Only the second day of February and we're already lining up panelists for the 2009 Conference, October 22-25. Doug Ellin, "Entourage" creator/writer, and Gina Prince-Bythewood (I've invited her FOUR years in a row), writer/director of "The Secret Life of Bees" and one of my favorites, "Love & Basketball," have accepted our invitations and will be here in October.
Check out this LA Times profile on Ellin discussing plans for fifth season and tackling what he calls the "biggest thing about Hollywood," its extreme seesaw nature:
Other confirmed panelists include:
Paul Feig (creator/writer of the Emmy-nominated “Freaks and Geeks”, writer/director “I Am David”, writer “Unaccompanied Minors”) Just won DGA Award!
Jay A. Fernandez, senior film reporter The Hollywood Reporter
Barry Josephson, producer 20th Century Fox
Chris McQuarrie (writer “The Usual Suspects”, “The Way of the Gun”, “Valkyrie”)
Melissa Rosenberg (“Twilight”, “New Moon,” and “Breaking Dawn”, head writer “Dexter”)