August 05, 2010

Panel, "Made in NY" Production Assistants: A Peer-to-Peer Discussion, New York City

On Tuesday, August 17, 2010, the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting and Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, in collaboration with Harlem Stage, will present “Made in NY” Production Assistants: A Peer-to-Peer Discussion at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse. The panel will give interested young New Yorkers the opportunity to hear first hand from other young people who have started their careers in TV and film production with the help of the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program, which provides free job training for those otherwise lacking access to the entertainment industry. The panel is free and open to the public; doors open at 6pm.

Developed in partnership between the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting and nonprofit Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI), the “Made in NY” PA Training Program provides unemployed and low-income New Yorkers with four weeks of free, intensive training that prepares them to work on New York City sets and in production offices. Since its launch in 2006, more than 200 New Yorkers have been certified as “Made in NY” PAs and have worked on over 1,000 productions, including “30 Rock,” “Sesame Street,” “Gossip Girl,” Sex and the City, The Smurfs and Enchanted. Many graduates of the program have advanced to higher level positions in the locations and camera departments, among others.

“Made in NY” Production Assistants: A Peer-to-Peer Discussion will feature a panel of “Made in NY” PAs who will talk about their experiences working in the entertainment industry and the opportunities that they have received through their training. Representatives from BWI will also be on hand to answer questions about how to apply to the program.

“New York City is home to over 100,000 New Yorkers who make their living working behind the scenes,” said Commissioner Katherine Oliver. “Our office is committed to diversifying our local industry through workforce development programs, like the „Made in NY‟ PA Training Program, so that more women, people of color, and economically disadvantaged New Yorkers have access to new opportunities in film and television production.” For more information about these programs, visit BWI provides two years of job placement and career counseling to certified “Made in NY” PAs, so they can not only find their first jobs, but move up the career ladder. For more information about BWI and the “Made in NY” PA

Training Program, visit

“Made in NY” Production Assistants: A Peer-to-Peer Discussion begins at 6:30 pm.

Doors open at 6 pm. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. RSVP to  by Friday, August 13. The Harlem Stage Gatehouse is located at 150 Convent Avenue and West 135th Street in Manhattan.

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