industry legal professionals take note: each UCG panel event will be eligible for required MCLE credits! Our first UCG dinner was held at Lawry’s The Prime Rib on April 18 and was a resounding success. A full house welcomed a panel consisting of CNN’s Lizzie Kerner, WME’s David Sherman, Machete Productions’ Amber Mazzola, and All3 Media’s Jennifer Thomas deep diving into Producing Non-Scripted for News Networks. Thank you HRTS Board Member Scott Hervey for your tremendous efforts pulling this together.

And our April Spotlight Breakfast series featuring Audience Network’s Chris Long and IMG_0087-04-23-17-chyna photographyactor/writer/producer Vince Vaughn was a great success. Again, a full house joined us at the Beverly Hilton on April 24 for breakfast and conversation on the exciting original programming platform at Audience network with a very intuitive and entertaining “producer’s” perspective from multi-hyphenate Vince Vaughn. I’m not sure I can promise a Vince Vaughn for breakfast every time but I’m looking forward to the opportunity to shine a spotlight on other interesting, growing nets in the coming months and welcome your ideas on who we might want to feature. Let me know what you think.

So in conclusion, in what is normally a fairly quiet period here at HRTS, this year, well not so much. It’s been busy, busy, busy, and all of it is exciting and new. I guess kind of like pilot/upfront season for the rest of y’all! Year round programming has finally caught up to us at HRTS…but that’s okay. As the industry evolves, so do we, continually striving to provide networking, knowledge and career development opportunities and programming for our ever diverse membership.

As always, on behalf of all of us here at HRTS, thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you at the next event!


Dave Ferrara
Executive Director

When it Rains It Pours… Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:33:10 +0000 Ok.  So maybe I am a bit distracted with the biblical rains and flooding we’ve endured for the last couple of months.  I can’t say I don’t appreciate the fact that my lawn is rediscovering its long-forgotten shade of green but enough already, I’m ready for Spring! Winter is that time of year here in SoCal when we plant seeds for the future.  Whether in our home gardens anticipating a beautiful, colorful landscape.  Or in our business of TV the process that takes promising scripts forward into pilots. Or in the case of HRTS, where we launch a string of new initiatives fortifying our commitment to our members and member companies to be the premiere resource for knowledge, networking and career development.  For an organization that historically was known for our luncheons…I guess you could say HRTS is not just about lunch anymore!


So what wonderful things have we planted for you?  On the events front, we launched 2017 with a very special HRTS Newsmaker event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel featuring a look back at NBC’s seminal Must See TV period of the mid 90’s.  The luncheon and panel reunited a group of executives responsible for shows like Friends, ER, Will and Grace, West Wing and more… The atmosphere in the room had the feeling of a class reunion as Kevin Reilly, David Nevins, Warren Littlefield, John Landgraf and more shared the inside scoop on what made that time, those shows and that group of executives so unique.  I encourage you to read HRTS’ Chris Davison’s recap HERE, and to visit to catch the full-length video online.  Additionally, we are planning a whole new slate of Spotlight Breakfasts for spring looking at topics as diverse as the new studio model, Hispanic television and more as well as new evening Digital Cocktail Series events with next up a conversation with Defy media.  And of course we still will present a year round schedule of activities and events for our growing junior and associate membership programs.

On the membership front, we (and by that I mean the entire HRTS Board of Directors and staff) have been very busy revamping the structure and benefits of membership available to you.  In the effort to align our corporate membership benefits more closely to the career and business needs of our members and member companies, HRTS is very happy to announce that going forward Corporate Membership will now include both associate and junior HRTS member benefits!  That’s right, Corporate members can now extend their HRTS benefits across multiple levels of the company and utilize these memberships as part of their own internal career development efforts!  If you’ve held off on becoming a Corporate Member, now is the perfect time to revisit the idea.  I encourage you to call our office to chat with member services to find out how you can join the over 40 companies that support HRTS at the Corporate level. JOIN NOW!

And lastly…

Unscripted Content Association + HRTS = HRTS Unscripted Content Group!

HRTS is pleased to announce the HRTS Unscripted Content Group (UCG,) the HRTS’ newest membership segment born from the partnership between the Unscripted Content Association (UCA) and the Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS.)  UCA (and its predecessor the Non-Scripted Attorney’s Association) is a coalition of attorneys and other media professionals focused on the business of Unscripted.  Joining forces with the UCA, HRTS is proud to be able to expand our membership and our professional development offerings to include programming focused on the unscripted content space.

