â€˜Brave New (Open) World: A Producerâ€™s Primer on the Latest Open Source Softwareâ€™ At The New Schoolâ€™s Lang Auditorium on Tuesday, November 10th from 7:00-9:00 pm
FOR RELEASE ON: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2009
NEW YORK â€“ The Producers Guild of America (PGA) New Media Council (NMC) East today announced that it will convene a panel discussion on the latest open source software solutions for new media, film, and television producers on Tuesday, November 10th, from 7:00-9:00 pm at The New Schoolâ€™s Theresa Lang Auditorium, located at 55 West 13th Street, at 6th Avenue in New York City. The event, free to attendees, will feature New York-based leaders of the open source movement, including: Kaltura; Diversion Media, and AdMob. To RSVP, please visit
The event is part of the PGA NMC Eastâ€™s well-regarded Salon Series, which is now in its 5th season. All events are webcast in on-demand format by Scribe Media, and can be accessed at
. Past events have included interviews with The New York Timesâ€™ David Carr; Discovery Planet Greenâ€™s Laura Michalchyshyn; Emerging Picturesâ€™ Ira Deutchman, and panel sessions on technology and media policy; animation in non-fiction film, and local online media, among other topics.
â€œFrom wikis to Ruby on Rails, producing content using open source software is no longer a rarified option, but a long-term strategy for production companies,â€? said Chris Pfaff, chairman of the PGA NMC East. â€œThe open source software revolution, long the province of computer scientists and software developers now offers producers continuously improved software â€“ thanks to the open source community â€“ that can deliver lower costs and high-quality features for web and mobile apps; video editing and distribution; audio recording, and collaborative applications.â€?
This session will provide a snapshot of the open source software movement’s key features for those producing in the virtual world.
* Linda Drabik, Kaltura (open source video)
* Tatum Lade, Diversion Media (open source web)
* Norman Basch, recently of Reservoir Labs (what producers need to know when selecting open source software)
* Brian Murphy, AdMob (open source mobile)
The panel will be moderated by Chris Pfaff, Chapter Chairman, PGA New Media Council East. Wine and refreshments will be provided.
About the Producers Guild of America (PGA)
The Producers Guild of America comprises more than 4,000 members working in all areas of film, television, and new media production. The Guildâ€™s leadership is committed to just treatment for members of the producing team, from rigorous enforcement of workplace labor laws, to fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits. More information on the PGA can be found at:
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