City Life Org – Fall 2023 “Made in NY” Talks

Signature Series with Focus on Job Opportunities for New Yorkers Returns; Full Schedule Available at

The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) is pleased to announce the Fall 2023 schedule for the “Made in NY” Talks series. Presented in partnership with the Center for Communication, the series brings together industry leaders to share insights, information and news with New Yorkers looking to work in the media and entertainment industries. The talks are in-person, free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Center for Communication on the “Made in NY” Talks series which, this Fall, provides resources and information that supports our city’s economic recovery and speaks to topics that are top of mind for those looking to work in the entertainment industry,” said Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Pat Swinney Kaufman. “As the parties currently engaged in discussion around the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes continue to look for an equitable solution, these panels look to prepare New Yorkers for the anticipated increase in production, thanks to the recent extension of the state film tax credit, once the strikes are over.”

Fall 2023 panels include:

Jumpstart a Career in Film & TV Production 
Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 to 8:00 PM ET 
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) 
If you want to produce compelling content, starting off as a production assistant is a common first job. Producers from Made in NY productions share the skill set PAs need to make a great impression in the first job.


  • Venus Anderson, Director of Media Programs, “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
  • Anika Chowdhury, Writer & Script Coordinator, Gabby’s Dollhouse, DreamWorks
  • Teena Marie Delerme-Lugo, Second Assistant Director (Dr. Death, Manifest)
  • Naiquan Greene, Senior Digital Producer, BET Digital

Moderator: Raeshem Nijhon, Founder and Executive Producer, Culture House 
RSVP to attend “Jumpstart a Career in Film & TV Production”

Media Literacy, AI & Journalism: The Challenges & Opportunities 

Monday, October 23, 6:00 to 7:30 PM ET 
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, 455 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor 
Artificial Intelligence has led journalists to question how they’ll report. While the benefits of AI include simplifying complex topics and assisting with questions for interviews, many find it can’t always be trusted.

Presented in partnership with the New York Public Library’s Media Literacy Week, this forum gathers experts to discuss how journalists can use artificial intelligence as a resource, while also being mindful of its limitations.


  • Gwendolyn (Wendy) Bounds, U.S. Head of Content, SmartNews
  • Paul Cheung, CEO, The Center for Public Integrity
  • Paris Martineau, Reporter, The Information
  • Surya Mattu, Lead, Digital Witness Lab

Moderator: Brian Stelter, Special Correspondent, Vanity Fair; Author, Network of Lies 
RSVP to attend “Media Literacy, AI & Journalism: The Challenges & Opportunities”

Set Life: Designing the Scene 
Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 to 8:00 PM ET 
NYU Production Lab, 16 Washington Place 
There are so many details that are integral to the production of any film or television show. Costume and set designers and hair and make-up artists help the script come to life. Creatives share the tricks of the trade that will help you showcase your artistic skills.


  • Rashwan Abdelbaki, Scenic Artist (Severance, Search Party, The Equalizer)
  • Mira Patel, Scenic Designer and Assistant Art Director (Full Circle, The Calling, Law & Order, Partner Track)
  • Nicky Smith, Costume Designer (Ramy, Kindred, Pose, The Americans)

Moderator: Linsey Bostwick, Deputy Director, NYU Production Lab 
RSVP to attend “Set Life: Designing the Scene “

Get in the Game: Opportunities in Sports Media 
Monday, November 6, 6:30 to 8:00 PM ET 
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) 
From podcasting and production to marketing and licensing, there are many avenues to a career in sports media. Hear from professionals in this dynamic industry on how they followed their passion to work in sports.


  • Komal Bhukhanwala, Senior Art Director, CBS Sports

Moderator: Larry Berger, Head of Sports Video Operations and Executive Producer, USA TODAY Sports Media Group Additional participants to be announced. 
RSVP to attend “Get in the Game: Opportunities in Sports Media”

Major Brands Want You!: Calling Creative Media Talent 
Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 to 8:00 PM ET 
The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) 
Put your creative skills in areas ranging from marketing to public relations to production, storytelling and more, with Fortune 500 companies. Discover a range of exciting media career opportunities at organizations where you might not have thought to look.


  • Raju Narisetti, Leader, Global Publishing, McKinsey & Company
  • Kate Pfetsch, Head of Content Strategy, Head of Marriott Content Studio, Marriott

Moderator: Rakia Reynolds, Founder and Executive Officer, Skai Blue Media Additional participants to be announced. 
RSVP to attend “Major Brands Want You!: Calling Creative Media Talent”

Previous “Made in NY” Talks can be viewed on MOME’s website here.

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