The new HRTS Unscripted Content group will present quarterly dinners/panels focused on the ever-evolving business of Unscripted.  As an added bonus for media legal professionals, these new UCG events are eligible for credit towards your MCLE requirements!

New members may join the HRTS-UCG directly which includes all four UCG events. Current HRTS members may purchase individual UCG event tickets through their membership, and for those current members focused on the unscripted space, you are welcome to upgrade your membership to a UCG membership at renewal time.

Once again, all of us at HRTS are pleased to welcome UCA members to the ranks of HRTS membership.  The addition of UCA’s members and quarterly Unscripted Content event programming reflects the ongoing importance we all place on knowledge, networking and career development as we forge forward in our media careers.  For more information on the new HRTS Unscripted Content Group please call HRTS Member Services at (818) 789-1182 or visit HRTS.ORG.

So there you go…it may have been a rainy winter, but we hunkered down and in anticipation of the sunshine to come, worked our tails off to be ready for a new bright and exciting springtime just around the corner!  New events, new expanded benefits, and an entirely new membership segment focused on unscripted, make this a season of evolution for our now almost seventy year old organization. We’re excited to be able to share all of this with you and we hope you find our newest innovations and initiatives to be beneficial as you navigate your media career path.  And of course, as always I encourage you to reach out should you have ideas or thoughts on how we can better serve you, our members and member companies.  At the end of the day, that’s what we are here for!


Dave Ferrara
HRTS Executive Director

HRTS Launches New Associate Membership, Digital Series Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:38:17 +0000 Hi to all of our HRTS Members and Member Companies!  It's fall and there's so many exciting things happening within our organization.  Read on for the highlights!

Lauren Michal and Meredith Willis

Associate Level Membership

HRTS has officially launched the the new Associate Membership... created to fill the organizational void that exists between our early career JHRTS members and the traditionally senior level executive constituency of HRTS.  Associate membership is designed for industry professionals who have matriculated beyond the assistant/coordinator ranks and recognize that events and activities exclusively targeting the rising executive are key to advancing in our industry.  On Tuesday July 12, over one hundred potential HRTS Associate members gathered for the formal kickoff at Hollywood hotspot The Library Bar at The Redbury.  Future associate members mixed and mingled with the newly seated Associate Board, led by co-presidents Meredith Willis and Lauren Michal for an entertaining and informative evening planting the flag for this 071216_HRTS_079_smg-photographyexciting new HRTS initiative.

Knowledge.  Networking.  Career development.  HRTS Associate Membership provides activities and programs specifically designed to drive your career forward, build the relationships needed as you continue your career ascent and prepare you for the next stage in your media industry career.

 For more information or to become a member visit

The New HRTS Digital Cocktail Series 

As our industry evolves, success means staying abreast of the latest trends, technologies and opportunities that present themselves. With that in mind HRTS has launched our newest initiative, the HRTS Digital Cocktail Series. Our intent is to present an exploration of the next generation disruptors/replacers; those new players in the entertainment space who are not attempting a different way of delivering 'television', but are rather providing an audience with an alternative way of engaging content. We kicked off the Digital Cocktail Series with an evening reception and panel titled The New Digital Disruptors, featuring top execs from Surreal, Fullscreen, MobLabs and Victorious. Curated and hosted by HRTS Board Members Scott Hervey and Ian Moffitt, this program is part of HRTS’ new Spotlight Series designed to “shine a spotlight” on important segments of the media industry.  Designed informal and collegial, these events are intended to allow our audience to deep dive into subjects and topics that deserve a more detailed examination and discussion. The Spotlight Series has already presented panels on International Scripted Formats, Children’s and Family TV,  Ratings and Measurement and even an up-close conversation with Showtime’s The Circus on this year’s crazy political landscape.  Whether breakfast or evening, these events provide a casual networking environment followed by an in-depth panel discussion on the topic of the day.  Closing the panel is an audience Q&A segment to really drill down on the day’s topic. The HRTS Digital Cocktail Series...and The Spotlight Breakfast Series..Just our latest initiatives fulfilling HRTS’ commitment to Networking, Knowledge and Career Development.

