Open Letter to the US Congress, FCC and The American People

The internet belongs to everyone. If it needs fixing, that's a job for Congress. A serious job deserves serious consideration. By all of us. The FCC must delay any further action to regulate in this area until their jurisdiction is determined. Read Open Letter

Recent Press on Open Letter: Variety | New York Times | The Hollywood Reporter

American Spirit Award 2013 Honorees
Credit: Steve Cohn Photography
Honorees (left to right): Chuck Fries, American Spirit Award; Congressman Brad Sherman, American Spirit Award LA County
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, American Spirit Award; Jerry Isenberg, The Caucus Legend Award;
Alan L. Gansberg, The Caucus Foundation Special Achievement in Educating New Filmmakers Award


Panel: What's Old is What's New - March 12, 2014
Front Row, left to right: Scott Carrey, Shilpi Roy, Luke Ryan. 
Back Row, left to right: Troy DeVolld, Norman Powell, Chuck Fries, Susan Johnston, Debra Kaufman, Kate McCallum, Albert Fisher
Photo by: David Metzler
Front Row, left to right: Scott Carrey, Shilpi Roy, Luke Ryan
Back Row, left to right: Troy DeVolld, Norman Powell, Chuck Fries, Susan Johnston, Debra Kaufman, Kate McCallum, Albert Fisher
Photo by: David Metzler
Convened at The Beverly Hills Hotel, existing Caucus members, new prospects, and a select group of students from Emerson College & Loyola University, were treated to an informative discussion on the topic of New Media.

Moderated by seasoned journalist, Debra Kaufman, the dialogue began with our panel defining the term "New Media" and what (if anything) differentiates it from "Traditional Media". The consensus from industry experts: Luke Ryan, Kate McCallum, Susan Johnston, Scott Carrey & Shilpi Roy; is that story and traditional development are as important as always, yet the components of engagement, personalization, and adaptability for new digital, web, mobile and social channels, need to be understood to successfully monetize content in today's digital landscape.

Congratulations to the 2013 Caucus Award Winners

2013 Caucus Honors Award Winners:
Producer: Chuck Lorre
Writer: James Duff
Director: Lesli Linka Glatter

Executive of the Year: Jeff Wachtel
Chair's Award: Arnold Shapiro
New Visions Award: Scott Ross
Lifetime Achievement: Robert A. Papazian
Distinguished Service: Sharon Arnett

Caucus Foundation Student Film Gold Circle Award Winners:
1st Place: Keola Racela, Columbia University for Above the Sea
2nd Place: Maura Kelly, Chapman University for Ode in Blood
Television Grant Award: Creative Team for Doubleblind from UCLA


Crowdfunding panel at the Beverly Hills hotel - November 12, 2013
Crowdfunding - Photo by David Metzler
  L-R: Frank Chindamo, FunLittle Movies; Keyvan Peymani, ICM; James Kaelan, Seed&Spark; Aimee Cebulski, "Kickstarter for Dummies"; Adam Chapnick, IndieGoGo; Jason Cooper, "Kickstarted"; Taylor McPartland, Co-Founder and President, FilmBreak


Panel asks "Television is Dead?" - September 24, 2013
Television is Dead? - Photo by David Metzler
L-R: Alex Ben Block, Mary McNamara, Robbie Caploe, Brian Lowry


American Spirit Award - April 30, 2013
American Spirit Award 2013 - Photo by Steve Cohen
L-R: Jerry Petry, Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Norman Powell, Teri Schwartz, Frank Price, Lionel Chetwynd, Vin Di Bona


CBS' David Poltrack Event - February 26, 2013
A new "Golden Age of Television" is predicted at the Beverly Hills Hotel event.

