At LÜK, our work revolves around producers. Our vision and mission are squarely rooted in being the type of production partner that complements and supercharges the mounds of effort that go into every project. We believe that this dedicated craft warrants not only praise but also in-depth conversations and the kind of refinement and cumulative improvement those bring.
How do producers advance their skills, network with other creatives, and improve production management? By attending conferences and events held specifically for producers in the entertainment industry.
The significance of fostering connections among like-minded individuals who share the same passion for their craft can’t be understated. Networking with that sort of goal in mind lays the groundwork for future opportunities, offers a fresh perspective on refining your approach to the work, and offers an invaluable chance to engage with those who resonate with your professional journey.
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Why Attend a Producer Conference?
Whether you’re part of a casting agency, modeling agency, or film production, one thing remains crystal clear: who you know can make all the difference in any field. Conferences in this way are the perfect power-up for networking. Not only can you unlock potential job prospects, but you may also discover kindred spirits who can expand your know-how about the whole creative process.
There happen to be a lot of yearly conferences to choose from for most types of producing work. We’re here with a list of where you can rub elbows with the who’s who, learn new tricks of the trade, and maybe even stumble upon your next game-changing collaboration.
Best Producer Conferences & Events
As we close out 2023 and head into 2024, there are plenty of opportunities to do all of the above. Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of the best.
1. American Film Market
The American Film Market (AFM) is a great yearly film industry event that takes place in Santa Monica, California. It serves as a pivotal gathering for the film industry, drawing filmmakers, distributors, and industry professionals from various corners of the world.
AFM centers on the business aspect of filmmaking, particularly the processes of buying and selling distribution rights for films. This event provides a platform for producers, production companies, and distributors to engage in significant transactions and negotiations, shaping the future of cinema releases.
The heart of AFM lies in its marketplace, where diverse companies establish their presence to showcase their film portfolios and conduct meetings with prospective buyers. Beyond commercial transactions, AFM hosts an array of seminars and chats covering multifaceted topics related to film industry dynamics, ranging from financing strategies to effective marketing techniques.
- 11/1/23: The Finance Conference – Session I
- 11/1/23: The Finance Conference – Session II
- 11/1/23: The Content Audiences Want & The Industry Needs to Provide
The International Broadcasting Convention, or IBC, is an event that brings together professionals from the media, entertainment, and technology sectors. This conference serves as an amazing platform for comprehensive discussions, exhibitions, and demonstrations revolving around television, radio, film, and digital streaming.
The IBC is most known for introducing emerging technologies and facilitating an environment for networking, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. Participants gain exposure to amazing innovations, insights into industry trends, opportunities for meaningful interactions with peers and experts, and a fertile ground for fostering partnerships that drive forward innovation and progress in the expansive realm of media and entertainment.
- 9/15/2023: IABM Session State of Media Tech: In this session, the IABM presents its latest research on the key drivers of change in MediaTech by presenter Lorenzo Lorenzo. A panel of MediaTech executives will then join and discuss their take and research on the state of the industry.
- 9/15/2023: Plotting the Effects of Disruption: Media today is constantly changing, and in this talk, the culture of adaptability is the center focus. Evan Shapiro hosts this discussion of disruption across the global media ecosystem, which future trends must the industry stay ahead of, and more.
- 9/15/2023: How AI is Advancing Media Production: Technologists, journalists, and editors come together for this chat to predict what an AI-empowered newsroom might look like and the cascade of operational changes implied therein.
3. Le Book
LE BOOK originated as a limited edition reference book in 1982, crafted by Veronique Kolasa for the creative community in Paris. Over four decades, it has evolved into a global information and inspiration hub with a network of 50,000+ creatives in marketing, image-making, and media buying.
