Panel Examines New Frontiers in New Media

Panel Examines New Frontiers in New Media

The Screen Actors Guild National SAGIndie Committee, SAG Foundation, SAG New Media and SAGIndie hosted a panel discussion October 19 focusing on the future of new media production.

New Frontiers in New Media, held at the SAG Foundation’s Actors Center in Los Angeles, aimed to familiarize actors and filmmakers with the opportunities available in this new digital world.

The panel included Mark Friedlander, SAG’s national director of SAG New Media; Anthony Batt, president of Katalyst Films; Christopher Kubasik, creator of Booth at the End; Chris Horton of Sundance Institute’s Artist Services; and Drew Baldwin, the co-founder of Tubefilter. The discussion was moderated by SAGIndie National Director Darrien Michele Gipson.

“The world has changed in the entertainment industry,” said Abby Dylan, chair of the SAGIndie Committee. “People aren’t watching content the same way and filmmakers need to know how to get their product out there. They can do it on their own; they don’t need to go through a studio anymore. They don’t have to go through those channels. And we want to help them do that so more actors can work.”

Friedlander said it was important to reach out to content producers to help them understand the process of working with unions in this new and untested area.

“New media is growing at an unbelievable rate. It’s a tremendous chance for actors and creatives of any discipline to learn about the opportunities for growth both creatively and economically in this space — it’s the future.”

SAGIndie New Media Panel

From left, SAGIndie National Director Darrien Michele Gipson; Anthony Batt, president of Katalyst Films; Drew Baldwin, the co-founder of Tubefilter; Mark Friedlander, SAG’s national director of SAG New Media; Christopher Kubasik, creator of Booth at the End; SAGIndie Committee Chair Abby Dylan; and Chris Horton of Sundance Institute’s Artist Services.