L-R: Sydney Vinnedge, Albert Fisher, David Poltrack, Norman Powell, Chuck Fries


2012 Caucus Award Winners

(L-R) Jordan Salvatoriello, Emerson College; Jerell Rosales, UCLA; Joel Novoa, ADI; Rebecca Louisell, USC;
Alethea Avramis, UCLA; Micah Robert Barber, University of Texas

Executive of the Year Michael Lombardo - President, Programming Group & West Coast Operations, Home Box Office Entertainment
Chair's Award Gale Anne Hurd - CEO, Valhalla Entertainment
Caucus Lifetime Achievement Stan Lathan - Executive Producer, Director, Simmons/Lathan Media Group
Caucus Distinguished Service John Moffitt - Producer, Director, President, Moffitt-Lee Productions
Journalism Award Ted Johnson - Political & Legal Editor, Variety

Caucus Honors Awardees
Producer Howard Gordon/Alex Gansa
Writer Graham Yost
Director Jay Roach

Recent Panel: Pirates of the Internet


Caucus Award Dinner Recap
Bruce Boxleitner Emcee; congratuations to the 2011 winners:
Executive of the Year Kevin Beggs, President, Lionsgate Television Group
Chair's Award Kevin Bright, Executive Producer
Caucus Lifetime Achievement Dennis Doty - Producer & Partner, Cates Doty Productions, Inc.
Caucus Distinguished Service Syd Vinnedge, - President, Pop Monkey Productions
Diversity Award Tanya Hart - CEO, Tanya Hart Communications, Inc. Phil Hart - CEO, Hart Realty Advisors

Caucus Honors
Producer Charles Floyd Johnson
Writer Lionel Chetwynd
Director Gail Mancuso

Television: A Preview of 2011/2012 Season

Left to right: Casey Bloys, Joel Gallen, Lizzy Weiss, Paul Buccieri, Greg Yaitanes, Brian Lowry
Social Media for Content Creators - Panel May 24th

Creative Independent and the Web Panel

Front: Herman Rush, Amber J. Lawson, Kourosh Taj, Lori Schwartz, Tim Kring
Back: Vin Di Bona, Rick Feldman, Drew Baldwin, Hugh Wright, Chuck Fries, Dennis Doty, Syd Vinnedge

Caucus Foundation Gold Circle Awards
First Place
Cash award and Panavision camera package
Kyle Fischer
Second Place
Cash award and HTV illuminate post-production package
Ka 'ramuu Kush


Women And The Media Glass Ceiling
Panel October 21st. Event info here.

Caucus urges FCC to recognize Independent Producers
in filing on Comcast/NBC-Universal Merger

The Caucus filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission calling for a 25% carve out of the domestic cable and free broadcast primetime schedule for independent production as a condition of approving the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC. The proposed merger would bring together a distributor of programming in Comcast with a producer and owner of programming in NBC. With their filing arguing for conditions on the merger, the Caucus joins a growing number of individuals and advocates expressing concerns about the effect of such a merger. [More]

Programming & Monetizing for the Digital Age
The Caucus teamed with NATPE for a recent breakfast panel May 19th at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Standing: Syd Vinnedge (Caucus Event Co-Chair) Lin Dai (Alloy Digital), Jared Tobman (Reveille), Rick Feldman (NATPE), Chris Williams (The Walt Disney Company), Jonathan Small (Break Media)   Seated: Albert Fisher (Caucus Event Chair), Dennis Doty (Caucus President), Chuck Fries (Caucus), Vin Di Bona (Caucus Co-Chair)

3-D Panel Video Now Available



Recent Caucus panels are being posted for online viewing by The Caucus
in association with Emerson College.

American Spirit Award March 28
Honoring Senator John Thune (R-SD-JR.), Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA-30) and Debbie Allen (producer, writer, director, actress, choreographer, dancer).
March 28, 2010 at 6pm - more info


Caucus and NATPE Pack Panel with M.O.W. Pros

Left to right: Chuck Fries-Caucus, Albert Fisher-Caucus, Reena Singh-Disney Channel, Michael Vickerman-Writer, Brian Lowry, Variety (moderator), Helen Verno-Sony, Dennis Doty-Caucus, Greg Gugliotta-Caucus, Barbara Fisher-Hallmark Channel, Howard Braunstein-Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment, Quinn Taylor-ABC


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