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How To Steer Your Career Over All Terrain

Title: How To Steer Your Career Over All Terrain
Sponsored by GreenlightJobs
Length 45 min

Options options options. You are not going to want to miss this engaging discussion between Greenlight Jobs Founder Lisa Kaye and recruiters from Feature Film Studios, Freelance Talent Agencies, and TV Studios discussing “human resources” and the art of getting a job and once you’ve got it, how do you keep it and for how long. The job market today is quite different than in the toon  boom era of the 1990′s. How do we work and adjust in this new work model. After the presentation this group will retreat to the “Shop Talk Lounge” to carry on the conversation and Q+A.

lkaye_thumbModerator: Lisa Kaye

Lisa Kaye works as a strategic business leader for top companies in the digital media, cable, broadcast, animation and entertainment space for over 20 years.  Having launched a successful online recruitment company, in 2002, Kaye offers her expertise in the areas of human resource and business consulting services to her A list of clients some of which include, Pixar, Live Nation, House of Blues, Stone Canyon Entertainment, G4 Media, Teletech, Scripps Networks and Disney/ABC, Inc.

In September 2002, Kaye founded greenlightjobs, an online recruitment career service that matches candidates and employers through a sophisticated and proprietary skills matching system. Prior to the launch of greenlightjobs, Kaye held the post of Senior Vice President, Human Resources for E! Networks, now part of Comcast Entertainment Group and served as part of the Operating Committee and assisted with organizational change management. In her role at E!, Kaye was responsible for implementing and directing key “best practices” initiatives for the company including re-engineering of its senior management team. While at E!, Kaye was responsible for assisting with the staffing and organizational development of E! Online, and assisted with the strategic launch of the style network.

Kaye is an expert in the field of career building and jobs, and speaks at various business and industry functions, including Comic-Con, Woman in Animation, Annecy Film Festival, CTHRA Symposia, Otis College of Design, Art Institute, on the topic of careers and jobs for people looking to break into the entertainment and media business as well as helping seasoned professionals through career transition.

dblanchard_thumbPanelist: Debra Blanchard

Debra Blanchard is the founder and owner of Fringe Talent, a full service contract for recruiting talent, with expertise in the animation (traditional and cg), visual effects and gaming industries.

Debra works with companies all over the world to place talent at all levels and areas of production and management for your project or studio.

Additionally Fringe Talent will provide management, technical and artistic training to help develop and grow internal staff. If you have a need within your studio or business to strengthen or grow your team in a particular area, we can custom design courses, and provide an experienced professional to bring training geared to your specific needs directly to you.

kmackey_thumbPanelist: Kim Mackey

Kim Mackey currently serves as DreamWorks’ Head of Recruiting, having occupied that position since February 2009.  In her present role, Mackey manages full scope recruitment of all artistic, technical and overhead positions at the studio.  Her additional responsibilities include:  developing and implementing cost-efficient staffing strategies, which support DreamWorks Animation’s business objectives; analyzing staffing projections and priorities; supervising the departmental team; and managing the recruiting budget.
Kim started at the studio in March 1995, as an assistant in the animation technology division.  She went on to work in various production capacities on five DreamWorks’ titles:   production coordinator for “The Prince of Egypt”; manager of “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” and the DVD release of “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”; and production supervisor for the feature releases “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” “Shark Tale,” and “Flushed Away.”  She then segued from production to recruiting, stepping into the position of Senior Recruiting Manager in August 2005 and serving as manager until her elevation to department head in 2009.
Mackey graduated with distinction from Boston University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in broadcasting and film, with a concentration in psychology.

Panelist: Josilin Torrano

Josilin Torrano graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a BA in Mass Communication. During her last semester at UCLA she interned in the Recruiting/College Relations department at Nickelodeon Animation Studios and fell in love with animation and recruiting. Josilin was fortunate enough after graduation to be offered the job as recruiter for Nick Animation Studios and was even given the opportunity to co-run the internship program that changed her life.

Josilin is responsible for staffing all union and non-union production based jobs at her studio. She also co-runs the animation studio’s college and high school internship programs.

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