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April 10, 2013

Paul Feig, "The Canyons," FCC Chairman Look to the Future at Day Three of NAB Show

NAB Show Panels Showcase Innovations in Entertainment Creation, Delivery, and Consumption

LAS VEGAS - NAB Show, the world's largest annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage, and distribute entertainment across all platforms, today featured sessions with Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); Paul Feig, director of "The Heat," "Bridesmaids;" and Braxton Pope, producer of “The Canyons.”

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski participated in a question-and-answer session with NAB Joint Board Chair Paul Karpowicz, president of Meredith Corporation - Local Media Group. In their discussion, Genachowski encouraged broadcasters to work side-by-side with wireless operators to find new methods of content delivery.

As part of the day’s Creative Master Series Conference, Paul Feig spoke to attendees during his session, titled "Entertaining by All Means Necessary." Feig discussed what audiences really want in their comedy films and programming, how to write scripts that will offer direction without compromising improvisation, and his love of shooting in film versus digital. He also previewed an exclusive clip from his upcoming film “The Heat,” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, which hits theaters June 28.

Braxton Pope, producer of “The Canyons,” spoke to moderator Lucas Shaw of about the unique journey the project underwent from inception to fruition. Opening in July 2013, the film, recently acquired by IFC, is the first of its kind in movie making: crowdfunded via Kickstarter and cast online via website Letitcast and other online sources. Directed by Paul Schrader (writer, "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull;” director, “American Gigolo" and "Affliction") – the film launches a fresh discussion around this new wave of filmmaking, described by Schrader as "cinema for the post-theatrical era.”

Embeddable, broadcast-quality clips from these sessions and more are available here.

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