Save The Date:  HRTS Spotlight Breakfast: Piracy-Nov 17        Click here to order tickets

HRTS Invades New York

HRTS and NYTVF.  As many of you know, next week kicks off the annual New York Television Festival. ( It runs October 24-29 in New York City and HRTS is please to be a returning supporter of this great event highlighting the best in independent television production. Many of our members and member companies are involved in the annual fest and we'll be there to support them! On Wednesday, October 26th the NYTVF Next Generation Committee and JHRTS NY will be hosting a networking event bringing together the emerging artists in the festival with the rising stars from the Executive ranks of HRTS! Open exclusively to NYTVF Artists, Pass Holders and HRTS and JHRTS members, it will be held at the Helen Mills Event Space from 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm. Wrap up your festival day...enjoy a drink, meet the artists and connect with your fellow HRTS and JHRTS members in town for the week!  RSVP to:  RSVP@NYTVF.COM

HRTS/JHRTS NY Mentorship Program Kickoff!  And lastly...HRTS and JHRTS NY are pleased to kick off the 2016-2017 edition of our New York mentorship program with a reception at Rare Rooftop for all mentors and mentees participating in this year's program. With the crazy growth of the NY mentor program this year, we look forward to a great evening of connecting and getting to know one another in a relaxed and collegial environment (with an amazing view, I might add!)  I hope to see you there! If you haven't already done so, please RSVP asap to RSVP Mentor Program

So...All in all a busy start to fall and a great beginning to the organization's evolution to our "new look!"  And of course, stay tuned for announcements on even more upcoming events including Newsmaker Luncheons, Spotlight Breakfasts, Holiday Parties and more. And all in service to our commitment to Networking, Knowledge, and Career Development. As one of my board members recently pointed out, The new HRTS-It's not just about lunch anymore!

Thank you for being a member...and I look forward to seeing you at the next event!

Dave Ferrara
HRTS Executive Director

More Information…More Depth…Just…More! Thu, 26 May 2016 00:33:44 +0000 Hello fellow HRTS members.  It's been a while!   And with an absence like this I'd normally have a couple of thousand words to entertain you with but this post will be different.  Short...and sweet.  Why?  Because this is the beginning of a new era for this members blog.  Going forward,  we've drafted a number of people much smarter than I to discuss and illuminate issues relevant to the ongoing success of our business. You'll find a recap from our own Chris Davison on the recent State of the Industry:  Non-Scripted panel from May 24th.  Moderator Michael Schneider led Charlie Corwin, Mike Darnell, Trish Kinane, Paul Telegdy and Sean Perry through a high level conversation on the current and future state of  non-scripted television in today's rapidly evolving media landscape.  It was fun, informative and occasionally provocative!  (How can it not be with that group?)  And we've even included the full-length video in case you couldn't be there that day in the room.   And don't miss the in-depth white paper from the folks at comScore on the ever changing face of measurement and ratings.  Again focusing on segments of this really important topic that were covered in depth at our Spotlight Breakfast on April 12th.  And again, we've embedded the full length video for you to view at your convenience.

We've decided that this monthly communication from our organization could and should provide much more content that can be of benefit to you, our members as you navigate the ever changing media landscape.  I hope you find this deeper commitment to context and content valuable.  Let me know.  And also let me know what other topics you might want us to deep dive into at future HRTS breakfasts and luncheons.  Till then, I hope you enjoy this new content endeavor and as always... see you at the next event!

Welcome Back Everyone… Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:26:39 +0000 Dave Ferrara

Dave Ferrara

So did summer seem to fly by a little faster this year? What ever happened to the three month break we enjoyed as kids? Out in June…Back in September? Beach time, vacations, long lazy days to chill and recharge? What’s that you say? We’re not kids anymore? Oh well… At least I still feel like a kid!

Regardless of my shortened summer, as we approach September I still get excited by all that I know is coming down the pipe. The new TV Season is upon us. All the new shows to sample, the return of some of my favorites to the schedule, and of course our industry’s prom, the Emmys… September also brings a new HRTS Season, kicking off with our annual State of the Industry Luncheon panel on September 16th. This “forty thousand foot” discussion of the current and future state of our business is an important “weather-vane" as we launch into a new season. We gather some of our industry’s leading voices to weigh in with their views on our ever changing business. I hope to see you all at the Beverly Hilton on September 16th.