LE BOOK’s editions span New York, London, Berlin, and Paris, featuring a curated selection of top-notch talent in photography, illustration, art direction, and more. Beyond its annual directories, LE BOOK hosts CONNECTIONS events worldwide, fostering real-life networking among industry professionals. The platform also organizes workshops and conferences in partnership with prominent media outlets, serving as a pulse of innovation in the dynamic realm of image-making.
- 9/18/2023: Connections Chicago: Attending Le Book CONNECTIONS provides curated showcases and presentations that ignite inspiration and foster fresh ideas, enabling attendees and our jurors to discover exceptional talent and forge meaningful partnerships.
- 9/21/2023: Connections Minneapolis
9/26/2023: Connections Geneva: In Geneva this September, meet with. 25+ leading creative agencies who are exhibiting some of the greatest talent in film, photo, and mixed media.
4. MIPCOM Cannes
MIPCOM is “the mother of all content markets” where professionals from the global television and digital content sphere converge. It functions as a pivotal arena for content creators, distributors, producers, buyers, and industry experts to engage in the exchange, acquisition, and promotion of television programs, films, digital content, and associated services of varied genres.
Central to MIPCOM is its pronounced emphasis on content procurement and distribution. The event offers a comprehensive platform for the negotiation of broadcasting rights, series, documentaries, and diverse audiovisual content, accompanied by a dynamic exhibition floor where companies display their portfolios and conduct intricate business transactions.
Attendance at MIPCOM presents industry professionals with a unique prospect to find connections with prospective collaborators, explore new and fresh content, gain insights into evolving trends, and foster transformative agreements that shape the global entertainment milieu. As a premier event within the television and content industry, MIPCOM provides a panoramic snapshot of prevailing industry trajectories and prospects.
- 10/15/2023: International Format Awards by C21Media, FRAPA and EMC – Event in partnership with C21, MIPCOM CANNES, FRAPA & Entertainment Masterclass.
- 10/15/2023: MIPCOM Cannes World Premiere TV Screening
- 10/16/2023: First Timers’ Presentation
- 10/16/2023: Who is watching what, how, and why?: Glance Research and Consultancy brings their latest insights into the recent challenges of broadcasters and streamers, the evolution of audience viewing habits, and the latest content trends.
MIPTV (Marché International des Programmes de Télévision) is an annual international television market and conference held in Cannes, France. It’s a major event in the television industry where professionals from around the world gather to buy, sell, and showcase television content, explore new trends, and have in-depth chats about the evolving media landscape.
MIPTV focuses on content distribution and acquisition across a wide range of genres, including scripted and non-scripted programming, documentaries, formats, and digital content. It provides a platform for content creators, distributors, buyers, and industry experts to network, negotiate deals, and discover fresh content for broadcasting and streaming.
In addition to the market aspect, MIPTV features conferences, panels, keynotes, and presentations that delve into industry insights, trends, and emerging technologies. These sessions cover topics like content production, distribution strategies, audience engagement, and the impact of digital platforms on the television landscape.
April 15th-17th 2024: Details to be announced
6. NAB Show
The NAB Show (National Association of Broadcasters Show) is a yearly event that showcases the latest innovations, technologies, and trends in the media, entertainment, and technology industries. It’s one of the largest and most comprehensive trade shows in the world, bringing together professionals from broadcasting, content creation, post-production, streaming, film, advertising, and more.
This show features a massive exhibition floor where companies and organizations display their products, services, and solutions. There are also conferences, panels, workshops, and presentations led by industry experts. These sessions cover a diverse array of topics, including content creation, distribution, streaming, broadcast technology, advertising, and the impact of digital transformation on the media landscape.
October 25th & 26th 2023: NAB Show New York: Lean into efficiency and learn how to maximize resources by connecting with products, practices, and people at the NAB Show New York. Discover new ways to create and collaborate, share ideas, and ignite inspiration.
7. Producers Guild of America
The PGA or the Producers Guild of America is the organization that represents and supports producers in the entertainment industry, including film, television, and new media. The PGA plays a crucial role in advancing the interests of producers, promoting professional standards, and fostering collaboration within the industry.
