Minority Independent Producer Summit, Inc. (MIPS), is a non-profit organization, established to serve as an advocate for increased participation by independent producers and content creators from underrepresented communities such as those of color, LGBT, women and those with disabilities in the film, tv and digital media industries.
In its inaugural year, MIPS2014 was the first summit dedicated to the recognition, celebration and promotion of underrepresented independent producers and content creators with the sole purpose of focusing on the "business behind the business." Through MIPS Chats, panel discussions, workshops, peer-to-peer networking and direct liaison with industry professionals and experts, participants were abled to gain considerable education, knowledge and contacts for advancing their projects and careers.
The venues for MIPS include Tribeca Cinemas and MIST Harlem, both prominent culture centers for an emerging diverse community:
Flexible screening studios
Entertainment and hospitality space
Close to public transportation
Nearby shopping and restaurants
"I don't understand why people don't understand that the world of TV
should look like the world outside of TV."
- Shonda Rhimes -
THE MIPS MISSION
To empower minority independent film and TV producers to achieve greater access and sustainability. Primary focus will be on the following:
Access and Sustainability
Business Partnership and Collaboration
Breaking the Distribution Blockade
THE INDEPENDENT PRODUCER
The independent producer is the backbone behind every independent motion picture and television series. They are the ones that package the project, obtain financing, and complete the multitude of tasks that enable the project to move forward into production. More important, they are the ones who get films made to sell in the marketplace, and bring to audiences worldwide.
From concept to post-production to sales/distribution, the independent film producer oversees script development, hiring of key personnel, legal and financial contracts, budgets, scheduling, public relations, sales and distribution. In the true independent world of filmmaking they typically spend the most time on a television and/or film project, often years, and often the least appreciated and paid. They are the underpaid CEO's and unsung heroes of numerous media projects.
"Someone is sitting in the shade today
because someone planted a tree a long time ago."
- Warren Buffett -
Founding Partner / Executive Director
Margarita Sophia Cortes
Director Public Relations
Producer, Vice Chair At Producers Guild Of America, East
SVP Programming & Marketing At Snagfilms
Margarita Sophia Cortes
Founder MSophia PR, Entertainment Publicity
Producer, Managing Partner At Emerging Pictures And Professor/Chair Of Columbia University Producing Program
EVP At Entertainment Partners Financial Solutions
Director of Digtial Strategy, Picture Motion
Writer/Director for Black Starz, HBO, Fox TV, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., and A&E.; Acting Chair at Columbia University's School of the Arts Film division
Elizabeth Gardner Potter
Producer, Former Co-Owner/Co-Executive Director Of New York International Latino Film Festival
Former Program Director Of Film Society Of Lincoln Center And Director Of New York Film Festival. Professor At Columbia University School Of The Arts Film Division
Executive Asst. Corporation Counsel for Government Policy, NYC
Associate Professor, NYU Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Director Of Programs, Writers Guild Of America, East
Creative Executive And Producer For Belafonte Enterprises, Executive Producer At Carbon-Fibre Media
Executive Producer / Producer- Black Label Media; P.S. I Love You, The Blind Side, Beautiful Creatures, Something Borrowed
María Agui Carter
Writer/Director/Producer/REBEL, Iguana Films, Trustee, National Association of Latino Independent Producers
S. Casper Wong
Producer/Director, The Lulu Sessions
Former President And CEO, Link TV
Director Of Feature Programming At The Tribeca Film Institute
Director, Sales & Operations At Tribeca Cinemas
National Director of EEO & Diversity for SAG-AFTRA
Deputy Director & Head of Programming, IFP and Senior Program Advisor, Made in New York Media
Producer, Actor, Writer, Host Of ABC's Primetime And Good Morning America
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- Martin Luther King -
The MIPS Guest Speakers & Workshop Facilitators:
Panels, workshops and network opportunities with industry insiders and experts. More events to be added weekly.
Participants are highly recommended to bring their projects to the summit.
More special guests and workshops to be added weekly.
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