Following September’s SOTI luncheon, we’re very excited to kick off our brand new Spotlight Breakfast Series with an event focused on the world of International formats. This up-close and intimate discussion with some of the top execs in this space is designed to be an immersive dialogue allowing our membership to better see and understand the opportunities that exist in the rapidly emerging segment of our business. Target date is October 22, details will be announced shortly.

This is also a good time to welcome our newest Corporate member, Ace Metrix to the growing ranks of companies that support HRTS at the Corporate level. As our industry evolves, so does our membership roster of new and innovative companies that are important to our business. To better understand their place in the business, I encourage you to read Ace Metrix’s CEO, Peter Daboll’s column further down in today’s edition.

Our intrepid reporter, Chris Davison also got an up-close look at the San Diego Comic Con. More and more this lively convention is becoming a center piece in the Hollywood landscape. This year it was a launching pad for the upcoming show, Outcast. And of course, no discussion about television is complete without a Sharknado... the next installment of which, Sharknado 3 will be coming soon to Syfy.

And of course, as always I want to thank ALL of our wonderful HRTS Members and Member companies for their ongoing support of our organization and its 65 year mission… to provide our industry’s premier information and networking forum.

Now… I believe we still have a week or two left to squeeze in some summer fun before it gets REALLY crazy, so before my phone rings again I’m off to the beach to grab some sun!

See you at the next luncheon!

Dave Ferrara
Executive Director

I LOVE this time of year… Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:24:08 +0000 Dave Ferrara

Dave Ferrara

Ahhh…December in Los Angeles. I really do love this time of year. Although the traditional television season is perceived as September through May… December still feels like something’s coming to an end and something new and exciting is on the horizon. Of course some of that might be the fact that our industry basically shuts down over the holidays but even still, I love looking at January as a fresh start, or more factually a re-start of the many activities and initiatives we as an organization take on every year.

Many years ago, a person much older and wiser than I explained to me the importance of change. He likened it to flight. I was young and the thought of airplanes grabbed my attention. As he explained, to get an airplane up into the air you had to change its environment by adding power. More power allowed your plane to lift off. Once at altitude, the plane couldn’t just stay there, you had to still add some power to keep it aloft. Reduce the power, and your plane began to descend and cut power and eventually you’d drop from the sky. I can’t lie…I was young so that last thought really stuck with me for a while! So how does that relate to HRTS?

Our organization was founded way back in 1947 and as you might guess, it looked quite a bit different than it does today. In what could have been a scene out of Mad Men the early HRTS luncheons featured the then leaders of our industry coming together and discussing the important issues of the day, scotch in one hand, and cigarette in the other. Today, maybe the scotch and cigarettes are gone, but this organization still thrives because we bring together industry leaders to discuss and debate issues important to all of our shared business endeavors. Which brings me to the point.

HRTS’ charter to provide a forum to discuss and debate important issues means we are constantly striving to identify relevant and valuable topics for our membership to address. To keep feeding power to the plane’s engine as it were… And while our flagship Newsmaker Luncheon Series does an amazing job looking at the big picture, feedback from our ever-more-diverse membership has indicated a desire and need for us to present smaller, more focused events that really drill down on other, less broad, but no less important aspects of our industry.

In February we’re excited to expand our HRTS offerings with the launch of the HRTS Spotlight Breakfast series. These smaller, more focused morning gatherings will take a closer look at new or evolving segments of our business starting with an up-close conversation on the Hispanic Television market. Other breakfast sessions will feature the children’s and family TV business, formats and international co-productions, animation and much more. The spotlight breakfasts will be your opportunity to learn from and ask questions of some of the leading voices in these industry segments, over coffee and croissants, with the added bonus of getting another opportunity to network with your industry peers in a relaxed and collegial environment.

These Spotlight Breakfast series events will be in addition to our regular schedule of Newsmaker Luncheons, junior membership activities, mentorship program and many other HRTS initiatives. So visit HRTS.ORG and keep an eye on your emails for specific dates and details of these upcoming events.