The Producers Guild of America offers a range of benefits and services to its members, which include producers, executive producers, and other professionals involved in content creation. The organization provides networking opportunities, educational resources, industry events, and advocacy for producers’ rights and interests.
August 24th, 2023: Events are for members only, so apply to join and learn more!
8. South by Southwest (SXSW)
“South by Southwest” (SXSW) is an annual event in Austin, Texas, that champions, debuts, and unpacks film, music, and interactive festivals. For producers, it’s an invaluable opportunity to showcase work, connect with industry professionals, and gain exposure.
The film festival allows producers to screen their projects, potentially leading to distribution deals and recognition. In the music segment, networking with artists and industry figures can foster collaborations. The interactive portion explores technology and innovation, relevant to those in digital content creation and emerging tech projects.
March 8th-16th, 2024: An essential destination for global professionals, the annual March event features incredible discovery, learning, professional development, and networking with creatives from everywhere.
9. Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival, held annually in Park City, Utah, is an incredible, prestigious platform dedicated to independent films. For producers, it offers a perfect opportunity to present their projects to a diverse audience full of industry professionals, critics, distributors, and the general public. Submissions allow producers to gain global recognition and exposure for their work, often resulting in distribution deals that extend their reach and commercial viability.
The festival’s unique environment fosters meaningful networking with fellow filmmakers, actors, distributors, and potential collaborators, enriching the producer’s industry connections and prospects. In addition, Sundance’s comprehensive lineup of panels, workshops, and discussions provides producers with valuable insights into essential aspects of film production, financing, marketing, and distribution, enhancing their ability to navigate the complexities of the industry.
This exposure, combined with the extensive media coverage and critical attention that many showcased films receive, elevates the profile of both the producer and their projects, contributing to a substantial boost in their industry standing.
Sundance 2024 details are still to come.
10. The Media Production and Technology Show
The Media Production and Technology Show (MPTS) is an annual event tailored to benefit producers by offering a comprehensive platform to explore the latest advancements and innovations in media production and content creation. Through its diverse exhibition, producers can discover cutting-edge tools, software solutions, and hardware applications that can enhance their projects’ quality and efficiency.
Attendees gain valuable insights from industry experts during seminars, discussions, and presentations, helping producers stay abreast of trends, emerging technologies, and best practices relevant to their craft. The event’s networking opportunities facilitate connections with potential collaborators, partners, and clients within the media and technology sectors, expanding producers’ professional circles. Workshops and training sessions provide hands-on experiences with specific tools and techniques, equipping producers with practical skills to elevate their work.
By showcasing innovative content created using the latest technologies, MPTS inspires producers with creative possibilities and demonstrates how these tools can be effectively integrated into real-world projects. Ultimately, the Media Production and Technology Show empowers producers to harness the potential of cutting-edge media production technologies and stay ahead in an ever-evolving industry.
- 10/11/2023 – Broadcast Tech Fest: At this event, the benefits of archival and restoration for news, sports, and entertainment content will be discussed.
- 11/1/2023 – Broadcast Sports Summit: At this conference, the global sports industry and tech leaders come together for compelling discussions. Explore the best in sports production, sports broadcasting, and sports content with some of the best to do it.
- 11/2/2023 – Broadcast Sports Awards: This event is a celebration of the outstanding sports production and sports broadcast achievements of 2023.
Level up Your Career in Creative Production
Producer conferences are incredible places to give your skills a boost, expand your network, and supercharge your career. At LÜK, we’re all about doing the very same thing with our tools. Whether you require a co-pilot for casting, a partner for production, or a hero for all entertainment payroll matters, we’ve got you covered.
Actions speak louder than words, so we’d love to show you just how we can help you shine in your industry and up-level your output. Ours is a partnership that’s all about getting things done, and we can’t wait to do it for you.