So yes, by change I mean MORE STUFF from HRTS! Our industry has grown and evolved so much since 1947 I believe the best way to keep us soaring high is to make sure we keep adding power to the engines. As the holiday season is upon us, thank you to all of our wonderful HRTS members, member companies, sponsors, volunteers and other supporters for keeping this organization important and relevant to our industry. And on behalf of all of us here at HRTS... please accept our happiest holiday wishes to you and yours! (Oh…and please pass the scotch!)

Dave Ferrara
Executive Director

From the Executive Director Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:55:29 +0000 Dave Ferrara

Dave Ferrara

Late winter in Southern California feels a little different this year.  Of course, its 85 degrees outside so that might have something to do with it but beyond the weather there is just a different feel to 2014.  Yes, some things are reassuringly the same… Pilot season is in full swing.  Shows are being picked up.  Casts are being assembled (or in most cases fought over!)   Our HRTS spring season is underway (and if you missed the excellent Programmer’s Summit last week it’s available on demand for members on our website video library).  Our little TV business is humming along with a renewed energy.  Even the President of the United States will be in California this weekend spending at least some of his time (according to Twitter reports) binging on HBO’s True Detective and Netflix’s House of Cards!

What does all this mean?  If history is any guide… I can honestly say “who knows?” We’ve grown accustomed to change as the “new normal.”  And I like it that way.  For a while there it felt like things were getting a little boring so all the energy in the air is refreshing.  And that also goes for HRTS.

Wednesday evening we launched the latest cycle of our popular Mentoring Program with a poolside party at the Beverly Hilton.  It was a great turnout and a lot of fun to see mentors and mentees getting to know one another.  I truly want to thank all of the generous mentor participants for offering up their time to help grow the next generation on industry leaders.

And what else is HRTS up to?  We’re working on some exciting events for the coming months that we’ll be announcing shortly.  Our Corporate Membership roster continues to expand with the addition of WGN America, Televisa, Hulu and more.  What started with twenty two companies a few short years ago now has grown to fifty five companies that support HRTS at the Corporate level.  And we’re talking to several other organizations in preparation for some new, additional networking and informational events for our membership beyond out trademark Newsmaker Luncheons.

So all in all, it’s a great time in our business, and at HRTS.  The weather’s great.  The offers are flying.  And we could be frozen in Atlanta!  I want to wish all of our members a very happy and successful pilot season and I look forward to seeing you all at our next event.

Till then Mr. President, if you’re reading this… I’m not current on my True Detective so NO SPOILERS!


Dave Ferrara

Happy Holidays from all of us at HRTS! Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:51:22 +0000 As the days tick down to our annual (and much needed!) holiday break I wanted to take a moment to wish each and every one of you happy holidays…and share a few thoughts on this industry we work in and our organization that represents it.

snowmanEvery year the Ferrara family has a few ironclad holiday traditions. One of the longest lasting (and fondest I might add) is gathering the family around the TV to watch the holiday classic, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. I know…in a world of iPhones, Twitter, Instagram, PS4 and such… Rankin/Bass’ quaint 1964 story of acceptance and redemption seems a likely candidate to disappear into the digital ether but for our family, and many millions more across the country, it is still a must-see annual holiday tradition.

I watched it with my folks back in the sixties. My daughter watched it with me in the eighties, and now my granddaughter has joined the party in 2013! I wonder if Rudolph’s creative team could truly comprehend the legacy they were crafting? The impact their little stop-motion program has transcended generations. So what’s my point?

In a nutshell, the adventures of Rudolph, Hermey, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and all the rest are a perfect example of what’s best about our industry. The products we produce and distribute in our day to day work lives are unique in the potential they have to impact and influence not just people…but generations of people, the world over! Think about that for just a second… There really aren’t that many industries that can make that claim. Ours is an industry built on the foundation of making people “feel.” Happiness. Sadness. Love. Feelings that transcend the everyday pressures and challenges that everyone faces. Our industry is responsible for having that effect...not just in our immediate surroundings but on a world-wide basis. If you ask me, that’s pretty incredible.

So back to my point. I think I speak for most of us when I say that it is a gift to get to work in this business. HRTS, our organization, represents the best and brightest of our industry. It is truly an honor and privilege to get to work with the many amazingly creative and passionate individuals and companies represented by our membership. For that, I thank you.

It is with this in mind that I extend to all of you the happiest of holiday wishes… and remind you to occasionally sit back and relish just how lucky we all are to get to do this for a living!

Season’s best from all of us at HRTS…

Dave Ferrara

So far…So good! Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:24:12 +0000 It feels good to be back in the swing of fall.  There’s a glut of new shows on my DVR to catch up on.

I’m behind on my new fall viewing because I had to binge the final season of Breaking Bad…My back is sore from sitting for so long but totally worth it!  As I dive into my collection of freshman shows, I’m curious what others think about some of the new stuff out there.  Please, no spoilers tho…I want to slam through the first three weeks over the coming weekend.

What else?  We launched our season with our annual State of the Industry panel and a great panel it was!  Ted Harbert, Tim Spengler, Michael Lombardo, John Landgraf and Andy Forssell…  Very interesting thoughts on our business from five very different viewpoints.  If you missed it you can stream it on demand at HRTS.ORG…  Highly recommended.

Another exciting thing for fall is the organization announced our newly elected leadership team.  I’m looking forward to working with newly installed President Bela Bajaria, VP Adam Berkowitz, Secretary Ian Moffitt and returning Treasurer Martha Henderson.  Our first meetings have been infused with a fresh energy and commitment to quality and import that will be evident in the luncheons and other activities we present in the coming months.

This new energy is also extending to our membership.  I’m excited to see new additions to our Corporate membership ranks with companies as diverse as Bento Box, Televisa, Entertainment One, Kaplan Stahler and Fox Rothschild.  Our Senior and junior level memberships are growing and active and it looks like we can expect this trend to continue well into 2014!

All in all it is a good time to be part of HRTS.  We are a strong, thriving, constantly evolving and growing organization that is and always will be the one place where industry leaders can gather together to network and discuss issues important to our business success.  I’m looking forward to an exciting and thought provoking 2013-2014 HRTS season…and even more so to hunkering down this weekend to enjoy me some new shows…   See you at the next luncheon!


Dave Ferrara

It’s Busy Season at HRTS Thu, 07 Mar 2013 22:56:46 +0000 Dave Ferrara

Dave Ferrara

Okay. I admit I’ve been MIA from the last couple of HRTS blogs but I have an excuse. I’ve been really, really busy! Or I should say, HRTS has been really busy and with all the activity I chose to hold off until I had something important to say. At least in my mind it seems important so here we go.

This spring is by far the busiest I and my staff have encountered in my years here at HRTS. Coming off our December Newsmaker digital panel and immediately presenting the amazing “Conversation with Bob Iger” in January, we immediately jumped into production on our next couple of events. A special Hitmakers panel featuring creators and executive producers of both scripted and unscripted hit shows, which will kick off on March 27th at the Beverly Hilton, and shortly thereafter a special “Comedy on TV” event featuring a conversation with one of my idols, Lorne Michaels set for April 16th.

Both of these events are on sale as we speak at, so I encourage you to get your tickets early to ensure a seat in the room.

In and around that we also launched the third annual cycle of our ever-expanding HRTS/JHRTS mentorship program, which this year paired up 65 mentor groups for the term. This program is rapidly becoming an important part of the career development charter of our junior organization and has doubled in size each of the last three years! The committee received and reviewed over 200 mentee applications this year. Many of us at one time or another have benefitted from a mentor so I want to thank all the HRTS mentors who have committed time to this important program and want to encourage even more HRTS members to consider participating as a mentor next year.

I’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge all of our newest Corporate members who have come aboard in supporting our organization. Cineflix Studios, Shine America, Machinima Inc., and Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation, thank you to all for supporting HRTS at the Corporate level. Since the HRTS charter is to endeavor to reflect the ever growing and changing face of our industry, it pleases me to see so many leading companies joining to support all that we do.

Yes, it’s busy at HRTS but I wouldn’t have it any other way. This organization exists solely for the benefit of our members and member companies. We’re here specifically to provide the industry’s premier information and networking forum; a place where information can be shared and relationships, both business and personal, can be developed and nurtured right there in the room.

It is an honor to get to do what we do for such an amazing industry. Truth is, we all love TV... in whatever shape in comes it these days, so everything we do is to help you, our membership be successful towards that end. Our members tell us that the number one reason to join HRTS is for the opportunity to be “in the room” with everyone who makes this business go. Do you know someone, or some company that should be in the room as well? Tell them to give me a call. I’m happy to help!

See you at the next luncheon!

Dave Ferrara
Executive Director